Rodeo competitor follows in her family’s footsteps

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – The Texas High School Rodeo continues through the week at the Taylor County Expo Center and a competitor from Merkel has a long rodeo history in her family and she is continuing the legacy.

“I have been riding actually since I could walk and maybe even before then,” competitor, Daylee Seaton said.

Rodeo runs in the Seaton family.

“My grandparents they rodeoed, bucking bulls, Bronx,” Seaton said.

For Seaton, Riding came very easy.

“My dad put me on a horse as soon as I can remember.  If you start at a young age it just kind of comes naturally to ride,” Seaton said.

Now 15 years old, she is competing in the Texas High School Rodeo Finals.

“I was super excited.  I don’t even think I could see straight actually,” Seaton said.

She’s joined by her partner in crime, her horse Giggy.

“My dad actually started her and trained her and then I kind of stole her from him pretty much.  I wanted her,” Seaton said.

Seaton said there is nothing like the thrill of competing.

“It’s hard to describe the feeling, like it’s amazing,” Seaton said.

It’s family however, that drives her love for rodeo.

“Being able to be with my family and friends, that’s my favorite part is just being around everyone and of course her.  She’s my favorite,” Seaton said.

Seaton competes in reining cow horse and cutting.  She competed Tuesday night and will continue Thursday and Friday.

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