Northern Rodeo Signs Lifer of the Sport

On Thursday, the MSU-Northern Skylights rodeo team announced the signing of Cayda Dodginghorse to the roster for 2024-25 and beyond. Dodginghorse is from the Tsuut’ina Nation in Alberta, Canada.

Dodginghorse is a trademark barrel racer, having competed at the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) in the Ladies Barrel Racer Finals, a competition open to Indigenous people from both Canada and the United States. In each of her final three seasons competing, she placed in the top-four of the barrel racing competition.

“I chose MSU Northern because it is close to home for my family and horses, offering the convenience and support I need,” Dodginghorse said in a press release. “The great rodeo coaches at MSU Northern make me feel like family and connected to my Indigenous roots.”

Dodginghorse comes from rodeo roots. Her mother, Sonya, competed in her first rodeo starting at the age of five and turned that desire into a professional rodeo career in Canada. When she had Cayda, the torch was passed and now it’s the younger Dodginghorse who will take the mantle into her college studies. Before this latest triumph, the mother-daughter duo became the first of their generation to win the INFR title in 2019 with Sonya taking first in the professional ranks and Cayda in the junior circuit.

Cayda also has uncles who are tie-down ropers and an aunt who followed in her sister’s footsteps towards barrel racing. Cayda’s grandfather was a calf roper back in his day.

Dodginghorse will be a Community Leadership major and will be tasked with doing a hybrid system of learning through online classes in the wintertime so she can spend that time in Arizona training with her horses.

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