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Pott siblings become rodeo duo

April 28, 2017

Caitlin and Brandon Pott on their horses Five and Rusty coming out of the box after the roping dummy during practice. “I’ve fallen off a couple of times. Mostly just rope burns and bruises,” Caitlin said.

There are few students who would think of joining high school rodeo as their choice of sport. Maybe it is the thought of riding animals three times their size for fun that scares them away. That is not the case of siblings junior Caitlin Pott and freshman Brandon Pott. They have embraced the old frontier thrill of riding horses and roping cows.

The National High School Rodeo Association is an organization that puts on rodeos for high schoolers grades 9-12. The junior high division is for grades six to eight. Rodeos are in both spring and the fall with the state finals and nationals in summer.

Caitlin and Brandon got into rodeo at a young age, but their family has owned horses since before they were born. Their neighbors, the Weirs, have been roping a long time, which sparked their interest in it.

“In third or fourth grade I was introduced to horse shows by a friend of mine. I went over to Jed Weirs house to practice,” Caitlin said.

“When Caitlin started, I went to a few rodeos to watch and I decided to try it,” Brandon said.

Rodeo events range from barrel racing to bull riding, but the Pott siblings chose roping as their skill of choice. The timed events involve team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying, which they both do quite well.

“My first year I only did breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing and pole bending. The second year, I started team roping with a girl named Molly but after her I team roped with a guy named Devin Olsen. Then after that I started with my brother Brandon and it’s been a year and a half since then,” Caitlin said.

When Caitlin started, I went to a few rodeos to watch and I decided to try it.”

— Brandon Pott

The Pott’s friends have been a huge support for them, going out to watch and cheer them on. But it is difficult to go out and watch sometimes; not because rodeo is hard to watch, but because sometimes rodeos can in places up to 5 hours away like the Winona or Marshall rodeos.

“It’s fun watching them. You want them to do good. It’s almost like watching yourself out there cause you’re so close,” junior Sophi Jensen, a life long friend of the Potts, said.

The High School Rodeo national finals rodeo is a goal for most-if not all, cowboys and cowgirls in both junior high and high school. Brandon went to the junior high national finals for goat tying. Caitlin and Brandon also hope to go again this year as a team in the team roping.

“I got to compete with kids from all over the U.S., some from Canada and Australia,” Brandon said.

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5 Responses to “Pott siblings become rodeo duo”

  1. Ryan Shepard on May 1st, 2017 4:06 pm

    I liked when you put what their dreams are for the future near the end and also what they have already accomplished in rodeo the sport. I also thought adding who their supporters are was a good idea because it expanded on why they enjoy their sport.

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  2. Allison Heintz on May 5th, 2017 10:56 am

    I really like this story because it is not a sport you hear about all th time but it is really interesting to be informed with. I also think their goals and the way they talked about them here was expressed really well.

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  3. Andria Barrett on May 5th, 2017 7:43 pm

    I like how you captured both of the sibling’s perspectives about rodeo. This article is informative, but also has quotes which show how the siblings really feel about rodeo.

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  4. Andrew Wilcek on May 7th, 2017 10:15 pm

    Really well written story about how to two siblings share a similar passion. I also liked how you talk about the friends you share and where they take place when they compete.

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  5. Teagan Andrews on May 8th, 2017 8:16 am

    I really liked reading about this because it’s not the usual soccer, hockey, etc that we write about. very well written and you know what you’re talking about.

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