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Marble Falls Youth Rodeo Kicks Off Several Days of Dusty Action

The annual Marble Falls Youth Rodeo is July 12 at Charley Taylor Arena, located south of Marble Falls on U.S. 281. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. File photo

MARBLE FALLS — It might not have the flash of a professional rodeo, but the Marble Falls Youth Rodeo definitely has the heart of a bigtime event.

“For the kids, it’s a chance to show what they’ve learned, what they’ve been working on, and just give their best,” said Kelly Haydon, one of the organizers behind this year’s youth event. “It’s also a chance for people to come out and support the kids.”

The Marble Falls Youth Rodeo is 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Charley Taylor Arena, 3053 U.S. 281 south of Marble Falls. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free, but the young competitors, ages 5-18, pay $10 per event to compete.

Events are pole bending, a goat-ribbon run, flags, straight-away barrel racing, and clover-leaf barrels.

“There are no rough-stock events. The kids are just competing against each other and the clock,” Haydon added. “There are four divisions: 8 and under; 9 to 11; 12 to 14; and 15 to 18. We’ll have high-point winners in each one.”

The rodeo, which is hosted by the Burnet County 4-H Horse Club, is open to youths from Burnet County and the surrounding counties of Blanco, Lampasas, Williamson, Travis, San Saba, and Bell.

The Marble Falls Youth Rodeo kicks off several days of rodeo action, including the Marble Falls Open/Pro Rodeo on July 13-15 with slack on Thursday and the main performances Friday-Saturday. All events are at Charley Taylor Arena.

Haydon added that the youth rodeo teaches valuable lessons kids can use outside of the arena and off their horses.

“They learn quite a bit, like how to lose,” Haydon pointed out, “because you don’t always win.”

It’s sometimes about taking the loss, looking at what you can do better, and working on those skills to come back even better next time.

Then, there’s the relationship between horse and rider. If it’s sometimes difficult working with people to whom you can actually speak, try working with a horse.

“To me, dealing with horses teaches so many life skills because you are working with an animal, and you have to work with it, especially in rodeo events,” Haydon said.

Figuring out how to communicate with a horse and developing that partnership to accomplish a goal gives kids a skill set they can use in their careers.

Haydon encourages the community to come out July 12 and watch and support the young competitors. There will be a limited concession stand on site, so people should bring water.

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