GILLETTE, WYO. – Lyndie Dunn of Midway placed 20th in the world in pole bending at the National High School Rodeo Finals last week.
It’s one of the largest rodeos in the world, with more than 1,600 competitors.
Dunn, the daughter of Leslie and Lane Stapleton, recently finished ninth grade.
Her father Lane Stapleton said her rodeo finish was an impressive feat, considering she’s been competing for about three years and has only been running poles and barrels for a year.
“She was competing against 200 of the best pole benders in the nation,” Stapleton said. “She was the youngest. I’m very proud of her.”
Lyndie, however, holds herself to a high standard, her father added.
“She wanted to be first,” he said.
The family left for Gonzales on Tuesday to spend another week in competition at the Texas Youth Rodeo Association Finals.
“It’s a big commitment,” Stapleton said. “We put a lot of time into this, and she’s had a lot of help.”
After the TYRA Finals, Lyndie will compete in several one-day summer rodeos.
Another local youth, Sonora Schueneman, also competed in nationals but did not qualify.