JONESBORO, AR -- Cowboys and cowgirls took part in the first stage of the Arkansas High School Rodeo Saturday morning.
The competition is sponsored by the Craighead County Mounted Patrol and will continue on Sunday.
This is one of several rodeos in the state of
This competition can help lead some of the contestants to compete in the national competition in
The amount of practice the high school students put into their events before they enter the competition is very impressive.
“I roped every day this week during spring break,” said high school student Bradey Beene.
“I’ve been doing pretty good lately. After my recent practice, I’ve kicked it up a notch,” said high school student Kendrick Tyes.
Each contestant has their own reason for competing.
“My dad does it and my dad inspires me. I want to be like my dad one day, so I’m just following in his footsteps,” said Tyes.
“I just steer wrestle. My dad and my brother have done it forever. My dad, he’s got a couple of championships underneath his belt, and he just helps me out,” said high school student Jake Johnson.
While practice makes perfect in the competition, the relationship these riders form with their horse is very important.
“If you can’t trust your horse, then you can’t get settled. You’ve got to trust your horse all the way,” said Johnson.
While the Arkansas High School Rodeo does serve as a venue for competition among high school students, it's also a fundraiser.
“This fundraiser is the only fundraiser that the Craighead County Mounted Patrol has for our charitable activities,” said Haley Pigue, Commander for the Craighead County Mounted Patrol.