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Oklahoma cowgirl is competitor, actres

Shawnee, Okla. (July 11, 2012) – Haley Ganzel excels not only in the rodeo arena but in front of the movie camera, too.

The 17 year old Collinsville, Okla. cowgirl, who is competing at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla., found a new role last month as a movie star.FROM RODEO ARENA TO MOVIE STAR|Cowboy Sports News

She was a trick rider in the movie Cowgirls ‘N Angels, which was filmed in Oklahoma and was released to major movie theaters last month.

Haley, who competes in the breakaway roping at the IFYR, is also a trick rider, performing dangerous horse riding stunts such as the hippodrome, the liberty stand, and the Cossack death drag.

The cowgirl learned the art from her uncle, a professional trick rider, and in addition to her competition as a breakaway roper and barrel racer, also trick rides at rodeos across the region.

She loves both disciplines. “They’re two totally different rushes. Trick riding is definitely an adrenaline rush, a crowd pleaser. I love the entertainment.” But she loves the roping and barrel racing, too. “I love the competition, too.”

Haley played Rose, one of the trick riders in the movie, and even though she had never acted before, had five or six lines.

This is her third time to compete at the IFYR.

She will be a senior at Collinsville High School this fall. After graduation, she hopes to attend college on a rodeo scholarship. She would like to become an equine surgeon and continue her trick riding and competition.

She is the daughter of J.Paul and Charlene Ganzel.

The 20th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo is the world’s richest youth rodeo, with 863 contestants competing for $200,000 in prizes and money. It takes place July 8-13 For more information on the IFYR, visit www.IFYR.com or call 405-275-7020.