The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead profiled Jezimay Watson's rodeo aspirations in 2008 when she was 3 years old. These photos by then-Forum photographer Jay Pickthorn show her at a competition then.
Jezimay Watson has been in the saddle nearly from birth. Here she prepares at a rodeo when she was 3 years old, in 2008, with the help of her father, Rob Watson. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum
Jezimay Watson has had her sights set on being a rodeo champion from a young age. Here, she was 3 years old at a rodeo in 2008. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum
Jezimay Watson's family say many people have helped her in pursuing her rodeo dreams from a young age. Here here mom, Cyndi Hummel, helps her get ready when she was 3 years old at a rodeo in 2008. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum
Jezimay Watson has been competing in rodeos since she was a young child, including at this rodeo in 2008 when she was 3. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum
Jezimay Watson always has felt an affinity for horses, including Rosie, who she rode in rodeos at age 3 in 2008. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum
Jezimay Watson, now 17, competes in five different rodeo events aboard one of her three horses. Here, as a 3-year-old in 2008, she rode a horse named Rosie. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum