CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) --Hundreds of riders are saddling up for one of the central valley's biggest events-- the 102nd annual Clovis Rodeo.
"It's like a drug you just cant get enough of it," said Garrett Jess, team roper.
For Jess, competing in the rodeo is all about the thrill of the ride.
"When you go out there and perform well and you do good and you win-- there's nothing that can replace that. It's pretty fulfilling."
The 25-year-old has been riding his whole life, but competing at this level for the last 5 years. The goal-- to make the national finals rodeo.
"They take the top 15 as of October 1st."
The Washington native said one of those spots is his.
Competing in more than 100 rodeos per year, Jess said he's only home to see family a total of 45 days.
"They're pretty supportive, and I talk to them regularly and wish I could see them more."
All eyes may be on the prize, but it's the bond Jess has formed with fellow riders that keep him going.
"We're all for each other, and we want each other to win and it's pretty unique in that way."
Traveling more often than not, Jess said every city he gets to explore is unique.
As for his go to spot in Clovis, "We usually play cards at the 500 Club-- and they got some good concerts over here at the rodeo."
The 102nd annual Clovis Rodeo opens Thursday with the return of PBR Bull riding, followed by country music star Jerrod Neimann in concert.
For a full schedule of events click here.