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Popko wins Camp Pendleton junior rodeo


Last updated 8/3/2007 at Noon

The California Junior Rodeo Association competition July 14 at Camp Pendleton’s Ace Bowen Rodeo Grounds was close to home for Kerry Popko. It was also a return to the success she had experienced earlier in the year.

Popko, who had been plagued with five-second penalties for knocking down poles in several previous Pole Bending competitions, kept all of her poles up July 14 and won the event with a time of 20.74 seconds.

“I went in there with a completely different mindset,” Popko said.

Popko’s plan was to ride her horse, Banjo, at a slower pace. “I’ve been riding him so hard s...

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