Oklahoma high school rodeo competition gallops into Ardmore

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- "Barrels, poles, goats, breakaway and ribbon roping," says 12 year-old rodeo competitor, Camree.

Those are just a handful of the events Camree competed in for the Oklahoma National High School Rodeo Association this weekend at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum.

"Kids are coming off of their spring break," says Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association President Jeff Todd. "It's their first rodeo back, everyone is excited and having a lot of fun here."

Todd says there were 240 competitors in this weekend's rodeo.

"The best of the best get to compete with all the states and win a national title," says competitor Sydney Frey.

The top four in each event get a scholarship to compete at Nationals in Wyoming in a few months.

"And as you might imagine, being in Oklahoma we do very well at nationals and there's a lot of state pride," says Todd.

"Well I'm riding a new horse and I just won fifth so it was good," says Frey.

Frey says although she won't move on to Nationals in barrel racing, she hopes she gets the chance with her other events.

"Just the competitiveness for me and being able to be part of it with all my friends and getting to do what I love the most," says Frey.

Todd says this is the first high school rodeo competition in Ardmore in seven years and it brings in a lot of money for the city.

"We've done some studies and show that our families spend between 300 to 400 dollars a weekend so when you have 200 and some families times that, you have a big economic impact," says Todd.

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