Stevie Brumback, a senior at Moffat County High School, competes in the barrel race during the High School Rodeo at Moffat County fairgrounds Saturday morning. Brumback is riding Drac and finished with a time of 18.358.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Stevie Brumback, a senior at Moffat County High School, competes in the barrel race during the High School Rodeo at Moffat County fairgrounds Saturday morning. Brumback is riding Drac and finished with a time of 18.358.

Bulldogs muck it up

MCHS rodeo team has a blast - despite the weather - at season finale

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Bryanne Runnion, a freshman at Moffat County High School, competes in the pole-bending event. Runnion finished with a time of 23.865.

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Eric Flemming, of Moffat County High School, competes in the bull-riding event Saturday afternoon. He finished with a no score for falling off the bull.

— The rain fell steady on the Moffat County fairgrounds infield.

Cowboys, cowgirls and even a horse, were slipping and sliding throughout the events held at the Moffat County Rodeo this weekend.

Despite the mud, rain and cold, the Bulldog rodeo team had an entertaining time in the teams' last event of fall season.

"It's got to be pretty darn bad for us to not go on," coach Jill Hegwer said of Sunday's weather. "This is rodeo. We make it happen."

The elements were the Bulldogs biggest competition on Sunday, the final day where points are earned and prize money checks are cashed.

Cowboys and cowgirls accumulate points during the fall and spring seasons, carrying those points over toward a state tournament birth.

"This is nothing new for us," Jessi Moser said. "It snows, it rains, but we perform. When I was little and started to participate in rodeo, it was like this all the time."

Moser failed to place in any events this time around, but she said it's more about having a good time, rather than winning.

It didn't help she was without her trusty sidekick Sky.

Sky - Moser's horse - pulled up lame Sunday morning, forcing Moser in to riding Hanna Hegwer's horse.

"I went to put my saddle on Sky and she dropped to her knees." Moser said. "The weather really affected her back. She's just like you or I, she needs a chiropractor."

Taylor Vernon performed well under the circumstances. She teamed up with her brother Troy to place ninth in the team-roping event. As a solo rider, she placed seventh in the breakaway roping, third in pole bending and second in barrel racing.

She earned $245.90 and 23 points.

"I think I could have done better," she said. "I had some bad luck and some really bad weather too. I'm pleased with the points I earned and money is always good."

Troy Vernon placed fourth in bull riding Saturday and won the event Sunday. Troy pocketed $180.60 for his work and 17 points.

Eric Fleming placed second both days in bareback riding, as well as finishing eighth in calf roping Sunday. He earned $48.40 and 21 points.

Hanna Hegwer and Stevie Brumback were shut out of the monetary prizes, but each earned points toward state.

Hegwer placed eighth in breakaway roping Saturday, capturing three points, Brumback ninth in barrel racing, earning two points.

The fall season is now finished for the Moffat County rodeo team until spring.

"I wish it would last longer," Hanna Hegwer pouted and said. "We'll take a break and get ready for spring."

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