Dolores Twins Carry On Family Rodeo Tradition

2/19/2021

Rylee and Jaida Woody love horses, so much so, that they spend hours every week riding and training their four horses to compete in rodeos, the third generation in their family to do so.

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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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