Brian Foster FHSRA Scholarship
Brian Foster of Bunnell Florida was a team roper/heeler in the FHSRA from 1995-1998. After graduating from Pierson Taylor High Brian was offered scholarships from 6 different colleges and accepted a rodeo scholarship from Marshall University in Marshall MO. After only 6 months of team roping he was ranked 6th in his district as a heeler, this was a huge accomplishment for a young man who had only roped for 4 years. We lost Brian in 1998 at the young age of 18 while he was away at college. Brian will always be remembered and missed by all that knew him. This scholarship is just one more way to honor a young man that was so special to any one he ever met. He always had time to for the young child that wanted a ride on his horse, learn to handle a rope or for an older person who needed help. His family was his heart and soul, and he gave all that he was to his family. Brian practiced and honed his roping skills by practicing 6-7 days a week for hours on end. Brian was born with a natural ability to handle a rope and his dream was to make it to the NFR one day. After only 1 year of roping Brian entered a Booger Barter Team Roping Competition and walked away with not one but 2 saddles and a considerable amount of cash. One saddle he gave to his Papa for all the love and support that had been given to him, the other he rode at each and every rodeo with pride. That is just a small example of the type of person he was, always thinking of others and always appreciating what had been given and done for him. He never expected anything from anyone except from himself and that thing was to always be the best that he could be and yes, he did that very well.
6 years ago a very dear friend of Brian’s, John Copsy of River Bend Bucking Bulls, began The Brian Earl Foster Invitational Bull Ride that is held each year in Bunnell to honor him; Brian loved to rope and he loved the sport of rodeo.
This year The Brian Earl Foster Invitational Bull Ride has set up a scholarship to help a FHSRA member with expenses to State or National Finals. All that is required of any member wishing to apply for this scholarship is to write a short essay on why they need/deserve the scholarship and what the sport of rodeo means to them. Please include your name, event(s) and a contact number. John Copsy, Darlene Baylor, Brian’s mother and Brian’s sister Paula Foster Taylor will review the essays and pick the most deserving member.
I know this is short notice but please email your essay to email@example.com , double check your email to make sure it was received or “Request Read Receipt” to make sure it was received. We need the essays before May 7th in order for the scholarship to be awarded for State Finals. The Bull Ride in Brian’s memory is being held on May 10th at the Flagler County Fairgrounds; it’s a great night of entertainment that Brian would be proud to be a part of. He is always there with us, in our hearts and in spirit.
We wish all FHSRA members the Best of Luck at State and Nationals.