Brannan ropes her way to national rodeo

Moffat County High School rodeo team member Tia Brannan picked the right time to have her best performance of the year.

At the state finals, Brannan earned a belt buckle for best average in the first two rounds of barrel racing. In the final round of goat tying, she placed fourth, which was good enough to move her into third place for the whole season to earn her a spot in nationals.

"I wasn't expecting to do so well," said Brannan. "But keeping three goats down and having the best average helped a lot."

In the first round of goat tying at the Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, Brannan finished second with an impressive time of 8.5 seconds.

She followed that up with a time of 9.1 seconds. That performance tied her for fourth on the day. With a superb time of 10.9 seconds she moved into third place and needed to start making reservations for a hotel in Farmington, N.M. from July 22-28 for the High School Rodeo Nationals.

Brannan also had the best barrel race time in the final round in 14.353 seconds.

"Tia was right in there during the week," said rodeo team sponsor Danette Webber. "She was riding and competing excellent."

Looking ahead to the national competition Brannan said: "I just need to keep practicing as hard as I have been and get myself set to do my very best."

Kelly White was the other Moffat High representative that performed on Saturday. She finished of a stellar season sixth overall in the barrels and seventh in pole bending.

Chelsey Schnackenberg and Rebecca Runyan also had high quality state performances. Schnackenberg had the second best average in pole bending in the first two rounds. Runyan finished right behind her in fourth.

"It was exciting to watch as Rebecca and Chelsey battled it out for the best rides," said Webber.

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