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State rodeo on horizon for Fifth District hands

District finals completed at Gooding

Wood River rodeo club members Ashley Smith and Natalia Ferris (girls’ cutting) and Tara Rushton (queen, barrel racing) have qualified for state rodeo competition.

After a full spring schedule of Fifth District High School rodeos, they were among the top six finishers in the season standings of their events. So they earned trips to state rodeo June 18-23 in Pocatello.

In a very close race, Smith and Ferris finished 1-2 in the girls’ cutting standings. Rushton, tied for sixth in barrel racing for the season, also won the Fifth District queen contest ahead of Jerome’s Rachel Cox.

The final Fifth District standings were determined at the district finals May 24-26 in Gooding.

Winning the season all-around cowboy and cowgirl titles were Dan Webb of Wendell (182 points), with Austin Turner (164) of Gooding second, and Italy Jo Eames of Gooding (331), with Amy Walker of Glenns Ferry (328.5) a close second.

High-point rookies were Sam Bray of Bliss (37 points) and Eames (331).

At the Gooding district finals, Walker edged Eames 54-51 for all-around girls’ honors at that rodeo and Webb slipped past Turner 40-34.

In go-rounds at the Gooding district finals, Ashley Smith made the top six in barrel racing and polebending, and Rushton clocked a fourth-place barrel racing time.

Meanwhile, in another season-ending honor on the circuit, the Glambia scholarships given for the highest grade-point averages combined with the top all-around Fifth District rodeo points went to Austin Turner and Italy Jo Eames.

Here are the final top-six season standings for Fifth District hands headed to state:

  • Barrel racing: 1—Italy Jo Eames of Gooding 93 points. 2—Cheyanne Goff of Valley. 3—Jeni Garcin of Gooding. 4—Whitney Wines of Gooding. 5—Amy Walker of Glenns Ferry. 6 (tie)—Amy Webb of Wendell and Tara Rushton.

  • Breakaway roping: 1—Italy Jo Eames 73 points. 2—Jazz Harris of Shoshone. 3—Amy Walker. 4—Whitney Wines. 5—Sheena Kuhn of Gooding. 6—Jeni Garcin.

  • Polebending: 1—Italy Jo Eames 85 points. 2—Acee Laudert of Richfield. 3—Amy Walker. 4—Sheena Kuhn. 5—Jazz Harris. 6—Jeni Garcin.

  • Goat tying: 1—Amy Walker 91 points. 2—Jeni Garcin. 3—Whitney Wines. 4—Italy Jo Eames. 5—Jazz Harris. 6—Sheena Kuhn.

  • Girls’ cutting: 1—Ashley Smith of Wood River 86.5 points. 2—Natalia Ferris of Wood River 85. 3—Whitney Wines. 4—Amy Walker.

  • Boys’ cutting: 1—Wyatt Prescott of Valley 96 points. 2—Richie Dukes of Corral) 94.

  • Calf roping: 1—Dan Webb of Wendell 93 points. 2—Kyle Carter of Gooding. 3—Cody Coates of Gooding. 4—T.C. Scheer of Jerome. 5—Wyatt Prescott. 6 (tie)—Ryan Pereira and Mitch Born of Gooding.

  • Steer wrestling: 1—Austin Turner 75 points. 2—Cody Turner of Gooding. 3—Ryan Pereira. 4—Stetson Weber. 5—Dustin Allison of Jerome. 6—Josh Danes.

  • Bareback riding: 1—Dustin Wells of Gooding, the maximum 110 points, winning every rodeo.

  • Saddle bronc riding: 1—Austin Turner 38 points. 2—Cory Ainsley. 3—Brody Prow of Gooding. 4—Richie Dukes. 5—Joe Abernathy.

  • Bullriding: 1—Ryan Childs 50.5 points. 2—Carl Haney of Gooding. 3—Jimmy Lierman. 4—Casey Scott of Valley. 5—Brody Prow. 6 (tie)—Jerome Leguineche of Gooding and Ty Jones.

  • Team roping: 1—Wes Kerr and Dan Webb of Glenns Ferry and Wendell 89 points. 2—Amy Walker and Tyler Brown. 3—Brian Bartholomew and Clint Jones of Jerome. 4—Jazz Harris and Kyle Carter. 5—Ryan Pereira and Mitch Born. 6—Cody Coates and Kevin Thibault.


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