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Hannah Arvik throws her rope at a calf in a round pen Western Heritage exercise. Riders have 60 seconds after entering the pen to rope a calf. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

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It takes a lifetime to master the art of calf wrangling, said the mother of two 4-H'ers learning the ropes.

Weekend classes have been taking place under the tutelage of Keith Swanson, who's been teaching riding and roping skills for nine years.


The classes he teaches 4-H kids in his Western Heritage program mainly revolve around patience and repetition - doing the same thing over and over until you get it right.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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