cowboys and cowgirls brave cold

POCATELLO — Night three of a twelve night grind on the High School Rodeo circuit came to a frigid conclusion on Friday night as the 4th districts best cowboys and cowgirls battled the cold temperatures, the livestock and each other at Bannock County Fairgrounds.
The barrel racers opened the festivities with a pair of familiar faces finishing 1-2 as American Falls junior Kimberlyn Fehringer crossed the line with a time of 17.159, narrowly edging out Highland senior Shelby Freed who finished with a time of 17.180.
In the saddle bronc event, Blackfoot cowboy Steson Jorgensen finished in first place for the third straight time, posting a score of 51 which was five points better than his fellow Bronco senior Dakota Oleson who had the only other qualifying ride of the evening.
In the pole bending Highland sophomore Kaddidy Duffin was the quickest of the quick as she was the only contestant to go sub 21 with a time of 20.924. Fehringer rode to a second place time of 21.583 while Lyndsie Ekstrom finished third with a time of 21.783.
Tie down roping then entered the arena but when the dust had settled only 3 of the 9 entrants in the event were able to get a qualified time. Firth junior Cooper Clemens was the fastest of the three as he posted a 13.24. Highland sophomore Jacob Partner was second at 15.48 and Stetson Jorgensen was third with a time of 28.99 that included a ten second add on for a broken barrier.
The breakaway roping was just as tough on the field as only 4 of the 12 cowgirls in the event where able to throw a true loop. The top two scores however were razor thin in difference as Fehringer won her second event of the evening with a 2.78, narrowly edging out Shelby Freed who caught her calf in a time of 2.85. The other two contestants who finished with times were Ekstrom and Snake Rivers own Aubrey Kofford.
In the steer wrestling Shelley's Tate Foster turned in a blazing time of 4.45 in the first run of the evening. That looked as if it was going to hold until Cooper Clemens overtook that time with a 4.34 run and a second win of the night. Shelley freshman McCray Foster, riding the same horse as Tate posted a 15.72 which included a ten second barrier penalty.
In the goat tying, Fehringer won her third event of the night with a time of 8.40. Blackfoot senior Karen Stone was second with a time of 8.65 and Shelby Freed was third with a time of 9.15. In one of the more surprising notes, Lyndsie Ekstrom showed that she can indeed tie a goat after all as the junior finished fourth with a time of 9.34.
In the team roping the Blackfoot duo of Coltin Hill and Justin Chappell finished first with a time of 9.32 while Highlands tandem of Freed and Ekstrom finished second in a time of 9.69.
The rodeo continues this morning at 11 A.M. as the district wraps up it's Pocatello portion of the schedule before moving to American Falls for the next two weekends.