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Moffat County, CNCC rodeo finish fall with gusto

Moffat County High School's Garrett Uptain takes command of his horse during a saddle bronc riding round. Uptain leads the state in points in the rodeo event and was also a strong competitor during the Colorado Pro Rodeo Finals. He and his teammates at MCHS finished their fall season last week in Elizabeth and will get back to it in the spring.

The buckaroos of Northwest Colorado have earned a respite after a long month in the arena, but you can be assured they won't be slowing down too much as the weather gets colder.

The Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School and and Colorado Northwestern Community CollegeColorado Northwestern Community College rodeo teams each ended their early seasons last week, MCHS at Elizabeth and CNCC at Logan, Utah. rodeo teams each ended their early seasons last week, MCHS at Elizabeth and CNCC at Logan, Utah.

Moffat County High School and Colorado Northwestern Community College rodeo teams each ended their early seasons last week, MCHS at Elizabeth and CNCC at Logan, Utah.

Moffat County High School rodeo results at Elizabeth

Competitor — Day 1 Rank, Day 2

Barrel racing

Kinlie Brennise — 16, 13

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Boys cutting

Kelten Burch — 5, 5

Breakaway roping

Kinlie Brennise — 2, 3

Bull riding

Dillon Burch — 7, 6

Ty Pinnt — 16, 17

Garrett Uptain — 10, 11

Goat tying

Kinlie Brennise — 4, 3

Pole Bending

Kinlie Brennise — 18, 1

Saddle bronc

Garrett Uptain — 2, 1

Steer wrestling

Cutter Barnes — 2, 3

Eric Logan — 1, 6

Jace Logan — 4, 2

Team roping

Cutter Barnes/Dusty Taylor — 10, 3

Kasen Brennise/Kinlie Brennise — 6, 22

Eric Logan/Yancey Weber — 4, 15

Jace Logan — 11, 4

Trent Vernon — 15, 18

Tie down roping

Cutter Barnes — 6, 6

Kasen Brennise — 7, 2

Eric Logan — 5, 8

Jace Logan — 14, 4

Dusty Taylor — 15, 3

Trent Vernon — 9, 1

All-around season points

Competitor — Points, current state ranking

Girls

Kinlie Brennise — 178, 2

Kayla Pinnt — 10, 34

Quinn Pinnt — 5, 41

Boys

Cutter Barnes — 123, 2

Eric Logan — 116, 3

Dusty Taylor — 101, 4

Trent Vernon — 94, 5

Jace Logan — 90, 6

Garrett Uptain — 86, 7

Kasen Brennise — 69, 9

Yancey Weber — 25, 25

Moffat County's riders and ropers took plenty of points at Kacey Jones Park to remain highly slotted within the state all-around points board.

As the only local girl to ride during the weekend, Kinlie Brennise had her best results in the second day of pole bending, beating out La Junta's Kelly Valdez, the overall frontrunner leading into the spring, with Kinlie narrowing the gap in second place.

Yampa's Eric Logan won the first day of steer wrestling, while Trent Vernon took a victory on day two of the tie down roping, an event he leads individually so far this seasonan event he leads individually so far this season..

an event he leads individually so far this season.

However, Cutter Barnes found himself back in the all-around lead among his teammates, his best results coming from both second and third in steers and a third-place team roping finish with partner Dusty Taylor, who is right behind No. 3 Eric in fourth in all-around.

Barnes was named Team Roping Header Rookie of the Year, while Taylor won more than $1,300 at the Colorado Pro Rodeo AssociationColorado Pro Rodeo Association finals the week before in Grand Junction, taking ninth in all-around standings. finals the week before in Grand Junction, taking ninth in all-around standings.

Colorado Pro Rodeo Association finals the week before in Grand Junction, taking ninth in all-around standings.

Garrett Uptain again showed his stuff in the saddle bronc contest, winning the second day, a week after being in both Montrose for MCHS and at the pro level, taking home nearly $900 for the average alone, as well as cash across all three rounds, as did his older brother and MCHS rodeo veteran, Wyatt.

After missing half the season last year due to a broken leg, Garrett has wasted no time getting into every event possible, the top contender in saddle bronc.

"It's been going real well, I've just been keeping a positive mental attitude," he said.

Garrett plans to keep in shape over the late fall and winter, practicing at CNCC's Rangely campus "until there's snow on the ground," then finding opportunities elsewhere until springtime.

"I'm just looking forward to going back to state finals and hopefully making it to nationals again and do better this year than last year," he said.

Other regional teams have been traveling even more miles to compete.

While at the Utah State University Rodeo, the CNCC women's group placed second during the weekend activities, led by Teasha Moody, who dominated the competition in the goat tying by winning both rounds of competition as well as the average, also taking fifth overall in barrel racing and the event's all-around title. Anna Bahe roped the fastest time of the weekend in the long round of breakaway roping with a 2.5 second run, while Teague Crane also placed in the long round of breakaway with a 3.4 second run, good enough for fourth place points.

The men's team, coming off a strong showing in Pocatello, Idaho, had a tougher time but still had good results.

Colton Onyett placed second in bareback riding, Brody Adams and CNCC alumnus partner Clay Crozier won the first round in the team roping and finished sixth overall. Nick Chew won third for the weekend in saddle bronc riding, and Brendan Beck followed in fifth in his first scoring event.

The men's team sits second in the Rocky Mountain Region behind College of Southern Idahosecond in the Rocky Mountain Region behind College of Southern Idaho, and women are currently sixth with the potential to move up in the ranks once competition gets going again in March., and women are currently sixth with the potential to move up in the ranks once competition gets going again in March.

second in the Rocky Mountain Region behind College of Southern Idaho, and women are currently sixth with the potential to move up in the ranks once competition gets going again in March.

"It's going to be a battle through the final six rodeos of the season," said coach Jed Moore. "Thank you to every faculty, staff, and administration member that has helped make this team successful."

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Moffat County High School rodeo results at Elizabeth

Competitor — Day 1 Rank, Day 2

Barrel racing

Kinlie Brennise — 16, 13

Boys cutting

Kelten Burch — 5, 5

Breakaway roping

Kinlie Brennise — 2, 3

Bull riding

Dillon Burch — 7, 6

Ty Pinnt — 16, 17

Garrett Uptain — 10, 11

Goat tying

Kinlie Brennise — 4, 3

Pole Bending

Kinlie Brennise — 18, 1

Saddle bronc

Garrett Uptain — 2, 1

Steer wrestling

Cutter Barnes — 2, 3

Eric Logan — 1, 6

Jace Logan — 4, 2

Team roping

Cutter Barnes/Dusty Taylor — 10, 3

Kasen Brennise/Kinlie Brennise — 6, 22

Eric Logan/Yancey Weber — 4, 15

Jace Logan — 11, 4

Trent Vernon — 15, 18

Tie down roping

Cutter Barnes — 6, 6

Kasen Brennise — 7, 2

Eric Logan — 5, 8

Jace Logan — 14, 4

Dusty Taylor — 15, 3

Trent Vernon — 9, 1

All-around season points

Competitor — Points, current state ranking

Girls

Kinlie Brennise — 178, 2

Kayla Pinnt — 10, 34

Quinn Pinnt — 5, 41

Boys

Cutter Barnes — 123, 2

Eric Logan — 116, 3

Dusty Taylor — 101, 4

Trent Vernon — 94, 5

Jace Logan — 90, 6

Garrett Uptain — 86, 7

Kasen Brennise — 69, 9

Yancey Weber — 25, 25

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