POCATELLO — The Fourth District rodeo season opened over the weekend with a pair of rodeos at the Bannock County Fairground indoor arena and during Saturday's competition a freshman from Firth highlighted the festivities as Rylie Clemens took home the top honors in two separate events to open his high school career.
Clemens opened his day with a 40 point winning ride in the bareback event before following that up with a win in the tie down roping with a time of 14.28.
Barrel racers opened Saturday's rodeo and Highland senior Lyndsie Ekstrom turned in the fastest time of the day with a 16.511. The win didn't come without a harrowing moment however as horse and rider went down in the corner of the arena as they were slowing their momentum, leading to a banged up and bruise Ekstrom being sent to the emergency room. Later in the day the rodeo announcer informed the anxious crowd that Ekstrom was suffering from some bruises but was otherwise fine but mad as all get out not to be able to return to the rodeo to complete her other events.
Ciarra Jean Driscoll and Kimberlyn Fehringer finished second and third.
A pair of Blackfoot cowboys took to the saddle bronc event but neither Carson Prouse nor Colby Giannini were able to complete the eight seconds required for a score.
In the polebending, Fehringer took home top honors with a time of 21.236. Nipping at her heels were Cassidy Quinn and Kassidy Duffin with 21.354 and 21.390 respectfully.
Jacob Partner finished second in the tie down roping behind Clemens with a 14.89 while sophomore brother Hagen Clemens was third with a time of 31.85 which included a ten second penalty for a broken barrier.
Snake River senior Carsey Kofford equalled her first place run from Friday evening in the breakaway roping with another winning effort on Saturday as she blistered the field with a 4.27 run.
Kimberlyn Fehringer was second at 4.97 while Regan Timothy was third in a time of 6.17.
Shelley senior Tate Foster won the steer wrestling with an impressive 6.93 run which beat out Firth senior Cooper Clemens and his 8.45 second place finish. Rylie Clemens showed his skills for a third place finish in the big boy event.
In the goat tying Kimberlyn Fehringer was the lone rider to break the ten second barrier with a 9.54 which was good enough for the top spot with Regan Timothy finishing second with a time of 10.07 and Blackfoot junior Kyliee Goodwin coming in third with a time of 10.19.
Nine different riders took to the bucking chutes in the bull riding event and at the end of the rough and tumble event, just two remained unscathed as Blackfoot's Brady Olsen edged out Snake River's Zane Stephenson with 60 points as opposed to Stephensons 52 for the win in the breath taking event.
The team roping rounded out the day and it was the senior tandem of Cooper Clemens and Kimberlyn Fehringer who emerged triumphant with a winning time of 8.52 on the next to last run of the day.
Rylie Clemens teamed up with Snake River freshman Haizer Simper for second place with a run of 9.99 while the third Clemens brother, Hagen teamed up with Blackfoot's Layton Wasia for the third position in the event.
The rodeo season will continue next Friday and Saturday at the indoor arena at the Bannock County Fairgrounds before shifting to American Falls for the following two weekends.