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    Quincy Wills of Artesia High School dismounts his horse after succesfully roping a calf during the calf roping event.

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    Ty Anderson of Artesia High School prepares to rope a calf during the demonstration Thursday.

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    Shelby Kirkes of Carlsbad High School prepares to fire off her rope at a calf during the break away roping.

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    Dakota Ferguson of AHS takes a ride on the back of Black Widow.

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    Artesia High School Rodeo Team member Michael Maulden, of Pinon, is thrown off the back of a bull during a rodeo demonstration held by the AHS Rodeo Team.

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    AHS Rodeo Coach Mr. Greer speaks to the fourth grade students as Rodeo Team members patiently wait to answer questions.

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    Shelby Kirkes, a Carlsbad High School rodeo competitor, answers questions about break-away roping.

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    New Mexico State Rodeo Queen Alissa Burson signs autographs for the fourth grade students following the rodeo.

The Artesia High School Rodeo Team held a rodeo demonstration Thursday monring at the Artesia Horse Council Arena. The rodeo was held for local fourth-grade students and featured events ranging from barrel racing, calf roping and bull riding. Artesia Horse Council President Trampus Spence educated students about the various aspects of rodeo and explained the importance of working hard, practicing and doing well in school. Following the rodeo, students and rodeo team members – along with New Mexico State Rodeo Queen Alissa Burson – participated in a question and answer session. The students asked questions about injuries and how long each rodeo member has been participating in rodeo. The rodeo ended with students meeting the rodeo team members, who signed autographs and talked with the students one-on-one. (Tyler Green photos)