Brooke Sanders with her horse, Vegas (courtesy Rev. Randy Wells)

A girl with Brenham roots is making it her goal to become the first African American female to win a professional barrel racing title.

Brooke Sanders, a freshman and honor student at Klein High School, competed in Okmulgee, Oklahoma this past weekend and placed fourth in a barrel racing event.  She placed first in a Pee Wee Division barrel race in Raywood on August 5th, with a winning time of 15.71 seconds.  Her next event is on September 8th, where she’ll be running at the Waller County Fairgrounds.

She also runs in “open events,” which include adult and professional competition.  Her goal is to make it to the National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas, and bring home the title.

Brooke was introduced to horses in elementary school by her father, Bradley Sanders of Brenham.  At age 13, she joined the Summer All-American Youth Rodeo Association, where she would compete in pole and barrel events nearly every weekend.  After turning 14, she began riding with her current horse, a Bay Mare by the name of Vegas.

Brooke is currently a member of the Anahuac Salt Grass Cowboy Association, and she is eager to show what she can do on a national level.  She frequently comes back to Brenham to visit her grandparents, Dennis and Lasandra Sanders, as well as to come to Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church.

Brooke is accepting sponsorships from those who wish to support her career.  To learn more, call Bradley Sanders at 832-347-0284.

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