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Meet the Member Sassy Wilson
story by Laramie Dearing
It is often said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Whoever created that phrase was obviously never introduced to rodeo. Sassy Wilson has discovered that her best friend is, in fact, the sport of rodeo. “I’ve fallen in love with our heritage. It is by far the most humbling sport created, in my opinion. The lessons you learn are so valuable when you are apart of this culture. The friends you meet you and your horse are a team and rodeoing with them is like going on a journey. The key to being a top competitor is understanding your horses and taking care of them”.
A fairly busy cowgirl, Sassy competes in four events. It takes a village or in this case, a team. Sassy’s equine teammates consists of: Snit who is her breakaway horse, Trixie who is the first string barrel racing horse, and Tador who is her versatile backup horse who can compete in any event. She competes in goat tying, barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway on her equine teammates who make her job easy. “Goat tying is by far my favorite event. Whatever you put in, you get out”.
Sassy and her mother, Mary Hamiliton, live in Mullin, Texas. As her biggest supporter, Sassy appreciates having her mom encouraging her on a daily basis. “My mother is the absolute best, she is, without a doubt, my whole world”. Sassy not only has her mother backing her, but her grandparents as well. “My grandparents are so generous by paying for my entry fees, buying my horses, and without them I wouldn’t have a career in rodeo”.
In addition, Sassy is a top contender in the American Junior Rodeo Association and Texas High School Rodeo Association Region 10. “I was the AJRA 2019 16-19 Girls Reserve All Around Champion and was third in the goat tying for year end. I have qualified for National High School Rodeo Association Finals in goat tying twice. Don’t be fooled, I worked very hard the successes I’ve had this far and I’m so blessed to have accomplished what I have”.
Jack of all trades and a master of all, Sassy is on the A/B honor roll. Not only academically advanced but her athleticism has proven a notable presence. Sassy is a junior at Mullin High School and is a starter on their varsity girls basketball team who competes in the 1-A division. “I love the game of basketball and it actually benefits me. Playing basketball has improved my goat tying between agility and speed”. A lover of all things including hard work, Sassy is always on the run. “After basketball practice is finished I go home to start riding and practicing. There are days I have to ride in the dark but I don’t mind. I love spending time with my horses”.
“When I graduate I hope to go to a junior college on a rodeo scholarship and to receive a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business. Once I attain that I plan is to be the best me I can possibly be. I aspire to be successful and live my best life, one day at a time”. Ambitious and outgoing are just two words that accurately describes Sassy. “I stay busy, but I am always having fun. I am so blessed to be able to work toward my goals. When I feel weak I look to one specific bible verse that pushes me forward”. Colossians 3:17, that reads, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”.