Great Northern Classic Rodeo
Posted at: 09/04/2012 9:22 PM
| Updated at: 09/05/2012 11:17 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
While many folks headed to their cabins on Labor Day weekend, cowboys and cowgirls put on a show at the Great Northern Classic Rodeo in Superior.
Rodeo queen Stephany Benson says there's no place they'd rather be.
"It's addicting. When you're young and brought into horses, it kind of just leads you to this road," Benson said. "And then you're down the rodeo road and that's where we all are."
Christine Nevala traveled down that road as a young barrel racer, and now her 11-year-old daughter Adeline is following in her footsteps.
"My mom has always been interested in horses and I am too," Adeline said.
"It's very exciting. She's very determined and puts a lot of work into it and so it's very fun to watch her out there competing," Christine said.
Christine and Adeline aren't the only family members who compete together. Their horses are sisters, and the Nevalas have raised them from birth.
"We train our own horses and compete on them, so it's kinda fun to take them through the process," Christine said.
The rodeo community is about family, but also takes pride in giving back to others. This group held a Miracle Rodeo on Sunday morning for challenged children, adults and their families.
"They get to experience the rodeo like we do, just in a different manner," Benson said. "Just seeing their faces and how grateful they are, it's awesome."
Great Northern Classic Rodeo Vice President Jesse Larson says the kindness and good sportsmanship of the competitors are what make this sport great.
"It says that the American dream is not dead. The west is still alive," Larson said. "You can't go anywhere else and get this kind of action."
It's a reminder of how things used to be and could be again.