Taylor Vernon makes a turn while competing in the barrel race during the Colorado State High School Rodeo on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Vernon finished with a time of 23.865.

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Taylor Vernon makes a turn while competing in the barrel race during the Colorado State High School Rodeo on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Vernon finished with a time of 23.865.

State Rodeo brings out Colorado’s best

More than 110 cowboys and cowgirls compete for state titles

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Isaac Spear, of Littleton, holds on during the bareback riding event of the Colorado State High School Rodeo on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The event included 112 contestants from around the state that qualified for the final state competition of the season. For more, see sports on page 11.

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A calf escapes the lasso during the breakaway roping event at the Colorado State High School Rodeo on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The calves got the better of the ropers in the morning session with only two of 14 competitors recording times.

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Paxton Segelke, of Snyder, ropes a calf during the breakaway roping event at the Colorado State High School Rodeo on Thursday. Segelke posted the best time of the morning session with 4.10.

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Gabbi Steele changes directions during the pole bending event at the Colorado State High School Rodeo on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

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Connor Hanley, of Littleton, ties a calf during the tie down roping event at the Colorado State High School Rodeo on Thursday.

Rodeo results

Below are results from Thursday’s the 2010 Colorado State High School Rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds:

Breakaway Roping

Name, Hometown, Time

  1. Tenai Lansing, Cortez, 2.82
  2. Haley Peacock, Pueblo, 2.98
  3. Shay Spitz, Lamar, 3.96
  4. Paxton Segelke, Snyder, 4.10

Bareback Riding

  1. Dylan Wahlert, La Junta, 68
  2. Spencer Brown, Littleton, 66
  3. Billy Wolfe, Wetmore, 62
  4. Isaac Spear, Littleton, 61

Pole Bending

  1. Samantha Corzine , Center, 20.409
  2. Kaitlyn Jones, Hotchkiss, 20.456
  3. Brooke Smith, Wetmore, 20.660
  4. Hali Scott, Rye, 20.663

Steer Wrestling

  1. Donnie White, Fowler, 5.65
  2. Tylor Bond, Avondale, 6.08
  3. Keenan Wahlert, La Junta, 6.30
  4. Tab Hildreth, Gunnison, 7.62

Tie Down Roping

  1. Shay Carroll, La Junta, 10.73
  2. Kelton McMillen, Kim, 10.76
  3. Kyle Dickens, Loveland, 10.84
  4. Ben McAdow, Littleton, 11.11

For her first day of Colorado State High School Rodeo finals, Craig’s Gabbi Steele thought Thursday was a success.

“(Thursday) morning, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to,” she said.

She competed in the pole bending, where she recorded a time of 26.744.

“I was having a clean run,” Steele said. “Then I knocked over the end pole.”

The Colorado State High School Rodeo, which is in Craig for the first time, will run through Sunday and feature more than 110 athletes competing for state titles.

For Steele, a sophomore, it was her first state rodeo.

Having it be on her home turf has made the experience much more enjoyable, she said.

Because the state rodeo features so many cowboys and cowgirls, Steele said her horse gets time off during the day because all the contestants need to be cycled through.

“It’s nice, because he’s getting a break,” she said. “I also feel like I have a hometown advantage.”

Other Moffat County residents competed on the first day.

Taylor Vernon finished with a time of 13.14 in breakaway roping, 32.335 in pole bending and 9.04 in goat tying.

Ian Duzik didn’t record a time in tie down roping.

Center’s Samantha Corzine was first in pole bending with a time of 20.409.

The sophomore is trying to make it to her second straight national rodeo.

“I was happy with my time,” she said. “I just have to keep having clean runs.

“I feel like I could have been a little faster, but the ground was pretty deep today.”

Other day one winners included Cortez’s Tenai Lansing in breakaway roping with a time of 2.82 seconds.

Pueblo’s Haley Peacock was second in breakaway roping, Shay Spitz of Lamar was third and Snyder’s Paxton Segelke was fourth.

In bareback riding, La Junta’s Dylan Wahlert was first with a score of 68, Littleton’s Spencer Brown was second with a 66, Wetmore’s Billy Wolfe was third with a 62 and Littleton’s Isaac Spear was fourth with a score of 61.

After Corzine, the pole bending featured Hotchkiss’ Kaitlyn Jones in second with a time of 20.456, Wetmore’s Brooke Smith with a 20.660 and Rye’s Hali Scott with a time of 20.663.

In steer wrestling, Fowler’s Donnie White was first with a time of 5.65, Avondale’s Tylor Bond was second with a time 6.08, La Junta’s Keenan Wahlert was third with a time of 6.30 and Gunnison’s Tab Hildreth rounded out the field with a time of 7.62.

Note: not all event results from day one were available at press time.

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