She’s been riding horses since she was 2 years old.
Fast forward to today, and Trinidy Bowden has been named the 2012 winner of the John Justin “Standard of the West” award.
Bowden has been helping out with the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo for about five years. She said she started out her involvement with the local rodeo when a friend asked her to help out with ticket sales.
She’s been around horses all her life, growing up in Randolph, Utah, where she participated in 4H.
“I’ve never participated in rodeo but I’ve always been involved at some level. I’ve always just been around rodeo while growing up,” Bowden said.
She originally came to Vernal more than 16 years ago to study accounting at Utah State University Uintah Basin.
After the friend who initially roped her into ticket sales had to give up his duties due to a job, he asked if she would take over in that capacity.
“So I took over tickets, and the next thing I knew I was on the executive committee,” she said.
The John Justin “Standard of the West” award was started 14 years ago by the Justin Boot Company, and the selection criteria for the award include the individual’s integrity, honesty, helpfulness and perseverance.
In addition to her oversight of ticketsand her service on the executive committee, this year Bowden took on supervision and direction of the Roundup Rodeo Riders for a friend who just had a baby. “I’m just filling in for the year,” she said. Her daughter Kaia is one of the riders. “My daughter rides so I’m down here anyway,” she said with a smile.
She admits her commitment to the rodeo takes “a ton” of her time. But, she added, “It’s lots of fun and the people are great. You meet a lot of people from everywhere.”
She and her husband Jamon have three daughters: Kaia, 12; Jada, 8; and Journey, 7.