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The Shawnee News-Star
  • California competitor is returning champion

  • Clayton Biglow was the 2013 International Finals Youth Rodeo bareback champion; he has returned this year with hopes to reclaim his title.
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  • Clayton Biglow was the 2013 International Finals Youth Rodeo bareback champion; he has returned this year with hopes to reclaim his title.
    “I came here to win,” he said. “That’s my plan."
    Biglow, a high school graduate from Clements, California, also does professional rodeos.
    “I’ve been pro riding in California this past year,” he said. “I won our state finals last year, and when you win that you get a free permit for the pros.”
    His father rode bucking horses and his mother is also in the horse business, so it made sense for Biglow to start doing rodeos when he was 8 or 9.
    “I’ve been around it my entire life,” Biglow said. “I played baseball and basketball when I was a kid but I’d always fall back to rodeoing after practice or a game.”
    This year, Biglow will be competing in bareback riding and team roping, with bareback being his favorite.
    “It’s definitely an adrenaline rush,” he said. “I’m for sure an adrenaline rush junky. I was hooked on it the first go and I’ve never looked back since.”
    For Biglow, rodeos are a full time job.
    “I’ll probably go to around 150 rodeos a year,” he said. “I don’t think of it as a job, but it is a job.”
    Although the adrenaline rush is a plus, Biglow said his favorite part of rodeos is the people he meets
    “You’ll never have any other friends like you do in rodeo,” he said. “The people are great, they’re always pulling for you. Your competitors are always cheering for you, you’re never against each other.”
    In the fall, Biglow will be attending Feather River College in Quincy, California, where he will do both college and professional rodeos. 
    “It isn’t the highest paying job but you’ll definitely have a lot more fun than a basketball player or a football player, I’ll guarantee that,” he said. 

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