In the categorization of rodeo events, barrel racing is considered a “girls sport,” an event for female competitors to tackle while their male counterparts wrestle and lasso calves and ride bulls who are angered by bands placed on their genitals. That doesn’t mean that barrel racing isn’t borderline terrifying, simply because of the speeds at which the racers are traveling on an animal’s back.
None of that has discouraged young Chayni Chamberlain from pursuing her passion. It took her just nine years — of life, not training — to reach the pinnacle of the sport. Competing at the RFD-TV American Rodeo, Chamberlain rode her horse Dat Flowingbunny, aka FlowJo, to a seventh place finish … among 500 competitors.
Here was Chamberlain riding when she was still 6-years-old. Clearly, she had plenty of natural talent, but the level to which she has risen is astounding.
The top-10 ranking turned plenty of heads and earned a legion of fans for Chamberlain, an elementary school student in Stephenville, Texas. Yet, it actually is only her second biggest accomplishment in terms of rodeo finishes; she earned $50,000 for winning the American Semi-Finals Rodeo in nearby Ft. Worth.
“It’s just amazing that I get to do this,” Chamberlain told RFD-TV. “I was just so excited, and so worried. (My horse) is so awesome, and I’m glad that he takes care of me and I take care of him. (If I won a million dollars) I would just build an arena and give the rest to charity.”
A budding rodeo phenom with a heart of gold? If the Hallmark Channel hasn’t picked up the phone to option this story for a forthcoming made for TV release, they might want to start dialing.