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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Texas twins compete for first year at IFYR

  • From volleyball to goat tying, 17-year-old twins Baile and Brooke Branscum enjoy competing together.
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  • From volleyball to goat tying, 17-year-old twins Baile and Brooke Branscum enjoy competing together.
    “It’s very competitive,” Brooke said. “It’s almost more competitive than seeing someone that you want to beat out there.”
    “I never worry about it, I just go out there and do it,” Baile replied. “She’s really competitive. I’m competitive, but I don’t really care as much as long as one of us wins.”
    Although the Branscum girls don’t let the competition get to them at rodeos, they did while playing volleyball.
    “We used to yell at each other sometimes,” Baile said.
    “Only when we would practice at home,” Brooke said with a laugh.
    She would be like, ‘Brooke! You need to stop being so bad.’”
    “Well, she would spike it bad and I was like, ‘I’m not going to go get it 50 times if you’re going to do it like that,’” Bailey responded.
    The girls no longer play volleyball, and instead want to focus their energy on rodeos. They have been competing in rodeos for three years, and this is their first year at the International Finals Youth Rodeo.
    “We used to do Little Britches rodeo and went to nationals a couple times and really didn’t like it,” Brooke said. “We heard about this and we decided we wanted to come here. Everybody says it’s a lot of fun so we just decided to try it.”
    Both Baile and Brooke will be competing in breakaway roping and goat tying this week.
    In the past, the girls competed every weekend.
    “We backed off a little this year,” Brooke said, explaining that it was more like every other weekend.
    Brooke enjoys the solo aspect to competing in rodeos, rather than doing team sports.
    “You can rely on yourself and your horse,” she said.
    As for Baile, her favorite part of rodeos is traveling.
    “You get to travel, that’s fun to see other places,” she said.
    Although they differ in levels of competitiveness and music taste, the twins say they are more alike than different.
    “For being fraternal, we’re pretty similar,” Baile said. 

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