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.