Sask. sisters at home on the rodeo circuit

Cassidy and Ashley Weber can usually be found practising in their family’s riding arena or competing in the rodeo ring

CARLYLE, Sask. — They say every girl needs a horse.

In Cassidy and Ashley Weber’s case, every girl needs more than one.

The sisters compete on several rodeo circuits and recently both won titles at the same event.

Cassidy, 15, won the senior high school all-around championship at a Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Association event in Rosthern, while Ashley, 11, took the junior all-around title.

Both currently lead the all-around overall standings and will compete at the finals held Nov. 19 during Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.

Mom Jennie said she is proud of her girls and the work they put in to develop their skills.

“They’re out here every day after school,” she said in the riding arena on the family farm near Carlyle.

Every weekend from March to December the three, and their horses, are on the road somewhere. If it’s not a high school rodeo, it’s Canadian Cowboys Association or Big Sky Little Britches south of the border.

They compete in barrel racing, breakaway, team roping, goat tying, pole bending, ribbon roping and trail course, depending on the rodeo. Different horses are used in different disciplines.

Cassidy, who is in Grade 10, has won numerous events, including last year’s overall high school title.

She and Ashley, in Grade 7, have each been named rookie of the year.

Ashley said her favourite event is barrels.

“I’m just good at it,” she offered as an explanation.

“It’s just fun, and I like to win.”

Cassidy favours breakaway and barrels.

“I like the thrill of it,” she said.

“It’s just you and your horse that determine the outcome.”

She also said rodeo competitors are like a big family, which makes attending each event so much fun.

The girls’ horses range in age from seven to 18, and Jennie said they are responsible for taking care of them. Being on the road every weekend requires everyone to pitch in and get things done.

“This is what they do,” she said.

“They don’t do school sports or anything else.”

Cassidy said they are lucky to have a good indoor facility on their farm, as well as an outdoor arena, where they can practice as much as they want and no matter the weather. They also appreciate the help from their mom and grandparents.

“We just focus and practice a lot, and then go hard,” she said.

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