AMERICAN FALLS — The fourth district high school rodeo season hit the half way mark on Saturday afternoon as the talented prep stars wrapped up the sixth of twelve regular season rodeos at the American Falls rodeo arena.
With both fans and contestants enjoying far better weather than Friday evenings performance, the cowboys and cowgirls thrilled the spectators beginning with the first event of bareback riding which was won by Cooper Clemens and his 41 point ride.
Riding with a cast on her arm due to a broken bone from a ferocious crash in the Pocatello rodeo two weeks previous, Highland cowgirl Lindsie Ekstrom was the winner in the barrel racing event with a turn and burn of 17.830. Kassidy Duffin was second with a time of 17.979 while Cierra Jean Driscoll was third in a time of 18.360.
The rough stock proved to be a little too much for a trio of saddle bronc riders which led to the pole bending event which was won by Kassidy Duffin in a time of 21.354. Cassidy Quinn was second and Ciarra Jean Driscoll was third with times of 21.723 and 21.921.
Tie down ropers found the going rough as the calves proved to be very quick indeed as just two of the cowboys were able to complete the task. Firth's Rylie Clemens was the fastest of those two to earn the ten first place points with a time of 16.39 while Jacob Partner finished second in a time of 24.62.
Snake River senior Carsey Kofford won the break away roping despite a ten second penalty for a broken barrier with a time of 12.78. Lyndsie Ekstrom was second with a 13.47 while Kassidy Duffin once again cracked the top three with a time of 13.99.
Cooper Clemens was the man with the plan in the steer wrestling event as he toppled his steer in a very quick 6.03 seconds. Shelley's Tate Foster was a narrow second in a time of 7.89 while Rylie Clemens finished third with a time of 12.29.
The ladies returned to the arena for the goat tying event which wound up being won by America Falls senior Kimberlyn Fehringer with a time of 10.04. That time narrowly edged out Blackoot's Kylie Goodwin and her 10.32. Rounding out the top three was Lyndsie Ekstrom and her 10.84.
In the bull riding the fans got more action than they probably cared to see on Saturday as the bulls proved themselves to be just as dangerous as advertised. Three of the ten contestants rode to the buzzer with Snake River junior Skylerr Valentine winning the event with a fine ride of 73. On his dismount he got hung up for the slightest of moments and as the bull fighter stepped in to help Valentine, he was caught by the bull, flipped high into the air and then was ground into the turf by the angry bovine. Luckily, the bull fighter was able to leave the arena under his own power, albeit very gingerly.
Blackfoot sophomore Layton Wasia was second in the event with a solid 65 point ride while River Stephenson was third with a score of 52.
Colter Lake and Jacob Parnter teamed up for the team roping win in a time of 9.55. Cooper Clemens and Kimberlyn Fehringer were second at 12.17 while Hagen Clemens and Layton Wasia were third in a time of 22.41.
The season will continue this Friday and Saturday in American Falls with the Friday performance slated to begin at 7 P.M and the Saturday go teeing it up at 11 A.M.