Barrel Racer Lands Spot on 'Survivor'

Sierra Dawn Thomas, daughter of AQHA member Danny Thomas, is named a contestant on the 30th season of the hit CBS show.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

WPRA barrel racer Sierra Dawn Thomas will be on the 30th season of the CBS show "Survivor." (Credit: Sierra Dawn Thomas Facebook page)

Sierra Dawn Thomas, a Women's Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer and college national champion, will be one of the contestants on the 30th season of the CBS show "Survivor." The first episode of the season will air February 25. 

Sierra is the daughter of AQHA member Danny Davon Thomas of Roy, Utah. Danny and wife Shauna own Flying T Stables, which they operate with Sierra, their youngest of three children. While Sierra specializes in barrel racing, Danny takes to the racetrack. Most recently, his 2010 American Quarter Horse gelding Spur N Dirty was part of the 2014 AQHA world champion chariot racing team (Spur N Dirty is now owned by Kyle and Kelly Cook). 

Sierra says, "My mom and dad are my heroes because they have been through so much and through it all they stay positive. They are my main support system and I wouldn’t have accomplished what I have if it wasn’t for them."

She says she'll be taking the "Survivor" competition with the determination of a true cowgirl. 

"I am a 6’1” model and most people just see me as a pretty face, but I’m a cowgirl and rancher who doesn’t mind doing a man’s job. I am also an extreme athlete. I played basketball, volleyball and ran track and cross-country in high school (got offered a full ride scholarship for college basketball but decided to take the rodeo scholarship). I am a college student who’s going to school for a master’s in criminal Justice with an emphasis in corrections. I believe in strategizing and I am not afraid to push myself mentally and physically."

Read Sierra's full "Survivor" bio at www.cbs.com