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Breanna and Chex graduate from high school rodeo

Wednesday, 21 August 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Breanna and Chex graduate from high school rodeo

Breanna and Chex graduate from high school rodeo

By Brad Quarin

Breanna Green of Beaver Mines has graduated from Matthew Halton High School and wrapped up her high school rodeo career with rodeos in Wyoming and, closer to home, in Nanton.

Breanna describes her completion of high school rodeo as “a little scary, a little sad, because I had a great high school rodeo career. But I’m excited to move on.”

The scary part isn’t the competition she might face going into college rodeo, but the common anxiety anyone feels coming out of high school.

Breanna’s beloved horse Chex retired this summer as well. “He’s earned it,” Breanna says.

Both of Breanna’s parents were professional rodeo competitors. “It’s been my whole life,” she says. Her dad, Gary Green, went to National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas seven times as a steer wrestler. Her mom, Barb McRae, went once, competing in barrel racing.

At age two, Breanna began riding, and learned the tricks of barrel racing from her mom, who acts as her coach. She’s also been pole bending since Grade 6.

These skills took work to master, but she thinks it’s fun and Chex was very adept at it. Breanna’s mom got her into the competitive aspect of rodeo, starting with junior wrangler in Grade 6, and eventually high school rodeo three years later.

She and Chex would qualify for provincials six times, Canadian finals twice and nationals three times.

This year, the provincial competition was in Ponoka, where she placed third in pole bending.

Not only did she qualify for the nationals, which features contestants from Canada, the United States and Australia, but she also received a scholarship at the graduation ceremony.

Breanna received $2,200, based on her scholarship application and an essay on her experience in high school rodeo.

Next she travelled to Rock Springs, Wyo., for National High School Finals Rodeo. She placed 30th in the average of 160 pole bending competitors, met many people and was the only Canadian to receive free merchandise from the Resistol company.

Afterward, Breanna competed in the Canadian finals at Nanton. In pole bending she placed sixth in the average of 25 competitors. This event marked the end of high school rodeo for her.

Looking back, she’s proudest of making it to nationals as many times as she did, all with Chex, while other girls were replacing their horses. “He is my proudest achievement,” she says. “He’s the toughest, most gentle horse ever.”

Retirement will be an adjustment for Chex. “All he knows is rodeo,” Breanna says, so Chex may become her nephew’s gymkhana horse.

Breanna is now using a horse named Cash. Cash is bigger than Chex and acts like “a big puppy dog,” she says.

She’s off to Lethbridge College to study advertising and public relations, planning to participate in college rodeo on the side.

Breanna appreciates her sponsor and employer, Boston Pizza (Pincher Creek) for the financial assistance with her trip to Wyoming.

Photo courtesy of Barb McRae.

 

 

 

 

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