Hannah Church

by Siri Stevens
Hannah Church
Published in Arkansas Cowboys Association (ACA)

Hannah Church has a wonderful life. She has a job she loves, she gets to rodeo, and she even bought her first home last year! 
   The 22 year old cowgirl, a member of the Arkansas Cowboys Association, lives in Fifty Six, Arkansas. She’s rodeoed since she was eight years old, winning all-around, breakaway, and goat tying titles in the Arkansas Junior High Rodeo Association and qualifying for the National Junior High Finals in Gallup, N.M. two years. She’s been an ACA member since 2006.
    Her breakaway horse is a 17 year old gray named Skeeter. Her barrel horse is a 12 year old dun she’s had for two years.
    Hannah, who graduated from Timbo High School in 2010 (with nine people in her graduating class), attended North Arkansas College in Harrison, competing in the breakaway and barrels. 
    Now she is employed by United Country Diamond G Realty in Mountain View, selling commercial and residential real estate and auction. “If it can be sold, I do it,” she says. She’s had her real estate license two years and loves what she does, although the hours are long. “I work every hour,” she says. “Last night, I was still sending emails at 1:30 am. There’s never enough time in the day, when it comes to real estate.” But the business has been good to her, enabling her to buy her own home last year. 
    She makes her home in the Ozark Mountains, with the Ozark National Forest on three sides of the property. It’s beautiful country, with lots of deer, turkey, wild hogs, and brown bear. The bears will leave a person alone, but they don’t usually respect property. A few years ago, a brown bear tore apart her barn. As she walked down to feed one morning, she heard him. The bear couldn’t open the fifty gallon metal trash can where she kept the feed, so he picked it up and smashed it flat. He also tore up all the stalls. “They won’t turn and come at you, but you don’t want to mess with one, either.” 
    Hannah has been to the ACA Finals six times, winning the junior barrel racing in 2007 and 2008, the all-around in 2008, and the rookie barrel racer of the year in 2009.  She’s also an International Pro Rodeo Association member. 
    In her spare time, she loves to ride through the forest. She is the daughter of Jay Church and Georgie Church. She works with her mom, and her dad owns Select Cuts, an all-natural meat shop in Viola, Ark.

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