Frost headed to Colorado for rodeo scholarship


photo courtesy of Merrin Frost

The school year is almost over for seniors and in the meantime, they are trying to figure out what they want to do after high school.

Merrin Frost is one of those seniors. After high school, Frost is attending NJC, Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado on a rodeo scholarship. She plans to major in science and eventually go into the field of physical therapy.

Goals she wants to achieve in college are making it to the College Rodeo Finals, to be on the honors roll for academics, and after two years, Frost wants to earn a degree in kinesiology, and then attend physical therapy school. 

Frost looks up to Hailey Kinsel. Kinsel is a cowgirl, just like third-generation cowgirl Frost. Frost has been on a horse before she could even walk. For her, Rodeo is based around her family, and she loves to share it with other members. 

I admire the way she holds herself in front of all the cameras and under all the bright lights,” Frost said. “She is amazing at what she does, and I strive to have the confidence she has while also staying humble.”

When Frost has any free time she plans on spending it with her horses and academics so she can work to achieve all her goals. 

One of the hardest things that comes with rodeo is the mental aspect of it,” Frost said.  “It can be exhausting to be in a slump, or to feel like you’re doing as much as you can and still not be winning. I’ve learned to start competing against myself and let go of things that I can’t control. I have learned to love the feeling of pressure, and in the past when I would be scared in certain situations I now thrive.”

Frost has won many different awards and titles. Some very special ones to her are the Missouri High School Rodeo Rookie of the Year, 2 time Missouri High School Rodeo Champion Barrel Racer, 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo 3rd place barrel racer, 2022 National High School Finals Rodeo 9th place barrel racer, Cavenders Youth Rodeo Team Member, Slone Saddle Team Member, and Charlie One Horse Ambassador.

Frost’s work ethic has even caught the attention of her high school coaches.

“I have had the opportunity to coach Merrin the last 10 years and her work ethic is one of the strongest that I’ve ever been around,” BHS basketball coach Eric Toot said. “She juggles around a lot, including sports, activities like rodeo, and her schoolwork. She has been a tremendous asset to our community and I know she’ll be very successful in  college.”

She has worked hard and is planning on continuing that into college. Frost is excited for college and hopes she can have all the college experiences she plans for.