Contestants arrive at Expo Center for Texas High School Rodeo

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The boots, hats, and steers have arrived.

“Getting rodeo ready that’s what I like to call it,” said Team Roper Kaden Prince.

“These high school kids are the cream of the crop, these are really special kids. They’ve worked really hard, they’re really good athletes and they’re coming to compete for a title in the state,” said Taylor County Expo Center General Manager Rochelle Johnson.

More than 600 young athletes are competing in the Texas High School Rodeo this week and one who’s hoping to bring a team roping title back to Snyder is Kaden Prince.

“It’s a lifestyle,” said Prince. “I just want to wake up every morning and go. I want to get better. I just want to live my life being a team roper.”

Prince has been roping since he was three years old  and now a junior in high school he’s ready to put those hoofs to the dirt and get going.

“It’s a mental deal, you got to be mentally sharp and just don’t worry about it and go rope your steers,” said Prince.

Prince will be competing against  many others this week including one of his good friends, Wyatt Llyod. Together this isn’t their first rodeo and they know in order to win, it’s about team work and the relationship you build with your partner.

“I met mine three years ago and he only lives about five miles from my house, so we rope together all the time,” said Llyod.

“We’re really close and so we know what each others going to do and what our moves are so when something happens I know how he’s going to react to it and it’s easier that way when you get to know your partner really good,” said Prince.

It’s a sport that along with others at this year’s rodeo, Prince says takes dedication.

“You got to be fully into it, it’s not half, like not wanting to do it, you got to go every day and put fourth effort for it,” said Prince.

That’s why all of these athletes are here this week, hoping to prove themselves and be the best of the best in Texas.

The Texas High School Rodeo continues through Saturday.

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