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Kamiakin Students Head to National Rodeo Competition

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KENNEWICK, Wash - They're the best of friends, and also the best rodeo gals in the area!  Britni Thorpe and Ariel Doughty have formed a strong bond by sharing their passion of rodeos.  Just a week or so ago Doughty became the state champion in barrel racing, while Britni garnered the honor of All-Around champion.  That means both girls will travel over 4,000 miles, heading to the National Rodeo Competition in Springfield, Illionois at the end of July.

To say that Ariel and Britni are hardworkers is a vast understatement.  Both girls wake up at 5 o'clock every morning before school to feed and water their horses.  After school, Britni goes to work then comes home to ride all of her SIX horses!  Both Thorpe and Doughty train hard to keep their horses, and themselves, in shape.  They also sacrifice a lot in order to be the best.

"It's really hard when people call me and I can't do anything because I'm training.  But I know the harder I work the better I'll be," says Britni.  "It's really hard.  You have to ve there every day, 24/7, to take care of the horses, give them love," Ariel giggles as she struggles against her very camera-friendly horse, Leo.  "I've been training him for four years now and we're finally getting on track," added Doughty.

It's hard to explain what really drives a person to compete in a rodeo.  Both Britni and Ariel say they love making new friends in their "rodeo family," but it's the competition, the challenge that drives them.  "I don't play any other sports," says Britni, "it's just in me."