National High School Rodeo Finals moving into the weekend |

National High School Rodeo Finals moving into the weekend

Iowa's Fenton Nelsen and his horse Voodoo at the NHSR finals in Rock Springs, Wyo. Courtesy photo

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (July 14, 2013) – Freshman Madison Haun was as nervous as anyone competing in the first performance of the 65th annual National High School Finals Rodeo on Sunday night at the Sweetwater Events Complex. Despite shaking in her boots, the Wyoming cowgirl was spot on with her rope to take the early lead in breakaway roping.

The Torrington, Wyo., cowgirl competes with the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association, where she was the fourth-place finisher in breakaway roping in her first year of high school rodeo competition. The three-time National Junior High Finals Rodeo qualifier finished 18th in breakaway last year in Gallup, N.M., and was roping in the same performance Sunday as 2012 NJHFR Girls Breakaway Roping Champion Timber Allenbrand of Kansas. But it was Madison who saw her name on top this time around.

“I was just really nervous,” she said. “I couldn’t see many people’s calves, so I didn’t know what was going on. I just want to get three smooth runs this week.”

Out fifth in the first event of the night in the timed-event arena, Madison stopped the clock at 3.11 seconds and was the first cowgirl to record a breakaway time. She helped steer the breakaway ropers back on track as six cowgirls followed with runs in the three-second range.

“It’s not as much of a jump to come here after going to the junior high finals. But I’m just taking it one run at a time.”
Madison Haun

Three years of traveling to the NJHFR certainly helped prepare the cowgirl for her first trip to the World’s Largest Rodeo.

“It’s not as much of a jump to come here after going to the junior high finals,” she said. “But I’m just taking it one run at a time.”

July 15, 2013 – After a rough start on Sunday, the bareback and saddle bronc riders mustered a better showing at the second performance of the 65th annual National High School Finals Rodeo on Monday morning at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

Nevada’s Wyatt Denny knows a thing or two about being successful at the National High School Finals Rodeo. On Monday morning, he put that knowledge to use en route to a 72-point ride and first place in the round in bareback riding. Technically, he needed two horses to get there, however, as his first horse had some problems in the chute and he was awarded a re-ride.

“You have to set your feet and get a strong mark-out because their definitely throwing those flags,” Wyatt said after watching a number of bucking horse riders take a no-score because they failed to comply with the mark-out rule. “After that, they’re looking for snappy feet. You just have to ride them jump for jump. I’ve been really excited to get on, not nervous, but excited about it.”

A senior this past year, the Minden, Nev., cowboy now holds a four-point lead in the first-round standings. Wyatt got off to a similar start in 2012, when he tied for second in the final bareback riding standings. Last year, he turned in a 75-point ride to take second in the first round. He also placed second in the short round on his way to splitting the reserve championship in bareback riding.

The saddle bronc riders got blanked in the rodeo’s opening performance – a rare occurrence to say the least. But they put seven qualified rides on the board in the second perf on Monday morning, led by California’s Clayton Brum with a 71-point ride and a 70 from Texas’ Audy Reed.

July 17, 2013 – The middle of the week draw worked out great for Iowa’s Fenton Nelsen during the sixth and seventh performances of the 65th annual National High School Rodeo on Wednesday at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

“I loved this draw,” said Fenton, who in one day put together the most success he’s had in four trips to the NHSFR. “This is the first time I’ve done any good out here and it feels awesome.”

The timed-event hand turned in steer wrestling runs of 5.08 and 4.81 seconds to jump to the early lead in the bulldogging average standings. His morning time was good for ninth in the first round and he’s sitting third in the second round with five performances remaining before the short round. Most importantly, he’s leading the average by more than three seconds over Louisiana’s Jay Williamson.

“This is my last year here, so I can go out and leave it all out there,” Fenton said. “My plan was just to go for it. My horse worked really good, which was nice. I watched some videos on my steer and if I had to pick one, he wouldn’t have been the one I picked. He gave me a little money check and that was just what I needed to get him in that 4.81.”

Just more than a year ago, Fenton bought his 11-year-old horse, Voodoo – “I don’t know why that’s his name, but it is bad luck to change a horse’s name” – from Allen Good.

“He has been a real good addition to our team,” Fenton said, “My old horse was getting a little slow, so I needed to upgrade. He’s been the right fit for me and working out really well.

A senior, Fenton has plans to attend Missouri Valley College in the fall and study business. He’s also competing in boys cutting and tie-down roping this week in Rock Springs.

–NHSRA releases

Average Leaders as of July 17, 2013

Bareback Riding Average Leaders

1. (tie) Shane O’Connell, Rapid City, S.D., 141 and Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 141, 3. Cade Cooke, Victor, Idaho, 119, 4. Sheldon Helm, Grantsville, Utah, 116, 5. Trip Weaver, Jr., Lakeland, Fla., 111, 6. Preston Burr, Stratford, Texas, 76, 7. Wyatt Gewinner, Weeping Water, Neb., 73, 8. (tie) Jeffery Zdziarski, Sheridan, Wyo., 72 and Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 72, 10. (3-way tie) Hunter Brasfield, Delta, Colo., 68; Austin Williams, Marsing, Idaho, 68; Tristan Hansen, Victor, Idaho, 68

Breakaway Roping Average Leaders

1. Deena Norell, Meeker, Colo., 5.35, 2. Tierra Gray, Lovington, N.M., 5.37, 3. Cadi Wood, Stanton, Texas, 5.63, 4. Hayley Dalton-Estes, Las Vegas, Nev., 6.03, 5. MaKayla Mack, Christmas, Fla., 6.32, 6. Codie Brown, Plainwell, Mich., 6.74, 7. Syerra Christensen, Kennebec, S.D., 6.82, 8. Sam Jorgenson, Watford City, N.D., 7.43, 9. Halie Hebert, Deridder, La., 14.74, 10. Morgan Sanders, Alto Pass, Ill., 19.13

Tie-Down Roping Average Leaders

1. Joshua Walker, Dora, N.M., 21.83, 2. Colten Foster, Drayton, Alberta, Can., 23.36, 3. Spencer Bramble, Queen Anne, , 29.11, 4. Jordan Siminoe, Colton, Ore., 29.81, 5. Nick Kyser, Sparta, Wisc., 30.33, 6. Luke Weber, Colton, Wash., 32.11, 7. Taylor Santos-Karney, Creston, Calif., 32.52, 8. Riley Weehler, Maloy, Iowa, 32.99, 9. Derek Wadsworth, Twin Falls, Idaho, 36.34, 10. Wesley Carter, Crofton, Ky., 36.92

Pole Bending Average Leaders

1. Leia Pluemer, Bosque Farms, N.M., 40.378, 2. Keeley Buhrmester, Shelbyville, Ill., 40.666, 3. Jaden Arnold, Enid, Okla., 41.119, 4. Alana Sanders, Lake, Miss., 41.123, 5. Marlie Mudd, Sweetlake, La., 41.759, 6. Hailey Andrews, Ona, Fla., 41.768, 7. Mattie Moore, Harrisonville, Mo., 41.903, 8. Hayley Hamer, Los Olivos, Calif., 41.91, 9. Shay Spitz, Lamar, Colo., 42.576, 10. Aspyn Civil, Las Vegas, Nev., 42.703

Boys Cutting Average Leaders

1. Denton Vaughn, Galt, Calif., 290.5, 2. Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 289, 3. Cade Cowart, Kenansville, Fla., 280, 4. Riley Rustad, Kindred, N.D., 275, 5. Haven Meged, Miles City, Mt., 274, 6. Gannon Gustafson, Hanley Falls, Minn., 272, 7. (tie) Jake Cruzan, Cortez, Colo., 271 and Colton Smith, Geary, Okla., 271, 9. Garett Casterton, Queen Creek, Ariz., 269, 10. Regan Bader, Palmer, Neb., 265

Steer Wrestling Average Leaders

1. Fenton Nelsen, Iowa Falls, Iowa, 9.89, 2. Jay Williamson, Welsh, La., 13.32, 3. Walker Kibbe, Alpine, Texas, 14.84, 4. Caleb Smith, Lewiston, Utah, 16.66, 5. Rio Lee, Vail, Ariz., 19.54, 6. Zachary Hyatt, Stockton, Ala., 22.41, 7. De’Andre’ Jackson, Crossett, Ark., 23.82, 8. Quinton Inman, Ketchum, Okla., 31.51, 9. Sean McPadden, Garretson, S.D., 4.02, 10. JD Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 4.58

Team Roping Average Leaders

1. Wesley Gudgell, Logan, N.M., Jacob Gudgell, Logan, N.M., 27.47; 2. Chance Oftedahl, Pemberton, Minn., Cole Stevens, Hammond, Wisc., 5.78; 3. Brady Payne, Gilbert, Ariz., Pace Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., 6.33; 4. Treg Schaack, Edgemont, S.D., Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 6.68; 5. Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, Twister Vinson, Hawley, Texas, 6.72; 6. Lucas MacKenzie, Desert Hills, Ariz., Kolt Campbell, Kingman, Ariz., 6.8; 7. Brady Norman, Springer, Okla., Cole Wheeler, Flint, Texas, 6.97; 8. A.J. Freeman, Dunning, Neb., Tanner Freeman, Dunning, Neb., 7.19; 9. Keely Bonnett, Ponoka, Alberta, Can., Travis Speer, Blue Ridge, Alberta, Can., 7.5; 10. Brody Adams, St. George, Utah, Dax Barnson, Washington, Utah, 7.68

Goat Tying Average Leaders

1. Sierra Motley, Van Alstyne, Texas, 17.71, 2. Shannon Jackson, Inglis, Manitoba, Can., 19.23, 3. Sami Little, Hackberry, La., 19.46, 4. Sara Burks, Carriere, Miss., 20.42, 5. Meg Hodson, Hooper, Utah, 20.5, 6. Kaci Starkey, Gentry, Ark., 20.86, 7. Kayellyn Hall, Minatare, Neb., 21.39, 8. Katelyn Eike, Glenarm, Ill., 21.67, 9. Rachel Kerr, Kamloops, British Columbia, Can., 22.83, 10. Rickie Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 22.94

Saddle Bronc Riding Average Leaders

1. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 144, 2. Tayte Clark, Meadow, S.D., 118, 3. Ricky Warren, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia, Can., 110, 4. (tie) Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 76 and Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 76, 6. Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 74, 7. Clayton Brum, Lockeford, Calif., 71, 8. (tie) Audy Reed, Spearman, Texas, 70 and Nicholas Shenold, Glencoe, Okla., 70, 10. (tie) Garrett Buckley, Craig, Colo., 66 and Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 66

Bull Riding Average Leaders

1. Jess Lockwood, Volborg, Mt., 156, 2. Riley Blankenship, Killdeer, N.D., 79, 3. Dallas Rohrig, Rifle, Colo., 78, 4. Wyatt Rogers, Rose, Okla., 77, 5. (tie) Bryce Burnell, Arvada, Wyo., 76 and Jake Gowdy, Bristow, Okla., 76, 7. Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla., 75, 8. Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 74, 9. Jacob Spencer, Blanco, N.M., 72, 10. (4-way tie) Michael Hurley, Gray Court, S.C., 71; J.B. Moen, Elrose, Saskatchewan, Can., 71; Logan Hunter, Woodward, Okla., 71; Chase Dougherty, Woodburn, Ore., 71

Barrel Racing Average Leaders

1. Taylor Rivera, Murrieta, Calif., 34.84, 2. Shelby Herrmann, Sandia, Texas, 35.192, 3. Rainy Robinson, Caldwell, S.D., 35.353, 4. Lydia Rijfkogel, Garden City, Kan., 35.706, 5. Madi Harris, Roosevelt, Utah, 35.887, 6. Breanna Reimler, Buffalo, Wyo., 36.237, 7. Taylor Munsell, Arnett, Okla., 36.379, 8. Carter Blackmore, Hillside, Ariz., 36.587, 9. Bailey O’Ferrell, Mckenzie, Ala., 36.785, 10. Morgan Campbell, Timmonsville, S.C., 36.959

Girls Cutting Average Leaders

1. Holly McGlasson, Aztec, N.M., 287, 2. MiKaela Miller, Bismarck, N.D., 285, 3. Hope Petry, Hudson, Iowa, 279, 4. (3-way tie) Tamara Davies-Austad, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Can., 278; Velincya Andrade, Balsam Lake, Wisc., 278; Jesse Stratton, Palo Cedro, Calif., 278, 7. (tie) Anna Burton, Radford, Va., 276 and Erin Kenzy, Iona, S.D., 276, 9. Klarissa Neff, Gratiot, Wisc., 275, 10. Destiny Hatfield, Hawley, Texas, 274

All-Around Cowboy

1. Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 805, 2. Jordan Siminoe, Colton, Ore., 350, 3. Jake Cruzan, Cortez, Colo., 290, 4. Derek Wadsworth, Twin Falls, Idaho, 265, 5. Brody Adams, St. George, Utah, 200, 6. Cord Barricklow, Lebanon, Ind., 190, 7. Taylor Santos-Karney, Creston, Calif., 160, 8. Britt Driggers, Pearcy, Ark., 40, 9. Tayte Clark, Meadow, S.D., 430, 10. Ricky Warren, Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia, Can., 395

All-Around Cowgirl

1. Leia Pluemer, Bosque Farms, N.M., 410, 2. Teisha Coffield, Yuma, Colo., 310, 3. Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas, 300, 4. Maddy Mills, Kamloops, British Columbia, Can., 270, 5. Raelee Self, Powderly, Texas, 220, 6-7. (tie) Celie Salmond, Choteau, Mt., 200, and Marlie Mudd, Sweetlake, La., 200, 8. Rachel Kerr, Kamloops, British Columbia, Can., 160, 9. Shay Spitz, Lamar, Colo., 150, 10. Taylor King, Lawton, Iowa, 100

Rookie All-Around Cowboy

1. Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 365, 2. Jobe Johns, Banks, Ala., 70, 3. Cord Hendrix, Fallon, Nev., 30, 4. Jase Staudt, Nathrop, Colo., 7.5, 5. Jess Lockwood, Volborg, Mt., 585, 6. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 365, 7. Jake Gowdy, Bristow, Okla., 320, 8. Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla., 290, 9. Haven Meged, Miles City, Mt., 285, 10. Samray Hooper, Andrews, Texas, 260

Rookie All-Around Cowgirl

1. Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas, 300, 2. Raelee Self, Powderly, Texas, 220, 3. Kaci Starkey, Gentry, Ark., 90, 4. Sara Hubbard, Birmingham, Ala., 80, 5. Kelsey Martin, Ruby, S.C., 70, 6-7. (tie) Allie O’Brien, Pineville, Mo., 50 and Sheena Zimmerman, East Earl, Pa., 50, 8-10. (3-way tie) Hannah Linteau, Chelsea, Mich., 40; MaKayla Dean, Jamestown, Ohio, 40; Cheyanne Tannery, Koloa, Hawaii, 40

State Standings

1. Texas, 3,996.67, 2. California, 3,480, 3. Idaho, 3,435, 4. Oklahoma, 2,991.67, 5. Utah, 2,990, 6. New Mexico, 2935, 7. South Dakota, 2730, 8. Wyoming, 2210, 9. Florida, 2187.5, 10. Montana, 1925

Boys State Standings

1. Idaho, 2515, 2. Oklahoma, 2370, 3. Utah, 2350, 4. Texas, 2135, 5. California, 2085, 6. South Dakota, 1755, 7. Wyoming, 1410, 8. New Mexico, 1370, 9. Montana, 1265, 10. Florida, 1197.5

Girls State Standings

1. Texas, 1861.67, 2. New Mexico, 1605, 3. California, 1395, 4. Iowa, 1245, 5. Louisiana, 1016.67, 6. Florida, 990, 7. South Dakota, 975, 8. North Dakota, 970, 9. Idaho, 920, 10. Wyoming, 800

Boys Horse of the Year

1. Blood River Rocket, Fenton Nelsen, Iowa, 300, 2. Mistys Grey, Travis Speer, Alberta, Can., 140, 3. Safari Colonel, Wesley Carter, Ky., 90, 4. (tie) Kids Dun, Taylor Santos-Karney, Calif., 60, and Speck Of Playgun, Will Watts, N.M., 60, 6. Steely’s Dee Doc’s, Britt Driggers, Ark., 20, 7. Smart Little, Camron Fontenot, La., 7.5

Girls Horse of the Year

1. VF Red an Bold, Leia Pluemer, N.M., 360, 2. Lil Too Impressive, Calonna Slade, Saskatchewan, Can., 200, 3. TS Doc San Lena, Shelby Herrmann, Texas, 190, 4. Cool Rowdy, Taylor Engesser, S.D., 130, 5. Picture Me Blue, Katelyn Eike, Ill., 100, 6. (tie) BA Dashin, Taylor King, Iowa, 10, and Memes Streakin, Carol Lee Holt, Utah, 10.

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