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Moffat County High School Rodeo wraps up Sunday in Craig

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Cold weather didn't stop competition from heating up this weekend at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The Moffat County High School Rodeo team held its fall rodeo Saturday and Sunday in Craig, and after all the hard work the team put in during the beginning of the school year, things went off without a hitch.

"I haven't had any complaints -- yet," said Jil Hegwer, MCHS' rodeo sponsor. "I was a little nervous because it was my first rodeo."

Although Hegwer has been to and participated in her share of rodeos, it was the first time she was in charge of organizing one.

"There were lots of no shows," Hegwer said.

The likely culprit for that was the weather -- cold, damp and a chance of snow stopped many competitors from heading over the mountains and into Craig.

Hegwer's intention was for this year's rodeo to finish in the black financially, but because of the small numbers, it has her seeing red.

"When all is said and done, we may finish in the negitive," Hegwer said.

Although it is a frustrating process, Hegwer was pleased overall with the way things panned out this weekend.

"We sold all but six programs," Hegwer said. "And the fundraiser went well."

The fundraiser was for breast cancer awareness, a 50/50 raffle drawing was held Sunday at noon with half the profit going to the winning ticket and 25 percent to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness program, and the other 25 percent going back to the rodeo team -- the winning ticket took home $138.

Things didn't go as well for the competitors for MCHS. Foulk, who said she has it stuck in her head that she doesn't compete well at home, was one of the only Bulldogs to finish in the top 10 of any category. She and roping partner Kyler Scott took fourth place on Saturday and third place on Sunday in the team roping event, and Foulk also placed ninth in pole bending on Saturday.

It was a tough day in the chutes for Troy Vernon on Sunday. The sophmore drew a feisty bull and was dumped to the ground as soon as the bucking chute's door opened. Looking more than a little frustrated with his ride, Vernon walked behind the chute and collected himself. After a few brief moments talking to his mom, he headed to calf roping, another event in which he recorded no score.

Hanna Hegwer said everyone was having a bad weekend of competition.

One thing that may have contributed to the poor showing was the condition of the arena. Saturday, the arena was sloppy, with big puddles everywhere, the livestock and competitors had a tough go in everything.

Things dried up Sunday, but the sunny weather didn't give MCHS the extra boost they needed to perform well. Senior Justin Hegwer was disappointed that he didn't get to compete in his last home rodeo.

"I was gone from school on Friday, so I couldn't participate," Justin said. "It kind of sucked not being able to, since it's my senior year."

The rodeo team is now off from high school competition until the spring, but it will continue to practice and hit the winter rodeo circuit to keep training.

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