Moffat County rodeo team rides against the wind |

Moffat County rodeo team rides against the wind

Elwood Shelton

It turned out to be one of those weekends for the Moffat County High School rodeo team, Danette Webber said.

Strong winds kicked up flurries of dust storms at Saturday and Sunday’s Henderson rodeo, wearing out most riders’ horses and keeping Moffat County’s placing down to one cowgirl.

Sophomore Kelly White was the only rider aerodynamic enough to cut the breeze and win Saturday’s pole-bending event. She alsao placed eighth in Sunday’s barrel racing.

“The rest of the team really struggled,” Webber said. “I think the wind really wore some of the kids’ horses out.”

While White was the only rider who placed for Moffat County, a number of her teammates’ times were comparable and the competition was fierce.

The wind was also to blame for sensitive poles falling over at the faintest brush of horse or rider in the pole-racing event.

“Pole five kept falling down during the race or the horses kept cutting in on it,” Webber said. “I think it had to do with the wind and how close they set the race up to the fence.”

During the rodeo, Moffat County cowboy Emmit Nottingham took a fall while bareback riding breaking his right wrist. The junior rough stock rider had emergency surgery on his wrist and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Nottingham sustained a similar injury to his left wrist in his sophomore year that kept him out a majority of the rodeos.

Moffat County travels to Rifle Saturday and Sunday, which is expected to have a big local draw. Webber expects nearly the entire high school team to make the two-hour trip south.

“It’s going to be an easier haul down to Rifle so a lot more kids should be going,” she said. “The times should also be better because the trip will be less stressful on the animals.”

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