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A Rodeo Life

Richard Yanits tapes up his son’s hand, Clayton Yanits, to prevent blisters from riding mutton at a training facility.

Clayton Yanits’s young hand gets taped by his father, Richard Yanits, Clayton has been participating in rodeo events for almost a year.

Clayton Yanits is holding on for dear life on his mutton. He is training for an upcoming competition at the American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo in Kansas City. Yanits’s trainer, Kevin Hevalow, background, watches to make sure his student is using proper technique and balance during his training session.

Clayton Yanits does workout training such as lifting weights, sit-ups and pushups. He is performing a muscle reflex exercise that helps with muscle memory for when he rides mutton.

Eleven-year-old Julie Yanits works on her math homework. Her mother, Selena Yanits and her trainer, Jennifer Hevalow are there to lend a hand. Julie must maintain a certain grade point average in order to stay in her rodeo organization, MKYRA (Missouri Kansas Youth Rodeo Association).

Clayton Yanits is digging through his drawers to find a pair of socks. He will be a participant in the American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo later on in the day.

The Yanits family, along with their friend, Kolton Hevalow are walking to a rules and regulations meeting at Hale Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Clayton will be competing at the American Royal Invitation Youth Rodeo, in the peewee division.

Julie Yanits waits for a judge to come out and go over the rules and regulations for the events she will be competing in. She looks up and talks to one her family members in the stands.

Richard Yanits gives a pep talk to his son, Clayton Yanits, in the holding area before he competes in the mutton bustin’ competition at American Royal Invitational youth Rodeo.

Riding her horse as fast as she can, Julie Yanits circles around a barrel in the junior girl’s barrel race at Hale Arena. She is competing in the barrel race in hopes of beating her best time of 17 seconds.

Julie Yanits tries to remain calm while practicing for the two events that she will be competing in at the American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo. She will be competing in barrel racing and goat tying.