LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Born and raised in the capital, Hadley Teut has competed in rodeos her entire life. Taking part in national rodeo competitions is nothing new for recent high school graduate Malcolm.
This year, for the first time, she will compete in her hometown.
“I think it’s probably one of the coolest experiences I’ll ever have,” Teut said. “Qualifying for the national championships is a big deal for any rodeo kid, but the fact that it’s in my hometown is really special.”
She will compete in barrel races at the High School Finals Rodeo, held at the Lancaster Event Center. The rodeo event requires a horse and rider to race in a clover leaf pattern for the fastest time. In order to qualify, she competed in six rodeos last fall, six more last spring, and competed in state finals. The top four riders from each state will reach the national competition, which will also include competitors from Canada, Mexico and Australia.
Despite these challenges, Teut said she was not fazed by the competition, which will also be her final high school finals rodeo. This fall, she will go to Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a rodeo scholarship while majoring in health sciences.
Even if it is her last victory or defeat, she will be the pride of her hometown.
“I feel pretty confident,” she said. “I’m so excited just because I’ll be surrounded by friends and family, and that pushes me so much more.”
“They can never watch me because I’m still competing so far, but I have this rodeo here, it will be so great. Just to see them afterwards and congratulate me. It feels really good.
Opening events begin at the Lancaster Event Center on Sunday July 18.
Teut’s quest for a barrel racing championship kicks off Monday July 19 at 7 p.m.
Copyright 2021 KOLN. All rights reserved.