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In sports, there have been a lot of great father-son combinations.

But it's not too often the two compete against one another.

But in this weeks Y's Men's Rodeo in Minot, exactly that will happen.

The seasoned veteran with over 40 years of experience against the up and coming rookie.

It's a story line as old as sports.

But in the case of J.B. and Eli Lord, the two are more than just competitors, they share the special bond of father and son.

(J.B. Lord, Badlands Circuit Rodeo Veteran) "Competing alongside of him, I just feel lucky and blessed that I am still healthy enough to compete with the younger guys. It's been a fun year."

(Eli Lord, Circuit Rodeo Rookie) "To me it doesn't feel like I am on the same level as him yet because I have looked up to him ever since I was a little kid. He's done very well for himself rodeoing up here. Just starting out I feel like I haven't reached that yet."

After over 30 grueling rodeos, both men qualified in team roping and steer wrestling for the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Not a big surprise for father J.B., a well respected and decorated member of the circuit, but for 19 year-old Eli to qualify well that puts a big smile on dear old dad's face.

(J.B. Lord, Badlands Circuit Rodeo Veteran) "I hope he does a lot more than I have done in rodeo and in life. I am proud of him that he qualified for his first year because it's not easy to qualify for this rodeo."

Eli was born with the sport in his blood.

He says there are even pictures of him riding a horse before he was able to walk.

The shadow J.B. casts over his son may be large, but the young wrangler seems to relish in the opportunity.

(Eli Lord, Circuit Rodeo Rookie) "I compare myself to him a lot. It's always been like that just because I grew up that way and I want to win. It's interesting to not only have to beat him but everyone compares you and you compare yourself to him as well.

The fire of competition burns in each of the Lord's.

One trying to prove himself, the other cementing his legacy, all the while, each enjoy the precious time the sport has given them.

In Minot for the Y's Men's Rodeo, I'm Gary Brode, KX News.

Winners of all of the event, will go on to the national circuit finals in Oklahoma City.

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