Finals for participants in the Arkansas Teenage Rodeo Association’s season of rodeo are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Faulkner County Saddle Club Arena in Conway.

The event continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the arena, located behind the Don Owen Sports Complex off of Highway 65.

Association president Tate Moore said about 130 participants, ages 3-18, are set to compete this weekend.

"Kids will run barrels, pole bend, tie goats, rope calves, team rope and bull ride," Moore said.

The spectator’s charge is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Moore said all entry fees of the annual event go back to the children in the form of year-end prizes like saddles, buckles, jackets and other awards to "ensure them that they are all champions."

"Children who are a part of the association are in a friendly, competitive sport, which teaches them not only manners, but responsibility. It keeps them out of harm’s way, out of trouble and keeps them focused," Moore said.

Children who have competed in the Arkansas Teenage Rodeo Association’s season, which began in February, have had the opportunity to win prize money. 

"They’re rewarded during the year and what’s left over, we put back into prizes for each and every child," Moore said.

Moore said this weekend’s finals are sure to be entertaining and that the beginner’s division of "goat tying" is a favorite.

"I get a kick of the beginners trying to tie up goats and work their horses," Moore said. "They have a smile on their faces and it’s great to watch these kids compete."

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