13-year-old Strathmore local Waylon McArthur won the Youth Boxing in the Working Cowhorse event at the Calgary Stampede on July 14. 

Boxing is where the contestant, upon receiving a cow in the arena, shall spin that cow as many times as they can on the prescribed end of the arena for 50 seconds, demonstrating the ability of the horse and rider to control the cow.

McArthur has been riding since he was two years old and since his dad is a horse trainer decided that he wanted to compete in this competition.

"He helps a lot; I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for my dad. He taught me how to do what I do."

The goal that McArthur has for next year is to go into a fence class which he explains is taking boxing a little bit farther. 

"You take a cow down a long wall of the arena then you circle it in the middle of the arena." 

McArthur was beyond excited to win the $1,440 and the Calgary Stampede buckle, "I was really excited to win and just so happy that my hard work paid off."

McArthur leaves off with crediting his horse, James, whose registered name is Coasting the Stars, "I wouldn't be where I am without my horse. He is a once-in-a-lifetime type of horse."

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