The White Pine Jr/High School Rodeo Team attended the Alamo High School Rodeo this last weekend in Alamo, NV. The weather was cooler than usual, and the wind was cutting, but the team marched on towards each event, despite the frigid temps. The team arrived in full force, missing only their junior high bull rider, Asher Perkins, who has been out with an injury and is chomping at the bit to return to competition. The other team members went on to represent the county well.
In the high school division, Cameron Ashworth put her best foot forward each go. She was 44th first go, 40th second go and 41st in the average in barrel racing. In the goat tying, she drew a tough goat first go and received a no time; second go she had another tough draw but managed to tie it down for 29th, making her 29th in the average. Her pole bending was smooth and constructive for 24th in the first go, 21st in the second go and 22nd in the average.
Lainey Barney struggled to get her loops to connect this weekend, receiving a no time in breakaway and team roping, but she came off of that strong with two nice, consistent barrel racing runs, placing 10th first go, 20th second go and 12th in the average. She will come back with some fire at the next rodeo.
Hannah Benjamin has been a steady competitor all season in the light rifle. She placed 5th overall and is holding her high placing in the state.
Charlee Mangum had some personal highs this last weekend in rebuilding her relationship with her horse. She stayed clean all weekend in both pole bending and barrel racing, placing 46th first go, 39th second go and 43rd in the average in barrel racing, and 39th first go, 39th second go for 38th in the average in pole bending. We look forward to seeing their progress.
Heston Rimington gave his all, looking towards that eight second ride, but fell just short both gos. He rides with a lot of heart, and we know that he will find his groove.
Travis Rimington had a really uncooperative bull first go. He went down in the chute, causing injury to Travis’s leg and forcing him to draw out. Second go Travis rode his best with so much grit, but you could see the pain and struggle in the ride. He wasn’t able to cover the bull and received a no score. We wish him a speedy recovery for the next one.
Brooklynn Sena has been making big strides with her new barrel horse and has been patient with the process. She made two clean, smooth runs placing 27th first go, 37th second go, and 30th in the average. She had two great team roping runs, placing 7th first go, 6th second go and 3rd in the average. She ran a couple quick goat tying runs, 16th first go, 9th second go and 11th in the average. Her breakaway roping is on an upswing as well, placing 20th first go, took a no time second go, but still held 22nd in the average. Looking forward to watching the improvements she’s creating moving forward.
Jenna Wines took a break for a few of the fall rodeos so she could compete with the White Pine Girls Golf team. She has since returned, placing 40th first go, 38th second go and 38th in the average in barrel racing, 40th first go, 35th second go and 37th in the average in pole bending. She is hoping to expand her events for the spring rodeos.
Jessica Young had a few bumps in the road this weekend. After making a nice barrel racing run first go, placing 12th, she couldn’t get the groove back. She placed 56th second go and 49th in the average overall in barrel racing and was unable to get any of her loops to fit in breakaway and team roping. She will work out the kinks and get back to it for the next one.
The junior high team had a great showing as well. Sawyer Bliss drew two fast calves in the breakaway roping, but was able to track them down, placing 9th first go and 4th second go and 6th in the average. He shot for 7th place overall in the light rifle. He wasn’t able to get his loop to fit in the ribbon roping first go, but made it work second go, placing 5th, for 6th overall. He placed 7th first go, 6th second go, and 7th in the average in goat tying, and had some struggles in his team roping, placing 6th first go, no time second go and 9th in the average.
Ernest Higbee set a new personal best, shooting his highest score to date in the light rifle, placing 4th overall. He also added a new event, goat tying. He placed 15th first go, 14th second go for 14th in the average.
Lia Lawson had a bit of tough luck in the pole bending first go, receiving a no time but ironed it all out for second go, placing 15th for 25th in the average. She made two smooth barrel runs, placing 24th first go, 19th second go, and 22nd in the average. She works hard and has been actively learning as much as she can about her events, making huge efforts to adjust her technique.
Kiala Reynolds has been consistent this season in her high placings in the barrel racing. This weekend was no exception. She placed 3rd the first go, 2nd the second go and 2nd in the average. She had a bobble that caused a no time first go in pole bending, but she came back strong and confident the second go, correcting her run and placing 4th, for 22nd in the average. Her breakaway run wasn’t what she’d hoped for the first go, but she made it come together for second go, placing 3rd for 8th in the average.
Austin Rimington competed in the light rifle. He shot with more confidence than before and is becoming more comfortable with the competition environment. He bettered his score from the last competition in White Pine and placed 11th overall.
Laila Trujillo faced some hard knocks first go in both barrel racing and pole bending, receiving no time in both. The rough road continued for pole bending second go, but she turned things around for herself in the barrel racing, becoming a stronger leader for her horse, and placed 25th for 26th in the average. She will undoubtedly work on the hitches and be back at the next one with confidence.
The White Pine Team heads to Moapa for the final fall rodeo, November 10-12. We wish them the best of luck and know they’ll manage to sail into winter break on an upswing.