Top Performer: Wacey Brown


BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. –  Circumstances tried to keep Wacey Brown from doing the sport she loved.

But the 17-year old fought back.

Not only did Brown recently punch a ticket to the National High School Finals Rodeo, but she did so after suffering a major knee injury.

Two months ago, Wacey Brown from Piedmont was competing in the goat tying at a Little Britches rodeo in Rapid City when the unthinkable happened.

Brown tore the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in her left knee.

“When I was getting off my horse to get to the goat, my horse kicked out,” Wacey Brown said. “I knew she does that a lot but I kept doing it anyway. She kicked out and she kind of knocked me over and her hips twisted in a way that when it knocked me over, she kind of landed on the back of my knee. So I had a hoof print there for awhile. So that was pretty funny.”

Although Brown’s injury will require surgery, she was determined to not let her injury affect her final year of competing in high school rodeo.

“With a brace, it kind of stopped me from feeling my horse underneath me as much,” Brown said. “It kind of changed my mobility on my knee with being able to kick her. So I had to change to wrapping it which sometimes my knee would pop in the wrapping. But I still thought it was better than the brace.”

Wacey Brown with her horse ‘Cowboy’ at the South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo in Belle Fourche

The Sturgis graduate recently competed in the South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo and won the state barrel racing title for the second year in a row.

Now she has her sights set at winning a national title at the National High School Finals Rodeo coming up in July in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

“I definitely would love to get a shot at world champion,” Brown said. “I’ve always liked that title. It would mean a lot to me and my family because we’ve never really had that in our family. I definitely want to make my family proud.” 

Brown plans to have surgery later this summer and then continue her rodeo career at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.

Congratulations to Wacey Brown on being named a NewsCenter1 Top Performer.

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