Miles Rader of Las Animas is performing at the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo this week at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.

Rader is competing in tie-down roping.

His first performance was Wednesday evening. He will have his second run Friday morning.

A total of 14 cowboys and cowgirls from the Arkansas Valley qualified for this year's nationals.

The rodeo ends Sunday with the championship short go.

khamrick@ljtdmail.com