KENNEWICK, Wash.- This weekend plenty of future rodeo stars were at the junior high and high school rodeos at the Benton Franklin fairgrounds.
Rodeo is something that takes a lot of commitment; taking care of the horses, practicing different shots and tricks over and over. Despite all of that, the young kids that competed this weekend in Kennewick couldn't get enough of it.
"I started rodeo when I was about 5," said Baley Westberg who competes with high school riders. "A big part of Rodeo is just having the right attitude and being confident, not letting people get in your head."
High schoolers like Baley have to keep up their grades in order to compete just like any other student athlete. Between juggling homework and other extracurricular activities, they have to take care of their horses and practice a lot.
"It gets frustrating at times but in the end you catch those important shots and it makes you feel good," explained Sam Monds, another competitor.
"They get up early in the morning, they feed their horses, they take care of them before the go to bed. They have a lot of fun in the mean time and it's really good for the kids," said Rich Westberg, the president of Washington State's Junior High Rodeo Association.
Of course with all the hard work, rodeo has it's perks too. It's a tight group of friends that travel together and have fun.
"I love it. It's one of the funnest things I can think of," said Baley Westberg. "I can't think of much that I'd rather be doing."
Over 100 junior high and high schoolers competed this weekend making over 1000 different runs. Some of those kids will even go on to compete nationally in rodeo competitions.