2nd day of Little Britches Rodeo is rain soaked in Craig
On Friday, the second of four days of the Little Britches Rodeo continued at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, 640 E. Victory Way.
On-and-off rain showers provided extra challenges for several of the cowboys, including 12-year-old Trent Vernon.
“It definitely makes it harder to rope,” he said. “When my (saddle) horn gets wet, it makes dally roping even harder.”
For Mattie Jo Duzik, the rain had no effect on her.
The 11-year-old said that while the conditions weren’t ideal, everyone had to deal with them.
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“It’s not too bad,” she said. “It’s cold, but good.”
Mattie Jo said she is focusing on one event more than the others.
“I’ve been pretty good in the poles,” she said. “My goal is to be in the top three for pole bending.”
Trent said his goal is to add to his saddle collection, too.
“I would like to win the all-around saddle,” he said. “Maybe some other ones, too.”
In addition to roping, Trent has also been bull riding.
“(Thursday), I was bucked off pretty bad,” he said. “(Friday), I almost got whipped coming out of the chute.”
Trent’s older brother, Troy, had more luck with the bulls.
The 19-year-old 2009 Moffat County High School graduate was first on Thursday in bull riding.
Little Britches is the first time in a year that Troy has been competing on his home turf.
“It hasn’t been too bad,” he said. “There are a lot more people here I know watching me.
“It’s nice being somewhere you have been thousands of times.”
Regardless of where the rodeo is, Troy said he has one goal in mind.
“I’m coming out to win some saddles,” he said.
Several local athletes had top-seven finishes.
Wyatt Uptain was fourth in senior boys saddle bronco riding; Taylor Vernon was third in senior girls breakaway roping and fourth in senior girls trail course.
Gabbi Steele was fifth in senior girls trail course, second in senior girls pole bending and Jaidyn Steele was third in both junior girls pole bending and barrel racing.
Taylor Duzik was seventh in junior girls goat tying, Denton Taylor was fifth in junior boys goat tying and Kinlie Brennise was fourth in junior girls barrel racing.
Day two winners included Kalob Lepp in senior boys tie down roping; Trase Johnson in junior boys breakaway roping; Kyle Jackson in saddle bronco riding; Tyler Miles in senior boys steer wrestling; Levi Griggs in junior boys bull-riding; Wyatt Crowder and Clint Buringa in team roping; C.J. Miller was first in junior boys goat tying; and Chase Bowers was first in junior boys flag racing.
Casey Reimler was first in junior girls breakaway roping, pole bending and trail course; Shelby Morgan in senior girls breakaway roping; Karina Price in senior girls trail course; Jamie Thompson was first in junior girls goat tying; Nicole McKnight was first in senior girls goat tying; Kaitlyn Jones was first in senior girls pole bending; Kelly Palmer was first in senior girls barrel racing; and Shelby Vinson was first in junior girls barrel racing.
For the Little Wranglers division, Elizabeth Smith was first goat tail untying for the second consecutive day; Gracee Larson was first in pole bending; Cole Christiansen was first in flag racing; and Haiden Thompson was first in barrel racing.
The rodeo will continue at 9 a.m. today at the Fairgrounds
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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. to include a response from the Bureau of Land Management’s national office.