Native American boy wins world championship for saddle bronc riding


Last updated 6/3/2019 at 2:21pm

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Isaiah Florenda was recently named International Miniature Saddle Bronc World Champion.

Recently a Native American youth from Warm Springs, Oregon was named the International Miniature Saddle Bronc World Champion.

Isaiah Florenda, a sixth-grader from Warm Springs academy, enjoys several sports each year, but rodeo tops the list with his attending about 80 rodeos a year. This is not the first win for Isaiah. He's been winning buckles since he was eight years old and now has a collection of 14 champion buckles.

However, the most recent rodeo at the International Miniature Rodeo Association Finals, which involved competition from hundreds of young people around the world competing in Oklahoma City, is the largest he's attended.

"It was my first time at a big show like that," Isaiah told the Spilyay Tymoo newspaper.

Rodeo skills run in young Florenda's family. His grandfather, Evans Spino Jr., won 77 buckles over his 20 years of rodeo competition. And Florenda's cousin, Siddalee Spino-Suppah, was, last year, the only girl in the U.S. to qualify for the Junior National Finals Rodeo bareback competition. He and his cousin hope to encourage more students in their community to become involved in the sport of rodeo.

"Isaiah and Siddalee are really blazing the trail for our young kids," Evans Spino Jr. told the Spilaya Tymoo newspaper. "No one at their age has gone to these kinds of big time shows."


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