Meet Sponsored Rider: Landry Rice
The small town that Landry calls home in Indiana is a short hop over the Ohio River to the sounds of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. Horse racing culture is understandably big in the area, which means that the rodeo culture tends to play second fiddle. Landry got involved in a local rodeo association, the Southern Indiana Junior Rodeo Association (SIJRA), that seeks to preserve and promote the sport of rodeo for children in preschool through the 8th grade. Landry has a good schedule of practicing six to eight hours a week under the watchful eye of her dad, Tim Rice, who also rides, and her coach, Beverly Dietrich. “I work with [my] coach every week… She really helps me in all of my events. I talk to her before every run and she really helps me get better.” Although Landry admits to getting nervous before her run, she practices a simple technique: “I take a deep breath and keep telling myself I can do this.” All of her can-do attitude paid off last year as she qualified to compete for the first time in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA) Finals 2015 held in Pueblo, Colorado. The NLBRA was created in 1952 and is a non-profit youth rodeo for kids ages 5-18 years old. Every year the NLBRA invites the best of the best youth in the nation to compete and receive a national standing. Landry set the goal for herself to make it to the short go, Championship Round in layman terms, in all of her events at the Finals. Although a broken cinch strap during her second pole bending run resulted in her falling off her horse and a “no time,” Landry dusted herself off and completed the rodeo with an impressive all-in-all 11th in Goats, 14th in Poles, and 19th in Barrel Racing. For her first time competing at the finals, we could not be more proud. Landry has already set her eyes on this year’s Finals that are set to be held in Guthrie, Oklahoma in July. She has qualified in Barrels, Poles, and Goats again and is trying to qualify in Breakaway Roping, which is a tough event.
Landry and her family have always had many animals around their home. Landry competes on two horses, Bender and Texas. “Bender is my barrel and pole horse. He’s eight years old and really, really fast. Texas is my roping and goat horse… she is 16 years old and really knows her job.” A golden retriever named Captain, a yorkie named Gucci, and two cats, Paisley and Sylvester, can also be found at the Rice home. When Landry is not riding her horses she enjoys hanging out with her friends. I asked what advice Landry would give to rodeo beginners and Landry said this: “Ride your horse a lot to get used to him when you’re not in the rodeo. I ride my horse a lot, but not always running barrels or roping. Also, don’t ever give up on being a cowgirl or cowboy and chase your big dream.” We could not have said it better ourselves. Go chase your big dream, Landry! We are proud to be able to have you as a Sponsored Rider.
Written by Kara Grimes
- Burge Linton