Hometown: Langley, WA
Specific Styles: Barrel Racing
Primary Horse’s Name: “Decider’s Dash T Gold”
My name is Lexi Langset,I’m 16 years old and live in the Lower Mainland of BC, Canada.I have been riding since before I could walk, and competing at a local riding club since I was around 4 years old. In 2011 I decided to set my focus on barrel racing, I was borrowing and leasing horses to barrel race on until October 2016, when I (with my own money that I had saved) bought my mare, Decider’s Dash T Gold, who I nicknamed Tadita; which means “one who runs.” Tadita was four years old and very green broke when I first bought her, so I have been doing all of her training myself. We currently compete in local barrel racing jackpots, as well as on the British Columbia Rodeo Association circuit, and hope to compete in High School Rodeo next year. Although, we have not won much together yet as she is still very young and just getting a handle on running barrels, I am so proud of her everyday improvements and am very confident that she will go on to be an amazing barrel horse. Along with barrel racing, I also have a passion for training horses. I have trained my own horses, as well as for other people. In December 2016 I was accepted to compete in the 2017 Teens and Oregon Mustangs Training Challenge, a 100 day competition which enables young people to pursue their love for training horses, while promoting the adoption of such an incredible breed of horse. After working with my mustang for the 100 days, I brought her from an untouched, scared animal to a willing and trusting partner on the ground, as well as under saddle. At the final competition, my mustang and I competed in body conditioning, showmanship, a ridden trail pattern, and a freestyle riding pattern. I took home the buckle for 3rd place overall in my division, and my mustang was adopted into a loving home. My life is devoted to adding value to the life of equines by giving them a chance to excel in whichever discipline they show potential for, and to someday becoming a professional barrel racer. Role models of mine include Glenn Stewart, for the amazing and complete understanding and communication he has with horses,and Amberley Snyder, because even when she had such an important thing taken from her, the use of her legs, she still works so hard to pursue her dreams and rodeo career while keeping a a positive outlook on life. I did not grow up in a rodeo family, I am the first person in my family to compete on a rodeo circuit. Although it is not easy as I am responsible for paying my entry fees, fuel money, and for organizing rides for my mare and I to each rodeo, I’m doing it, one weekend at a time. My ultimate dream is to make it to the National Finals Rodeo someday, and I will stop at nothing to make it happen. I hope that as a Lakota Young Professional, I can show other young riders and trainers who were not given as many privileges as some, that you can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you work hard and never give up. After all, dreams don’t work unless YOU do.
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Instagram: Elexa Langset