Local kids get to experience rodeo

Murray State University’s Rodeo Team gave some children in our area a chance to see what it’s like to throw on a cowboy hat and experience the art of rodeo on Wednesday.

There was no eight second rule and no need for a re-ride. Cole Lovins is one of the kids that got to experience what it’s like to be a real cowboy.

Miss Murray State Rodeo, Madison Moxley, says the rodeo team has as much fun as the children when they host the event. “Rodeo is a dying sport, and these kids are what are going to keep it going,” she said.

Moxley’s passion for rodeo started when she was in the fifth grade. She hopes activities like stick horse barrel racing, artificial bull riding, and a petting zoo spark the same interest in the 15 students at MSU.

The says she thinks there is more to the sport than just saddles and barrels. To her, rodeo helps challenge people to overcome fear and achieve goals.

“I hope that they feel like they are involved with something bigger than themselves," she says. "And that they can do whatever they put their minds to.”

To see how the professionals do it, you can head to the MSU expo center Thursday through Sunday for their college rodeo.

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