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Friday, July 19, 2013 8:54 PM

Rider takes hard knocks in stride

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer

Fallon Dyer, rural Centropolis, ropes her calf during the breakaway roping competition Thursday evening at the Franklin County URA (United Rodeo Association) Rodeo at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa. Dyer, 15, along with her brother Kason, 11, and father Monty roped in Thursday’s performance. Fallon currently sits 18th in the IRA (Interstates Rodeo Association) in breakaway roping and 24th in the URA standings. She will be a sophomore in high school in the fall and also competes in the KHSRA (Kansas High School Rodeo Association). She said breakaway roping is her favorite event, but goat tying is a close second. She also competes in pole bending. Fallon was one of several local cowboys and cowgirls competing at the rodeo Thursday and Friday. (Photo by Clinton Dick/The Ottawa Herald)

Jace Smith, rural Ottawa, hangs onto Grand River Rodeo Company’s “Little Mudslinger” Thursday night during the Franklin County URA (United Rodeo Association) Rodeo at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa. Smith did not make the eight second whistle, but plans to keep hitting the rodeo trail with rodeos coming up in Sabetha, Kan., and Lenox, Iowa, over the weekend. Smith is a PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) permit holder and finished 12th in the URA standings last year. (Photo by Clinton Dick/The Ottawa Herald)

Kason Dyer, rural Centropolis, narrowly misses his calf in the breakaway roping competition Thursday evening at the Franklin County URA (United Rodeo Association) Rodeo at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ottawa. Dyer is currently 13th in the IRA (Interstate Rodeo Association) in breakaway roping and 37th in the URA in breakaway roping. According to his mother, Jayna, Kason, 11, will start competing in the KJHSRA (Kansas Junior High School Rodeo Association). (Photo by Clinton Dick/The Ottawa Herald)

Jace Smith had been on Grand River Rodeo Company’s bull “Little Mudslinger” before.

“I had him in White Cloud, Kan.,” Smith said. “I was 84 (points) on him there.”

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