BOISE -- Hard work and toughness is what some call the cowboy way. One Boise State senior is hoping that the cowboy way will equal a national championship.

Brianne Baty works hard in school, at her job, and at her sport, rodeo. And that hard work ethic has paid off in the arena. For the fourth straight year, the 21-year-old Boise State athlete has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo.

I think it is the country and the rodeo living. You have to hurry and get things done, said Baty. It was a lot of hard work, and I know all my hard work has paid off. It would just be a great accomplishment that I had to work a lot harder this year, and it worked out for me.

Enrolling this past year in nursing school has made balancing a busy schedule more difficult.

Sometimes, for nursing school, we'll have videos that we have to listen to, said Baty. I'll actually have it playing on my computer while I'm driving, so I can listen to it.

Baty transferred to BSU from Treasure Valley Community College. She continued doing the sport that she loves even though the Broncos don't have an official rodeo team.

We were on scholarships, and we had help with going to the rodeos, and our coach would always be down there helping us, said Baty. It was a lot different at Treasure Valley.

With no coach to guide her, Baty relies on family friends for rodeo advice. All with with the same goal in mind.

They don't ask for me anything, Baty said. They just want me to do good.

Baty leaves for the College National Finals Rodeo this week. The rodeo runs next Monday through Friday.

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