Bozeman senior Tioni Erickson is one of five gals from Montana participating in goat tying at the National High School Rodeo Finals. The cowgirl has been riding since she was four, and thinks the event will be more easy going than state.
"There's definitely not as much pressure at Nationals as there is state because after Nationals you're done you just start another rodeo season or go on to college but after state you can either make it to silver state or nationals so I got the upper end of the deal," said Erickson.
Tioni's mom was a goat tyer, and Tioni learns a lot from her in the goat tying event.
"She pushes me to go a lot harder and like any other event when she's talking it just stresses me out but goat tying is different it pushes me when I'm tying cause she's like "quick hands" and I'm like oh all right," said Erickson.
"I am a proud mom but I'm also a nervous wreck and I always am praying to myself Lord please set her up for success please help mer get off at the right spot don't be late," said Tioni's mom, Rhonda Anderson.
Tioni has one goal while competing in Wyoming.
"My mindset is to make it to the short go so to have two solid runs and I want to make it to the short go Saturday night," said Erickson.
"Oh my gosh totally proud and help her it will make her realize that all the hard work has paid off," said Anderson.