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Spring/Summer 2017

Rodeo Nebraska

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think it’s about as good as it’s going to be," Morgan said.

Doctors told her high impact sports, such as getting off

your horse at high speed in the goat tying, are out of the

question. But if she chooses to, she could run and play

basketball.

The hip isn’t 100 percent, either, but it will be. Four

screws hold it in place, and within a few years, it will be

healed completely. She can ride, and plans to compete this

spring for her her third year of high school rodeo.

Morgan, a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo

Association, and her header, Clayton Simons, are ranked

second in the NHSR standings in the team roping, and she

is ranked fifth in the breakaway. She qualified for state

finals her freshman and sophomore years, and last year

qualified for the National High School Finals in the team

roping with her older brother, Cody. At the 2016 state

finals, she set a finals record in the breakaway roping with

a time of 2.13 seconds.

The surgeries have given Morgan a focus on her career.

She had originally thought about being a teacher, but is

now considering physical therapy.

"I’ve spent a lot of time (in physical therapy) and it

seems like something I would enjoy," she said. "All of my

doctors and physical therapists have strongly encouraged

me to go into the medical field."

She has the grades for it. She is on the all-A honor roll

at Gordon-Rushville and is a National Honor Society

and FFA member. She has competed at the state FFA

competition the last two years; once in ag science and once

in livestock judging.

The surgeries have made her mature, too, her mom said.

"Lots of times with doctors, she asks her own questions.

She’s very positive. She’s been through a lot in three

years," Stacey said.

And this June, Morgan plans to be at the state finals

rodeo in Hastings.

The Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo will be held in

Hastings at the Adams County Fairgrounds June 15-17.

Tickets are $7 for everyone ages 5 and up and are available

through the office and at the gate. For more information,

visit

AdamsCountyFairgrounds.com

or hsrodeo-nebraska.

com, or call 402-462-3247.

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Morgan Darnell, who has had four surgeries in four years, breakaway ropes at the Nelson, Neb. high school rodeo in the fall of 2016. The Gordon cowgirl is

recovering from hip dysplasia. Photo by Stacey Darnell