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Local High Schoolers Compete in State Rodeo Competition

Over 650 high school students from all over the state are in the key City this week to compete in the state rodeo. The competition kicks off Monday at the Taylor County Expo Center, but the local competitors have been preparing for months.
Though the competition may look fun now, it's about to heat up.

"These are the best contestants in the state of Texas. And it's kind of like their super bowl this week," said Texas High School Rodeo marketing director Holly Delaune. 

The top high schoolers from Texas are competing in the state rodeo with one goal in mind: being named to the Texas national team.

"Nationals is like the best of the best. If you do good up there, it proves what you have accomplished even more than if you win at state," said Big Country competitor Destiny Hatfield. 

Destiny is one of just a handful of high schoolers representing the Big Country. But the freshman  feels confident because this isn't her first time at the rodeo.

"Well, I'm a two-time state champion breakaway roper," she explained. "In junior high, seventh and eight grade year."

But getting to this point wasn't easy. Destiny tells us that she has worked extremely hard and almost daily to simply qualify for the state competition.

"I practice every single day, I ride my horses at least three times a week. I rope almost every single day. And I go down there every day and cut," she said.

Though the competition is tough, Destiny says it's still fun to get to compete and represent her hometown.

"It's a thrill. It's just like a regular rodeo, except for if you win, it's pretty dedicating," said Destiny. 

And she's dedicating all her hard work to representing the Big Country and the state of Texas.
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