MAKING THE MOST OF RODEO & SUMMER
Hardtner cowgirl to compete in Barber County Rodeo
HARDTNER, KAN. (July 8, 2013) – Jessica Koppitz is making the most of her summer. The Hardtner, Kan. cowgirl knows that this is her last summer to rodeo a lot, before school obligations take precedence.
Jessica grew up eight miles south of Hardtner, graduating from Alva (Okla.) High School in 2009, and from Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva in May. She’s competed in high school rodeo and for her college team, in the breakaway roping and barrel racing.
She’ll compete at next month’s Barber County Rodeo in Hardtner July 26-27, and she’s tickled to return. “I loved it when I was little. They had the little kids barrel race, and I always ran in it.”
She’s already begun studies at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid and in two years hopes to be a registered nurse. Because she’ll be in the middle of clinicals the next two summers, rodeo competition will slow down.
Till then, however, she’ll compete at as many Kansas Pro Rodeo Association events as she can. Breakaway roping is her strength, and she likes to start colts in the barrels and roping. Jessica has three breakaway horses and a barrel horse that, after they’re seasoned, will be good horses.
After college graduation, she’d like to be a registered nurse and work her way to CEO of a hospital. She’d like to try a big hospital, and work in the emergency room, too. The rush of activity in the ER appeals to her. And rodeo will always be a part of her life. “I’m sure I’ll always rodeo.”
Jessica, who is the daughter of Mike and Deb, will compete at at the Barber County Rodeo July 26-27 in Hardtner, along with other cowboys and cowgirls.
The rodeo begins at 8 pm both nights. Tickets are available at the gate and are $10.