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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Rodeo dreams continue with scholarship

  • Four years ago, Forrest Harmon of LaFayette, Alabama tried his hand at rodeo. With a natural knack for the sport, he has never looked back.
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  • Four years ago, Forrest Harmon of LaFayette, Alabama tried his hand at rodeo. With a natural knack for the sport, he has never looked back.
    Harmon, who now participates in 30 to 40 rodeos per year, is a first-time competitor in the International Finals Youth Rodeo.
    “We’re heading to Wyoming after this for the national finals and this was kinda on the way,” the 18-year-old said of his decision to compete in the IFYR’s bareback riding and steer wrestling events.
    Traveling with his younger brother, also a rodeoer, and his father, a former team roper, Harmon explained his favorite part of the event is camaraderie.
    “Just getting to meet new people,” he said.
    Harmon graduated from high school in December and plans to make use of his rodeo talents at the next level of his education.
    “I got a rodeo scholarship to Iowa Central,” he said.
    In college, he will partake in bareback riding, his favorite event, and steer wrestling.

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