Rodeo team wraps up fall at home

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When it came to getting gear for his first high school rodeo, Moffat County High School freshmen Bo Boatright said he didn't have to worry about new head protection. Boatright, who doubles as a cowboy and hockey player, dug into his hockey gear for a helmet.

"I have to make sure the dirt that gets stuck in it is out when hockey starts," he said. "(The helmet) tends to get more dirty in the rodeo."

Boatright took advantage of Moffat County hosting the fourth and final rodeo in the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association's fall season.

"I'm going to ride in the spring season so I wanted to get broke in when the rodeo was at home," he said. "These bulls break a lot faster than the ones I rode in Little Britches."

Boatright was unable to score on the weekend as well as Moffat County's other bull rider Brandon Murray. The two are the first bull riders the high school has had in several years.

"We have more guys out for the team than in the past," said rodeo sponsor Dennette Weber. "We have somebody in almost every event."

Twenty-three of 26 rodeo members participated in the home event, which had sunny skies and clear weather on Saturday and Sunday.

"We had a good weekend with no one on the team getting injured," Weber said. "Overall, we had great weather and only two minor injuries."

Placers for the rodeo team for the first day were: pole bending, Kendel Fawcett, 5th, Chelsey Schnackenberg, 6th, Brittany Carter, 10th; goat tying, Tia Brannan, 4th; Team roping, Brandon Whitaker and Justin Hewger 7th, Shayne Zimmerman 9th. The second top finishers were: pole bending, Fawcett, 8th, Kelly White, 9th; goat tying, Becky White 2nd, Brannan 7th.

Whitaker's placing in the team roping made him two-for-two this fall in rodeos and placing. His seventh-place finish Saturday with new partner Justin Hewger was slightly disappointing because the team's time was fast enough for third.

"I only got a single leg so it cost us," he said. "But at least we were able to place and get some money for the weekend."

Brittany Carter, one of eight seniors on the rodeo team, wasn't sure how good her final home rodeo was until she realized she had placed 10th in pole bending.

"OK, my weekend just got better now," she said. "It was all right but that was before I knew I placed."

Carter expanded her number of events this season after she received a new horse.

"This fall was fun because I've started roping," she said. "I used to just race barrels and poles."

With the fall season over, the Moffat County team has two cowgirls in the overall top 10. Senior Chelsey Schnackenberg is ninth in pole bending and Tia Brannan is sixth in goat tying.

The season resumes March 27 in Cortez.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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