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Big Hat Rodeo regular still loves bearing flag

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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Brandy Clark of Cherry Valley rides Whiskey while carrying the American flag on Friday night at the Ogle County Fair.
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Dustin Jacobson of Sperry, Oklahoma, rides after and tries to rope a calf during the tie down roping competition Friday night during the Big Hat Rodeo at the Ogle County Fair.
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Brock Pezanoski of Utica, quickly ropes this calf to earn a winning 8.7-second ride in the tie down roping competition Friday during the Big Hat Rodeo at the Ogle County Fair.
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Tim Dyson performs a heart attack Indian air during his freestyle motocross show at the Ogle County Fair on Friday afternoon. Dyson will perform the show again on Saturday and Sunday at the fair.
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Chris O'Leary of Burlington, Wisconsin, tries to hold on to this bucking bronco Friday night during the bareback riding event in the Big Hat Rodeo.

Riding into the arena with the American flag is an honor for any performer.

Each of the past 5 years, Brandy Clark of Cherry Valley has ridden her horse, Whiskey, at the Ogle County Fair while carrying the stars and stripes.

“This is my favorite rodeo,” she said during the Big Hat Rodeo at the fair Friday night. “I like the crowd when I enter the arena.”

She said the smiles on the kids’ faces when they see the horses puts one smile on her face, too.

“That is why I do it,” Clark said.

Whiskey is a 12-year-old American Paint Horse, and was a rope horse before getting the honor of being ridden by the flag-bearer.

Once the national anthem wrapped up, Clark rode around the ring one final time before heading to her trailer to brush, feed, and water Whiskey, and put all the riding gear away.

She then has to prepare to ride her other horse, a big gray specimen named Goat, in the barrel races.

Other events during the rodeo included the bareback riding, calf-roping, and team calf-roping.

 

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