"Every run, you treat it the same," Josie Conner said. "You still want to rope and rope your game and drawl a good calf. I knew that I drew the stock I needed to this year."
"It was very special to me, it was a very big deal."
Iowa cowgirl, Josie Conner didn't stop at winning first place in the junior high girls breakaway roping at the state finals, she went to nationals and proved she was the best in the world. But where does she get it from? Rodeo is in her blood.
"My dad and my mom both rodeoed in high school and my dad pro rodeoed," Conner said. "I just grew up around it. Ever since I was little I was always riding."
Conner has been to the rodeo nationals three straight years now, but this year she came home with the title for the first time. The 14-year-old national champion said the preparation this time around was simple.
"This year, I felt like I was prepared for it," Conner said. "I rope every week anyway; the preparation wasn't any different because I do it all the time. The process is long, but it's rewarding."
And even though Conner has already accomplished so much at such a young age, she's always looking to continue adding to her resume.
"There's a bunch, there's always something else to accomplish in rodeo," Conner said. "It's such a humbling sport. You really can't win every time no matter how good you are. It's the luck of the drawl and it depends on what day of the week it is. Just whatever is next you just have to take it, like there's no yesterday."