Top honors at Little Britches |

Top honors at Little Britches

Rodeo named after local cowboy at second day of competitions

David Pressgrove

On Sunday, Subrina Showalter had the largest cheering section at the second day of Craig’s Little Britches Rodeo.

More than 20 members of her family sat together in the west end of the lower bleachers, watching and cheering. They were there for Subrina, and they were there in honor of George Streeter, Showalter’s great-grandfather.

The rodeo at the Moffat County Fairgrounds was dedicated in Streeter’s honor. A regular attendee of the Craig LBR, Streeter passed away Feb. 1.

“He loved being here,” said Streeter’s daughter Barbara Mack. “He used to race horses, and he enjoyed watching everybody.”

Showalter put on a show for great-grandpa George and everybody else.

She finished first in team roping with Katie Foulk and third in the trail course competition.

“It’s pretty awesome,” an emotional Showalter said about the rodeo being named for her great-grandpa.

The rodeo, which was for cowpokes 5- to 17-years-old, was a chance for several local boys to try out what they learned at the Yampa Valley Bull Riding and Bullfighting School in June.

Eric Fleming, Troy Vernon and Casey Barnes were all at the school, and they were all on bulls in the Junior Boys bull riding competition.

“I almost rode my first bull yesterday,” said 9-year-old Barnes, who was the smallest bull rider at the LBR. “I held on for 5.2 seconds.”

Barnes watched his cousin and rodeo hero, Vernon, ride for six seconds (the juniors ride for six instead of eight) both days. Saturday Vernon was third, and on Sunday, he won with a score of 71.

“It gives you more confidence every time you ride,” Vernon said. “The school helped me become more consistent.”

Fleming had a tough go right out of the chute Sunday. He barely had time to sit down before he was on the ground.

“It’s way fun, but it’s way hard, too,” he said. “You’re pretty nervous, especially the first couple of times, but once you fall, it’s all right, and you want to go again.”

The bull riders stuck together during their other events most of the day.

Coy Zang of Rifle was part of that group.

“I’ve been riding for two years,” he said. “Did you get any pictures of me?”

No picture of Coy, but except for a 15-minute downpour, the day was picture perfect.

Denton Taylor was happy to be at a home rodeo.

“You don’t have to worry about getting car sick and having throw up on your head,” the 8-year-old said. Apparently, his little brother, Dusty, became car sick on one of the trips, and Denton had an unpleasant surprise splash on his head.

Taylor also liked sleeping in his own bed.

“The camper gets cold,” he said.

All was good for Denton on Sunday. He slept in his own bed, had a clean head of hair, and he rode his best time ever in the barrel races.

“I missed first by a hundredth of a second,” he said. “My best events are flags and goats.”

In the LBR, five first-place performances are the maximum amount of points a competitor can earn. Taylor, who went into the weekend in seventh for the overall points in the Little Wrangler’s division, was focused on points.

“I need one more first place,” he said.

Taylor got that one more first place Sunday. He was the overall champion in the Little Wranglers division. He placed third in flags, third in pole bending and fourth in goat tying, along with his second-place finish in barrels.

Moffat County had a tremendous showing in all divisions, with a competitor in the top two overall scoring in all five divisions.

The Little Wrangler division was swept by the Moffat County riders and ropers. Trent Vernon finished second overall behind Taylor.

Trent’s brother and sister, Troy and Taylor, were also second in the Junior Boys and Girls divisions, respectively. Tia Brannan was second overall in the senior divisions. Among Brannan, Becky White and Showalter, the senior girls contention had three, first-place finishes. Brannan won goat tying, and White, who qualified last week for the National High School Finals Rodeo in pole bending, won pole bending.

Clay Foulk was the runner up in the Senior Boys division.

Complete local results from the Craig LBR will run in Tuesday’s Craig Daily Press.

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