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Goliad family enjoys rodeo tradition

By By Lourdes Vazquez - LVazquez@vicad.com
March 21, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2010 at 10:21 p.m.

Abby Yanta, Brianna Garza, Payton Luco and Taygen Fromme anticipate the cattle scramble, marking the end of the Goliad County Fair and PRCA Rodeo.

Brianna Garza sat with her cousins and friend, hoping to one day see herself out in the Goliad County fair and rodeo arena.

"I want to be in the big rodeo," said Brianna, 5, who competes in the youth rodeo.

Sunday's annual PRCA Rodeo's Family Day is a tradition for the Garzas.

"For us, it's big on the family part," said Brittny Garza, Brianna's mother, who also participates in rodeos.

"This is where it all starts. You have some kids that start off with video games and, to them, it's all rodeo," said Rick Garza, Brianna's father.

The father adds the children are fourth-generation rodeo participants.

"It's just what you do. You hang it up, and you pass it down," said Garza, whose wife is due in seven weeks and is already anticipating getting back in the arena.

"It's nice to come and watch, but it makes you want to do it more," the expectant mother said.

Nephew Payton Luco, 6, said he dreamed of one day being a bull rider.

Payton had his first attempt with the Mutton Bustin' on Saturday, where children ride sheep.

"I thought I wasn't going to win," Payton said, but he did.

Payton and his cousin, Taygen Fromme, 7, sat next to Brianna and Abby Yanta, 4, waiting for the next bull rider as the rider was thrown and the bull trotted around the arena.

"I thought it'd try to jump over," Taygen said as the bull got closer to the stands.

Abby agreed with Taygen, but said she looked forward to seeing the barrel races.

Brittny Garza wrapped up the entire day: "It's a good thing to have time being together as a family."

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