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Howard High teen no stranger to big time rodeo [Elkridge]

Geegee Lowe, 15, of Elkridge is not your average teen. In addition to her classes at Howard High School, Geegee also competes on the Maryland High School Rodeo Team, the Maryland State Quarter Horse and the National Barrel Association.

This year she qualified for the national event in breakaway roping. Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied.

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The National High School Rodeo takes place in Rock Springs, Wyo., and draws competitors from 42 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia for a total of over 1,500 participants. Geegee attributes her success and ability to the fact that she started riding competitively at just 22 months old. She is the third generation of rodeo riders in her family.

Her great uncles, uncles and aunts competed throughout the rodeo circuit in events such as steer wrestling, roping, bronco riding, bull riding and barrel racing. On the Maryland High School Rodeo Team Geegee competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping.

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Qualifying for the National High School Rodeo is a huge accomplishment for Geegee and did not come without a lot of hard work.

The National High School Rodeo is one of the largest rodeos in the world; and, Geegee is excited to make the trip. "It is going to a dream come true to be able to travel all the way out there and compete with a bunch of amazing kids. Also, being able to meet people all around the world," Geegee says.

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