Young cowboy ready to hit the dirt

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Updated: 6/21/2013 12:28 pm

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- It's a long standing tradition with the Reno Rodeo. Every night kids between the ages of five and seven fly out of the chutes holding on for dear life for some good-clean-crowd-pleasin' excitement.  

"It's just fun," 7-year-old Matthew McDonald says.

Standing at whole 48 inches tall, it's not McDonald's first rodeo.

"You get to ride bulls and you get to ride sheep and you get to ride horses," McDonald says.

The Reno native goes to the rodeo every year with his family, but there's a little something different this year.

McDonald won a online raffle competition with News 4 and will compete as the KRNV mutton buster in rodeo.

We asked McDonald how long he anticipates holding on.

"About 8 minutes," he replied.

He's got his eyes on the prize, the goal is to stay on the sheep for just eight seconds.

McDonald has competed once before in the Elko Rodeo when he was five, but says he's always wanted to be a part of the Reno Rodeo.

"Just memories that will last a lifetime and it's already been such a great experience," McDonald's mom Cindy McDonald says.

McDonald will hit the dirt and compete Saturday night.

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