EUGENE, Ore. - Horses, hats, food and fun. It's all part of the 2013 Southern Oregon High School Rodeo. The annual event is February 22-24 at the Oregon Horse Center, and is being hosted by the Umpqua Valley High School Rodeo Club.
"There's not a lot of kids who do rodeo," says Mckenzye May, a member of the Umpqua Valley High School Rodeo Club, "But I think the people, when they come out here and they see that it is a very family oriented sport, they like it and a lot of people take to it."
For competitors like May and the Potter brothers, who demonstrated their rope talent for KVAL News reporters, have all grown up practicing rodeo skills. May said they are fully aware of what is regular for them isn't the norm for everyone.
May tells KVAL, "A lot of people don't realize how much talent it takes, and determination, and athleticism to be in rodeo competition."
So for these youngsters, being a part of the club that helps put together an event like the rodeo is just one way they hope to help shed some light on what they do, and maybe even inspire a few more competitors.
Tickets for the event are $5 for each performance, but kiddos under the age of 10 are free.