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The Shawnee News-Star
  • First generations cowboys from Louisiana competing in IFYR

  • Hunter Green, 17, and Derrick Chaisson, 18, two friends from Louisiana are two first-generation cowboys who have traveled to Oklahoma this week to compete at the International Finals Youth Rodeo.
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  • Hunter Green, 17, and Derrick Chaisson, 18, two friends from Louisiana are two first-generation cowboys who have traveled to Oklahoma this week to compete at the International Finals Youth Rodeo.
    Both are competing in bareback bronc riding. And while many think the two would be rivals, both say that’s not really the case.
    “You’re competing against the horse you draw,” Hunter said, adding they help each other.
    This is the first IFYR appearance for both and neither have a childhood rodeo background. In fact, both of them got into the sport by other avenues.
    Hunter, who was a football star, said he previously dated a barrel racer and got tired of watching from the sidelines. He first tried bull riding but found bareback bronc riding to be more his sport. He’s been competing for the past year.
    For Derrick, a friend got him started in rodeo about six years ago. And when he won his first rodeo event, he was hooked.
    “It’s the adrenaline rush you get,” he said. “It’s an addiction.”
    And while both admit the sport they love can be dangerous, with each suffering some type of injury, including Derrick dislocating each shoulder twice, they both seem to agree that there are things more dangerous.
    “We are rough stock riders,” Hunter said. “But the drive up here was more dangerous than that bucking horse.”
    Derrick added, “It’s a chance we’re willing to take.”
    Both share the same mindset that God comes first.
    “When we wake up, God’s got the day planned out,” Derrick added.
    Derrick, who just graduated high school, was named Louisiana Bareback rider of the year two years running, he said, and has a scholarship to attend Panola college in Carthage, Texas this fall, where he plans to study petroleum Engineering.
    Hunter has one more year of high school before attending McNeese University as part of the rodeo team there.
    Both also enjoying hunting and fishing in their spare time.
    Hunter is wearing back number 1036 and Derrick is wearing No. 942.

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