CUNNINGHAM, TN -- Cadet Isabella Plummer, better known as “Bella”, is a sophomore at Montgomery Central High School, a small school with just over 1,000 students, situated just outside of Fort Campbell, KY in Cunningham, TN. In addition to preparing for academic exams, hanging out with friends, participating in physical training and Drill and Ceremony activities as a member of the “Indian Battalion,” her school’s JROTC program, Bella also trains constantly for and participates in a myriad of rough and tough Rodeo events. Bella started riding horses for sport at the tender age of seven, after her mom signed her up for her first barrel race. Although she placed last in her first barrel race, Bella has been hooked on the sport ever since.
Last year, as a high school freshmen, Bella participated in the state of Tennessee High School level Rodeo events. This year, she is participating in and often winning events in the International Barrel Racing Association (IBRA).
Her mom, Kristina, stated “Bella participates in all of the major IBRA speed events, which includes a host of Barrels and Flag racing.” Over the years, Cadet Plummer has captured numerous titles while competing in her beloved sport of choice. Kristina proudly admits her daughter has won so many events, they have lost count over the years. Some of Cadet Plummer’s main event competition wins, included: 1st Place/2nd Division Open Flag Race at the World Flag Race in Milan, TN in 2019; 1st place Youth Flags (Age group 13-18) in the TN State Horse Show in 2018; 1st place Overall Youth Speed Events (Age Group 13-18) at a local horse show in 2018; 2nd Place Overall Youth Speed Events (Age Group 13-18) at another local horse show in 2017.
Bella truly exemplifies what it means to be a Student, Athlete, and a Scholar. She has learned the meaning of sacrifice and discipline participating in a sport which demands attention to detail. As Bella moves deeper into her sophomore year, she continues to set her standards high and she has another high profile show coming up in Hals, TN, later in 2019.