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Local youth competes in Oklahoma rodeo

Rick Patrick

Greene Publishing, Inc.

While some of his classmates may have been watching TV or playing video games this past July, one local youth, Jarrett Briggs, was competing in the Team Roping event at the prestigious International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) in Shawnee, Ok. Briggs, 17, is a senior at Madison County High School (MCHS) and is the son of Andy and Tonia Briggs.

Before heading to Oklahoma, Briggs and his team partner, Micaela Parker, of Live Oak, Fl., placed second overall in the Southern Junior Rodeo Association (SJRA) competition.  Although competition in the IFYR is open to any high school age student, those placing high enough (third place or higher) in the SJRA competition, can have some of their expenses to the IFYR event paid.

Briggs says that he has been involved in rodeo competition since he was nine years old and hopes to continue to compete, possibly on a professional level.  The event in which Briggs and Parker competed, Team Roping, is particularly challenging.  In this event one rider ropes a steer around the head, then maneuvers the steer around so the other team member can rope the steer's back feet.  All this is done while on horseback and is timed.  At the IFYR, each team performs this twice and those times are averaged.  The top 15 teams with the fastest average time move on in the competition.  Although Briggs and Parker did not make it into the top 15, they still enjoyed the competition and hope to continue competing.

Briggs says that although he hopes to continue rodeo competition, he also plans to possibly follow in his father's footsteps and go into land surveying.

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