Spooner Rodeo, Day 2

Posted at: 07/12/2013 10:52 PM
By: Laura Kennedy

Spooner, Wisc. - There are thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs at the 60th Heart of the North Rodeo and these cowboys and cowgirls earn every penny.

Whether they're racing around barrels or clinging to a bronco or bull, the Heart of the North Rodeo is a favorite for many competitors. While they love the thrill of rodeo, it can be a tough way of life and even eight seconds on a bucking horse can seem like forever.

"It depends on how much fun you're having. If it's really fun, it ain't very long. If it's miserable, boy it's a long time," says Cody Joe Ziober from Latimer, Iowa.

"Unlike most sports, they sign contracts and get paid no matter what. We have to ride to get paid, and if we don't get paid, we end up going home broke. It all depends. If you don't compete at the highest level, you don't get paid, if you don't get paid you don't make a living and you go home. Simple as that," says John Sandberg of Mondovi, Wisconsin.

The rodeo ends on Saturday.