Taking a break before the rodeo

June 13, 2013 | 10:43 p.m. CDT
Clayton Merrigan, 10, sits in the middle of a portable pool with friends and family before the first day of competition at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals on Thursday at the Central Missouri Events Center. Merrigan hopes to compete in breakaway roping, team roping and ribbon roping when he's old enough to participate next year.

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