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McGee selected as One of nation’s elite

small-town cowgirl from Rhame, North Dakota, Cashae McGee has taken her roots to heart and proven her work ethic to become a champion in and out of the rodeo arena.

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McGee has established herself among the best of the nation’s cowgirls. This spring, McGee, along with NDHSRA teammate Austyn Schafer, was selected to be a part of the first ever Priefert Jr Elite Team. At the beginning of April, McGee spent an educational weekend at the JR Elite Roundup held at the Priefert Ranch and Rodeo Equipment in Mt. Pleasant, TX.  It consisted of leadership trainings, motivational speakers, and tips from Pro Rodeo athletes to a tour of the Priefert Plant and product spotlights.

McGee took her rodeo career seriously as a young girl. In the ND Junior High Rodeo Division, she was the 2014 All-Around Champion, and was the ND Junior High Rodeo Division 2015 Champion barrel racer and Goat Tyer.

In 2015, McGee was selected as the National Junior High Reserve Student Athlete of the Year. In her high school rodeo career, McGee consistently earned a spot as a State and National Finals qualifier in Goat Tying, Barrels, and Breakaway. As a sophomore in high school, she earned the NDHSRA Goat Tying Champion title. In her junior year of high school, McGee tore her ACL during basketball and trained hard to get back in the arena before the spring rodeos and then ended the season as the Reserve State Champion Barrel Racer. 

“Rodeo has taught me to accept the hardships and embrace the successes,” McGee said 

McGee is grateful for the horses she has ridden. She currently is running a sorrel gelding, Clancey, in Barrels, and a palomino gelding in Goat Tying that she trained herself after she tore her ACL. The horse that has been with her the longest is her Breakaway horse she calls Fancy.  Fancy is a little 20-year-old bay mare. 

“I am thankful every day for the opportunities she has given me, from winning titles and saddles to helping me recover and overcome my biggest challenge,” McGee said of Fancy 

“Rodeo has shaped me into the person I am today, given me lifelong friendships, worth ethic, and taught me many life lessons,” McGee said. “I am grateful for the opportunities and memories I have made while rodeoing and look forward to what the future holds.”

McGee is blazing a trail as her achievements have earned her a scholarship at Black Hills State University and a spot on the BHSU Rodeo Team.  Currently, McGee is a senior at Bowman County High School and will compete in her last season of high school rodeo this spring.