Berry celebrates 10th with third place at rodeo

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 10, 2001

NATCHEZ – No one has ever told local rodeo star James Berry that he’s too young to compete.

Case in point: a few weeks ago, James Berry celebrated his 10th birthday. A few weeks, ago, the young rodeo star also had a good showing at the finals of the Cowboys of Color held in Mesquite, Texas.

How good? Try third place in the round and third place in the average.

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But what’s impressive is he was competing in the 15 and under age division that had a total of 28 participants and thousands watching on from the stands.

&uot;He was in second place at one time,&uot; said Lovia Berry, James’s mother. &uot;I felt that it was good considering he’s only 10.&uot;

But instead of receiving a trophy for his effort, James Berry was paid money.

&uot;The first place finisher got a belt buckle and cash,&uot; Mrs. Berry said.

Lovia Berry said her son will not be roping for a while.

&uot;He’ll be competing again in February (of 2002),&uot; she said.