When it comes to rodeo competitions, Chico high school graduate Courtney Wood is one of the best up-and-comers in the sport.
However, as Action Sports Now's Ross Field tells us, there's still a big award she's tryinig to rope in.
Courtney Wood loves riding horses. It's been that way since she was 3-years-old.
"We did have horses when I was younger and it kind've got me hooked," said Wood.
That love grew in the 7th grade when she started competing in rodeos.
"I compete in barrells, polls, goat tying, team roping and breakaway," said Wood.
But it's one event in particular where Wood really stands out.
"I've always had a passion for goat tying, I don't know it's just my event," said Wood.
Just last month, Wood corraled a 3rd place finish in goat tying at the California State Championships.
Since the top four competitors in each category advance to the national level, Wood roped in an invitation to the 65th annual High School Finals, held in Rock Springs, Wyoming, on July 14-20th.
"Ever since I qualified at the State Finals, it's been the only thing on my mind," said Wood.
Now, Wood is no stranger to the National High school final. This will be her 3rd go round after qualifying in 2011 and 2012 as well.
"It's my last chance to make a name for myself, I'm going to try and do that. For the last month, I've just been cramming, just practicing every day, sometimes twice a day, trying to be the best I can for this competition. I can't tell you how much I tie in one day, it's close to 100 at times on a goat just on the ground doing a whole bunch of get-offs, it's a lot of practice," said Wood.
Hard work that she hopes pays off.
Red Bluff cowgirl Chelsea Bushnell was the state champion in breakaway roping... She'll join courtney at the High School National Rodeo Finals. Good luck to both!