Rolling along

MCHS rodeo team stays in the money

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What: MCHS rodeo at Pueblo West

When: TBA Saturday and Sunday

Where: Pueblo West

Call: Jill Hegwer 629-8680

The Moffat County High School rodeo team gained two valuable items from its rodeo last weekend in Black Forrest.

"Experience," said MCHS coach Jill Hegwer, "and money. Both are always good."

Eric Fleming took second place Sunday in bareback, earning the nine points, which are carried over to state rodeo qualifying, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.

Gabby Miller has been working on getting her horse - Lily - not to hesitate at the barrier in the girls breakaway event.

"She and her horse really improved," Hegwer said. "But unfortunately she missed catching her calf."

Miller managed to stay and tie her goats throughout the weekend, but her times weren't quick enough to finish in the money.

Hegwer said Jessie Moser made some big improvements in her breakaway roping.

"She is coming out of the box stronger and throwing her rope quicker," Hegwer said. "She's getting better each week."

Taylor Vernon finished fourth Saturday in barrels, recording a time of 15.16 seconds.

And, although her horse, Boo, slipped around both the second and third barrels, Taylor still earned $126.46.

On Sunday, Taylor and Boo ran a 14.91 in barrels, which took fourth place once again, paying $126.46, for a two-day total of $252.92.

Taylor and Boo "are doing really well," Hegwer said.

Troy Vernon placed sixth in bull-riding, which paid $22 and earned the junior five playoff points.

MCHS competes at Pueblo West beginning today.

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