Dolores Twins Carry On Family Rodeo Tradition

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Rylee and Jaida Woody are

like many sixth grade girls,

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they love horses, but unlike

most, they spend hours

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and hours riding and training their horses

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to compete in rodeos and

they are the third generation

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in their family to do so.

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Dolores sixth graders

Jaida and Rylee Woody

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share a common bond,

they’re fraternal twins.

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They also share a common

passion, rodeo competitions.

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And you might say their

passion is almost genetic,

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their grandmother, Kim

Russell, is a long time

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Montezuma County resident who

has bred and trained horses

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for 40 years.

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She and her brother

founded the Four States

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rodeo competitions held

in Montezuma County,

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and Russell put her granddaughters

on their first horses

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before they could walk.

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By the time they were three

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they were riding horses on their own.

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Today, each girl has two

horses, one for barrel racing

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the other for pole events.

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They also compete in goat roping

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and now they’ve set their

sights on qualifying

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for the junior national

rodeo finals this summer.

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Like any top athlete, that

means hours of training

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and hours on the road

traveling to rodeo competitions

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with the help, support, and

guidance of their grandmother

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but they say, the investment

in time is worth it.

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I love that how you can just go fast

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and meet new people and all that.

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I just like love being like

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it’s like being one with your horse

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till I make a good run

and like having horses

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you can care for and

have like all that stuff

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and like being able to meet

new people and all of that.

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The fastest time that Rylee

and Jaida have clocked

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on the barrels is 15.58

and 15.5 respectively.

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Well, they’re pretty evenly

matched at least so far,

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they admit that they each

try to best her sister.

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We are competitively like

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but we love each other when

we like win or something

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’cause we call ourselves the Woody team,

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so I just love like they

almost compete with her

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and having someone always by

your side and cheering you on

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and all that.

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They admit they fight

like any other siblings do

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but the tiffs are short-lived

and when it comes to rodeos

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they’re there to support the other.

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When we did goats, we would always like

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when we throw our hands up,

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we’d all fall down and

everybody’s like whoa,

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that’s the Woody twins.

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Rylee and Jaida will be

heading to competitions

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in Arizona and on the

front range this Spring

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in hopes of performing

well enough to gain points

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toward an invitation to the

junior national rodeo finals

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next Summer.

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To see the Woody twins in action,

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log onto the Montezuma

County Fairgrounds website

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and check out the events calendar.

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If there’s a barrel race

scheduled, more than likely,

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the Woody twins will be there.

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