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Dodge City hosting PRCA rodeo camp

The Dodge City Roundup Rodeo is hosting a PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 20, at Roundup Arena. The free training is set for participants of all abilities who are 8 years old or older.

"PRCA Championship Rodeo Camps are great for beginners and have proven to be very beneficial for advanced riders," said Julie Jutten, who is with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's industry outreach department. "If you are new to the sport, the camp will get you off to the right start, which will help your long-term success in the sport."

The curriculum includes an introduction to all three roughstock events--bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding--and will cover the basics: safety and fundamentals, livestock safety, injury prevention, tips from professionals, chute procedures, riding equipment overview, goal setting and an introduction to the PRCA.

"We're very excited to be part of this program that is designed to help teach people about rodeo," said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the Roundup committee. "I think this is an outstanding way to draw young people to the sport and teach them the skills they might need if they want to pursue rodeo in their future.

"Hopefully we'll have a number of the campers who come back and compete at Roundup in just a few years."

Students can register in all three roughstock events and may do so online at http://prorodeo.com/youthrodeo_form.aspx. Students also can register by calling Jutten at 719-304-1471.

"The classroom will include sessions on preventing and managing injuries, which will prolong careers, and understanding the PRCA, which will ease an athlete's transition into ProRodeo," Jutten said. "The camps are free and a great chance to learn from the best of the PRCA."

Date: 10/1/2012

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