A Faulkner County woman has qualified for the Arkansas Cowboys Association Rodeo Finals for the 41st time.
Toby Hart, of Take the Lead Academy, LLC in Conway, qualified for the finals and will compete in the breakaway roping event in Jonesboro over the weekend.
Hart's first rodeo final was in Conway in 1977 at The Bradley Indoor Arena, a two-day competition in which Hart tied a goat one night and a calf the next. She has continued with the sport for the past four decades.
"She ended up walking away with the year-end Gist belt buckle," Jamie Pollard, Hart's friend and Take the Lead Academy representative, said. "Miss Toby loved competing so much that she has continued for the last 41 years, competing in goat tying, barrel racing, and breakaway calf roping. She hopes to add team roping to the list in the future."
Hart was the Arkansas Cowboys Association rodeo queen in 1985.
Take the Lead Academy posted about Hart's accomplishment on its Facebook page and received public praise.
"41 years? You must have started when you were 2!! This is awesome," Melissa Zakrzewski-Bryan posted.
Several others posted "congratulations," "proud of you," "awesome" and a few posted "you go, girl."
For more information about Take the Lead Academy, visit www.taketheleadacademy.com.
To follow results from the rodeo finals, visit www.acarodeo.com.