Monday, March 20, 2017

10-Year-Old Piper Faust Killed At Rodeo


A community near College Station is mourning the loss of a tiny rodeo competitor who died Saturday, March 18 before entering the ring.

Ten-year-old Piper Faust was waiting to compete in barrel racing at the Caldwell, Texas rodeo when her horse rolled on top of her, KBTX reports.

Her parents told the TV station that Faust was a fierce competitor who excelled in dance, softball and other activities, but spent the last few months focusing on her rodeo event.

The Southeast Texas Youth Rodeo Association posted the following on Facebook: "We are still in shock at the loss of sweet Piper. We will be honoring her memory at the next rodeo. I will post details soon." Source: CHRON

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39 comments:

Bridget Brooks said...

Even more interesting is WHY a saddled with rider horse would just drop and roll. They don't typically do that unless they are unsaddled and pastured. God speed peace and healing to the family.

Kathy M said...

In this case I think the horse spooked and fell.

Shellie Dawn Stasny said...

The horse was spooked by something while she was waiting and reared straight up and went over backwards on top of her. It was in another news article.

wendy bailey said...

Unfortunately, this occurs many times during competitions. Some horses "leap or lunge" when entering the gate upon starting the pattern. If the rider is preoccupied when the horse takes off some riders will pull back on the reins as first instinct. This will cause the horse to follow the pressure of the bit. Meaning the horse will rear up. The rider not having balance will continue to use the reins to hold on causing the horse to completely fall over leaving the rider straddled under the horse. In no way is the horse trying to injure the rider.

Lance Lara said...

She didn't roll she got spooked and fell over back on her this is my daughters best friend

Jacqui Baxter said...

How perfectly awful and I am so sorry to family and friends.

Malu said...

So sad! Prayers for family and friends. 🐴 😢

Pam Roman said...

I am send prayers and best wishes to Piper's family friends and fans sge went way to go soon. God's speed little one. RIP

Laynette said...

Please relay our deepest condolences for the loss of their beautiful girl. Your families & community will be in our prayers ♡ my young step daughter lost a friend & it's so heartbreaking, but no one can pull together like a rodeo family.

Stacey Scarmardo said...

As a friend of the family I can vouch that the horse didn't drop and roll. Sangria was spooked and fell over backwards on Piper.

Carolyn Peto said...

From our family to yours, our deepest condolences and prayers for peace and comfort at this most difficult time. Our hearts go out to you.

Jack Morris Rains said...

Prayers for this angel and her family..God protect all our children. Amen.

Marilyn Weeden said...

I am so saddened to read about the loss of this little girl,Piper. I will pray for the peace and comfort that God alone can provide to the family and friends.

Kimberly bean said...

Complete accident. I had my best friend killed like this when I was 10. Horse spooked from lightening, fell over backwards on her. Six feet from her parents. Horribly tragic but not the horses or humans fault.

Mary Kay Maertz said...

Not sure it matters why the horse spooked, this is such a sad thing to happen to this little girl. Not the horses fault, or Pipers. Just a tragic accident. Keeping her family and friends in my prayers.

Unknown said...

It is not uncommon for horses to try to roll especially this time of year when they are shedding and itchy. That said, I understand that the horse spooked. Likely the child pulled back on the reigns and pulled the horse over. Many prayers for the family.

cjrodeogal said...

I could imagin the pain friends and family of lil Piper are going through. My daughter rodeos and is 10 also. Fly high Cowgirl ������

Jody Hooper said...

Hugs, love and prayers to all!

Jake said...

How about you show a little respect and not try to start drama drama queen...

Cindy Hall said...

God bless you all & prayers for peace. God got a very special angel. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family & friends of this precious angel.

Karen Treadwell said...

It is a tragic thing, but is can also be avoided. Parents need to be parents and not let their 60 pound kid try to wrangle and manage a 1100 pound horse at neck break speed. I rode when I was a kid too, but on a smaller animal. The rodeo associations need to regulate age categories, size of children ratio to the animal(s) as well. I'm sorry if that sounds like a party pooper to anyone, but children are our most precious commodity, and we can't allow these things to happen and simply say we'll pray for the family. We need to ACT to keep these kids safer.

June Romeo said...

Karen Treadwell- Your comment was uncalled for!! Put yourself in her parents position and how they would feel when reading your insensitive post. You can teach your kids a lot of things but nobody has the power to stop the unforeseeable. Things happen that sometimes cant be avoided. If you choose to raise your kids in a bubble of safety where they have no fun because it may be dangerous then that's your choice but I feel very sorry for any kids of yours if you do this. Do your kids ride a bike or play sports or go swimming or eat sandwiches? Because ALL of these things could possibly kill you if things go wrong. That's right you could die from choking on you lunch but that does not stop you from eating does it? Yes kids are a precious commodity but in order for kids to grow & flourish they need to feel a sense of accomplishment which gives them confidence and self worth and also makes them happy. Everyone has their own idea of perfect parenting but the point is that you should keep your opinion to yourself. Your comment was uncalled for.

Mai'T'so Wells said...

tragic accident. Sangria loved Piper, no doubt..just a sad tragedy... may God bless her and her family and friends..my condolences and prayers for comfort. understanding and peace...

Unknown said...

Very sad however it happened ! Prayers for the family

Raymond Cunningham said...

Uncalled for, if you want your children to be afraid of everything and get a trophy for trying and failing than that is your decision. Don't fault parents for encouraging their children to be the master of their lives. The only one who can judge a situation is the almighty and now he has a sweet angel to help with that.

debbie hoffart said...

Everyone just send prayers to the family on loosing their daughter, instead of trying to discuss what happen. The family knows what happen.
JUST SEND PRAYERS

Therese Christensen said...

First let me say, I am so sorry for the loss of this sweet child. No one could have prevented this tragic accident. We simply cannot stop our children from tasting life, it would be unfair and unhealthy. This little girl was doing what she loved, and her parents were trying to allow her to grow and enjoy life. I don't mean to sound like an ass or insensitive, but quite frankly, we have a reason for being born, it is to LIVE life at the fullest we can, and if people don't understand this, let me help. This sweet child died doing what she loved, it could have just as easily been a tragic accident flying a kite, riding a bicycle, walking with their parents, or a million other everyday activities too. We don't know when we will be called home, so for that reason...LIVE...chase your dreams...be the best you can....but most of all, LOVE your children and let them grow.

Kerri Creech said...

Such a terrible tragedy. My nephews rodeo and I know ya'll JR's are a tight knit group. Sending love and strength to the Faust family and all of Piper's sweet friends whom will miss her dearly. Ya'll are in my prayers ❤

Kerri Creech said...

Prayers for your sweet daughter. It's so hard to lose a friend no matter at what age. Wrapping y'all in His strength and love during this unbearable tragedy.

Christie Anderson said...

Actually, saddled horses try to roll often. Especially during their spring shed when they are worked to a sweat they frequently want to roll. I had two horses that would drop right down and roll during spring time rides any time I would walk them over Sandy spots on the trail. I'm pretty sure the rolling wasn't the actual issue here, because when they drop to roll an experienced rider can easily anticipate & jump off to safety (or pull the horse up & move them off to prevent the roll in the first place). I would imagine in this case there's a bit more to the story, but the reporting most likely softened it out of respect for the family...which is perfectly ok in my book! We don't need to nitpick over the details of why. ��

JoAnn Scott said...

Even expertly trained and ridden for several yeas, some horses just take a notion to lay down and roll even if there's a human on their back. I've see it many times and experienced it once, bet I was able to step off and not get hurt. My heart goes out to the family of this spunky little rider. <3

Daughter of WWII CPL Harold Trammell Tinian 1945 said...

This is a tragic loss, a terrible shock, my deepest condolences to the family.

Coreen Darker said...

Terrible tradgety fly high little angle. You looked a little star riding those horses with all of your enthusiasm no1 can say otherwise. Heartfelt condolences to her mum and dad you sure raised a little star taken far too soon

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Laura West said...

I am so sorry for this family's loss. God bless you, Piper.

Susan Mickle Trainer said...

Praying for family and friends. So sorry for your loss.

Robin Nelson Cross said...

I'm sorry, but I simply cannot understand why y'all are even discussing why & how this happened, & saying things like, "I feel it's more to it than this"!! My gosh, the child is gone, she was killed!! I assure you, that is the only thing that is of any importance!! How can you sit there & have a discussion about her like that??
I honestly mean no disrespect, but I just feel that your words are very inappropriate!!
I pray that God gives that little girls parents & friends the strength to carry on!! God Bless Them!!

Robin Nelson Cross said...

I truly hope that this child's MaMa doesn't look on this page & read some of these comments because she is definitely not going to find comfort in many of them!!
To the lady that is insinuating that as parents we are wrong, negligent, in putting our little girls & boys on an animal that big; you obviously have no clue!! It's not like going out today & purchasing a barrel horse for a child that has zero experience, & then say a week or so later, putting her in a real competition!! Most children have grown up around horses all their lives & can handle a 16 hand Quarter Horse as well as a grown woman!! But guess what? Things happen sometimes that we have no control over & there is absolutely nothing we can do about it but trust in God!! Because I assure you He is in control of everything & nothing happens that isn't meant to happen!! That is if you believe in God & every single word of the Bible!! So please keep your opinions to yourself when you know only the few words you have read in an article & can't seem to empathize with others & behave in a kind way!! God forgive me for speaking out so, but some of you were hurtful! God please forgive you as well!!