Gilbert Takes the Badlands Circuit
2021 NFBR Champion Sawyer Gilbert took a year off to fall back in love with pro rodeo. After taking the 2023 Badlands Circuit Finals in Minot, North Dakota last week, falling back in love may be way easier...
Back in Business
Back in Business

At 19, Gilbert was sitting on top of the world. And then came 2022, a season in which disruptions and mistakes took their toll. For starters, she changed horses several times and spent too much time on the road. She had also gotten lax with her roping mechanics.

Taking Care of Business
Taking Care of Business

Gilbert was sitting at 100th in the world a year ago, a 19-year-old who knew that if she stuck to her plan, good things would happen. If she could string together some wins, she knew she was still in the race to qualify for the NFR in December in Vegas. Failure? Well, it wasn’t really an option.

The Fastest Feeling Rope

For breakaway world champion Sawyer Gilbert, whose cool demeanor and obvious fearlessness in Vegas served her well, nothing matches the Pink Caddy when it comes to doing exactly what she needs her rope to do in big competitions.

Sawyer Gilbert, 2021 WPRA and NFR Breakaway World Champion

The money she earned at the NFR is already spent, she says with a laugh. She bought a new truck last summer and is currently looking to buy a new trailer. Much of the prize cash will be spent on new horses.

“I’m putting all of it toward bettering my future,” Gilbert says.

Sawyer Gilbert: Lessons Learned on the Ranch
Breakaway sensation Sawyer Gilbert drives her own rig to every event, no matter where it is, crisscrossing the Western U.S. in her truck (she just bought a 2009 Peterbilt Schwalbe to travel in next year). At...
No Time For Fear

Gilbert was sitting at 100th in the world in her sport last June, a 19-year-old who knew that if she stuck to her plan, good things would happen. If she could string together some wins, she knew she was still in the race to qualify for the NFR in December in Vegas. Failure? Well, it wasn’t really an option.