Based on past performances in high school rodeos and combined with solid grades in school, several Moffat County High School rodeo team members were named to the Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team.
Seniors Coalin Hume and Jake Hettinger and junior Kayla Steele were named to the team, the first ever corporate-sponsored youth rodeo team. The three are considered leaders in the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA), the oldest youth rodeo organization in America.
"I was pretty surprised that I made the team," said Hume, who finished fourth in steer wrestling in Colorado. "I knew that it had to do with grades and how you perform in rodeos all year long. I felt that I preformed in them pretty well. I was happy to receive this honor and not many people get it."
"The NHSRA owes much of its success to the support of its national sponsors," said Kent Sturman, general manager of the NHSRA. "We are excited to have a prominent company like Wrangler once again step forward to help us meet the ever increasing challenges facing young people today. Cowboys can always depend on Wrangler to support our rodeos and our members are thrilled to have Wrangler as a sponsor. We are proud to wear their products in and out of the competition arena."
Hume was glad to see Hettinger and Steele both make the team.
"Kayla was pretty much a shoe-in because she won a state championship," said Hume. "Jake won the state in steer wresting in Wyoming and they all worked as hard as everybody else."
The Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team is fashioned after Wrangler's Champion Pro Rodeo Team which includes superstars such as Ty Murray, Joe Beaver, Dan Mortensen and Hall of Famer Jim Shoulder.
"We are excited to again this year expand Wrangler's rodeo sponsorship program at the high school level," said Karl Stessman, special events manager for Wrangler Rodeo. "As always, it gives us a tremendous sense of pride to associate the Wrangler brand with pride, to associate the Wrangler brand with promising young men and women. We're confident each member of the team will be an outstanding goodwill ambassador for the sport of rodeo."
Hume, Hettinger and Steele earned a position on the Wrangler High School Rodeo Team based on leadership qualities, academic eligibility and athletic achievements.
"It was kind of shocking, but it wasn't," said Steele who finished first in the state in pole bending and fifth in barrels. "It all depends on your grades, and so if your grades were bad it doesn't really matter if you win a state championship or not."
Members of the Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team receive official competition apparel consisting of Wrangler Twenty X shirts embroidered with the team logo and two pairs of competition jeans. In addition, team members receive an official team certificate signed by rodeo greats Jim Shoulders and Ty Murray.
"I am just happy to be on the team," said Hettinger, who finished first in the state of Wyoming in steer wrestling. "We will just represent Wrangler as our sponsors and we will represent them well. We are getting steers and calves ready and I am exciting for the upcoming rodeo season."