Steinhoff overcomes adversity by making short-go
After falling just a few points short of making the College Final Rodeo last year, Tanya Steinhoff is doing everything in her power to ensure that doesn’t happen again this year.
Steinhoff, sophomore at Pratt Community College, is a barrel racer and majoring in Agribusiness.
Coming from Vinita Okla., Steinhoff raced at Colby’s rodeo the weekend of Sept. 28, where she took fifth in the long-go, sixth in the short-go and sixth for an average.
To help her achieve this, Steinhoff made close to 50 runs this summer and is now sitting in second in the American Cowboy Rodeo Association and 13 in the Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association. She is currently sitting in first in both for the rookie division and will attend both of their finals.
Steinhoff said she hopes to keep making the short-go more to help herself and the team this season, which she was unable to do as often as she wanted to last year. During four rodeos last year, Steinhoff placed 11, being one away from making the short-go.
To help her achieve placing in the top 10, she said she hopes to have better and more consistent runs. Over the summer she made close to 50 runs with her horse, Frenchie, placing in all but three.
"Our rides were a lot more constant this summer and it didn’t matter what the conditions were," Steinhoff said.
Along with having high hopes for herself Steinhoff also has high hopes for the team.
"Having six ladies in the short-go at the first rodeo is a good way to start the season," she said about the Colby rodeo. "Now that the nerves are out of the way we should do even better."
Steinhoff said she is most excited and most nervous about the PCC rodeo.
"PCC will be both the easiest and harest rodeo for our whole team," she said. "It’s the easiest because we know the arena, but the hardest because there is a lot more pressure to do well and we know that everyone will be watching us."
Steinhoff came to PCC after an accident while running barrels in January 2011 , after which she was told she wouldn’t be able to ride for two years due to lacerating and bruising her liver. She spent a week in the hospital and then couldn’t leave her house for a month and a half.
The accident happened in Lincoln, Neb., where she was barrel racing at a PRCA event. She was racing on a friend’s horse because hers was hurt. The horse was running back to a closed gate when he got spooked and threw her into the bucking shoots.
After being off of horses for nine months, Steinhoff went against doctor’s orders and decided it was time to get back in the saddle in August.
Steinhoff recovered quickly and decided to come to PCC last fall to continue her rodeo career.
Upon graduating in May, Steinhoff will have one year of eligibility left and would like to finish her degree closer to home.
Come out to support Steinhoff and the rest of the PCC rodeo team Oct. 12 through Oct. 14 at the Huffman Arena on Pratt’s main campus.
The rodeo kicks off Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and will continue Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. with a cowboy breakfast that morning. On Oct. 14 there will be cowboy church that morning with the rodeo to start at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $7 for adult’s single performance or $18 for all performances, $5 for first through 12 graders and children under first grade get in free.