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By Brendan Relaford
For The Sentinel 

Akins excels at American Rodeo in Fort Worth


March 20, 2019


WELL DONE: Kayde Jo Akins (left) rode quarter horse Dude on loan from Shelly Treat to a 33rd finish in breakaway roping at The American rodeo competition in Fort Worth, Texas.

Goldendale elementary school teacher Kayde Jo Akins rode to 33rd place out of 500 competitors in breakaway roping at the American Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, between Feb. 2 and March 3. Akins worked her way to Fort Worth by competing in Pacific Northwest qualifying events and entered the American Rodeo as the 31st seed.

After Akins qualified in the Northwest, her breakaway horse wasn't up for the 1,900-mile journey to Fort Worth due to stress and age, so she reached out to her longtime friend Shelly Treat, who helped her out by loaning Akins her 19-year-old quarter horse, Dude, who came out of a five-year retirement from an injury to compete in the event. Akins and Treat have a long histo...

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