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The Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat

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Yleigh and Yaleigh Yarbrough

Its the only way of life we know


Yarbrough sisters carrying on family tradition
by Char Silk Junior College where she won a But the family ties go even
Ive been ridin horses NIRA National Championship, deeper, family members, Trevor
since I was way little, like 3 and then moved on to Texas Brazile, a 10-time Professional
years old. Weve always had Tech University where she Rodeo Cowboys Association
horses, its all we know, says won a second NIRA National world all-around champion.
beautiful Yleigh Yarbrough. Championship. Brazile, a 23-time PRCA world
This isnt just a hobby or a way Yaleigh who does Team champion from Decatur, will
to spend time, this is our way Roping and Break Away wear the No. 3 back number
of life. Roping, partners with Parker at the 2017 NFR. Hes ranked
You may think roping Glenn from Edmond. She is second in the world all-around
and riding is just for boys and ranked in the Top 5 in the State title race with $180,487.
men, but think again. Once of Oklahoma and knows that Tuf Cooper, the defending
you meet these two erce the hard work and endless world tie-down roping
competitors, one can only hours she puts into riding champion, and Cli Cooper, a
marvel at their dedication, will pay for her college. Ms. three-time Wrangler National
heart, mental and physical Yarbrough plans to be a dental Finals Rodeo qualier. For
strengths, but most of all, their hygienist, mainly because I the rst time in his career,
passion. This sister duo spends can make my own schedule and three-time world champion
5-6 hours daily just riding and still rodeo. Last year Yaleigh Tuf Cooper, will wear the No.
working with their 12 horses. won 4th place at the Rising 1 back number at the 2017
That does not include time Stars Competition at Guthries Wrangler National Finals
spent feeding, haying, and Lazy E Arena. Rodeo Dec. 7-16 National
school. Yleigh, who attends Yleigh, who is an 8th Finals in Las Vegas ranked No.
Merritt Junior High, also plays grader at Merritt Junior High, 1 in both the world all-around
basketball and runs track. competes in Break Away Roping and tie-down roping title races.
The oldest of the Yarbrough and Goat Tying, she recently Copper has qualied for the Las
sisters, Yaleigh, is a senior at won 1st place in the Kit Boggs Vegas-based National Finals in
Epic Charter Homeschool. She Roping. Yleigh competes in 2008-2017. Tuy Cooper was
remembers her rst horse Lil the JH division, which still also inducted into the National
Red who she learned to ride includes male and female Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1998.
on. Lil Red is also the rst contestants competing against Stran Smith, who is
horse that ever bucked me o! each other. The HS division married to the former Miss
I just got up and had to get is separated. Oklahoma and Rodeo America, Jennifer
back on there, my dad wouldnt Texas are known in the rodeo Douglas; was the World
have it any other way, she world as the toughest states Champion in 2008 for calf
said. Last year, in somewhat to compete in with the most roping, qualied for the
of a freak accident, Yaleigh had competition. national nals rodeo 11
just nished a run and bent Our goal is to be in the times. Jennifer and Stran
over to take the back boots o JH Nationals in Huron, South Smith are best known for
her horse, spooking him, he Dakota and the HS National their long standing careers in
kicked her in the leg, breaking Finals in Rock Springs, professional rodeo. Stran has
her femur. This didnt slow Wyoming said Yleigh. 11 Wrangler National Finals
down this tough little lady, two The tradition of horse Qualications and was the
weeks after surgery she was riding, loving, was instilled 2008 World Champion Tie-
back in the saddle roping at an in them from their folks, Down Roper Jennifer was Miss
event. Yaleigh is a break away Yandy and Bobbi Yarbrough. Rodeo America and worked as
roper and team roping. Yandy, who still competes, a television correspondent in
Yleigh began her riding as a pickup man, and was a the western & equine industry
experience on Jessie, a horse bull dogger back in his 20s. for 15 years for networks such
that they still have on their Mom, Bobbi, teaches Merritt as ESPN, CBS Sports, and
place. Jessie is just a little High School and still loves to Outdoor Channel. Together
older than Yleigh, making ride. Back in the day Bobbi they founded STS Ranch wear;
her an old favorite to the was a competitive barrel and a clothing line specialized for
Yarbroughs. pole racer. The Yarbroughs, real ranch wear.
When ask if there are have a long tradition in the The Yarbrough family is
many women in the sport of NFR. The girls great granddad, truly dedicated to the love of
rodeo, the girls both quickly Clifton Smith, a Texas Cowboy this sport; spending countless
answered they look up to Jackie who roped for a share of hours working the horses
Hobbs -Crawford, who was the the $50,000 National Finals and an even larger amount of
Oklahoma State High School Rodeo in Dallas in 1960 and money to keep the animals in
Breakaway Roping Champion LA in 1962, was the rst roper top competition condition.
in 2000; Lari Dee Guy, Lari Dee to ever get o his horse on Someday, I bet some other
has won 11-consecutive AJRA the right side instead of the young girl will list Yaleigh or
world roping titles beginning left, giving him the title of Yleigh as someone they also
at age 9. She attended Vernon Champion in the NFR. look up to.

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