Steamboat senior earns mixed team roping title

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— A shiny new belt buckle, a brand new saddle and a few extra dollars in her savings account are just a few of the things Steamboat Springs senior Danni Scheer has to show for a summer of hard work.

Scheer, who will turn 17 in just a couple of weeks, also has a new mixed team roping title from the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association.

"This is my third year riding on the CPRA and it looks like all the hard work and extra practice have really paid off," Scheer said.

Despite a slow start at the state finals Sept. 13-14, Scheer was able to hold onto her lead and finish at the top of the standings.

"It wasn't a great finals," she said. "But I was able to pull it together and catch my last two steers."

The local header had missed her first steer and needed to catch the final two to keep her position in the overall standings. Lori Sheppard made a hard run in the finals but couldn't overtake the Steamboat roper.

"I knew I had to catch them to win," Scheer said.

The local roper will now add the mixed title to her list of accomplishments on the CPRA. Scheer was named "Rookie of the Year" in 2000 when she was just 14 years old.

"I was pretty busy this year," Scheer said. "We were gone every weekend from Friday through Monday. We traveled all over Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico."

Scheer said it was nice because she got to spend a lot of time with her father, Grant, who is also a team roper. He finished second in the open division this year.

Scheer said she would continue to ride in high school rodeos as an independent. She wants to focus on barrel racing, breakaway roping and pole bending at the high school level this season.

"Danni was really committed to team roping this summer," Grant said. "I think she went to 20 or 25 rodeos."

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