Recreational Roping

1 decade 1 year 7 months ago Saturday, October 07 2006 Oct 7, 2006 Saturday, October 07, 2006 9:16:27 PM CDT October 07, 2006 in News

It might be a small town rodeo, but the door wasn't closed for one big city competitor. April Brown came all the way from Kansas City and says this competition means a lot.

"I do the barrels and poles and basically, on the barrels, you just do a cloverleaf pattern around the barrels, it's a pretty common event, and then the poles is running down and weaving through six poles and back," she said.

And she says what made the day special for her was that she wasn't even riding her own horse.

"You have to work at it and learn what the horse's cues are and how they respond to what and just work together as a team because it can't be you and the horse riding. It's as one," Brown added.

This competition might only look like a fun recreational activity, but there's a lot more to it. A lot more than speeding horses and agitated steers? How about scholarships?

Rodeo organizer Cindy Garcia said, "They work their way up and as they graduate through school they can earn scholarships to go on to college.

"I know at high school rodeo, I believe they give away at least like $200,000 worth of scholarships at Nationals," Brown added.

Nationals-bound or not, scholarships or not, today's event was a fun family affair. Today wasn't the only day to catch a glimpse of the rodeo competitors. You can check it out Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

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