Teaching kids through rodeo

Young rodeo competitor reaches for the flag in the flag race portion of the junior rodeo at Nebraskaland Days. (SOURCE: KNOP-TV/Jace Barraclough)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Rodeo fans made their way to the Wild West Arena for one last dose of rodeo. Except today the juniors took their turn in the arena.

Dozens of competitors put a saddle on their horse and kicked up some dirt.

Pole bending, barrels, flag racing and goat tying were a few of the events in which kids were able to compete.

Regardless of experience level- the kids appeared to have a great time.

Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2019 Rebel Sjeklocha said junior rodeos provide great teaching moments for kids.

"Junior rodeos are a great way for kids to be introduced to the sport of rodeo. It's ultimately a stepping stone for them to pursue rodeo in the future whether that be high school or the collegiate level," said Sjeklocha.

"Competition is just such an awesome thing to get involved in at a young age because competition never ends throughout life. Whether you're competing for a job or a spot on a varsity sports team. It's a healthy part of life. Learning how to win and lose gracefully is a really important thing."

For upcoming events at Nebraskaland Days you can visit their website.