Local cowgirl Kirbee Spire has added even more hardware to her already extensive collection of rodeo trophies and buckles.
Spire is coming off of consecutive breakaway roping titles at the Missouri High School Rodeo Association's state competition.
The win, accompanied by a reserve championship finish in goat tying, will once again send the 18-year-old to the national competition for high school ropers.
Held in Rock Springs, Wyo., the national event draws the best young talent from across the country.
The competition will cap a two-week run of contests for Spire that begins 17 hours from Wyoming in Shawnee, Okla.
"This will be my seventh year in Wyoming," Spire said. "It is a big deal. Hopefully I can end my last year in high school competitions strong."
Spire graduated from Maryville High School in May, but her plans for rodeo are nowhere near over.
This fall, she will begin studying agriculture business at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, where she will compete in rodeo at the college level.
Spire said she is excited to be moving on to the next level and hopes eventually to turn pro.
Aside from the riding and roping, Spire said she relishes the camaraderie of her rodeo peers.
"We're all really competitive, but we still cheer each other on," Spire said. "It's more of a family sport, and we're all family. There are a lot of 'second families' I guess."
Spire is the daughter of Ed and Patty Spire. Her older siblings, Derk and Jodi, were rodeo riders as well.
"I really have to give a big thanks to my parents and family," Spire said. "They have supported me throughout high school and so much more."