Meet the Member: Grayce Baxter
Story by Riata Cummings Grayce Baxter is a rodeo athlete and senior at Lehi High School. She enjoys “all things medical” and is currently taking […]
story by Riata Christiansen
Calissa is a small-town girl with a humble and happy attitude. She lives in Coalville, Utah, a little place with a big heart. She calls it the nobody town, but she loves it there. She is a senior at North Summit High School, and loves that the little school has so much spirit when they all get together. Calissa enjoys her Equine and Animal Science classes, or anything to do with animals. She is a member of the National FFA Organization, and competes in the Dairy Cattle Judging CDE. As a freshman, she was on the horse judging team and competed at the national convention. Calissa also plays the piano and clarinet, and enjoys painting and drawing.
Calissa is the daughter of Jaimee and Lucas Robinson. She is the oldest of four children, and has two brothers, Britton and Hadley, and one sister, Jaislyn. They spend a lot of time together on the rodeo road and going to jackpots. Calissa’s mom is one of the main reasons she started rodeoing. When some of her friends started to encourage her to try the sport, her mom was there to encourage her and support her.
Now, Calissa competes in the breakaway roping, pole bending, and barrel racing. Her favorite is the breakaway roping, even though she just started this year. She loves that more of the event rest on your shoulders. There is less stress, because you can just go rope. Calissa has three horses; Rusty, her barrel horse, Lulu, her pole horse, and Rocky, a colt she is trying to bring along.
Besides the actual competing, Calissa loves that rodeo gives her the opportunity to spend quality time with her family. Her rodeo community is very supportive. They are always there to help her in the arena or push her calf, and it’s like having another family. Rodeo has taught Calissa that if the train is coming get off the tracks. Her parents tell her this before she makes a run, and it reminds her to keep her head in the game and focus on the next step.
Calissa has a very patriotic streak. Her birthday is the day before Independence Day, and she feels like she shares a birthday with the country. Her favorite super hero is even Captain America because he, and the colors he wears, stand for something great. Calissa has an outgoing and vivacious nature, and she lives by the saying, “It’s ok to be a glow stick because sometimes you have to break before you can shine.” In the rodeo arena, Calissa shines.
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