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Kelsey Mabry

Kelsey Mabry

2019 World Champion Breakaway Roper 

Hometown:  Piedmont, AL         AGE:  25

Kelsey Mabry earned the 2018 Rookie of the Year title and left the Lazy E Arena with a world title for 2019.  “It felt really good to know I’d won it; I could finally take a deep breath.  It came down to the last calf and it was between my sister and me.  I’ve never won an association before and it’s a very fulfilling feeling.  My sister and I both had really good years, we went back and forth being first and second in the world standings.”

“I started junior rodeos when I was in the 5th grade.  During high school and college, I worked all the events.  I’ve always been partial to breakaway roping and lean more there than running barrels.  I recently sold my barrel horse so that let me focus on my roping.  During college I made the CNFR twice and made the short go in 2014 in the heeling.”

“Winning the world really wasn’t a goal.  Every time I go, I just try to do the best I can with what I draw.  There’s only so much you can control.  I don’t focus on the outcome, just what I can do at the moment.  I just wanted to rope my calves and take the opportunity to win.” 

“My favorite rodeo of 2019 was Athens, AL.  It’s basically my hometown rodeo and I get to see a lot of family and friends.”

“Advice I would give to a young roper would be this, you never reach a point you figure it out.  You always learn new things.  There will always be good times and bad times, everyone has to go through the learning process.  Take the bad runs so you can make the good runs, it’s a learning process.”

“I’m planning to go to enough rodeos this year to make the IFR again.  My husband and I plan to go to more team roping’s together.  I’ve also got several colts that I’m going to try to season.”