Oregon Trail Rodeo features 13-year-old trick rider

Published: Aug. 22, 2021 at 11:53 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Oregon Trail Rodeo was going on at the Adams County Fairgrounds rodeo arena throughout the weekend of Aug. 20-22. One of the performances Saturday evening was 13-year-old trick rider, Payton Routier.

Payton Routier had been training to do tricks on the back of a fast galloping horse ever since she was four years old. She said she had spent many hours preparing for her performances. A lot of the time, she said, was spent doing slow work with her horses to ensure all of the stunts were done both safely and correctly.

Payton Routier was the ‘specialty act’ at the rodeo, doing tricks such as a one-foot stand, a side back bend, the hippodrome and a full-fender.

She said she enjoyed one thing the most when traveling to different rodeos and wished for a certain outcome for her performance Saturday.

“The people that are all in rodeo and getting to please the crowd,” she said. “I hope they enjoy it and see, like, other little girls wanting to do it after watching.”

Payton Routier’s mother, Jessica Routier, is a professional and 2018 reserve world champion barrel racer. She also performed during the Saturday rodeo. Jessica Routier said she had seen her daughter grow with trick riding throughout the years.

“It’s a lot of fun, she’s into the trick riding, which I never did, so, it’s kind of been a new avenue that we’ve gone down,” she said. “But yeah, she’s dedicated so much time and worked so hard at it so it’s fun to see her getting to live her passion.”

Payton Routier said having her mother right beside her through it all is reassuring to know that she was always there to support her in her journey.

She noted, although trick riding could be difficult at times, it could be rewarding as well.

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