Heading down the home stretch at the state finals
POCATELLO — Time is running out for the cowboys and cowgirls competing at the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals in Pocatello as Thursday mornings session was the final of the second go.
With the opportunity to record a qualified ride quickly running out, each and every competitor knew one mistake could be the difference between making Saturday's finals or not.
A handful of cowboys and cowgirls from Bingham County took the arenas of the Bannock County Fairgrounds looking to improve on their average for the week and quite possibly cement their spot in the finals.
After recording a 61 in his first bareback ride Monday night, Firth's Rylie Clemens got back on the back of a horse looking to improve on his ride from earlier in the week.
Clemens came up just short of reaching the end of his eight seconds as his horse flung him off with a vicious buck just before the buzzer sounded.
District 7's Cade Cooke took the session with a 69 point ride, one of just three riders to earn a score.
Over the last two sessions the bulls held a very lopsided advantage over the riders as just five riders were able to record a score on Wednesday.
The bulls again dominated the day on Thursday but Firth cowboy Brady Oleson was the one cowboy to record a score Thursday.
Oleson came flying out of chute on the back of his bull holding on a the bull tried to find a way to get Oleson to release his grip of the saddle.
But eight seconds after the ride began Oleson was still holding on and the judges rewarded him handsomely for it.
The judges gave Oleson a scores of 75 which won the session and was good for second place in the go as District 7's Tristan Hansen set the high score of the go Wednesday night when he rode his bull to an 84 point ride.
Lexie Lehman of Aberdeen laid down a time of 18.712 during her run in barrel racing, but it was not quick enough to catch District 7's Tailor Kirkwood who ran a blazing 17.698.
Timmi 'Full Throttle' Hutchings still sits at the top of the leader board with her final run to come today.
Hutchings did run a top 10 time in goat tying on Thursday when she recorded a 10.03 for her run. District 2's Janey Reeves ran the session's quickest time with a 8.71.
Rodeo action continues today at 10 a.m. at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello. The finals begin on Saturday at 10 a.m.