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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- There's a new cowboy in Ogden, and he's got big plans for the summer rodeo.
Lan LaJeunesse, a world champion bareback rider in 1999 and 2001, is now rodeo director. He says officials are going to take an already good rodeo and make it great.
The new director says pleasing rodeo crowds and contestants these days is much harder than it used to be.
So far, rodeo officials have changed contractors, hoping to bring in better animals that will attract top-ranked cowboys.
Other changes are reportedly on the way from the Ogden Pioneer Heritage Foundation, which hired the new boss after taking ownership of the festivities four months ago from the city of Ogden.
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