By Hank Erickson
Rodeo is my favorite sport because it involves horses and cattle and I live on a ranch. A lot of the time we go out and rope cows and doctor them and rodeos are a way to show people how good your skills are. The difference between rodeo and football is that rodeo is better. It is you and your horse trying to accomplish a task together. Rodeo takes time and practice because you are 20 times more likely to suffer from a major injury.
In rodeo, you are dealing with a 1200 pound or more animal, and if they really wanted to they could kill you. Horses and cattle have a brain, and they are not just things, they are animals. Being big animals, if they want something they can get it. Rodeo takes time because you have to train your horse and you have to get to know your horse and he has to like you and you have to like him. In football, there are no animals and no EMTs on sight at every football game like rodeo. That is why I like rodeo more than any sport. It is a lot more challenging and more fun. Unlike football, it takes two feet to play this sport.
Many students at Madison agree. “I like rodeo more than football because it takes a lot of hard work and grit,” says Kolby Sanderson, a student at Madison Jr Highschool.
Rodeo champion Lane Frost once said, “A big part of winning is having lots of good luck. And I think a good competitor makes his own luck. That's why he is a winner. Luck to me is lots of determination, lots of hard work, faith in myself, and in God.”