For Troy Hayden, watching his grandsons practice cutting in the rodeo pen is like looking at an old photo of his own sons who competed over 20 years ago in the same event.

Two of Hayden’s sons, Ryan and Barry Hayden, competed in the National High School Finals Rodeo in the 1990s when Ryan was a freshman and Barry a junior. They helped each other out as they always did on the ranch, getting work done and helping their father wherever they could. A lot of what they did on the ranch transferred to the sport of cutting, especially whenever a cow had to be separated from the heard.

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