By: Julia Dondero
Hailing from the South Texas town of Victoria is an All-Around cowgirl in hot pursuit of multiple titles at the fabulous Lazy E Arena in the upcoming CINCH World Championship Junior Rodeo Presented by Montana Silversmith. Growing up on a large cattle operation in Victoria, Amy Ohrt knows a thing or two about putting in long days and working hard to reach her dreams.
Growing up, Ohrt has raised and trained her current horses and has learned many valuable skills that have prepared her for her current success in the rodeo arena. This July, she will compete on one of the largest stages for youth rodeo- the WCJR. Competing in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, and Breakaway Roping, Ohrt will have ample opportunities to take home her piece of the historic $400,000+ payout. With her eyes set on the coveted All-Around Title, the 18-year-old high school graduate has spent countless hours in the practice pen preparing for this moment.
Ohrt explained she focuses on the mental game and has accredited her strong visualization skills to keeping the nerves at bay and competing to the best of her ability. She also explained her nerves have dissipated into excitement as she looks forward to competing at the iconic Lazy E Arena.
“I’m more excited than anything. I can’t wait to be in Guthrie and compete at the Lazy E. I feel extremely lucky and blessed to have these opportunities and compete at this level” said Ohrt.
This week, Ohrt will back into the box to compete in her favorite event (Breakaway Roping) atop her main mount “Frothy”. “Frothy” who originally comes from the Outhier family, has been with Amy since he was a colt and has played a vital role in her success.
Ohrt also accredits her strong support system and her string of equine partners for her multi-event success. From her father being in the box with her, to her mother and brother supporting her at every step of the way, family has been everything to the young cowgirl; who will make her mark on her own this fall as a rodeo competitor and student at Wharton County Junior College with aspirations of becoming a surgical technician.
The Texan cowgirl also expressed her appreciation for the impact the WCJR and WCRA have made on youth rodeo careers nationwide. “The WCRA and WCJR have been game changers for me. I have been more motivated to enter qualifiers and nominate. I can’t wait to compete at one of my last and largest youth rodeos.”