Riding into the season

MCHS rodeo team kicks off season in Cortez

If you go

What: MCHS rodeo at Cortez

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday

Where: Montezuma County Fairgrounds 30100 Highway 160, Cortez

• For more information, call LuAnn Meyer at 970-565-0127

Rodeo standings

• Boys all-around

14. Troy Vernon 43 pts

21. Eric Fleming 37 pts

• Boys bareback

3. Eric Fleming 18 pts

• Boys bull-riding

4. Troy Vernon 38 pts

• Boys calf-roping

16. Eric Fleming 8 pts

23. Troy Vernon 3 pts

• Boys steer-wrestling

No MCHS cowboy

• Boys cutting

No MCHS cowboy

• Team roping

29. Eric Fleming 11 pts

42. Gabby Miller 5 pts

46. Jesse Moser 5 pts

56. Taylor Vernon 2 pts

57. Troy Vernon 2 pts

• Girls all-around

18. Taylor Vernon 45 pts

57. Gabby Miller 5 pts

58. Jesse Moser 5 pts

64. Hanna Hegwer 3 pts

66. Stevie Brumback 2 pts

• Girls breakaway

26. Taylor Vernon 4 pts

30. Hanna Hegwer

• Girls pole-bending

11. Taylor Vernon 15 pts

• Girls goat-tying

23. Taylor Vernon 6 pts

• Girls barrel-racing

12. Taylor Vernon 18 pts

35. Stevie Brumback 2 pts

• Girls cutting

No MCHS cowgirl

— The four-month lay-off is now over, and the Moffat County High School rodeo team competes in its first rodeo of the spring season, beginning Saturday in Cortez.

Cortez is the first stop for the Bulldog cowboys and cowgirls in the team's nine-rodeo schedule, leading up to the state finals June 11, in Lamar.

Coach Jill Hegwer said the team has had limited practice time because of the weather, but "everybody is lined up for what they need to do to get the season started.

"They all have their paperwork filled out, their grades and hospital stuff handed in," she said.

Not all of the team will be present, but according to Hegwer, that is the norm when it comes to rodeo.

"It's kind of normal just because it is so far way," she said. "It's one of our farthest one's. It's a long haul."

Senior Eric Fleming, sophomores Gabby Miller and Jesse Moser as well as freshman Bryanne Runnion won't be making the trip.

Sophomores Taylor Vernon and Matt Bohrer, junior Troy Vernon, senior Stevie Brumback and freshman Hanna Hegwer will represent the Bulldogs.

Hegwer said she hopes the team does well, but she knows it's not always easy coming off the long winter break.

"We've had a rough snow year," she said. "It's tough to even get your trailer dug out. It took Jesse's mom a full day to get her trailer out.

"You always hope for the best from them, but sometimes it's tough getting rolling again and into the swing of things."

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