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Front page of May 1, 2024, issue of Shootin' the Breeze with Ayden Lucas steer riding

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – May 1, 2024

Going pro in rodeo

Ayden Lucas of Beaver Mines made his Kananaskis Pro Rodeo debut Friday morning in junior steer riding. The 15-year-old athlete moved up to the pro rodeo circuit this season with a first performance at the Medicine Hat rodeo earlier this month. He has been riding steers since he was eight and, in 2022, was invited to the junior world finals in Las Vegas after placing in the top 15 in the world in rookie junior bulls and rookie junior bareback.

 “He drew a tough steer,” his dad, RJ Lucas, says of Friday’s ride. “His ambitions for this year are to get qualified for the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and to eventually move into novice bulls when he meets their criteria, which will be in 2026. I’m very proud of him — he’s worked really hard to get to this point and shows courage in a sport most grown men are afraid to try.”

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