BLACKFOOT — A month after clinching her spot in the National High School Finals Rodeo, Snake River High School freshman Timmi Hutchings took to the back of her horse on a much bigger stage last week.
Hutchings qualified for nationals in barrel racing where she would face many competitors that were juniors or seniors in high school from all over the nation, Canada and Australia as over 1,500 cowboys and cowgirls gathered in Rock Springs, Wyo. for the National High School Finals Rodeo.
"Full Throttle" was undeterred by the stiff competition.
After a time of 17.8 in her first ride of the week, "Full Throttle" only got quicker in her next two runs.
Her three run average of 52.692 was good enough for second overall just five tenths of a second behind barrel racing champion Taylor Rivera from Murrieta, Calif.
Hutchings capped off a sensational freshman year with a second place finish in the biggest event in high school rodeo.
The 17.8 on her first run put Hutchings in eighth place after the first round.
Her second round time was quicker at a 17.398 which was good enough for third in the second round but it was still three tenths of a second behind Rivera who set the round two fast time with a blistering 17.05.
Hutchings was in the short go and would have one more shot at the barrels on the floor of the Sweetwater Events Complex with the goal of laying down a fast time with the hopes of passing Rivera who was sitting at the top of the barrel racing standings.
Hutchings laid down a time of 17.494, while not her quickest time of the week, it was good enough to propel her into the number two slot.
No one was able to touch Rivera who won the event with a combined time of 52.067.
To go along with her buckle for finishing second in barrel racing, Hutchings also finished ninth in the rookie all-around cowgirl standings.
Not a bad week to cap off her freshman year.
Hailey Driscoll from Aberdeen was the only other local cowgirl to compete during the week. She was unable to qualify for the short go after she finished 66th in the second round with a time of 18.29.
Rexburg's Garrett Smith made history during the week when he became the first three-time NHSFR All-Around Cowboy.