Moffat, Routt County rodeo competitors lead high school rankings after season opener
It may only be one week into the action, but Northwest Colorado rodeo athletes have already started making their mark this fall.
Craig’s Kinlie Brennise and Yampa’s Jace Logan stood atop the all-around rankings of the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association after Saturday and Sunday, each picking up multiple points during the opening weekend at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Brennise, a senior at Moffat County High School, won both rounds of breakaway roping with a strong showing, clocking in at 2.03 seconds Saturday and 2.7 Sunday. She also won Sunday’s barrel racing, as well as picking up sixth both days in goat tying, eighth in Saturday’s pole bending and eighth in Sunday’s team roping, paired with Bethune’s Chadron Walters.
Brennise holds a narrow lead in the all-around with 46, while Jace Logan, a senior at Soroco High School, is well in the lead for high school boys at 39.
Jace won the opening day’s steer wrestling and tie down, tackling full-size livestock and calves alike, as well as ninth in the team roping with younger brother Kody.
The siblings didn’t record a time in the Sunday team roping, but Jace repeated as the winner in steers, while Kody outdid his brother’s time in the tie down for third to Jace’s fourth.
A bright start to the season for Hayden’s Keenan Hayes saw him the victor in bareback riding only for a rough break in bull riding, getting tossed from the animal and hitting his face on the bull’s head.
The result was a broken jawbone requiring multiple surgeries that will effectively keep him out of the arena for a while.
“He will be back but not likely this fall,” said coach Sheila Brennise. “He is a tough kid. He was wearing all the protective gear, thankfully, or it could have been worse.”
Craig’s Dillon Burch, Hamilton’s Clay Durham and Oak Creek’s Michael Henry each took on bulls as well, though none recorded a time.
In the team roping, Craig’s Pepper Rhyne got on the high school board with seventh in Sunday’s team roping, paired with Parachute’s Josey Snidow.
At the middle school level, multiple Moffat County kids showed their skills in their first year in CSHSRA’s junior high competition, led by Hamilton’s Logan Durham with wins in both days’ bull riding runs.
Jolene Rhyne took sixth Saturday and third Sunday in the ribbon roping joined by Glade Park’s Capp Biggerstaff and earned sixth in the Sunday pole bending in addition to ninth in barrels.
Elsewhere, fellow Craig athlete Katie Jo Knez had her best showing with fourth in the girls goat tying, and Maybell’s Cactus Barnes gained points with second in team roping — paired with Nathrop’s Klayt Staudt — as well as ninth in boys goats.
The CSHSRA’s fall portion of the season will last throughout September, with rodeos in Cortez during Labor Day weekend, in Grand Junction Sept. 15 and 16 and Elbert’s Latigo Trails Equestrian Center Sept. 29 and 30. The schedule will then go on hiatus until spring.