She's a cowgirl out of Wall, who sattled it up at State Finals. We introduce you to Savana Johnston, this week's Athlete of the Week.
Calder says, 'I really like her attitude. It doesn't matter if she's on a high or low, it really never waivers. She's always got a smile on her face.'
Savana Johnston is a year-round athlete that's really good at rodeo, and this year, the Wall cowgirl went to State in multiple events.
Savana says, 'I qualified in six events cutting, barrels, pole bending, goat tying, break away and team roping.'
She's well rounded in the sport, and it runs in her family.
Calder says, 'We're a really close family, and I know with her being the youngest she's always looked up to us.'
Savana says, 'My siblings have always competed in everything, and I've always been with them and practicing with them. I just wanted to try them all, and I have the horses that I need to try them all, and its been working out.'
This year, while Savana was competing at State, her older siblings Carlee and Carson were in Casper, competing in the College National Finals Rodeo.
Savana says, 'I've been going to their rodeos ever since I was very little, and I've got to watch them compete. It was something I fell in love with. They've been helping me practice. They know what this is all about, and they push me even harder.'
She knows that to be the best, you have to put in the work.
Calder says, 'A lot of people don't know the amount of practice she puts into it. She's out in the arena every night.'
Savana says, 'I practice every night, and I run barrels in the morning, so I keep pretty busy. I help my dad every day and my mom too. So it's sometimes hard to get practice in, but you've got to keep going even if you're tired.'
Next year, Savana will join her siblings in Spearfish as she continues to compete in rodeo for Black Hills State.