Moffat County rodeo rides hard in Cortez
The members of the Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School rodeo teams are back in the saddle.
The teams recently competed in their first official event of the season, the Cortez High School and Junior High Rodeo, during Labor Day weekend.
The three-day gathering was a busy one for the seven Moffat County kids who attended, hailing from Craig, Hamilton and Maybell, taking on entries like pole bending, goat-tying, team roping and more.
Overall, Maybell’s Cutter Barnes was an all-around leader in points, placing second among high school boys. Kinlie Brennise, the lone Moffat County resident in the junior high level, also took second for middle school girls.
One of the brightest events was the high school tie-down roping, said coach Janice Edwards, with Dusty Taylor, Trent Vernon, Denton Taylor and Kasen Brennise earning a multitude of points throughout the three days.
Samantha Pearce notched her best time in the pole-bending competition on the first day, taking 17th place.
“It was a great first rodeo,” Edwards said, adding that the cool-down kids experience between the end of the Little Britches season and the fall quickly was shaken off as soon as her riders got back into their old surroundings.
The Moffat County Fairgrounds will play host to the Craig High School and Junior High Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday.
Edwards said she expects her competitors to do well on their home turf.
“I don’t know if they really have an advantage, but they do know the arena pretty well,” she said.
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