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Rodeo team rides toward state finals

Elwood Shelton

Moffat County High School freshman Tia Brannan can do it all when it comes to rodeo and she proved it again Sunday in Rifle.

Brannan won Sunday’s section of breakaway roping to add yet another event she has taken it all in, in her first year of high school. The freshman has found herself atop the podium for goat tying and barrel racing as well this year.

She also placed seventh in Saturday’s section of goat tying.

“She had a good run,” coach Danette Webber said. “But so did most of our kids, even though there was a downpour on Sunday.”

Despite rain on Sunday morning, the Moffat County High School rodeo team was treated to a fairly mild weekend with conditions conducive to good rodeo action.

The conditions must have been good because the team placed five other girls in addition Brannan in the breakaway.

Sophomores Kelly White and Laura Nottingham and freshman Nikki Keen found their way into the top 10 as well.

White placed in both days of barrel racing with a fourth Saturday and a ninth Sunday. Nottingham took an eighth in Sunday’s pole bending and was edged out by Keen, who was sixth.

“Our cowgirls did pretty good in Rifle,” Webber said. “Our cowboys did well, too. A number of them caught their calves in roping but just didn’t have the times to place.”

MCHS not only found the winner’s circle in Colorado but in Wyoming also. Senior Cammie Haskins raced her way to a first place in breakaway roping at the New Castle rodeo.

Haskins placed a total of four times in the Southern Black Hills, finding a sixth and seventh in barrel racing and following it up with a sixth place in pole bending.

The rodeo team heads to Westcliffe on Saturday and Sunday, which will lead into the state finals that will be held in Greeley on June 1 and 2.


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