This summer, freshman Karleigh Vande Gutche traveled to Wyoming to compete in the National Rodeo Association Finals in the sport of Light Rifle Competition. Karleigh was pleased with her performance, finishing in the upper middle of the 500 competitors using a .22 caliber rifle. When asked what she like most about the trip, Karleigh, Karleigh’s face lit up with the comment, “The scenery out there was amazing!”
Karliegh started shooting with her grandfather Bruce Beebe, when she was a young girl. It was something she really enjoyed and developed her skills to a national caliber level under his guidance and support from her parents.
Karleigh is an accomplished competitor in barrel racing but an accident in competition caused Karleigh to sit out for eight months while she went through extensive treatment for her sustained traumatic brain injury. The injury shifted Karleigh’s focus from competing with her horse to competing with her rifle.
We’re very proud of Karleigh and her accomplishments and commend her for her grit and determination in overcoming a life challenge!