Tribute To 10-Year-Old Piper Faust – Barrel Racer Tragically Killed

A 10-year-old girl passed away Saturday night, March 18, 2017, at the Caldwell Rodeo in Caldwell, Texas. Young Piper Faust was about to compete in barrel racing when her horse was spooked and fell back on top of her. Piper was a determined, competitive and helpful young girl that was adored by many in the community.  James Knight with J Knight Media created the beautiful tribute below.   He described Piper as a bright light who’s passion shined through.

Piper’s parents told KBTX-TV that she had an old soul and spoke about angels and her future often.  “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,” said her father Brian.  He continued, “I think her heart stopped in the arena. She left her soul where she loved it.”

Please keep Piper’s family and friends in your prayers.  Share this on Facebook if you ride for Piper.  #rideforpiper

120 Responses

  1. Brent Ankrom

    It is possible to advertise summer camp positions on your site. We look for wranglers to work at our ranch for underprivileged kids in Canada. We have 1,000 kids come in the summer and most are from single parent, foster and group homes. We cover the cost.

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    • Anonymous

      #RIP Piper, her passion in riding and horses showed she did what she loved. Condolences to her family and friends. She is with the Angels and Heaven were all great people go .⚘⚘⚘⚘⚘

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  2. Teresa

    Prayers for you all in Jesus name for the loss of your Rodeo Angel. Deepest sympathy’s.

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    • Melita Green

      My thoughts and prayers are with this little angels family & the Rodeo world. Fly high with all your angel friends beautiful girl ❤️

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  3. Holly Barber

    The horse probably had a fear of going into the ring to be hit by her….natural reaction to abuse.

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    • Carol Mathews

      What an AH you are. You’ve probably never been on a horse, or competed in anything.

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      • Joh Stinson

        Very well said Carol although I would’ve used much harsher words!! I hope to God this person never loses a child to ANYTHING!! Hey should be disgusted in their comment and remember that this young rodeo princesses parents may read these comments!!

      • Annette L Murri

        Rode a few barrel horses in my life, and know that they love to compete. I gave a little swat here and there, but never abused my horse. I treated my horse better than myself. To place ignorant blame is shameful. Lord bless this family in this time of loss.

      • Carys Osborne

        excuse me, but i basically live on riding horses and the fact that the horse has hair missing and scabs on its rump just proves to you that some competitions, although they may be fun for us humans to watch, are extremely cruel towards the horse, do YOU even know anything about horses?

      • NYLAS WINNIE

        I RODE HORSES ONCE A WEEK DECADES AGO WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I WORKED IN ANIMAL RESCUE 21 YEARS. WHEN AN ANIMAL IS HIT, IT IS GOING TO REACT WHICH IS NORMAL! THERE ARE MANY WHO BELIEVE IN “BREAKING” A HORSE AND ABUSE IS USED IN THE PROCESS. THE CORRECT WAY IS “GENTLING” A HORSE, A MUCH KINDER WAY TO TRAIN ONE. WHETHER AN ANIMAL OR HUMAN IS HIT OR ABUSED THERE IS ALWAYS A REACTION.

      • Tonya

        Cary, you are an idiot. That horse is an app it doesn’t have missing hair and sores. Go make your point somewhere else. This was a tragedy and not about abuse. I feel for the family at the loss of such a young child!!

      • Carys Osborne

        firstly, the name is carys, not cary, and have you even looked at the video? that horse is really injured you go make your point off in hell

    • Anonymous

      Screw you Holly Barber. A 10 year old dies and that’s your comment? Didn’t your mom ever teach you if you can’t say something nice then keep your pie hole shut? Go crawl back under your rock!

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    • Dana

      Screw you Holly Barber. A 10 year old dies and that’s your comment? Didn’t your mom ever teach you if you can’t say something nice then keep your pie hole shut? Go crawl back under your rock!

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    • Karen

      Agreed. Who taught her it was okay to whip the daylights out of her horse?

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      • Anonymous

        Oh my gosh, did you see the blood of that poor horse splattering everywhere! !! Holly you and Karen have no clue. Do you know how thick a horses hide is or how strong a little girl is and that tiny little switch looks deadly. Like Dana said you should probably remain silent because your hateful ignorance is more than anyone should have to tolerate. I lost my daughter at a young age and if anyone had made a comment like yours, I would have been looking for you.

      • Kathy

        Oh my gosh, did you see the blood of that poor horse splattering everywhere! !! Holly you and Karen have no clue. Do you know how thick a horses hide is or how strong a little girl is and that tiny little switch looks deadly. Like Dana said you should probably remain silent because your hateful ignorance is more than anyone should have to tolerate. I lost my daughter at a young age and if anyone had made a comment like yours, I would have been looking for you.

      • Anonymous

        Serious !!! These horses are treated better than some humans. Give me a break.

    • LINDA BACKER

      TRUE,SHE WAS LEATHER WHIPPING THE BARREL RACING HORSE AND THAT IS ANIMAL ABUSE.I NEVER IN MY LIFE DO THAT IT’S WRONG……:-(

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    • Melissa

      Yeah shut the fuck up holly- these horses LOVE to run- the over under strap is common practice! Obviously they care a lot about safety because not only is she wearing a helmet (very uncommon!!!) the horse was also equipped and ran properly.
      Losses like this suck :/ nobody should go that young. Rest in piece ❤️️ You will be missed

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      • Carys Osborne

        fuck you, oh, and run? HORSES DONT FUCKING RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they canter, gallop, walk, trot and pace. shut the fuck up shit hole that was horse abuse

    • Anonymous

      Are you serious. Your pathetic, this horse was not being abused nor was it afraid to go on the arena.

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    • Kristin

      You are an AH who do you think you are, you are heartless and obviously never been to a rodeo non the less involved! You are a heartless piece of crap n if I could reach you I’d deck you!!

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    • Anonymous

      What an idiot! That horse probably loved her more than anyone has ever loved you.

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    • Tracey

      Are u Fukin for real abuse wtf a young girl died and your saying no wonder becoz she was hitting it omfg get out of my site u idiot

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    • Graza

      Holly…

      Maybe because of her “riding level” she got a spookier horse under her to ride. Maybe everyone thought she was ready to handle that type of horse.

      So maybe you are to early with your comment. You don’t know the story.

      BUT I do agree with the abuse. People should understand when horses can feel a FLY on their skin, they sure can feel the whipping. People should also understand how a horse works.. when they ACCEPT it does not mean it does not hurt.
      The horse TOLERATES the whipping and trained itself to be NUMB for the pain.

      No! I am NOT happy with her death, this is the worst that could ever happen! And I feel sorry for everyone involved in this terrible loss. My sensere condolences.

      KR from Germany

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    • SHAYNE

      YOU ARE A COMPLETE DUMBASS HOLLY. DID I SAY COMPLETE….YES, COMPETE DUMBASS

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    • Anonymous

      You have no idea…don’t talk about something unless you have experienced it….that horse will be mourning for his rider…they are typically inseparable

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    • Holly S

      You have no idea…don’t talk about something unless you have experienced it….that horse will be mourning for his rider…they are typically inseparable

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    • Jana

      Anybody who has any idea of how much time, patience and money goes into barrel horses would know how inaccurate your statement is. Most barrel racers put their horses before themselves and anybody else. And in no way shape or form abuse them.

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    • Tamara

      Can someone remove this completely ignorant comment please….You should be ashamed of yourself, aside from the fact that you have no decency, no respect, and no clue, how can you I good conscious type such a comment? I imagine you feel pretty safe sitting behind that screen.

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    • Cat Hock

      Holly Barber you are a ruthless Bi**H I would like to hit on you and show you abuse!!!!! How sad you take someones pain and turn it into your SICK message!!!

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    • Dan

      Holly Barber, that is so cruel of you. A family lost their child and you resort
      to stupidity. My prayers are for the family and friends of that little
      girl. God bless

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    • DixieVeganDarling

      I have to agree! Rodeo is nothing but animal abuse! And yes I used to have horses!

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    • Rhonda Ennis

      Seriously?? Could you be more ignorant than to troll a post like this?

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    • Patti Sutton

      The horse is use to that. It happens too all of the horses if you had been watching. That was a heartless remark HOLLY BARBER !!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      You are a total one hundred percent disrespectful idiot for this post.

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    • Rebecca

      Seriously? Please don’t voice opinions in areas which you are obviously grossly uneducated.

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    • Anonymous

      A barrel horse lives for that you uneducated moron. This is about the loss of a beautiful child doing what she loved!! My heart goes out to the family.

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    • Anonymous

      such a rude comment to a family that lost their precious angel. God bless this family. . Holly i hope karma don’t hit you in this matter but it will come back to you.

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    • Rachelle

      As a person who lived on the back of these magnificent spirits – AYKM!!
      Far from abuse.
      These are the risks we take in competition. The anticipation of the run is as exhilarating for the horse as it is the rider.
      It is a magnificently orchestrated dance between 2 souls as they twirl as one in a fluid move around an obstacle.
      If you have never sat upon a mount and felt the rush and chills of this sport- you missed it.
      The slaps on the shoulder and rump are merely an encouragement to HURTY HURRY!
      Prayers and HUGS to the family from a kindred spirit.
      Please keep the negativity off the beautiful tribute to this now heavenly soul.
      That is TOTAL DISRESPECT.

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    • Nora

      Get a life Holly. Apparently you know nothing about horses, riders or what gamers need to work with their horse. Th e horse was as happy as can be doing what the horse loved doing with his rider.

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    • Coco

      If you ever seen the relationship between horse and rider in these competitions you would know how special the bond is ,the horse is as compedative as the rider and the horses are part of the family in most ,my condolences to the family ❤

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    • Billie

      What an ugly thing to say! This is a tragedy! These horses get the best care and are truly loved by their owners! You have no idea what your talking about and you should be ashamed of yourself!

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    • Horse Lover/Carys Osborne

      holly, you are so right, that horse probably was afraid to go into the arena, and before you horse haters start arguing against that, do you know what horses strongest suit is? its resilience, so that horse, if it wasn’t so resilient, it would have had been forced to go into the arena, most likely with even more abuse, or not used at all.
      you haters should also stop picking on holly, there are much other people on this page to pick on, so choose them, and also, you know the saying “treat others how you wish to be treated”? well i bet that some people here wouldn’t be saying these comments, even though they still have full rights to, because you guys are being horse haters.

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    • Anonymous

      You’re really that stupid!? You are a piece of work yourself to make a comment like that on a tribute like this. The world would be a better place without people like you!

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    • Emerald

      Holly you obviously know nothing about this the tapping of the reigns on the horses hind quarters is not worse than hitting your thigh with your hand it is to remind the horse to stay on course and keep up speed but as far as hurting them it’s not like a whip or anything and seriously this is a 10 year old not much force behind it. It is not abuse in any way. The barrel racing horse is well cared for and loved so please don’t speak of something you know nothing about.

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    • Becky

      You are the worst kind of disgusting. I’ll put any of my rodeo raised children against your “participation award” children and laugh. Go find a hole!!

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    • Terry

      Your speculations are unfounded and don’t belong. It truly comes across as if you’re just one of those people who look around for stories to post things with the intent of instigating arguments. I feel sorry for you that you don’t have anything better to do with your time.
      This is a tragic accident, plain and simple. Horses are dearly loved by their riders in most cases and there’s no reason to believe this one was abused and scared. They are still animals regardless of their training and there’s no way to determine exactly how they’ll react when spooked, or what will or won’t spook them.

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    • Boeta Slabbert

      Good heavens. Can one believe such arrogance. This beautiful girl died, and THIS IS YOUR ATTITUDE. WHAT A HEARTLESS PERSON YOU ARE!!! And above all, YOU VERY OBVIOUSLY HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE OF WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!! If only people like you would be intelligent enough to keep quiet if they don’t know what they are talking about. I have seldom seen such obnoxious behavior in a person.

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  4. S. JOHNSON

    If you look at barrel horses they are taken better care of than most other horses. They receive hiropractic, dental, veterinary and excellent nutrition and they are loved by little girls. Some people don’t have a clue but just believe what they hear. 90% of my fellow barrel racers put their horses health before their own. Talking about a little girl that you do not know anything about is sick. So look in the mirror…you just let leet your tongue serve as a proverbial whip to a little girl yhat cannot defend herself which makes you a bully Holly Barber. I pray for you.

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    • Karen

      How about I take your daughter and treat her really well for 23 hours a day, but 1 hour a day I whip her? Would you agree to that deal? Of course you wouldn’t. It’s not okay to whip animals either. What happened to this little girl is horrible, but Holly Barber’s comment is valid.

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      • Anonymous

        well, true the horses don’t look much troubled by her whip, true what happened was a huge tragedy and almost positive it’s nothing to do with the way the poor girl died, but also true that whiping a horse that’s racing is not unly unethical, it’s also unnecessary. They’ve actually raced horses with and whitout whips on the jockeys for comparison and it made absolutely no difference on their performance. The horse is so focused on going fast he doesn’t need the “incentive”. Also true that a horse’s hide is NOT thick, you’re mistaking horses for cows friend.
        The only problem I see here is a very tiny girl on a big pony competing at a sport where a lots of people and horses get serious injuries and with her parent’s consent… that, not so good… Never heard of pony games? gymkana? there’s a reason those are children sports…

      • J

        I agree. This competition is what the human(s) want to do, NOT what a horse wants to do. They don’t run barrels out in the pasture for fun. It’s ridiculous to think a horse wants to get in a trailer and go to an arena and be put under that kind of stress. Horses can’t tolerate a lot of stress, they get stomach ulcers easily and those are very painful. It is documented that over 70% of all horses used for competition have serious ulcers. My heart goes out to the parents of that sweet little girl. Words cannot express the pain and sadness you are feeling and will live with for a long time to come. I’m so sorry……

  5. Carrie

    If that were True Holly Barber then all the Horses would rare up before the shoot!
    It Does Not Happen! It was A real Scare unfortunately her weight compared to the Horse is no comparison. It’s the Chance Cowgirls take. Like her Daddy said she knew it would Happen. She’s in Heaven riding with her Angels ..
    She is in Peace with Jesus..

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  6. Julie

    Holly and Karen; Just to qualify the statement I am about to make: I have trained horses and riders, including special needs riders, for forty years and am a certified professional instructor in dressage, recreational riding, carriage driving and vaulting. this beautiful little girl was a good rider and she had a good horse that was clearly loved by her and her parents. No one did anything wrong here. It was a tragic accident . Her little arms could not possibly inflict pain on that horse regardless of what she was carrying. In this case it was a piece of latigo (leather). To the horse, merely encouragement, incentive to do what the horse clearly loves to do, run! Please think and educate yourself before you judge others, especially when there is such incredible grief and loss involved.

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    • Holly

      Thank you Julie! I’m embarrassed and ashamed anyone has such little compassion to turn this beautiful tribute to the unfortunate death of this vivacious young girl into a fist fight in text. Find your manners or shut up. This isn’t about the horse! A precious little girl, daughter, granddaughter and friend lost her life in a freak accident! Show some respect to her, her family and friends. Prayers for all who knew her. Heaven gained a special angel this past weekend.

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  7. Vicki

    You people making insane statements about something you know nothing about. That little whip isn’t BEATING a horse!! My gosh where has common sense gone?? Ignorance is blind! As someone above stated, you have no clue how thick a horses hide really is! This is the farthest thing from animal abuse! Good Lord save your bs for real abuse!

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  8. Anonymous

    Everybody dies, but My God how beautifully this girl lived.. My heart breaks for this family and smiles for the pride they must have in her and her courage to follow her dreams.what a beautiful star

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  9. Anonymous

    I know very little of barrel racing but there are straps around her legs that look suspiciously like they are being used to hold her into the saddle (presumably since she is 10 and not capable of staying on through ragged turns). If the events happened as described, horse spooked, reared, and flipped over onto the girl it wouldn’t surprise me if the straps holding her in place were part of the reason she was crushed.

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  10. Anonymous

    What a little rider. Big heart for the passion she shared along with the horses she rode. For a 10 year old sweety you can ride better than me. Sorry to the family for their loss. She will be looking out for you all 🙂

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  11. Ann

    Many prayers for your family. Sorry for your loss of this precious little cowgirl. May she ride with the angels.

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  12. Evelyn fox

    I wouldn’t even give my waist my breath on reacting to these comments, they are just attention seekers who obviously don’t know anything about horsemanship, back to the little girl who deserves our comments and prayers, rest in peace little one, at least your life was full of excitement and love.

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  13. Michelle Murray

    this is so very sad . when we first learn to ride or put our kids on a pony we think of joy and happy times. we know there are risks like any sport . my heart goes out to the family it look like your little girl lived a very happy life . xoxoxo

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  14. Anonymous

    I can’t believe the stupidity of some people….
    Bless this little angel rider who loved her horse and loved riding. May she ride all the way to heaven.
    Condolences to her family xx

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  15. Debbie Gaffney

    God bless them , what a lose. God need her to run in the barrel race in Heaven. I hope someone talks to her horse, I’m sure he knows he hurt her but he didn’t mean too, he is grieving too ! Prayers for her a soft landing in Gods loving arms.

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  16. Nora

    My heart breaks for this little girl’s parents. This could have been my daughter when she was 16, she used to show horses too. She was big into the gaming, she didn’t use a whip like a lot of the horse riders do. She was up in our field one day practicing with her horse and something spooked the horse. The horse reared up fell back on my daughter, and my daughter actually heard the bones in her leg break. We were very lucky that day instead of having surgery to put a rod and pins in to stabilize the tibia and the fibula we could have been burying my daughter. So if you’ve never been on a horse, if you’ve never shown a horse, if you’ve never competed with the horse you have no idea what it’s like. My daughter is now 37 years old and she still loves horses to today. I thank God everyday that when that horse fell back on her she ended up with two broken bones in her leg and didn’t lose her life.

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    • Jeanine

      Same sort of thing happened to me years ago, I was just trying to get this horse to canter, slipped and fell and when he rolled off me, that’s when my tibia, fibula and ankle broke. I was off work for six months and thought I was going to lose my house I had just bought. I don’t know how I did it but I was able to make house payments. I will never ride another persons horse ever again. And, other times I rode and no worries. We all have our passion in life. My sympathies to Piper’s family. How tragic!! She died doing what she loved. So tearfully sorry!!

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  17. Carys Osborne

    wtf is wrong with u ppl that horse was really badly abused get the fuck off this world if your gonna act like that u know the girl knew how dangerous horse riding is but it was her choice to carry on with it u know my sister got bucked off and broke her collarbone but does anyone pay attention? NO, of course not SHE COULDVE BEEN KILLED YET NOBODY WILL EVER GIVE A FUCKING DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Melissa

    Ha!!! If YOU knew anything you would know that everyone in the barrel works refers to running when barrel racing! XD “how was your last run?” “Run him home!!” Nobody says “hey guys wanna go canter and gallop some barrels today?” XD your so stupid it is actually funny!!!

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  19. M

    Apparently you don’t, because the horse she was mainly on was a Appy- they are known for having thin light hair & those “scars” are spots dumbass

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  20. Sonya

    This is a page to send prayers and thoughts to family of a child who loved rodeo and tragically passed way doing what she loved. Why must people make it a page of judgement? This is not the time or place for such comments.

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  21. SHAYNE

    Agree 200%. It just shows how sick our society has become. There is NO abuse here..only a beautiful child that lost her life doing what she loved. I pray Jesus embraces this family and gives them His peace. My heart goes out to all her knew her.

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  22. Andi

    My horse loves running barrels and it’s very easy to tell! These people don’t understand because they don’t do it. Instead of wasting your time bashing a fun sport enjoyed by thousands how about you fight REAL horse abusers like people who starve there animals or the issue on horse slaughtering?? Leave this poor little girl and my sport alone ass holes

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  23. Patricia

    This is a very sad and tragic accident. But what is even sadder are all the terrible comments that are being made on this site. People no matter how you feel about barrel racing, rodeo or anything else that deals with animals and humans, your comments like that are not needed here. This family is hurting more than probably most of you, if you have never lost a loved one. So please, instead of all the negative, nasty comments, just think of this little girl, who is now an Angel. May God Bless her and her family and be with them in this time of need. R.I.P. Piper

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  24. Haley

    May we all remember to be kind to one another, especially when it comes to the loss of a young life. Your opinions on rather or not the horse was abused has no place in the comment section of a tribute to a lost life. I will pray for those who felt it in their heart to bash the lifestyle of a ten year old, and I will pray for the family in need. I hope if any of you who left rude comments lose a child that you are not treated in the same way you are treating them.

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  25. Pattie

    That pony’s ears were forward and alert the whole time. Sign of a happy horse. My daughters pony fell on her and it was a terrible accident.. Luckily she survived. May this little angel rest in peace and ride unicorns in heaven.

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  26. Cheryl

    Such a beautiful young lady. She looked to be such a natural on her horse. I bet that horse will be looking around for her everyday and may even mourn his own self to death because she’s not there for him. I bet she would rather brush and ride that horse than take care of her own self. Such tragedy. Prayers for the family.
    And by the way…if you can’t be respectful with your comments in which I’m sure her parents will be reading , just don’t comment. It sounds as if you’re more worried about her horse than you are about her loosing her own life and the parents loosing their beautiful young daughter at such a young age.

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  27. Virginia Rust

    As a long time Barrel Racer let me tell you this young lady could have dropped that over/under and that horse would have ran it’s heart out for her anyways. The horse is in great condition (nice apple but and meat over it’s ribs) bet you it ate before she did. Her heart was in what she did and attached to her horse most likely she spent a few nights sleeping in the barn sleeping with her buddy. TO BAD YOU SHAMEFUL PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE YOUR HATERID OUT ON EACH OTHER AND FILL HER OBITUARY /HONOR PAGE WITH YOUR FOUL LANGUAGE! What happened to respect for the dead,or at the least her parents (they do have feelings too you know). Rest in Peace baby girl,you can ride my ponies in heaven.

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  28. Viki

    RIP little girl but hey that horse was petrified, being beaten into going faster. A tragedy, but for both, not just the little girl. Hope the pony finds a peaceful owner now.

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  29. Ania

    Really painfull to watch!!! This is a very big loss for parents but also it has become due to their fault. 10 year old child on horseback, in high speed race without protective camisole? High irresponsibility and stupidity. They have killed their own child and will be responsible for it for the rest of their lives. In addition, the horse was not treated well, you can see that the girl did not respect the horse as far as she was able to beat him. She did not stay well in the saddle!!! Horrible to see something like that, strange that earlier nothing happened to her

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  30. Andi

    Remove your post and shut the fuck up- you obviously know nothing about horses and barrel racing

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  31. Sally Crofoot

    My heart goes out to the family of Piper and I hope that they just don’t read all the bad statements. I pray for them to find comfort in the fact that Piper was doing what she liked and they all enjoyed watching her. Their hurt is bad enough–you don’t need to make a big scene about any of it.

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  32. Rich

    Very sad. She looks like an amazing rider. I used to ride when I was young and my daughter rides now. I wonder if the accident was preventable as I notice in the video and photos that she has black straps around her thighs that appear to be holding her to the saddle. I wonder if she was strapped in when the horse reared up and fell on her. Did the straps prevent her from being thrown clear of the horses fall?

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  33. Shelia Whorton

    Praying for her family… so sad, does anyone know the name of the song playing in the video or the artist?

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  34. Jennifer

    Brian and Rhonda, my heart goes out to you and the whole family. Word just can not express the sorrow I have for you. Piper touched so many lives with her enormous light. She accomplished more in her sweet, young life than many do in decades of living. God needed a special soul to help tend to all of those horses who have crossed over and are awaiting their owners. I hope you can find some comfort in the fact that Piper was who and what she was, because of you! She was confident, enthusiastic and happy in everything she encountered. May her spirit live on through those who knew and loved her. Hugs and Blessings!!!

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  35. Sue

    Piper RIP little Angel… You died doing what you love..May all the negivity be over looked because adults can not act like adults.. May you always be the the ANGEL of all us Horse Lovers!!

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  36. Anonymous

    My God bless this family and help them find comfort and healing in this tragic time. As for all the people who turned this into an argument shame on you I hope you never have to go through this and have others act so selfish at your expense. Rest in peace Piper it sounds like you were a true Angel

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  37. j

    So…can we all agree 10 years old is too young to be riding a 1/2 ton animal who has the potential to kill you?

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  38. Maria

    “He described Piper as a bright light who’s passion shined through.”
    I wonder what other obvious errors were committed by the writer and overlooked by the editor? How much of this article can we trust to be true?

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  39. Molly

    I cannot believe some of you that have been commenting on here! A Child died, period! If you feel the need to argue abuse, riding skill, horse knowledge take it somewhere else! A family lost their child! Have some respect! I have horses and I have a son. I have my opinions as well but it is not the time nor the place to be arguing over a tragity! My deepest condolences go out to this family and I apologize to them for all of your comments.

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  40. Jim Fah

    Please.please. This is not a site to argue. This is meant as a tribute to the loss of a pretty little girl who passed. If you would like to make a tribute page for abused horses, then please feel free to do so somewhere else. Making snide and hurtful comments may upset family and friends. Any other comments do not belong here. Of course this is my opinion only. Your opinion to be an unfeeling shit stirring attention grabber is your right. But try not to use alternative facts when stating your case.

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