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Victoria Baxter would rather wear cowboy boots than a dress any day. “I hate dresses,” the 25 year old Zachary, La. cowgirl said. Victoria competes in breakaway roping and barrel racing in the Tri-State Rodeo Association. She is the 2008 TSRA Breakaway Rookie Champion, the 2010 TSRA All Around Champion and the 2013 CRA All Around Champion Cowgirl.
Victoria started rodeoing at 9 years old when she began competing at the Liberty Ridge Club, Liverpool Riding Club, and the Livingston Riding Association. “I began riding horses at 18 months when my Mimi and Papa would lead line me around on our horse named Bucky. I was hooked!” she said. Victoria’s parents, David and Mona encouraged her to ride and her passion for horses continued to grow. She also learned a lot about horses from Lee Goynes. “He’s my rodeo idol. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have the knowledge of riding or competing. He’s taught me so much about horses and myself. I’m so blessed I was able to be a part of his life,” Victoria added.
During her freshman year of high school rodeo, Victoria was slated to make the NHSFR but her pole horse came down with EPM. “That was very hard to accept and deal with,” she said. Victoria is a recent graduate of Southeastern. Besides riding horses and entering rodeos, Victoria stays busy by helping her boyfriend Tyler with cows and fencing. “I’m also working horses. I’m always looking for my next prospect,” she said. Victoria enjoys spending time at home with her family, younger brother Nicholas, and her Jack Russell, Tuff.