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Youth Indian Rodeo

Children ages 2-18 compete in a variety of rodeo events including calf roping, barrel racing and sheep riding during the youth rodeos on the Blackfeet Reservation. The hours of training and preparation teach participants self-discipline and perseverance, which often translates into success in school and life.   Some students go on to receive rodeo scholarships to universities and win thousands of dollars in state and even national rodeo competitions. For Blackfeet youth, the rodeo life connects them with their cultural heritage and the traditions of their ancestors. The youth rodeos are a community and family event where siblings, parents and grandparents gather to encourage the young competitors. 

 

Try Vaile warms up for the dummy roping competition.
Girls dummy roping competition
Bryson Bird (7) has been competing in youth rodeos since age 3.
Dally Michael (2) watches her siblings compete in the summer Youth Rodeo.
Children ages 2-18 compete in events such as roping, mutton busting, goat tying, and bull-riding in the bi-weekly summer youth rodeos on the Blackfeet Reservation.
Rhett Michael (8) competes in barrel racing at the Youth Rodeo on his horse SuzyQ
Jayme Bird rides with her 4 year old daughter, Bailey on a lead line
A young man gets thrown off the bull at the youth rodeo
Josh David warms up for the dummy roping competition with the assistance of his father.
Bull Riding competitor
Josh David prepares for the bull riding competition
Sheep rider, Teagan Calf Boss Ribs (6) competes in mutton busting.  Riders are timed, the objective is the stay on the sheep.
Children ages 2-18 compete in events such as roping, mutton busting, goat tying, and bull-riding in the bi-weekly summer youth rodeos on the Blackfeet Reservation.
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