By Krista Lucas Wynn
“You can wait until the right time, but I don’t know that there is ever a right time,” Jamie Olsen said. No truer words have been spoken pertaining to being a rodeo competitor. The 36-year-old cowgirl from Brock, Texas, recently decided to fulfill her dreams of being a professional barrel racer and is hitting the rodeo road this year to chase the Rookie of the Year title.
Rodeo dreams were set in Olsen’s heart at an early age. Growing up in South Dakota, she began competing at a very young age. Both parents rodeoed in high school, and her dad even rode bulls at the professional level for a while. She also has a younger brother, who she shared her first horse with, a retired hunter jumper.
When she was eight years old, her parents finally bought Olsen her own horse, a paint named M&M. With the help of her mom and a friend, she was able to train him to compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping.