Pair Of Pryor Teens Dreams Turn Into Reality In Rodeo Circuit

Saturday, July 18th 2020, 9:11 pm
By: Daniel Hawk

Pryor -

The dream of any cowboy or cowgirl is making a life on the rodeo circuit.

For a Pair of Pryor teens, they are making that dream into a reality in two separate rodeo events.

For Carson Clayton, barrel racing is all she's ever wanted to do. Clayton is a second generation cowgirl. Both of Clayton's parents competed in professional rodeo and she's been on horseback almost as long as she's been able to walk..

"My mom got me a miniature pony when I was about 3 and I would setup the barrels in a stall and I kind of learned from there," Clayton said.

She's not the only cowgirl from Pryor. Payton Dingman is too, and over the years, the pair have become close friends..

"We used to rodeo together quite a bit and then we both went different ways. She breakaways and I barrel race. Its always awesome to see her grow and do better," Clayton said.

Even though Clayton and Dingman don't compete in the same events when they rodeo, you can always find either one of them cheering the other one on.

"I never want to be a different person. I want them to do just as well as I do when I’m back in the box. I want to win, but I’m going to encourage them and hope they do the same as well," Dingman said.

Along with her talents in the saddle, Dingman is also a gifted singer.

"To get to do this I'm very blessed with great parents that support me and friends that encourage me I just absolutely so thankful and so blessed," Dingman said.