KylieWeast Going To Finals Rodeo
When the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo kicks off its ten day run in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Thomas and Mack Arena on December 6th through the 15th , Comanche will be well represented. Ryan Jarrett will be competing in the Calf Roping and Kylie Weast will be making her NFR debut, competing in Barrel Racing in the biggest rodeo of the year. Nightly winners in each event will earn over $26,000 and paying down to 6th place, which will earn them over $4,000. The average winner will bring home over $67,000 and paying eight places, with payouts beginning at over $6.000. An athlete can make a lot of money in this ten day rodeo, but it takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and sometimes a bit of good luck.
Kylie Weast comes from a long line of rodeo royalty. To say that she comes from a deep pool of barrel racing talent is a definite understatement. Her grandmother, Florence Youree is a living legend in the world of rodeo. Florence was the 1966 All Around Champion for the Girls Rodeo Association, and a five time qualifier for the NFR. She was a driving force in getting women the opportunity to compete in the National Finals. She blazed the trail for thousands of young ladies to choose rodeo as a career. Kylie is so excited that her grandmother will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Womens Professional Rodeo Association for her contribution to the sport, on Thursday, December 6th at the Southpoint Hotel. Kylie’s mom, Renee Ward was also a qualifier at the NFR; as was her sister, Janae Massey, a three time qualifier, and the 2003 world champion. Her great aunt, Sherry Johnson was a twelve time qualifier for the NFR. Kylie’s twin sister, Cassie Ambrose is also well respected in the rodeo world. Also in the mix is James Ward, the husband of Renee, and father to Janae, Kylie and Cassie, who was recently inducted into the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Rodeo Hall of Fame. The Youree and Ward family are true legends and champions, and in a few weeks Kylie Weast may be adding “World Champion” to her resume, and solidifying the family’s reputation as champions.
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