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Team roping even at Equine Center

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

They come from eight surrounding states to compete in what may be the oldest rodeo sport.

The team roping event held this weekend at the Fordice equine center on the state fairgrounds is one of nine preliminary events to the national championship, which will be held in Oklahoma City in December.

The sport began on the plains as cowboys went about their daily routines.

"It was their way to gather cattle and you stick a few guys in one spot you're going to have a competition sooner or later. So what it was, was the cowboys that were the fastest in doctoring their cattle and that's how we comprised the beginning of the team roping sport," said promoter, Kevin Hall.

Competitors say they must coordinate several movements at one time, on horseback and depend on your roping partner to do the same thing.

"First of all you've got to have your swing and your delivery, all your timing and everything down before you do anything. Then you have to have your horse in perfect position and that's about it," added competitor, Sarah Burkes.

About $1,000 competitors are taking part in this weekend event sanctioned by the united states team roping championship.

It's one of 58 such competitions leading up to the nationals.

Over-all more than 9,000 competitors are taking a shot at the national title.

Everyone of them says success or failure all depends on hours and hours of practice.

"It takes a good horse and good people you are roping with and it does take a lot of practice, nothing is easy about it," said competitor, Mikey Sutton.

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