Steer wrestler gains statewide recognition |

Steer wrestler gains statewide recognition

Bruce Tippets

Moffat County High School rodeo team members “cowboyed-up” across the state this past weekend.

Senior Coalin Hume took part in the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Year End Finals in Castle Rock, Colo. He finished in fifth place and earned “Rookie of the Year” for his efforts.

“I had an all right finals,” said Hume. “The first go around I finished in sixth place and in the second go I was fourth. In the last round I had to reach pretty far to make something happen and I finished in seventh place. Overall, I was the only rookie steer wrestler invited to the finals.”

Hume said he has been taking part in rodeos all summer and the top 12 in each event earn a spot in the finals.

“It’s based on how much money you win,” said Hume. “I was the youngest one there with all older guys. The competition was really heavy. It was a real good experience and it will help me down the line.”

The rest of the rodeo team competed in Lamar, Colo., Saturday and Sunday. On the first day of competition Justin Pankey finished in first place in the steer wrestling and Tanner Claypoole tied for second in the bull riding and Lacy White placed fifth in the pole bending.

The second day, Justin Pankey finished fourth in steer wrestling and Kayla Steele finished seventh in breakaway roping and ninth in barrels.

“We had a very good rodeo in Lamar and it added points to everyone for this spring,” said coach Jacque Duzik. “Everybody is working hard. We invite the world to come to our rodeo.”

Jake Hettinger and Camie Haskins, both Moffat County High School students who compete in Wyoming, participated in Baggs, Wyo., on Saturday and Sunday.

On the first day, Hettinger finished in first place in steer wrestling and on the second day he was second. Haskins finished in seventh place in the breakaway roping.

The Bulldogs will be in action Saturday and Sunday hosting the high school rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Start time on Saturday is at 9 a.m. and Sunday it will begin at 8 a.m.

“I am anticipating 200 entries for the two-day rodeo,” said Duzik. “It won’t be as big as some of the Eastern Slope rodeos, but it will be good for the Western Slope.”