2014 Southern Oregon High School Rodeo

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EUGENE, Ore. — Saddle up! The Southern Oregon High School Rodeo is back in Eugene with some of the best young talent in the state.

This is the fourth year the high school rodeo has been in Eugene and local contestants say it’s a chance for them to showcase their hard work for their families and friends.

Contestants say they travel all over the state throughout the year for competitions. They say it takes hard work and preparation for events like this, from properly taking care of the horses to also taking care of themselves.

Organizers say being a part of this sport teaches the kids responsibility and sportsmanship.

“It kind of makes them grow up a little quicker. They have a lot of responsibility and it’s also a lot with supporting their friends and stuff. They’re competing with one another but they’re also supporting each other and pushing each other to do their best,” said Marty Van Cleave, vice president of the Eugene Rodeo and father of a contestant.

The rodeo continues on Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Oregon Horse Center. The final performance kicks off at noon. Tickets are five dollars and kids 10 and under are free.

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