Taviah Johnson Faribault, Minnesota is a barrel racer, and Rice Bull Riding Company’s rodeo queen. She has been riding horses since she was 6 years old, and has trained her newest horse, Goose, completely by herself. She works at St. Lucas Care Center, Chatto Law Firm, and Maple Lawn Cemetery all in Faribault, MN.
Taviah is a Senior at Faribault Senior High School, and will be graduating in June of 2016. Her plan after high school is to attend Minnesota State University Mankato. She will be going to school to receive her BSN/Registered Nurse in the medical field. She loves spending time with her animals along with working hard to pay for all of her horse expenses. Not to mention all of the entry fees for the events she travels to. Her favorite time to ride is when she gets up early enough in the morning to go ride here horses before school. To her there is no better way to start the morning. She currently has two horses of her own.
Peppys Pepperoni aka “Peppy” is 11-year-old sorrel quarter horse mare out of Hickory’s Holly Maid and Peppys Lil Wil. She was Taviah’s very first horse that she had to train from the ground up with the help of her cousin Camille Jacobson, and friend Darcy White. Both Peppy and Taviah have won multiple 4-H State Trips, and have received four champion Medals and six Reserve Champion Ribbons; and a lot of money checks. She believes that winning on a finished bought horse is way different then winning on a horse you have trained yourself. Peppy is her solid get on and go kind of horse. She use Peppy as her flag horse to carry the lovely red, white, and blue flag during the Rice Bull Riding Company events. Taviah explains,”I love her to death”!
Hickory’s Pepto aka “Goose” is a 7 years old red roan quarter horse gelding. This is Taviah’s second summer owning him. she taught him the barrel pattern and she is currently training him on pole bending. She also uses him as a flag horse to carry the American flag, along with competing in the barrel racing events that Rice Bull Riding Company puts on. If there is one word that describes him, Taviah says it would be “spoiled”, and he loves the attention. He is out of Little Mo Pepto and Duhons Gypsy. Also is a grandson of Peptoboonsmal. She will be focusing mainly on him this year as this is his first year running hard.
She was also on the Faribault Varsity Emerald Dance team for four years, and their team placed first in 2015 and second place in 2016. She was voted Most Valuable, Most Dedicated, Athlete Scholar of the year. The Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team and she had the honor to receive the Brittney Landsverk Memorial Scholarship. Along with all that Taviah is very active in volunteering in our community. She was able to travel down to Fort Worth, Texas a couple of months ago to compete in the American Patriot which she made it to the final go. She was so happy with everything; for Goose not being in good shape, and never competing at that high level of competition before. She also went to the NBHA State Finals last year and won Reserve Champion on the 3D and 4D.
Taviah has the honor to be the Queen of Rice Bull Riding Company. She started traveling with Rice four years ago by being their Military Flag carrier. She was then asked to be their Jr. Queen; which she was for two years, and now she has the special honor to be their Rodeo Queen. This is her second year representing them as Queen. She would not be able to travel as much as she does without my wonderful local sponsors. Weichert Realtors, Hoffman Law Office, The State Bank of Faribault, Erickson Chiropractor, Comprehensive Wealth Solutions, Precision Tile and Marble, Werner Cleaning Service, Chatto Law Firm, and A & A Custom Cabinets.
Johnson loves helping younger riders improve on their own riding skills as she is improving as well. She don’t know where she would be today without the support of her family, friends and community. For school , she has won multiple scholarships that will help her achieve her future goals. The Brittney Landsverk Memorials Scholarship, STRIVE Scholarship, Elks Scholarship, Lions Club Scholarship, American Red Cross Scholarship, and Taviah was also nominated Student of the Month for Science by her Anatomy and Physiology teacher. Her future goals that relate to horses are to keep competing at rodeos, and bulls and barrel events while in college and beyond. Taviah, just like any other young barrel racer has dreams to run down the alley at the Thomas and Mac in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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