Horses make the difference

Rodeo members say all horses not the same

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EAGLE -- According to the Mr. Ed theme song, "A horse is a horse of course of course."

But according to rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from Moffat County High School, not every horse is on course for the rodeo. Junior Janice McIntyre spent three years on the rodeo team but hadn't finished in the top 10 in an event with her horse. Then a couple of rodeos ago, she leased a horse from a friend and the last two weeks has been better.

"It was frustrating for me because I was working so hard and not getting many good results," she said.

"It has been nice this last two weeks to get some results."

McIntyre finished fourth in barrel racing last week and seventh in pole bending Sunday.

Senior Kelly White has been without her best horse this spring and the past National High School Rodeo qualifier has been out of the award standings this season because of a different horse. "I've been riding a six-year-old so it has been a struggle," she said. "Finally, yesterdayI had a good run."

White, who had the horse she is used to, finished in the top 10 twice on the weekend with eighth place Saturday in pole bending and 10th place in barrel racing Sunday.

Tia Brannan has had a tough go of things in the spring because of an injured horse.But a healthy steed this weekend helped her place third in goat tying, sixth in barrel racing and ninth in team roping with George Raftopoulos on the first day.

She finished fourth in goat tying and fifth in team roping the second day. Injuries to horses kept Chelsey Schnackenberg and Rebecca Runyan from making the rodeo. By DAVID PRESSGROVE

Daily Press Writer

EAGLE -- According to the Mr. Ed theme song, "A horse is a horse of course of course."

But according to rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from Moffat County High School, not every horse is on course for the rodeo. Junior Janice McIntyre spent three years on the rodeo team but hadn't finished in the top 10 in an event with her horse. Then a couple of rodeos ago, she leased a horse from a friend and the last two weeks has been better.

"It was frustrating for me because I was working so hard and not getting many good results," she said.

"It has been nice this last two weeks to get some results."

McIntyre finished fourth in barrel racing last week and seventh in pole bending Sunday.

Senior Kelly White has been without her best horse this spring and the past National High School Rodeo qualifier has been out of the award standings this season because of a different horse. "I've been riding a six-year-old so it has been a struggle," she said. "Finally, yesterdayI had a good run."

White, who had the horse she is used to, finished in the top 10 twice on the weekend with eighth place Saturday in pole bending and 10th place in barrel racing Sunday.

Tia Brannan has had a tough go of things in the spring because of an injured horse.But a healthy steed this weekend helped her place third in goat tying, sixth in barrel racing and ninth in team roping with George Raftopoulos on the first day.

She finished fourth in goat tying and fifth in team roping the second day. Injuries to horses kept Chelsey Schnackenberg and Rebecca Runyan from making the rodeo.

Whitney and Subrina Showalter made it to their first rodeo of the spring season because of the relative closeness of the Eagle Fairgrounds compared to the other rodeos.

"Ranch work and school keep me from traveling as much during the high school season," Subrina said.

Subrina placed eighth in both days of the breakaway roping, and she also finished ninth in pole bending Saturday.

Both sisters earned a check for the weekend as Whitney finished ninth in pole bending.

Other top-10 finishers for the Moffat County team were:

Kendel Fawcett, ninth in Sunday's pole bending and eighth in goat tying.

Becky White, took eighth in Sunday's goat tying.

Brittany Carter, took 10th in Sunday's breakaway roping.

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