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David Samson, Published October 16 2011

Portraits: Dena Flom

Rodeo is more than a hobby for North Dakota State University junior Dena Flom; it’s a lifestyle. She started riding as a 4-year-old and has been going full speed ever since. “It’s an adrenaline rush when you are competing, especially in the timed events. You get a bond with your horses, and some of them you ride a certain way. When you do what you are supposed to do and your horse does their part, it’s just so rewarding,” Flom says. She competed with her trusty companion Fly in the annual Bison Stampede Rodeo event at the NDSU Equine Center over the weekend and was pleased with the outcome. “I caught my first calf and got a 4.4 time, so it shows a barrel racing horse can also be a rope horse. Even if we don’t win a buckle but have an awesome run and do everything right, I am still happy at the end of the day,” Flom adds with a smile.