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Natalie Larabee Displays Her NJHFR Trophy Buckle And Her Winning Smile Photo By Chrly Larabee

By Pilar Owens, TALON

Fourteen year old Natalie Larabee gallops her mare Fancy 100ft to a tethered goat, hops off Fancy, flips the goat on its side, whips out goat tying string, wraps it twice around two of the goats back legs and one of its front legs, ties the wrap, and throws her hands up.

Larabee, the daughter of Chryl and Dan Larabee, competed in goat tying in seven rodeos with a third place finish at state finals, and thus earned a spot in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR), held June 24-30 in Huron, South Dakota.

At Nationals Larabee competed against about 200 other cowgirls in goat tying. Each girl performed twice, and the average of their scores was taken. The top twenty scorers moved on to the final round and competed for the national goat tying title. Larabee entered her performances with the goal of making top twenty. She completed her first round in 8.6 seconds, and her second round in 8.1 seconds, to earn her place in the top ten. Describing her experience Larabee and said, "It's really fun. It's really crazy; there's a lot of us, but I like it." Larabee performed in the final round, and finished 8th in the nation.


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