A 10-year-old rodeo star died Sunday night when her horse was spooked and fell backwards on top of her, just moments before a rodeo competition in Texas.
Piper Faust had mounted her horse and began preparation for a barrel racing competition at the Caldwell Rodeo when tragedy struck.
'She was the brightest little star,' her father, Brian Faust, told KBTX. He said it was his daughter's personality that made many adore her.
Rodeo star, Piper Faust (pictured), 10, died Sunday night after her horse became spooked and fell backwards on her, just moments before her barrel racing competition at the Caldwell Rodeo in Texas
Piper had mounted her horse and began preparation for a barrel racing competition at the rodeo when tragedy struck. 'She was the brightest little star,' her father, Brian Faust, said. Piper is pictured on her horse competing in a different rodeo
Her parents said the youngster made a huge impact on the community.
Rhonda Faust, Piper's mother, said her daughter competed in rodeo, dance, and softball.
'She had an all-around spirit that was just infection with a beautiful smile that she just came across to anyone anybody they were her friends. Her smile just made you smile,' Rhonda Faust told the station.
'I think her heart stopped in the arena. She left her soul where she loved it,' said Brian Faust.
The Southeast Texas Youth Rodeo Association announced the tragedy on Facebook close to 3am Monday morning.
'This is hard. I'm terribly sorry to let everyone know that Piper Faust didn't make it tonight.
The Southeast Texas Youth Rodeo Association announced the tragedy on Facebook close to 3am Monday morning
'I don't have details, and please give the family some privacy until they get things sorted out. Please pray for Brian and Rhonda as they deal with something no parent should have to go through. Hug your babies,' a member of the association wrote.
A GoFundMe account was set up for the Faust family and it has raised more than $22,000.
'Piper loved barrel racing and that is how she spent her last moments...doing what made her heart soar,' a family member wrote on the page.
There will be several events held to honor Piper's memory, including a memorial Piper Faust Memorial Barrel Race.
The race will take place on May 13 and will serve as a fundraiser to 'establish a scholarship in the memory of Piper Faust', according to the Facebook event.