TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On the first day of the Tucson Rodeo, the stars of the future hit the main arena.
They start at age 3 and go all the way up to 13 years old. For the younger kids they are doing a little Mutton Bustin'. For the older kids, they enter in the junior rodeo.
Before the junior rodeo started Tucson News Now met 9-year-old Philip Stevens. Stevens entered the steer riding contest.
The rodeo is in his blood.
Steven's grandfather and father both used to ride bulls. He said he wants to be a bull rider one day as well.
For now, his goal is staying on a steer for 8 seconds so he can move on to the finals and win a belt buckle.
On Saturday, Stevens got on one of the meanest steers in the contest. They opened the chute and the ride began.
The 9 year old had a solid ride, staying on the steer for a little more than 4 seconds. Now he is on to the finals, which will be next Sunday.
Stevens has a chance to get that coveted belt buckle he desires.