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Dakota Shipp, the 2013 CPRA Team Roping Champion, prepares Friday at his Hernando arena for the Citrus Stampede Rodeo. www.spiphotos.smugmug.com
Cowboy comes home to Citrus

Dakota Shipp knows his geography. As a professional team roper, the Texas cowboy competes in 125 to 150 rodeos a year, all over the United States and Canada.

But one event is special to him — the Citrus Stampede Rodeo.

Shipp is from Citrus County and learned to ride in Hernando, where he belonged to 4-H.

He has four sisters, 13 nieces and nephews, his grandmother, an uncle and an aunt living in the area, along with a lot of old-time friends.