FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) – There is a fairly large rodeo community here in Minnesota. And on Friday, high schoolers showed off their skills and even let me try it out.

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They make all the riding and roping look easy, but rodeo is a skill that takes years of practice.

Five years in and McKenzie Smith still spends at least three days a week on her horse.

“I put countless hours into it,” Smith said.

Rodeo tests instinct, balance and athleticism, and all while relying on a working relationship between horse and rider. And it can certainly have its challenges.

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“It’s just you versus the animal,” she said.

Once the rider has conquered the animal, rope control is key, according to young rider.

“If you don’t know how to throw a rope, you’re not going to be able to compete,” he said.

After a quick lesson on how to hold and throw, I thought I found a fall back career. Alas, roping is much easier said than done.

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I’ll stick to my day job.