Kodiak’s Peterson Competing in Vegas

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A young Kodiak man is in Las Vegas today following his dream to compete professionally in the rodeo. Jay Barrett has more.

Growing up a stone’s throw from the Kodiak Rodeo Grounds, Malachi Peterson, says he has always wanted to compete professionally. He’s currently a full-time student at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, a school he said he chose partially because there’s a lot of rodeo in the area. In fact, the school even has its own team.

I reached him yesterday on his cell phone, as he and his team-roping partner Ron Garcia were driving across the Mojave Desert, headed to Las Vegas for the World Series of Team Roping.

(100 thousand 14 sec "There’s three different … 100,000 dollars apiece.")

He described the teamwork needed in the event:

(describe team roping 23 sec "There’s two people … then the clock will stop.")

Peterson credits several friends in Pasagshak for helping advance as a rodeo cowboy:

(started 31 sec "I started a little bit there … for the rest of my life.")

Peterson and Garcia competed in their first round event at about 6:30 this morning Alaska Time. They’ll ride again on Friday.

I’m Jay Barrett.

(HOST TAG) You can check out Peterson’s progress at the World Series of Team Roping web site, at wstroping.com..

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