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Karen Goemmer

Karen is a ranch born and raised cowgirl. Originally from Douglas, Wyoming, she calls Willard, NM, home. She spend her childhood horseback, following her grandparents around the ranch and tagging along to trade labor with neighbors.

Truly a product of a family history of ranching and rodeo, Karen boasts grandparents who built a successful ranch in Wyoming. Her grandfather judged numerous early day rodeos such as Cheyenne and Belle Fourche. Her parents were also successful ranchers, and her father became well known politically.

Karen high school rodeoed, helped form the first barrel racing association in Wyoming, was on the U of A rodeo team and later, the CSU team.

Taking her Grandma’s advice to marry a cowboy, she married Lowell, a fellow CSU team member and a rancher from La Veta, CO. Together, they have run cattle in OK, NE, WY, CO, NM, AZ, and NV.

Two sons, Shawn, his wife Mindy, daughters, Dally and Riata of Battle Mountain, NV and Shane, his wife, Sherri, twins, Fallon and Kade, and daughter Makenna of Willard, NM, continue in the family tradition of ranching and rodeo.

Shawn, Mindy and Shane have all joined NSPRA, and Dally and Riata sing the National Anthem at many NSPRA rodeos.

Karen has been an NSPRA competitor in her 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Aboard her mare, Sally, Karen won the 2003 NSPRA World Champion Barrel Racer title. She was the 2007 Reserve World Champion and wont the 2008 NSPRA finals

She served two years as barrel racing director and is currently serving on the Executive Board. She and Lowell have donated numerous buckles throughout the years.

An excellent advocate for NSPRA, Karen always speaks highly of the Association. She says, “NSPRA is good horses, good friends, and lots of travel.”

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