Writer: Darrell J. Pehr, (575) 646-3223, email@example.com
LAS CRUCES - Young rodeo ropers, riders and racers from across New Mexico will compete for top honors at the 4-H Rodeo Finals Sept. 4-5 at the New Mexico State University rodeo arena.
Through the summer, contestants ages 9 to 19 have competed at nine rodeos around the state leading up to the finals, which will be sponsored by the NMSU rodeo team. Events start at 8:30 a.m. both days and admission is free.
NMSU rodeo coach Jim Dewey Brown expects some 100 contestants. He hopes the event will help college team members become mentors for the younger competitors. The event should also allow 4-H contestants to see the university and become familiar with the rodeo program.
"I think it will be a great recruiting tool for us and for the college," Brown said.
The coach hopes having the finals in the south-central part of New Mexico will encourage more 4-H rodeo participation from the western part of the state. Currently, competitors from eastern New Mexico tend to dominate, Brown said.
"If we can keep this rolling, it will open up the west side of the state to 4-H rodeo," Brown said.
To prepare for the event and fall NMSU practice schedule, Brown and team members have spruced up the NMSU rodeo arena, rebuilding fences, constructing a new announcer's stand and replacing lighting.
The NMSU rodeo arena is east of the main university campus off Dripping Springs Road. Call the State 4-H Office at (505) 646-3026 for more information.
For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to attend the rodeo, please contact Brown at (505) 646-3659 or firstname.lastname@example.org before the event.
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