Kiley Kraft of Flandreau rode Bandit to compete in pole bending and barrel racing at the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo last month in Guthrie, Okla. Her best time in poles was 22.534, and her best placing was 48 out of 156 competitors. In barrel racing, her best time was 16.635, and she placed 107 out of 179.
“I really enjoyed it because it was a great experience,” she said. “The atmosphere there is totally different.”
Kraft, who will be a junior at Flandreau High School, rides Bandit, a horse that belonged to her friend Trinity Kuehn of Brookings, who died two years ago in a car accident. “He’s proven to be a really good horse,” Kraft said.
Kraft is helping organize a barrels and poles jackpot in Flandreau to raise money for LifeSource, an organ donation organization, and for a scholarship in Kuehn’s name.
Kraft, 16, also participates in 4-H rodeo and South Dakota High School Rodeo. She also is an officer with the Flandreau FFA chapter.