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Landers Athlete of the Week: Emily Ramsey- August 20th

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14-year-old Emily Ramsey, started home schooling three years ago, just to be closer to the people and animals she loves.

She barrel races, and ropes cattle with a passion like no other and recently won her first team roping championship saddle in Texas.

Tucked away on the outskirts of Mansfield, LA, Ramsey is at home.

There is also a little country slice of heaven behind her home.  Her family has their personal rodeo arena used for steer and calf roping, as well as, barrel race training.

Emily said, "This is pretty much what I've done my whole life."

The horses, the dust, all of it, has been life for the Ramsey family.

Shane Ramsey, Emily's father, is Emily's trainer.  Her mom ,Stephanie, helps with most of the set up.  They say it's all for their little rodeo queen.

"I know that God has put me here and being here with these horses it just makes my day better," said Emily. 

If you spend just one minute around Emily and you can't help but notice the bond she has with her horses. 

She considers her horses as part of her family.  But, it's the relationship, the love, and the affection from her parents that Emily covets the most.  "My mom she opens the shoot. My dad heels for me. If it wasn't for them, I couldn't do this," Emily said as she began to cry. 

It's rare to see a 14-year-old reduced to tears at the mere thought of her family. 

"If it wasn't for my family, I couldn't do what I love to do," she continued. 

Stephanie said, "Me as a Mom, I've got to be in it 110% for her. If I'm going to go sit in the house and not come out and help her then her dream is going to die and then that's Mom's fault and I would never."

"Since I was little, I've always told my Mom this is what I want to do," said Emily.  "Living my dream., what I love to do, being with my family, my horses."

As Emily accepted the Landers Dodge Athlete of the Week trophy she said, "I would like to thank my mom, my dad, God and my horses and if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be where I am today."

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