Formerly a Miranda, Marti Snyder showed off her maiden name in her family’s arena.
The Kaua‘i High School graduate conquered her greatest rodeo feat of her career, by roping the Kaua‘i All-Girls Rodeo Association’s All-Around title.
Although the rank might be new, Snyder, a rodeo-aholic by nature, has been around the sport since she could stay on a horse for more than five seconds.
Growing up, Snyder was a tough competitor in the barrel racing scene, challenging her biggest rival, Shantelle Manibog, a classmate, for bragging rights on the Red Raider campus.
Manibog, who let the reins go after high school, manages to stay in touch with Snyder, who is still tearing it up in the arena.
Snyder garnered the prestigious all-leather saddle that accompanies the all-around title holder’s saddle bag of goodies.
But barrels weren’t the only contest Snyder conquered throughout the season. She also grabbed the titles or reserve titles in steer undecorating (champion), 3-D pole bending (reserve), dally team roping (reserve), and breakaway roping (reserve).
The reserve champion was Kristyn Vasconcelles. The most improved buckle, voted on by members, went to Shan Mundon. Results of the final rodeo of the season and year end awards can be found in the scoreboard on page B2.
The cowgirls will take part in the Veterans Day Parade in Kapa‘a on November 5. They are also planning to participate at the Kuku‘i Grove Center holiday parade. For more information, please call KAGRA secretary, Linda Antipala at 742-7595.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org