For the third time, Abigail James will compete in the national rodeo in breakaway roping.
The Rosepine High School soon-to-be senior will take part in the 70th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo on July 15-21 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

She qualified by competing in the Lake Charles at Burton Coliseum at the Louisiana High School finals Rodeo where she won second in the short round and Reserve Champion for the year.

"It's pretty great," James said. "It's definitely an honor to get to go.

"I didn't do as well as I wanted to (in Lake Charles), but I got all of my calfs caught."

James placed sixth in nationals as an eighth grader and competed in her freshman year. She hopes her previous experience will help her out this time around.

"I want to go and rope the best I can and try to represent our state," James said.

"I think I'll be good now since I've been there before."

James trains every day with her horse, Rabbit, all year around and has been doing it before the summer of third grade.

The NHSFR has more than 1,650 contestants from around the country and Canada, Australia and Mexico.

"I like being around the horses all the time, and you get to make friends all around the United States, and some not from the United States," James said. "You make it a family."