By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (September 23, 2015) — It’s a day Heidy Sieperda has anticipated ever since finishing in the top 10 of Region X high school rodeo competition. And when it finally arrived, the Stephenville High School junior took full advantage.
In a one versus one shootout challenge for $1,000 scholarship, Sieperda represented Region X against a top competitor from Region III in pole bending and won the match for a $1,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.
The other shootout winner was Madison Goforth in goat tying.
“It’s so cool,” Sieperda said of getting to play a small part in the 2015 Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo at Lone Star Arena Thursday afternoon. “Out of all the things we get to do for finishing in the top 10 in our region, this is what I was most excited about.”
Sieperda won aboard Sassy, 9, a mare she has had five years.
“She’s a great horse,” Sieperda said. She doesn’t like barrels, but she loves running poles.”
Sieperda says she has been doing rodeo since she was about two years old and has had Sassy, her nine- following the footsteps of her grandmother, mother and aunt, and joining in the fun with her siblings and cousins.
“It’s a big family thing. We all love to rodeo,” says Sieperda.
While she still has more than a year of high school remaining, Sieperda already has an idea what she wants to do next in life.
“I want to rodeo in college, hopefully at Tarleton,” she said. “If not I’m going to Texas A&M.”
Wherever Sieperda goes, the cost just dropped $1,000.