Athlete Profile: Brittney VanAusdol

Sport:  Rodeo

Name:  Brittney VanAusdol
Hometown:  Whitehall, Mont.
Major:  Cell biology and Neuroscience
Year in School:  Sophomore  
How long involved in sport: 12 years

Why did you become involved with rodeo?
I grew up around horses and always rode them.

What is your favorite thing about rodeo?
The horses and the college rodeo are like one big family and close community.  It is also good to get away from school.

What events does rodeo include?
Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing, goat tying and break-away roping.

What is your motivation before a competition?
You can win money and receive points.  The main goal is to make it to the College National Finals Rodeo.

Why did you come to Montana State?
It is close to my hometown but far enough that I can get away.  Montana State also has a very good rodeo team; the girls won the national championship last year.

What are some awards/achievements you’ve earned?
I am currently in the top 15 in team roping and break-away roping this season in the Big Sky region.

Who is your most inspirational person?
My uncle Rob. He’s been to the Montana pro circuit finals so many times and he is always a big help to me.  I look up to him.

What are some other interests of yours?
Intramural volleyball, basketball and piano.

What is your favorite class at MSU, and why?
Honors Organic Chemistry because of the teacher, Mary Cloninger.

Anything else you would like to tell students/readers about rodeo?
Come support us at the MSU spring rodeo in April at the fieldhouse.  It is a lot of fun and great to watch for people who have never been to a rodeo before.