- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The dusty, western ballet known as rodeo is a sport of extremes.

On one end you have bull riding, where brave cowboys attempt to survive eight seconds of adrenaline hell on top of a very annoyed, massive animal.

On the other extreme you have goat tying, where quick cowgirls leap from a running horse to grab a small critter and tie its twitchy legs.

“This is one of the most interesting events that people like to watch,” says Jim Boy Hash. “It’s one of the most competitive events.”

Hash and his wife, Jessica, along with their sons, 12-year-old Jaylyn and 8-year-old Jaytyn, came to Casper from their home in Kendall, Kansas, to supply and handle goats for the College National Finals Rodeo. This is their second year as the CNFR goat contractor.

“It’s really evolved, this event,” says Hash.

Back in the day, according to Hash, they’d bring a “big ol’ shaggy billy with big horns and stinking.” But as the popularity of the sport has increased, so has the quality of the stock.

“The girls like some leg on the goats,” says Hash.

Hash looks for the Nubian goat variety, a milk goat that also works well for goat tying. College rodeo regulations calls for goats that weigh between 40 to 50 pounds.

A goat endures runs from three different cowgirls before it’s swapped out for some rest. During Tuesday’s slack competition, nearly 45 contestants tied Hash’s 28 goats.

Hash, whose day job is coaching rodeo at Garden City Community College, is relatively new to the goat-supplying game. It helps pay for his kids’ travel and participation in Little Britches Rodeo competitions.

The boys help the swapping process, while Hash handles the goats on the arena floor. Jaylyn carries the 40-or-so pound beast out, while younger brother Jaytyn runs the animal back on a leash.

The goats also keep the kids occupied at home.

“At home, these are the best baby-sitters for the boys,” says Hash.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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