One Lakeview High School freshman who has been competing and excelling in rodeo events since a toddler will soon get the opportunity to make her mark on a national stage at the Vegas Tuffest Jr. World Championship, Dec. 5-8.
Savannah Greenfield has been participating in rodeo events since three years old. Her father, Shawn, competed on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit, and her brother Kaden, a recent LHS graduate, now competes on the rodeo team for Blue Mountain Community College on a full college scholarship. It is fair to say that for Greenfield, rodeo is in the blood.
As a teen Greenfield has become a standout in competitions in junior rodeos and the Oregon High School Rodeo Association (OHSRA) circuit, but made her biggest mark this summer competing in the Central Oregon Pee Wee Rodeo Association. Greenfield ended the April-July season on the Pee Wee circuit as the year-end all-around senior girl saddle, as well as second in breakaway and first in all four of her other competitive events: barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, and team roping. This earned Greenfield all-around cowgirl honors for the entire state.
Last March Greenfield traveled to Hermiston for the northwest regional qualifier for the nationals, where only the top 1-2 scores qualify for the national competition in Las Vegas, Nev. Against kids from across the northwest, Greenfield took the top time in goat tying and second-fastest in breakaway roping, earning two competition slots in the December national event. It is Greenfield’s first time qualifying for nationals; she won’t be alone as Kaden will be competing in steer wrestling.
In June Greenfield traveled to Huron, S.D. for the National Junior High Rodeo Finals. Competing in six events, Greenfield qualified in goat tying and ribbon roping for the short round, where the top-20 times and scores advance. She took fourth in goat tying.
This year Greenfield will compete in five events for Lakeview High School’s rodeo team: barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, goat tying and breakaway roping.
“I began competing when I was three, riding a horse by myself,” said Greenfield. “I was around it all the time, I just enjoy it.”
Her mother, Mesa, described Savannah as incredibly humble but competitive. “You don’t ever know if she’s nervous, she is always so focused. For us the events are worth it because it’s a big family. We camp with certain people every weekend, we all barbecue together, and we’re all rooting for each other’s kids.”
With nationals on the horizon, Greenfield will spend several months preparing with roping dummies at home, and utilizing a friend’s indoor arena in Burns on the weekends.