In a tragic accident, rodeo rider Piper Faust passed away doing what she loved.
The Texas and rodeo communities are in mourning over the loss of a young rodeo rider this past weekend. Ten-year-old Piper Faust died at the Caldwell Rodeo where she was competing in a barrel race. In a terrible accident, her horse spooked and fell over backwards onto her.
Though Piper was only 10, she made a tremendous impact on her community during her short life. She was competitive, but helpful, and loved to compete in rodeo, dance, and softball. Her parents, Rhonda and Brian, note that their daughter had intense determination which gave her an edge in all of the activities that she pursued. For the past six months, Piper had stopped all of her other activities to focus on her true passion: rodeo.
"I think her heart stopped in the arena. She left her soul where she loved it," Brian told KBTX.
According to her parents, Piper was an old soul with wisdom seemingly beyond her years. She always talked about angels, and about the future. Brian noted:
"She'd always talk to the angels, and they would talk to her, and she always told us that she wouldn't live to be old, that she would die young, and she knew it."
You can see Piper in action, doing what she loved, in the video below.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Lyons, Texas. A prayer service will also be held at the church at 7 p.m. the same day.
Piper's funeral will be held the following day, March 22, at 10 a.m. at the Burleson County Cowboy Church in Caldwell, Texas.
Piper's death is an absolute tragedy, but she also reminds us of the importance of living life to the fullest and chasing our dreams. This young rodeo rider knew what she wanted and went after it at full speed. We send Piper's family and friends our heartfelt condolences during this time.
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