As for Harley, she says she’s just a 13-year-old living every girl’s dream. She’s happy she placed so well, but at the same time, it was just another day of roping. “The crowd was a lot bigger, but I just had to do my job and I did,” she says. “The AT&T (stadium) had a lot more people. You’re standing in the tunnel and there are champions back there. It was a good experience.”
The way things are going, Leslie sees Harley making a career out of competing in rodeos. “It’s a growing sport, that you can now make a living at.” she says. “I see her doing it for as long as she wants to, for years to come.”
Weston is fine with that, but he says there is only one thing that’s more important: “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what we win, it’s the quality of the person that we’re trying to raise. That’s our end goal for me and her mother.”
It’s amazing that Harley participated as the youngest qualifier to this year’s The American, but what’s even more amazing is the way she approached it with such confidence. The Florida cowgirl backing into the box for The American Finals Breakaway Roping Short Go, walked away a third-place winner. She is amazing and her proud Florida hometown will see her for many years competing and earning rodeo win after win.