TX Rodeo Fans MOURN Death Of 10-Year-Old Barrel Racing Girl

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A Gofundme page has been set up for talented barrel racing rider, Piper Faust, after she was killed before she was to set to compete in the Caldwell Rodeo on Saturday.

Faust, 10, died after her horse spooked and rolled on top of her. Her parents described her as an old soul with a bright, kind personality and competitive drive.

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“People just met her and they were drawn to her,” her father KTBX. “She was the brightest little star.” The South Texas Youth Rodeo announced on Facebook that they will honor Piper at the next rodeo. Barrel racing is a core competition at most rodeos. The sport involves a rider making a cloverleaf pattern around barrel drums in an effort to claim the fastest time. While some men do compete in the sport, most barrel racers are women and youth riders. Barrel racing at any level requires highly advanced horsemanship skills and an agile horse. h/t wideopencountry

A GoFundMe page was launched to support the family. As of Monday, the page raised more than $20,000.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Faust family at this difficult time.

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