A young Bottineau girl has just made it to her second National Rodeo event in New Mexico, starting this week.
Emily Medalen takes us to Bottineau with the story.
Tomorrow is the day that 13-year-old Alyssa Nelson will take off for her second national competition in rodeo.
As a seventh grader, she will be competing against about one thousand sixth through eighth graders for a national title in barrel racing.
Alyssa first got onto a horse when she was five years old.
And she says that since then, she has known that racing is what she wants to do.
(Alyssa Nelson, 7th Grade Barrel Racer) "I like how it's fast, because I like the speed in it. It's just really fun. I ride almost every night."
The National Junior High Finals Rodeo is the world's largest rodeo for junior high students.
And for a 13 year old, that can be a lot to take in.
For a rodeo mom nerves are inevitable, but she says that she loves watching her daughter compete.
(Angie Nelson, Alyssa's Mom) "I get really nervous. I don't know if I should be around her because I don't know if it will pass on to her. But I'm pretty proud."
(Emily Medalen, KX Reporter) "As a thirteen-year-old, sacrificing time with friends and family on these warm summer days can be tough. But Alyssa continues to see her hard work pay off doing what she loves the most."
(Angie Nelson, Alyssa's Mom) "She already sacrifices a lot, because during the summer her friends are in town, going to the swimming pool. She's practicing."
As much as she'd like to be out with her friends, hard work has clearly paid off for this young lady.
And Alyssa says it's more than worth it.
(Alyssa Nelson) "I want a good run. It's just pure happiness."
In Bottineau, Emily Medalen, KX News.
Alyssa will be competing this coming Sunday night, and the following Saturday in Gallup, New Mexico.