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Rodeo Royalty Teach Kids the Ropes

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Bismarck Mandan summer school students are learning more than your typical subject.

Rodeo queens are showing them the ropes.

Rodeo royalty are visiting approximately 1,600 elementary students to teach them the sport of rodeo and where it got its start.

The queens say they enjoy seeing the kids faces light up when they learn the tricks and how curious they are about the sport.

"It has to be the questions they ask you and getting to answer those and they always want to know if you live in a castle or if the diamonds on your crown are real and so they want to know why you're wearing your red pants and it's fun to hear what they have to say and then react to it is always a joy," says Codi Miller, Miss Rodeo Mandan.

Along with learning how to rope and barrel race, the students are taught another lesson.

Miss Rodeo Mandan shares a cowgirl story about bullying.

"I have an anti-bullying platform called Cowgirl Suzie and so it's been an honor to be able to have North Dakota Winner Show and the Mandan Princess be able to help me show the kids, you know, the reasons and the affects that happens with bullying, as well as teaching them what rodeo is really all about," says Codi.

The rodeo queens will continue to speak at area schools through July 1st.

Each student also receives a free children's ticket good for the July two or three rodeo performance.

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