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Local kids show stick-to-itiveness

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – It’s not everyday that a 3-year-old gets the chance to bust a bronc or take hold of bucking bull. But more than 60 kids got the chance to do just that Wednesday.

The bronco busting and bull riding were a few of the events in the Stick Horse Rodeo at the Community Center in-line hockey rink.

The event was part of a series put on this summer by the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department for kids 3-6 years old.

Other events included a bike rodeo and a teddy bear picnic.

“It’s an opportunity for parents and kids, the next generation of citizens, to interact with each other,” said Bill Efting, Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation director.

Wednesday’s event featured kids with homemade stick horses racing around barrels, through balloons, roping paper cows and riding bounce-ball bulls.

During the bull riding, kids bounced madly out of a cardboard chute and into a small, square arena formed by hay bales, with gymnastics mats on the floor.

Cow bells and cheers rang out as the kids smiled and bounced the yellow ball across the mats with one hand waving in the air.

Parents Kerri Powell of Glenwood Springs and Molly Morgan of Canyon Creek liked that the event had something for every age and that there were real rodeo events.

Morgan’s son Jacob, 4, wants to be a bull rider and had good form with his hand in the air for balance on bounce-ball bulls. Powell’s son Christopher, 5, won a first-place ribbon in the barrel race.

There were real live cowboys and cowgirls on hand to help stage the events.

“There’s been some good rides,” said Rim Rock Rodeo bull rider Brandon Park, who was running the bull riding event.

“These bulls buck, but they won’t step on you,” he said.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535


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