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Updated: 11/02/2017 08:30:12AM

Youth rodeo rocks the arena one last time

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

Cody Vina turned in an impressive time of 15.12 in the Junior Goat Tying event. Cody's pink shirt was in the spirit of Saturday's theme, "Tough enough to wear pink."

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
Contestants chat on horseback while waiting for their event during Saturday's Arcadia Youth Rodeo competition. AYRA meets October through April when the finale awards the overall winners. Children from age 4-18 can participate.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
McKenna Hickson and her mount bolt out of the gate in the Senior Goat Tying event. She turned in a time of 8.76.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
Jesse Willis earns a score of 70 by hanging on tight in Junior Bull Riding.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN
Dayne Norsworthy gets some help from the bullfighters in the Senior Bullriding event.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN ER. HOFFMAN
Landon Glenn's rope lands squarely on the calf at Saturday's Arcadia Youth Rodeo event at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena. This was the last AYRA event to be held at the arena on Heard Street. In December, January and February, they will meet at Reality Ranch in Zolfo Springs.

"Done!" says Rachel Widener as she completes tying the legs of her calf. She was one of dozens of youngsters to compete Saturday in the Arcadia Youth Rodeo Association's competition held at the old rodeo arena.

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Young rodeo stars filled the old Arcadia Rodeo Arena on Heard Street for the last time, competing in events such as goat tying, double mugging, bull riding and pole bending.

Children from ages 4 through 18 competed for points which will help determine the top award winners for April’s finale. The best contestants can go on to compete at the state and national levels.

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