MORVEN -- It's not the generally preferred pastime of teen-agers in football-crazed South Georgia, but Megan Murphy loves it. Murphy, a 16-year-old junior at Cook High, will compete in the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla., which begins Sunday.

She will compete with the best under-18 cowboys and cowgirls in the United States, as well as contestants from Canada and all over the world. The rodeo is the richest youth rodeo in the world.

"I am so ready for this. I've wanted to make it here since I started being serious about doing this," Murphy said. "These are the best in the country, and in the world."

Murphy has already made her mark in the Georgia High School Rodeo Association (GHSRA). In early June, she won the state All-Around championship at the state finals rodeo in Perry.

She also was state champion in barrel racing, and placed third in both pole bending and goat tying and fourth in cutting, en route to the All-Around title.

Her performance in Perry qualified her for every event in Shawnee except breakaway roping, which she placed sixth in. All of this followed her being the GHSRA rookie of the year in 1999-2000.



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