(KWTX) Two Central Texas sisters are making a splash in the rodeo arena, earning recognition as among the best in the U.S.
Patton Ann Lynch, 14, and her younger sister Alexis Raye Lynch, 11, are making a splash in the rodeo arena. (Courtesy photo)
Patton Ann Lynch, 14, and her younger sister Alexis Raye Lynch, 11, both qualified from among more than 1,300 competitors for 248 spots at RFD-TV's The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth Monday.
"It's tough just to be there," said their dad Dusty Lynch.
"It's a knife fight. Every horse there was a fast, awesome barrel horse."
The girls didn't qualify for the finals, which would have meant making the top 10 overall.
But Patton Ann did land at 48th.
The top 40 then get the chance to compete for the 10 spots, which move on to the finals at AT&T stadium.
The girls’ talent stands out and the fact that they’re sisters makes them even more unique.
"I would say it's pretty unique," their dad said.
"I didn't hear of any other sisters announced. I heard a mother and daughter but no other sisters."
The latest competition for the sisters is the latest in a long line of events and success for the two.
Patton Ann is a homeschooled eighth grader in Crawford.
Alexis Raye is a fifth grader at Bishop Reicher.
Patton Ann was the 2018 Women's Professional Rodeo Association's Junior World Champion.
She also won the 2018 Elite Youth Extravaganza and the 2018 ANHA Shoot out.
Alexis Raye is following in her big sister’s footsteps, also winning the ANHA Shoot out in 2019.
"We're proud of them not only for the success but the reward of their hard work to try and get there," Dusty said.
The girls training started when they were 3, their dad says.
Now they practice weekly with trainer Jordon Briggs from Chilton and work out their horses pretty much every day.
The sisters say they have a guardian angel in the arena and an extra reason to compete with all their hearts.
Their aunt, Jerry Lynch, who had no children, but treated the girls as her own, was killed in an ATV accident last April.
She was one of the girls’ biggest barrel racing fans and a huge part of their story.
"Jerry took them all over the country to races," Dusty said.
"She would be so proud, overly proud. To see anyone reap their rewards of their work, all the time and effort they put into it, it's like baseball and football, if you're going to succeed you have to work at it."
Patton will ride next week at the Junior American at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth and will try to advance to the Junior NFR at AT&T Stadium.