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2015 Georgia National Rodeo comes to Perry

Jerry Olson has been working with horses since he learned to walk.

"I was born and raised doing it. I started when I was eighteen months old, riding on my dad's shoulders while he stood on the back of two horses," he said.

Now, he is a performer in the 2015 Georgia National Rodeo in Perry.

He and his two horses, J.B. and Lickety Split, practiced before the show Friday night.

Another contestant performing is Natalie Foutch.

She's the 2012 Great Lakes Champion in barrel racing, and will be competing in the RAM national finals in Kissimmee, Florida in March.

In Perry, she and her horse, Orville, are competing against 100 other people to win thousands of dollars.

"You run against the clock, it's not a judged event," said Foutch, "You are running against the clock and you watch that timer and you try to make it stop as fast as you can."

She needs the grand prize to even out the her traveling expenses.

"I've been on the road literally full-time. I've put on over 60,000 miles in one year," she said, "You got to have a good fast horse. Because that's who pays the bills, if I don't have him, I go empty-handed."

Both Olson and Foutch can agree, while the rodeo is competitive, it's a great sight to see.

"Speed, action, beautiful horses and just the quick turns," said Foutch.

"There's something there for everybody," said Olson, "Whether it's from [age] 8 to 80, it don't make any difference."

Saturday night is the last night of the Rodeo.

Tickets are $18.50 for adults, $14.50 for kids 12 and under, and kids 2 and under are free.

The show starts at 7:30.


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