Kids round up a good time

Little Britches Rodeo takes place this weekend at fairgrounds

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If they were wearing normal-sized cowboy gear, their hats would fall over their eyes and their boots would be up to their knees.

This weekend, the Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo will take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The rodeo will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

The rodeo is divided into five categories: junior and senior boys and girls and the coed lil' wranglers.

The seniors are between 14 and 18 years old, and the juniors are between 8 and 13 years old, but the lil' wranglers are the main attraction, rodeo committee member Keri Hamilton said.

Hamilton said she expects about 115 participants in this year's competition.

"The junior division is usually the biggest," she said. "But the lil' wranglers is the most competitive."

The lil' wranglers can participate in four events during the three-day rodeo: barrel racing, pole bending, a flag race and goat-tail untying.

Goat-tail untying is an event in which participants ride a horse up to a goat, untie a ribbon from its tail and run to the finish line, Hamilton said.

The junior and senior divisions participate in more advanced rodeo events such as bareback bronco riding and roping, Hamilton said.

Another popular event at the Little Britches Rodeo is the pole-bending competition.

This event is kind of like a ski slalom, Hamilton said. Competitors are timed as they ride horses through six poles, adding five seconds to their times for each pole they knock down.

Hamilton's daughter, Alex, said pole bending was her favorite event.

"Me and my horse (Shasta) do well in that event," she said.

Alex, 7, was the lil' wrangler princess attendant for last year. She won the title at the national finals last year for coming in second place.

Alex said she enjoys competing in the Little Britches Rodeo.

"Its fun to do, and you can make lots of friends," she said. "And it's good because you can spend time with your family."

Hamilton added that families should attend because there are so many different things to see.

"There are two events going on at all times," she said. "People should come down to see the youths and support the rodeo."

Becky White, who has been competing in the rodeo for eight years, said she is looking forward to this weekend's festivities.

"It's a really fun environment with families getting together," White said. "Its not even a competition, you just go out and do your best."

She said youngsters should participate.

"It's a really good stepping stone if (they) want to start rodeoing," she said. "This is a really good opportunity to get involved."

In her tenure with Little Britches, White said she has won a couple of belt buckles.

Hamilton said local businesses donate the buckles and saddles for the winners. Saddles go to high point winners of the weekend, and belt buckles go to daily winners.

In addition to watching scamps rodeo, anybody who attends the rodeo can participate in the Last Chance team roping jackpot competition Sunday evening.

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