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Corah Brunson Presented By Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
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Corah Brunson from Terry, Mississippi, is the 2022 Little Wrangler All Around Champion for the National Little Britches. The 9-year-old is also the 2022 Goat Untying and Barrel Racing Champion. Corah came back to Shorty’s Short Go in all four of her events: flag race, goat untying, barrel racing, and pole bending. Corah, sporting her blue hat, is easily recognized in the arena, and plans to continue that by ordering a red hat from Shorty’s as part of her prize line from the Finals. She will add Resistol hats, Yeti coolers, and 4 saddles, along with a truckload of other prizes. “I have never won anything like this,” she said. “This makes me want to work harder so I can win something like this again.”
Corah has been riding since she was 18 months old. “I was trying to sell a horse and put her on a pony for three hours while they videoed the horse. She didn’t want off,” said her mother, Joy. “She was loping on a horse by herself without straps by the time she was two.” Corah comes from a fourth-generation rodeo family. Her parents, Joy and Wes, competed through high school and college. Joy made the state and national finals in Florida, competing in barrels and poles, and now trains barrel horses. Wes won a world title as a calf roper and competed in that as well as team roping and steer wrestling in college. Both her grandfathers are quick to help her practice and between both families, she is kept well mounted. “She works her tail off. She is at one of her grandparent’s place every night and every weekend we are at an event.” She has four cousins that often go every weekend with her. One of those cousins, Clarke Gordon, was the 2020 National Little Britches header in the Senior division.
“Once I get on a horse, it makes me feel like all the pressure goes away,” said Corah. “It just clears my mind.” She brought five horses to the NLBRA finals, which included her brother’s (Wayne – 12) horse that he breakaway roped on at the Finals. Her favorite horse is her pole horse. Bigelow has been with her since she was three and her Daddy won a truck roping on him. “We’ve had a long time to connect, and he does the pole bending and the flag racing. This year I’ve worked hard at it and now I’m good at it.” Her work included “going slow a whole bunch of times and then going fast.”
She had a lot of fun at the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. “I went on the water slide and we got on our horses and played around on them, going trail riding and just sitting on them and talking.” They also went to Oklahoma City for a back number scavenger hunt in the old Stock Yards. They went to all the stores that participated and they had prizes for them. This is her fourth trip to the Finals and she ended her last year as a Little Wrangler in style.
She moves up to the Junior Division next year and will add ribbon roping, team roping, goat tying, trail class and breakaway to her event roster. “I’m quitting goat untying and flag racing,” she said. “My favorite event is barrel racing – my parents give me good horses to do it and the time to practice it better.”
She likes Little Britches. “It’s where all my friends are and I feel very honest when I’m there.” She hopes to be a horse trainer when she grows up, following in the footprints of her parents and grandparents.