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"It was so fun to play the mean girl." — Morgan Harrington
By Lon TegelsCollege of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural ResourcesUniversity of Arkansas at MonticelloArkansas Forest Resources CenterU of A System Division of Agriculture
March 3, 2023
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MONTICELLO, Ark. — The trophies and first-place belt buckles mark Morgan Harrington
as a fierce competitor, but one win she didn’t see coming was beating out 22,000 other
hopefuls for a role in “Heart of a Champion,” a movie about barrel racing released
Harrington is a fifth-year college rodeo competitor and biochemistry grad student
at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. While she’s known to be nice in real
life, the 23-year-old Harrington plays the 14-year-old “mean girl” character of Madison
"Heart of a Champion" is a heartwarming family film that tells the story of 14-year-old
Charlie, who is going through a difficult time in her life. Charlie is coping with
her parents' divorce, starting at a new school, and experiencing typical teenage growing
pains. However, her life changes when she finds a lost horse that she decides to care
for and train to run in a state barrel-racing competition. At the state competition,
Harrington’s character rides against Charlie.
"It was so fun to play the mean girl," Harrington said.
A friend of Harrington’s saw a casting call for the part and sent the information
to Harrington’s mother.
"It really just fell into my lap,” Harrington said, adding that her mother encouraged
her to audition. Harrington thought, “'I'm not going to get that. They only want girls
from Texas. I'm not going to get it.
“I auditioned on the very last day,” she said. Her initial audition was sent in on
a self-made video from her phone. “A couple of days later, I did my callback. They
called me after that, and they were like, 'Hey, we picked you. By the way, we picked
you out of 22,000 girls.”
Lifelong love of horses
Harrington's love for horses started at a young age. She grew up on a 400-acre farm
in Perry County, Arkansas, near Casa, population 109. Her mother, also a rodeo competitor,
brought her to the barn at two days old. One night, when one of the horses was struggling
with giving birth, the family spent the night giving the horse a helping hand. From
that moment on, Harrington has been around farm animals.
Harrington's love for horses and rodeos continued into her high school and collegiate
years. She is wrapping up a successful rodeo career at UAM. Harrington’s specialties
are barrel racing, break-away roping and team roping, experiences that helped with
Filming took place in March and April 2022, just as she was getting ready for spring
collegiate rodeo competitions.
Harrington has more big achievements ahead. She has been accepted to medical school
at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Fort Smith. She starts classes
However, “I am really pursuing the acting. I got professional headshots; they gave
me a demo reel; I recently accepted the lead role in another movie where I play an
undercover cop,” Harrington said.
You can see Harrington compete in Monticello at the Weevil Stampede Rodeo, April 6,7,
You can see her acting now; “Heart of a Champion” in select theaters and can also be seen on Amazon Prime, YouTube movies, or Apple
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About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas
Forest Resources Center
The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Arkansas Forest
Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, brings together
interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas
at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College
and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but
their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching,
research, and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity
of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are
delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources through the
University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Through the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, research is administered
by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and extension and outreach activities
are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard
to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion,
age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally
protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation's historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all seventy-five counties in Arkansas and faculty on five
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Lon Tegelstegels@uamont.edu 870-460-1852 @UAM_CFANR