DURANT, Okla. -- Hundreds of kids gathered Saturday at the Bryan County Fairgrounds to participate in the Texoma Junior Rodeo. From barrel racing to pole bending to even bull riding, kids from ages 4 to 19 enjoyed the events.
All that came out say they had a great time. Organizers say the rodeo is a great way to make friends, deal with the public, and build relationships.
Shay Day, president of TJRA says, “When they participate, I hope they come away with a feeling within themselves that they accomplished something. You know, it's not all about winning.”
Day also says the rodeo helps kids establish self confidence and it keeps them out of trouble. “There's a lot of stuff that kids can get into now a days, and this provides them a family atmosphere with the sport of rodeo, it gives them something to do, and that's our big, big deal, it's all about the kids and hopefully keep them out of trouble."
Day added that the children who participate in the Texoma Junior Rodeo Association often go on to compete in rodeos as adults.