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Meet the Member Kameryn White
story by Laramie Dearing
From Stephenville, Texas, all-around cowgirl Kameryn White is a busy yet bubbly 11 year old who competes in goat tying, barrel racing, pole bending, and breakaway. Daughter of Westley White and Cory White, she has three sisters: Maddy Neal, sixteen, and Keagan and Teagan, three. She attends White Horse Christain Academy as a sixth grader in Stephenville.
Kameryn competes in Texas Junior High School Rodeo Association, American Junior Rodeo Association, and West Texas Rodeo Association. While every cowgirl needs a horse, Kameryn has two horses she competes on. “ I have Caesar, who I barrel race on, tie goats on, and rope on in breakaway and Speedy, who I pole bend on.” The four event cowgirl has found a love for being a busybody. “My favorite event is goat tying. I started at four years old and loved it, I loved the excitement in the competition.”
Kameryn may be young, but she has many accomplishments and is still very hungry for more. She has won 2019 10-12 American Junior Rodeo Association Finals All-Around Cowgirl Champion, adding to her collection of 11 saddles and 40 buckles. She said there’s no denying her love for the energetic rodeo atmosphere. “Rodeo is very exciting and I love competing, when I’m not competing I love hanging out with my friends.” When Kameryn isn’t on the road or competing, she spends her spare time riding her horses, spending time with her friends, or training her horses. Mouse and Reba are two of Kameryn’s future prospects who she is fond of working and training on.
It’s important to have goals to chase and this fierce cowgirl has set many worth achieving. “I hope to win goat tying at Texas Junior High State Finals in only sixth grade, win Mike Johnson’s Goat Tying in Las Vegas, and compete on my four year old in the barrel racing at AJRA Finals. I’m working toward those goals.”
A normal day for her is pretty busy. “I usually wake up and go feed and take care of my horses. I go to school four days a week. When I get back, I catch and saddle my horses then practice. I either tie on the ground, use the horse saver, run barrels and poles, or rope my sled. Then we go in, eat dinner and head to bed.” Pre-run prep is essential, but how it is done varies with each competitor. “I don’t need much to get ready to run, I just warm Caesar up then talk and laugh with my friends. When I’m a couple away I start focusing then I’m ready to run.”
Kameryn is extremely competitive and persists in being at the top of her game. However, she is not only known for being a well-rounded cowgirl but also for her infamous stunt in goat tying named, “The Scorpion”. This unique dismount is unlike one you have ever seen. Face first, Kameryn dismounts with a straight back while using her head as an anchor for flipping over. She is known at rodeos far and wide as well for the attention grabbing fall she makes here and there that leaves the spectators cringing. Kameryn has gone viral after her dad posted a video of her infamous dismount that was viewed by nearly three million people. Yet, even with the odd dismount this cowgirl works through it and still manages to make some smoking runs.
Kameryn is a firm believer that success is a result of hard work and dedication. “Practice makes perfect. Sticking and working through things is something I live by.” Happily and humbly, Kameryn loves to devote her time each and every day to working towards becoming a better competitor and version of herself then she was yesterday.