School rodeo team saddles up success

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Wyoming really is only a stone's throw from where Camie Haskins lives. But on the high plains a stone's throw can extend to the horizon.

The senior Moffat County High School cowgirl, who hails from Maybell, passes up the weekly mountain-bound Colorado rodeo circuit to saddle up in Wyoming. It makes for a quicker drive for the Haskins family, who acts as a rodeo pit crew for each of Camie Haskins' competitions.

The easy traveling left Haskins well rested for her last rodeo where she was named reserve all-around cowgirl at the Gilette, Wyo., rodeo. Gilette has been the site of the National High School Rodeo in years past.

"We live close to the Wyoming border and my parents thought it would be easier when my older brother started rodeoing," Haskins said. "It's only two hours through Irish Canyon to Rock Springs, so it's not that far and in Colorado there's at least two mountain passes you have to haul over to every rodeo."

Reserve all-around cowgirl is an honor given to the athlete with the second-most overall points in a competition, meaning a rider must be entered in upwards of four or five events to be in contention.

Haskins competed in four events Saturday and Sunday at Gilette and placed in three. She placed second and third in barrel racing, second and sixth in pole bending and took a tenth-place finish in breakaway roping.

Haskins isn't alone in riding her way to comprehensive honors. Sophomore Kelly White finished as the overall barrel racing champion at the Buena Vista rodeo where the bulk of the Moffat County team competed.

A rider wins the overall in an event by finishing with the best two-day average.

White finished with a two-day average of 18.25 seconds. This is the second overall barrel racing title she has won this year.

She took the overall at the Craig rodeo last fall.

"It was a good finish for Kelly, especially since the weather was so bad and the arena was so rough," coach Danette Webber said.

The inclement conditions at Buena Vista, marked with sporadic dust storms, made for hard riding but didn't prevent Moffat County from finding its share of places.

Besides White, four other cowgirls placed with freshman Tia Brannan taking the next highest honors to the sophomore.

Brannan finished sixth in Saturday's goat tying.

On Saturday Sophomore Chelsea Schnackenburg finished sixth and Kristin Webber finished seventh in

pole bending.

Brannan finished in ninth place in Sunday's barrel racing competition and Rebecca Runyan was the final placer for the Moffat County team, finishing third in pole bending.

Poor weather and Saturday's prom didn't affect the rodeo team's turn out because only two members opted out for the big dance and the team

traveled 19.

Cowboys and cowgirls don't have to worry about missing all the charms of prom because the High School Rodeo Association hosts its own Cowboy Prom on May 31 in Lamar.

"It's a formal event like any other prom," Webber said. "It's just later and held exclusively for the rodeo kids."

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