Boyle twins compete on rodeo circuit

June 28, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

Ask Carson and Colton Kreider why they decided to take part in the Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association events and you get the same answer from the fraternal twins.

"I like riding my horse," each said when the question was put to them separately.

Colton won Rookie of the Year honors in the boys Division II during the finals in Sturgis earlier this month. Carson was leading in points to become the girls Rookie of the Year winner, but she did not have a successful first night at the two-day event, her father said.

Riding horses may not be the only reason the twins are involved in rodeos. Their parents, Russell "Rusty" Kreider and Cheryl Dorman, taught roping to youngsters in Boyle County in 1996.

At the time, Colton and Carson were 5 years old and didn't participate in rodeo events. Now 13 years old, the twins are old enough to rope and participate in competitive rodeoing.


The Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association consists of girls and boys, kindergarten through eighth grade. Comprised of two divisions, Division I includes children from kindergarten through age 10; Division II is for boys and girls between age 11 and eighth grade.

Boys' and girls' events are different. While Colton participates in calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling, Carson does barrel racing, pole bending, break away roping and goat tying.

As Colton's rookie award indicates, this was the first year of participating in junior rodeos. The twins began in October 2003, their father said. The rodeo season coincides with the school year, and there are about 10 rodeos a year.

The twins take two horses with them to the rodeos. Famous, whose registered name is I'll Make You Famous, is their favorite; he was born about two months after they were. Patches is their backup horse, and Famous is her father. To the untrained eye, they look very much alike.

The twins have a place to practice at their father's farm on Neild Road in Boyle County. With a long history in rodeoing, there is a roping pen on Kreider's farm where the twins practice rodeo events, including roping, barrel racing and pole bending.

Their father said of the pen, "This goes up before the house."

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