Friday, June 23, 2006

Smith wins state cow cutting event

Make it two years straight for 16-year-old Kade Smith, who captured the state title this week in the boy's cow cutting competition at the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals in Pocatello.

Smith, who will be a senior this fall at Wood River High School, is no stranger to the title. He won it last year too.

The title qualifies Smith for the National High School Rodeo Finals scheduled for July 24-30 in Springfield, Ill.

Smith won the title Monday, the first day of the six-day event at the Bannock County Fairgrounds

Cow cutting involves walking a horse into a herd of cows, cutting out one and preventing it from getting back to the herd.

Smith earlier this year placed first in the District 6 cow cutting competition

He took first at state with a high of 437 points.

Two other local cow cutters also placed high at the event. Austin Keys placed third with 431 points and Taylor Stoecklein took fifth with 422 points.

Keys placed second in District 6 competition and Stoecklein placed fourth.

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