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Bull riding teen makes fast recovery

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Kenna Hazen Kenna Hazen
BILLINGS, Mont. -

With National Finals Rodeo week coming to an end, we wanted to check in with one teen bull rider who wants to tackle the world of professional bull riding with full speed.

The last time we saw Kenna Hazen, she was in the hospital after a bull riding accident left her with severe injuries.

Six months later we wondered how this tough teen is holding up.

"Physically I'm working with my trainer, but shes out of town so she gave me a few things to do to work out and do what I need to do to make myself better which worked out a lot, and I noticed a lot of progress," Hazen said.

Hazen said intially doctors told her it would be a long recovery until she could ride again, but she said her motivation and spirit pushed her to get better everyday.

"They told me it was pretty much bedrest and that's all I could really do, the doctor, after my first check up he looked and said I was healing perfectly fine and even better than I was going to be," she adds.

 Although doctors gave her the go ahead to ride again, some people disagree.

"A friend of mine actually told me that there's people telling me I should quit and never look back and keep going forward, but I have a dream. My number one goal is to change the way rodeo is with the whole women riding bulls. I want it to be more welcomed," said Hazen.

She says wants to inspire others and she has a special message to the younger generation of cowgirls following in her footsteeps.

"Do your own thing. If you have a dream, follow it. Don't let people say you can't do this or you can't do that just because of your gender," Hazen said. "Even though I started out really bad, I feel like this upcoming year is going to be great because of how well I feel all the training, and stuff and the person that has been helping me out a lot. I feel like just because I started out differently than everybody else did that it'll be a good year."

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