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Brandon WestphalJordan Pennington, age 8, competes in the Junior Girls Pole Bending during the Greeley Elks Lodge #809 Little Britches Rodeo, on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

Rodeo is traditionally known as a summer sport played in warm weather and under plenty of sunshine. This was not the case during the third annual Greeley Elks Lodge #809 Little Britches Rodeo, held at the Island Grove Arena in Greeley, Colo., October 10 and 11.

Falling snow and temperatures in the low 20s forced kids, parents, and even livestock to bundle up. The cold gave the event the feel of a “winter games” of sorts.

One contestant, Jordan Pennington, of Ft. Lupton, Colo., worked the Junior Girl’s Pole Bending event during the Saturday performance. Given the conditions, it may have felt more like the “slalom course.”



Jordan is the 8 year old daughter of Becky and Ken Pennington of Ft. Lupton. She attends third grade at Platteville Elementary School and has an older sister named Lynnea. Jordan’s been involved in rodeo for three years, including two with the Little Britches association. In addition to Pole Bending, Jordan competes in Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping and Ribbon Roping. She rides “Shiner”, a 7 year old gelding she acquired as a yearling.

Though just beginning her rodeo career, it’s obvious Jordan has gained some valuable experience in the arena. When discussing her next role, as a Ribbon Roping runner, she said simply, “I hope I don’t get clothes lined.”


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