Craig Sports Briefs for July 29, 2015: Moffat County rodeo stars ride high at Little Britches national finals |

Craig Sports Briefs for July 29, 2015: Moffat County rodeo stars ride high at Little Britches national finals

Craig's Amber Salazar juggles the many honors won during the national finals of National Little Britches Rodeo Association. Salazar took third in the country in Junior Girls Pole Bending, with other awards for fourth in average points for the finals and seventh in the first go round of trail course. Other Northwest Colorado competitors included Kinlie and Kasen Brennise and Cutter and Cactus Barnes.
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The final were positive for the Northwest Colorado kids who attended the national finals of National Little Britches Rodeo Association July 20 to 25 in Pueblo.

Besides Kinlie Brennise’s World Champion status in junior girls breakaway roping, Amber Salazar made her mark in the division, placing third in the country for junior girls pole bending. She also took 15th in the trail course event after a seventh place finish in the first round, while Kinlie would go on to take the bronze.

Within the younger Little Wranglers group, Cactus Barnes stayed tough, ending the season 41st in barrel racing, 52nd in pole bending and 59th in goat untying.

Among the seniors, Cutter Barnes had a powerful beginning in steer wrestling, coming out and tackling his animal in just 4.79 seconds initially, but a no-time in later rounds hurt his points and put him in 12th to complete the year.

Kasen Brennise likewise had a varied competition and wound up in 15th in the tiedown, in which Cutter was 32nd.

National Little Britches Rodeo Association finals

Little Wranglers

Name — National rank

Barrel racing

Cactus Barnes — 41

Goat untying

Cactus Barnes — 59

Pole bending

Cactus Barnes — 52


Barrel racing

Kinlie Brennise — 2

Breakaway roping

Kinlie Brennise — 1

Goat tying

Kinlie Brennise — 15

Pole bending

Amber Salazar — 3

Kinlie Brennise — 63

Trail course

Kinlie Brennise — 3

Amber Salazar — 15


Steer wrestling

Cutter Barnes — 41


Kasen Brennise — 15

Cutter Barnes — 32

Girls golf clinic available Wednesday

Moffat County High School girls golf coach Ann Marie Roberts will host a camp for girls of all ages from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Open to those 5 and older, the clinic teaches proficiency in the sport and will approach lessons in a fun way to instill a lifelong love of golf.

Registration is $15, and people need to call Roberts to sign up for the event.

For more information, call 970-629-9513.

Parks & Recreation providing volleyball camp for middle school players

Craig Parks & Recreation will host a volleyball camp for sixth- through eighth-graders Aug. 10 to 13 at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave. Becky Howlett will instruct players in beginning and intermediate skills.

Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt. Participants must bring athletic shoes, knee pads, a water bottle and a tennis ball.

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday.

For more information, call 970-826-2004.

Get moving with Trapper Fitness 5K at Moffat County Fair

Moffat County Fair and Trapper Fitness Center will host a 5K Family Fun Run at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. in the Pavilion parking lot, and people can also register in advance at from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays at Trapper Fitness Center, 261 Commerce St.

The cost to run is $15, which includes a t-shirt and ticket for door prizes. Registration is due at sign-up.

For more information, call 970-824-6932.

Safari Club selling tickets for drawing

During the Moffat County Fair, Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter will be selling tickets for a drawing as part of the group’s annual fundraiser.

Representatives will be available throughout the day Aug. 8 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, selling entries for a drawing to win a Teton four-burner gas grill.

Singles are $5 apiece, while a book of five is $20.

Tickets can also be purchased from Mountain Man Taxidermy, Rummel Chiropractic, or from Ken Fleming or Karl Huntsman.

For more information, call Fleming at 970-629-1406 or Huntsman at 970-819-2531.

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