Brown’s goals — equestrian champion & businesswoman
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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MICHAELEE BROWN has a number of goals set for her life. As she reaches them, she looks to setting new ones. Banner photos, GREG KAYLOR
MICHAELEE BROWN has a number of goals set for her life. As she reaches them, she looks to setting new ones. Banner photos, GREG KAYLOR
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She likes trucks, Jeeps, farming, boots and horses. Michaelee Brown has her eyes set on being an equestrian champion and a businesswoman.

The 16 year-old Walker Valley High School student is also studying cosmetology.

“I want to do hair,” she said laughingly.

Brown is daughter to Mike Brown who owns Maverick Farms in Charleston.

She is a champion barrel racer in the southern rodeo circuit and has collected several wins during her short career.

“I will always have the farm, but I still want to do hair,” she said.

Brown sets goals, achieves them and then sets higher goals.

Brown rode her first horse when she was only 10 months-old.

She began showing horses in Horsemanship classes before elevating to lead and buggy competitions.

She began trail riding and expanding her skills.

Brown entered the rodeo ring when she was nine.

As a member of the Southern Rough Stock Association, Brown got her first taste of rodeo’s sport of barrel racing.

“I competed with SRSA for a year then joined the National Barrel Horse Association,” Brown said.

Her and her father travel the southern states in a truck and trailer emblazoned with her name on its side and several championship stickers to boot.

“I’m a big daddy’s girl,” she said with a smile.

Brown has been to the NBHA finals four times.

The finals are held in Mississippi.

Her goal is to land someday in Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo

Brown is most recently fourth fastest in the world of barrel racing. She recently won two coveted buckles.

In 2010, she took second fastest time and was awarded a beautiful, custom stamped saddle and bridle.

The saddle was presented to her for the second fastest time in the state competition.

When she isn’t practicing with one of her three horses, Brown works on the farm doing a variety of chores.

She can drive all the farm equipment.

“Show me how to do it once, then I want to be on my own. I am very independent and want to do things on my own,” Brown said.

Recently, Brown began teaching younger children at the farm.

“Whether they just want to learn to ride a horse or get into barrel racing. That’s what I do,” she said.

When she is in competition, Brown said she doesn’t think about anything but what is ahead of her.

“I know before I go out in the ring whether I will do good or not,” she said regarding her connection with her horse.

Brown has performed ballet, dance, studied martial arts and been a cheerleader.

She quit all of it when she got into barrel racing.

“This is what I would like to do for the rest of my life. I have never gotten tired of it,” she said.

The glitter of the outfits and the dust of the rodeo ring have impacted her life and she has set her goals for the future.

With her attitude, there will be other goals which will be made and more than likely met.

Brown is currently working on her cooking skills.

Being on a farm where produce is grown gives her the opportunity to learn to cook southern foods.