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Debi DeSilver | For The Chronicle

Shyann Snider has been riding horses since ... well, way before she even remembers being on a horse.

“I was a baby,” the 16-year-old Cyril High School student from Cement said. “I’ve just grown up around the rodeo with my family. I was about five when I participated in my first one.”

Her father, Rusty Snider, who was with her at the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association’s (OHSRA) competition at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha last weekend, said he thinks Shyann is about the fifth generation of the family to compete.

“Rodeo is about family, friends and the people who are around it. It teaches you how to win. It teaches you how to lose. You’ve got to work hard and you’ve got to want to,” she said. Shyann said she feeds and rides every day after school. In addition to rodeo, basketball is also a passion for the teenager. She plays on the Cyril High School team and also plays travel ball.

“When I’m not rodeoing, I’m playing on a team somewhere,” she said.

Shyann’s strategy for two of her rodeo events is pretty simple and straight- forward. In breakaway roping her goal is to, “Go out and catch.” In barrel racing her focus is, “Don’t hit one.”

The OHSRA’s next competition is May 1-2 in Weatherford and they will then return to Chickasha June 2-6 for State Finals.