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South Dakota’s Sawyer Gilbert wins another ‘first-ever’

Sawyer Gilbert, Buffalo, S.D.

BUFFALO, S.D. – Sawyer Gilbert’s name will go down in Rodeo Austin history as she secured the first ever Breakaway Roping Championship Title with a 2.2-second run in the Final Round.

“I was first out in the semifinals and so I just wanted to see the same start and be really sharp with it and believe when I dropped my hand in the corner and make my first shot,” Gilbert said.

The 2021 WPRA World Champion Breakaway Roper took advantage of her time in Texas and also competed in the Mercedes Breakaway Roping alongside some of the best in the business where she tied for second place with a 1.8-second run to collect a check for over $3,300.

The cowgirl’s monumental win at Rodeo Austin ensured a check for $10,569 totaling out her overall earnings to $22,919 placing her No. 9 in the WPRA World Standings.

Sawyer started roping when she was 6, winning the South Dakota Junior High Rodeo Breakaway in 2016 and Nationals that same year. She was the two-time state champion before accepting a rodeo scholarship to Weatherford College in Texas. After her first year of college, Sawyer hit the PRCA road and decided to make it her full-time job. “I didn’t want to split my time between college and ProRodeos,” Sawyer said.

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