Liz Herrin grew up in Washington State, immersed in rodeo, the western lifestyle, and all that it entails. In 2010, she moved to Texas to attend Sam Houston State University. While there, she experienced success in the collegiate arena, winning two college national championships in the barrel racing in 2011 and 2012, along with many other NIRA and WPRA wins. In 2012, she made her first attempt to qualify for WNFR, and ended the year 20th in the WPRA world standings, just short of making it to Las Vegas.
In 2013, she continued her quest to make it to the WNFR but was involved in a horse accident in the parking lot at the rodeo in Reno, NV. As a result of this accident, Liz was rushed to the hospital with a fractured skull and brain bleed. She underwent emergency surgery and has since had a miraculous healing. It has been a long road to full recovery, but Liz is back to doing what she loves most; barrel racing and helping her husband on the ranch.
After her head injury, Liz was not too keen on wearing a helmet.
“I love my cowboy hat, and the lifestyle that it symbolizes, so taking it off was not something I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I got bucked off during an exhibition run on a young horse, without a helmet on, that I realized I needed to reconsider my choice. Following this incident, I became paralyzed with fear every time I went in the alley. I was reminded that, while I had a miraculous healing, I now have plates and screws in my skull, and it will never be as strong as it was before. After a lot of thought and prayer, I decided to compete in a helmet, and I’ve never looked back. As a TBI survivor, wearing a helmet has given me the confidence and peace of mind I needed to get back my competitive edge.”
Sometimes being a cowgirl means doing whatever it takes to be at the top of your game, and for Liz, that came in the form of a helmet.
“I am honored to represent Troxel Helmets, and hope that I can make the decision for others to put on a helmet easier than it was for me.”