Fourth disrict rodeo thrills crowd
POCATELLO — The fourth district high school rodeo wrapped up their Pocatello swing through the 2012 season on Saturday morning as the district took to the Bannock County Fairgrounds indoor arena for the final time.
Beginning with a rousing tribute to the districts seniors and with a clear sunny day, even if it was outside the arena doors, the districts best turned in fine rides and fast times all day long.
Firth senior Cooper Clemens opened the days festivities with a winning ride of 64 points in the bareback event and looks well on his way to defending his district bareback title from a year ago.
In the barrel racing, Kassidy Duffin turned in the fastest time of the day with a 16.612 while Aberdeen freshman Lexie Lehman was second with a time of 16.885 and American Falls senior Ciarra jean Driscoll was third in a time of 17.019.
In the saddle broncs, the rough stock proved to be a shade too tough on Saturday as there were no qualified rides by events end.
The ladies returned to the floor for the pole bending and when the dust had settled, American Falls senior Kimberlyn Fehringer was the quickest of the day with a time of 20.637. Kassidy Duffin was second with a time of 21.675 and a freshman from Firth, Kursten McNeely was third with a time of 21.775.
Jacob Partner was the top tie down roper with his time of 16.60 which topped a pair of Clemens boys from Firth as Rylie Clemens finished second with a 24.11 and Cooper finished third with a 24.21.
In the breakaway roping Highland sophomore Breana Schneiter was the top dog with a 4.68 with Fehringer second with an 8.44 and Century junior Kristen Olsen was third in a time of 12.55 which included a ten second penalty for a broken barrier.
A trio of Bingham County cowboys swept the steer wrestling with Cooper Clemens finishing in first place with a fine 9.04 despite taking a horn to the face. Blackfoot freshman Will Chappell was second with a time of 13.33 and Shelley senior Tate Foster was third with a time of 16.58.
Malad cowgirl Regan Timothy was the quickest in the ever popular goat tying with a time of 9.02. Kristen Olsen was second at 9.83 and Blackfoot junior Kylie Goodwin was third with a stellar 10.36.
The bull riders had their hands full trying to top the excitement of the goat tying but by the end of the hair raising event, four of the ten cowboys had lasted the full eight seconds to raise the intensity level of the arena.
Snake River had three cowboys score on the day with Zane Stephenson leading the charge with an event winning 69 point ride. Skylerr Valentine finished third with a 58 while River Stephenson took fourth with a 51. Blackfoot sophomore, Brady Oleson was second on the day with a solid 65 point ride.
Rounding out the rodeo was the team roping which witnessed Colter Lake and Jacob Partner teaming for the win with a time of 7.95.
Cooper Clemens and Kimberlyn Fehringer finished second with a time of 15.19 and Regan Timothy and Kursten McNeely rounded out the top three with a time of 16.62.
The rodeo will now shift to American Falls for the next two weekends with rodeos Friday evenings at 7 and Saturday mornings at 11.