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Burbank Teen Headed to National H.S. Rodeo Finals

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BURBANK, WA - For the Turners, rodeo is a family affair. And this week, as they have for the last 3 years, they’re hitting the road to support their daughter Taylor Turner as she competes in the National High School Rodeo Finals in Wyoming.

“I've been riding since before I could walk,” says Turner. “My friends introduced us to middle school rodeo, and it took off from there. I've been doing rodeo my whole life.”

“My sister and I rodeoed in high school, the kids took a liking to it, they've been riding since I could get them on a horse, so I could ride,” says Taylor’s mother Susan. “It's nice to be able to have them enjoy things you enjoy.”

And it’s not just the pastime that they share; they also share Billy, Taylor’s horse, who her Mom used to ride.

“Mine got hurt, so I stole him and trained him ever since,” explains Turner. “He's been my main horse. Being able to communicate without words, trust, the slightest movement means so much…in that relationship.”

When your child is something of a prodigy, families have to sacrifice. But they're happy to do it, because it's what they all love.

“Our vacations are horse vacations,” says Susan. “You don't go to Hawaii, or things like that, you go to rodeos and take time to do that. But rodeo is really a family atmosphere. Without family, the rodeo family, it makes it worthwhile.”

“Family is a very important role. Can't do it without them. I can't drive myself yet, they take me to all the rodeos and help me feed my horses. My brother keeps my arena groomed for me, they help out a lot. Wouldn't have the resources to do what I love without them,” says Turner.