They’re heading west for the rodeo nationals

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Photo courtesy of Abbey Schulz of Schulz photography
Arly Kisner and her horse in action.

A pair of friends are fulfilling some rodeo dreams this summer.

Arly Kisner of Groveport and Allie Beerman of Columbus qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming, from July 17-23.

Kisner competes in team roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing and pole bending events. She qualified for Nationals in team roping, goat tying and pole bending.

Beerman runs barrels and poles in her rodeo events. She qualified for Nationals in barrel racing.

Both attend Eastland Career Center.

Photo courtesy of Robin Rodgers
Allie Beerman and Shiner in action.

Kathy Kisner, Arly’s mother, said Arly started riding horses at age seven. She said Arly and Allie are rodeo friends.

“Arly began competing in rodeo events at age 10,” said Kathy. “She was introduced to rodeo by family friends Kim McCutchen and Valerie Burch.”

Arly competes in rodeos with two horses – Yoder, a 17-year-old gelding she has worked with for two years; and Bunny, an 11 year-old mare she has been competing with for five years.

“Arly was named the Female Rookie of the Year in the state of Ohio as this is her first year competing,” added Kathy.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Kisner

Arly said she “loves the challenge of rodeo and working towards getting faster times in all her events.”

According to Arly, her most exciting and memorable experience with rodeo was when she broke the arena record for pole bending at Crazy Woman Ranch in Lancaster during the 2020-21 Winter Rodeo series.

Allie’s horse’s name is Shiner.

“Allie started riding when she was nine and participated in some small local rodeos and at age 14 she started competing in the Ohio high school rodeo association,” said Allie’s mother Robin Rodgers. “She loves competing and when she has a good run, it makes her feel like all the hard work she puts in with Shiner pays off. Plus she enjoys encouraging others to excel in their events.”

According to Allie, one of her best moments was going to Fort Worth earlier this year to compete at the Junior Patriot Rodeo.

“It was a great experience,” said Allie.

Rodgers said Arly and Allie have been friends since elementary school.


Ryan Gasser, Eastland-Fairfield Career Center coordinator of communications and marketing, said Arly, a junior, and Allie, a senior, are both enrolled in the welding program at Eastland Career Center. Arly’s home high school is Teays Valley and Allie’s is Hamilton Township.

“Having two area students and both being welding students at Eastland Career Center is pretty awesome,” said Gasser.

Kathy said Arly would like to go on to college and also compete in collegiate rodeo.

Rodgers said in the future Allie wants to start her own welding business and continue rodeoing.

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