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Featured Athlete: Beau Peterson
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Beau Peterson loves her 5 Star Equine products, and they have served her well.
The Council Grove, Kan. cowgirl has put them to good use, too, as she is a Kansas State High School Rodeo champion in the breakaway roping and goat tying (three titles in each event), and the pole bending (once).
And, at the College National Finals Rodeo, she tied with Mia Manzanares as the 2019 National Inter-Collegiate Rodeo Association goat-tying champion (25.1 seconds on four head).
As sophomore at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., Beau is studying biology, and after earning a bachelors in the subject, will go to nursing school. Her aim is to be a CRNA – a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She enjoys learning how the body works and helping people. “I think it’s fascinating,” she said. A CRNA usually works regular hours and few weekends, which is also appealing to her, as is the pay.
As for 5 Star Equine products, Beau loves the saddle pads and has been using them for several years. “They’re such a great quality,” she said. “They last forever, if you take care of them.” She cleans hers frequently. “Some saddle pads get hard from dirt, sweat and hair,” she said. “They are easy to clean and if you take care of them, they last a long time.”
Every week she uses the sponge that is sent with them, and, in a circular motion, wipes them down. “The hair comes off pretty easy. If your saddle pad is really bad, you can hose it down with a power washer and let it dry.” She never lets them get that dirty. “I do the sponge every week or so and it really gets the hair and dirt off and keeps them from getting hard.”
Her horses love them, too. “Being wool, (the horses) don’t get sore.”
She also uses 5 Star Equine front boots. “I like them. They are a unique style and have the double tabs. After you cross them once, it’s really easy to seal them for extra support. I just think they’re a nice set of boots.”
For the goat tying, she rides a six-year-old mare named Missy who was purchased last year from her sister’s boyfriend, who started her in the heeling. “He let me ride her, and I’ve loved her ever since. She’s so willing to learn and has made everything so easy. She’s so quick, she’s fun to tie goats and breakaway on.” Missy is her backup breakaway horse.
For the breakaway, she rides a thirteen-year-old gelding named Hustler, a bay she’s owned for seven years. He has improved her roping. “My breakaway has grown with him and through him. He’s just been awesome, and he was an awesome horse to start out on. He’s solid for me, he scores like a rock every time, and gives me the best shot. He’s true, every run.”
Barbie is her barrel horse. Owned by Marc and Kim Harland, the seven-year-old bay has made Beau a better barrel racer. “I haven’t been much of a barrel racer, but the few years I’ve been doing it, they’ve kept nice horses under me, and she’s been fun to ride.”
For the past two years, Beau has won 5 Star Equine Products’ social media contest, winning the most votes in the college division.
For fun, when she has spare time, she likes to watch Grey’s Anatomy. She and her friends like to get out the cards and play pitch, too.
She has an older sister, Michaela, who lives in Dodge City. Beau sometimes spends weekends with her sister.
She currently leads the goat tying in the Central Plains Region, is fourth in the barrels, and sixth in the breakaway. She is also leading the all-around race and is on Panhandle State’s Dean’s list.
Beau is the daughter of Matt and Dustin Peterson.