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Published in National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA)
Brylee Grubb loves everything about competing in the NLBRA. From competing with her favorite horses to seeing friends and being with her family, eight-year-old Brylee pursues the sport enthusiastically. “I started Little Britches when I was five,” says Brylee. “My mom and dad competed in rodeo, and I love my horses and riding. I just thought it would be fun, and I like it a lot!” Brylee competes in the Little Wrangler division in barrel racing, flag racing, pole bending, and goat tail untying. While Brylee loves all of her events, she says her favorite is barrel racing. “My mom and dad have coached me and done a really good job,” she says. Brylee’s dad also judges quite a few of the Little Britches rodeos.
Brylee savors the time she gets to spend with her family and friends at Little Britches rodeos. One group of her friends includes the Engesser family. “Taylor, Rickie, and Jace Engesser are some of my best friends,” says Brylee. “Taylor is in college now, but Rickie and Jace are still competing. They are really nice to me and they let me borrow a horse when my horse was hurt. They’re really good friends of ours.”
The Grubb family lives in the country several miles outside of Spearfish, S.D. Brylee’s parents are Jason and Stephanie Grubb, and she also has a sister, Tiersyn, who is six. Tiersyn also competes as a Little Wrangler in the NLBRA. Since Brylee’s dad is a team roper and both sisters compete, the Grubbs have a number of horses. These include Abbe and Pueblo, Brylee’s barrel racing horses. She competes on her dad’s roping horse in the flag racing. Brylee holds the Little Wrangler arena record in pole bending with a 19.9 run, which she set during the second round of the 2013 NLBFR on her sister’s horse, Friday. Normally, Brylee competes on her horse Buddy in goat tail untying, but when Buddy got hurt several months ago, the Engessers let Brylee compete on their two horses, Sunny and Bucky. Finally, the Grubb’s home is made complete by their two dogs and two cats.
Brylee is a second grade student at Spearfish West Elementary. She enjoys adding and subtracting, which makes math her favorite subject. In addition to school, Brylee has played soccer and most recently played basketball on a team called the Mini Spartans. When she’s home, Brylee likes to invite her friends over to ride horses together or play horse tag. One of her favorite movies is Secretariat, and she also enjoys reading. The Grubb family can often be found riding their horses together, riding bikes, going hiking, or playing board games when it’s cold. But in the summer, it’s most likely that Brylee and Tiersyn are in their arena.
Several of Brylee’s rodeo accomplishments include winning a number of buckles in the NLBRA last year, as well as winning the Reserve All-Around Champion at the Elks Youth Rodeo in Sheridan, Wyo. in 2012 and 2013. Of the many rodeos she’s travelled to, Brylee’s top favorites are the Rapid City Little Britches rodeo and the NLBFR. This will be Brylee’s fourth year competing in the NLBFR, and she has qualified in all her events. “This year I would like to win the all-around saddle in the Little Wranglers division,” she says. “I’d like to make it to the junior high, high school, and college finals when I get older.” To be at her best for rodeo, Brylee says, “We practice four or five days a week, and then when it’s time, we go and I try as hard as I can!”
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