Send Siddalee to the Jr. NFR

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Created August 8, 2018
Siddalee Spino-Suppah, Warm Springs Tribal member, earned a spot in the Peewee Bareback riding category at the upcoming Jr. National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas December 6th – 15th. As of this posting, she is the only girl contestant who will be competing in this category.

Siddalee has been riding bucking ponies bareback for the last two years. She had a hectic start to her young rodeo career riding sheep then converting to Calf Riding. She won her first event in 2016. She then started riding mini-broncs bareback and steers in the Northwest Youth Rodeo Association a year later in 2017. She has seen and done it all with one goal in mind: to win a buckle for Mini-Buckers. That goal has gone unachieved, but not forgotten until on Friday, August 3rd at the Yuba-Sutter County Fair in Yuba City, California when she overcame the odds riding against 6 boys all competing for a chance to go to the Jr. National Finals Rodeo.  She not only successfully won the West Coast Regional Finals for Peewee Bareback, she earned a spot to compete in the Jr. NFR with some of the top peewee bareback riders across the country. However this wasn’t the initial goal. The goal was to get her and her three other siblings out to see and experience new things and places. Participating in the Junior Rodeo Association for Siddalee was just something her aunts and uncle thought they’d try out when she attended Wild West Buckers Saddle Bronc and Bareback clinic in Yuba City. Siddalee surprised her family when she ended up earning herself a spot in the Jr. NFR which is an accomplishment in itself with so many youngsters gunning for the same opportunities.

Siddalees inspiration to compete in this particular event comes from the stories of the late Vernon and Nellie Spino her maternal grandparents. Vernon and Nellie weren’t the type to put limits on their girls when it came to working with horses as Nellie herself had a hand in working cattle, wild horses, and riding race horses as Vernon’s jockey. They put their girls out to do everything from training and riding race horses, to rope and handle wild cattle that most people didn’t even want to deal with. Siddalee has taken those stories and put them to work exercising the freedoms that her grandparents instilled in their children.

Funds from this GoFundMe fundraiser will be used to support Siddalee and her families travel to Las Vegas. This includes their gas, lodging, food and participation fees (there is a fee for every horse she rides during the event).

 Siddalee and her family want to thank all the regular customers who purchase her bake sale items, as well as Celeste Reves who sponsored the Wild West Buckers series that led Siddalee to the West-Coast Regional Qualifiers.
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We are now three months away from the Jr. National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Siddalee has been staying busy, as of recently she and her family went to the Wasco County Fair in Tygh Valley, Oregon to run some race horses, and take a breather from the Rough Stock Rodeo trail. She will be back at it again in September with one rodeo here at home, and another one in Dorris, CA which is the Butte Valley Buckle Series Finals. Siddalee is out doing work outs and doing more with the saddle horses lately working on her balance and over all riding ability, with great improvements since her major confidence boost after the West Coast Regional Finals.
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