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Sports Thursday, December 4, 2014 Hore I 3-5 6: :00IGIFTS FOR EVERYONi BUNN" Mov00j? Let us know your new address the week BEFORE you move so you don't miss any papers! s 307-2B3-3411 news@sundanoetimes.com The Sundance Times Page 14 Local roper looks forward to state finals BY SARAH PRIDGEON For Peggy Sue Garman, the adrenaline of springing from box to arena is second only to the bond she enjoys with her roping horse, Begin A Legacy. After a successful season on the high school rodeo circuit, this homegrown pair are look- ing like a sure bet for next year's state finals. "I had a good spring, I placed quite a bit, but it wasn't enough to get me to nation- ads and that's my number one goal," she smiles. "This fall has been outstand- ing- I'm currently sitting sec- ond in the state, though, of course, I want to be at num- ber one by next year. As long as Inin the top four, I can go to nationals- and once I make the nationals, my goal is to Beginning a legacy Courtesy photo Peggy Sue Garman prepares to not for a steer during a recent rodeo. win the national title." ent IVe ever had." him up and exercise him, then Garman is currently maxed out Since she took the sport up se- Friday we're [travelling again]." in points for the Little Britches riously four years ago, all of Gar- Meanwhile, mom Dixie videos Sundance Community Billboard Project Sundance Chamber of Commerce David Mathis-Tourism Chairman Dear Community Billboard Sponsors: DFirst a huge thank you from all the businesses in Sundance for all the 2014 Sundance Community Billboard Sponsors! With your help we have created and maintain a Billboard committed to all Sundance businesses. This Billboard, along with several other Billboards purchased by Sundance businesses, actively market Sundance to tourists and all 1-90 travelers 24 hours/7 days/365! 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At the beginning of November, at a breakaway roping in North Dakota, Garman won the open set roping and received a saddle and cash prize for her efforts. Out of 81 competitors, she won with a lead of six tenths of a sec- ond. "It was the flint time Dge ever won and, having trained that home myself, it's been amazing because I know he's a once-in- a-lifetime animal. I don't know if Ill ever have another horse that loves his job so much," she says, her face fighting up as talk turns to her roping partner. "i know I wouldn't be able to do it without my home. I got him for my birthday six years ago, actu- ally to be a barrel horse, and he's probably the best birthday pres- www.nhcinema.com 1830 N. 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Gannan began attending clin- ics put on by Jerry Golliher of the Golliher Arena, Belle Fourche, when she was just seven years old, but it wasn't until 2Oll that she started g Begin. "I did it for a couple of years, but I was so little that I didn't re- ally understand it. In 2010, I had a gut feeling that I wanted to do it, so I started practicing more," she remembers. "It was a learning experience for both of us. We had a lot of ups and downs, but where he is right now is pretty good - a lot of peo- ple say I have an awesome horse, but I know he doesn get enough credit." Even so, Garman's success was foreshadowed back when she was just a toddler, when she first spent time at the Golliher Arena. "I got my first rope when I was three, from Fielding Phillips from South Dakota," she smiles. "It's actually hanging in my bed- room right now. Every day I go in there and look at it and remem- ber where I got my start_" Garman still works with Golli- her to improve her skills. In fact, she says, he has been instrumen- tal in helping her train Begin. ?I know that, ffI have a problem, I can go to him and describe it and hell help me fix it," she says. "It's pretty nice to have someone that supports you and is there to help you." Golliher is not the only one to have helped push Garman to her current heights - much of her success, she says, is down to the support she has had over the years. "So many people are there to support me and I know that'if they weren, I couldn do it," she says. "I really want to thank everE- body- Ie been blessed with what Ie been able to do, the places my parents have taken me so that I can get better and the help that IVe gotten from Jerry and from anyone who's said good luck or good job. It makes you feel sup- ported." To rise to national levels, of course, takes practice and dedi- cation. Garman is no stranger to either. "I try to rope the dummy every day for about 30 minutes, includ- ing in cold weather. Even when it was 20 below outside, I was lay- ered up and out there with my dummy," she laughs. "A lot of people don realize that you have to practice year round, but it's a lot of fun. Well go to a rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, Monday he has off because of traveling time, Tuesday to Thurs- day I rope the dummy to limber every run Gammn makes, so that she can pick out what happened and why. GalTnan also makes sure to spend time with Begin, her secret weapon. "I go down every i,ht before bed to check my horses, feed them more hay and make sure they're well taken care of. You have to take care of them or they don perform for you - you can tell the kids at the rodeo who are just there to have fun and don want to take care of their homes," she says. "Begin can go fm being a hoh- powered horse that knows his job to showing at the county fair, where hell put his head down and act like an everyday show horse. I think the versatility of be- ing able to do everything on him really helps." With time, her dedication began to pay off, helping her develop the skill and muscle memory to feel confident in her abilities. The nerves she experienced in the early days have gradually faded away. "Now, when I'm in the box, all I focus on is me, my horse and the calf- I honestly can hear any- thing else, I zone in on what I'm supposed to be doing. At a rodeo this past weekend, my calf didn't leave the chute," she explains. "I'd already started to ride my horse to the calf, but he was hung up in the chute- he ducked and it was just a natural reaction for me to throw and catch. It's become where I can see a shot and I know I have to take it, and I feel con- fident enough now that I know I candoR." Though Garman didn place at every rodeo this spring her first fall rodeo in Wheafland saw her hit the top ten and in Jackson she placed again twice. As the season winds down for the winter, Gar- man is sitting at 24 points -just behind the current front-runner at 27 points. "Spring is where you have to re- ally make it up, there aren that many in the fall. Rodeos start asn in April and the state fi= rials are in the middle of June, so theyll carry on until a week before that," she says. The four-day state final is made up of two rounds and a short go for the top 15. The only rodeo participant at Sundance High School, Garman would also be the first local in two years to reach the finals. Rodeo will be a long-term part of Garman's life, if she has her way, through college rodeo and a career involving horses. In the meantime, she looks forward to the finals and making her way to nationals. "I love it- the feeling of backing in the box and knowing what's about to happen. I don know how to describe it, people say it looks so easy, but it takes a lot of hard work," she smiles. %Vith rodeo, everyone is cheer- ing everybody and, when some- one makes a good round, you always say hey, good job. With other sports, I don think they do that." Garman encourages members of the community to come along to the rodeos in the spnng and support the Crook County kids as they bid for the state finals. ccmh.net