Rodeos are a family affair for the Larsons.
With their mother and sisters looking on from the stands and their father, Tim, coaching beside the arena, brothers Grady and Garrett Larson competed at the Richland Rodeo Club’s youth rodeo Sunday.
The two boys have been riding horses at their home west of Sidney since they were 4 years old, a skill Tim was eager to pass onto his children since it has always been a big part of his life. “My dad rodeoed for years, and my brother and I started when we were kids,” Larson said. “About the same age as my boys.”
Tim grew up on a ranch in Forsyth. He says flag racing was his favorite rodeo event when he was younger. He took up team roping as he grew older, something he still enjoys from time to time. “I still team rope a little for fun, and to try to keep the horses going,” he said.
Grady, 8, appears to take after his father as he says flag racing is also his favorite event. He placed first in the all-around competition among peewee boys at Sunday’s rodeo, in large part due to his first-place finishes in barrel racing and pole bending, skills he learned from his dad, who he said taught him how to “turn tight barrels.”
Garrett, 6, said pole bending is his favorite event, but he thinks he’s best at barrel racing. He finished second behind his brother in both events Sunday.