Wood River High School freshman Haillie Taylor is going to have fond memories of the April 24-25 Shoshone stop on the 2009 Fifth District high school rodeo circuit.
Taylor won barrel racing and pole bending go-rounds and piled up 52 points for the two-day rodeo to grab the circuit's overall female lead with 96 points after two rodeos—at Shoshone and Glenns Ferry April 17-18. She was fourth in the standings before Shoshone.
Leading the Rookie standings as well, Taylor currently has a 96-94 overall lead over Valley rookie Valene Lickley. Not far behind with 79 are Samantha Logan of Jerome and Mackenzie Stevens of Gooding.
At Shoshone last weekend, Taylor won Friday's barrel racing first-go with a time of 17.025 seconds. The same night she was third in breakaway roping at 4.50 seconds, and second in pole bending at 21.650.
Saturday afternoon, Taylor placed second in the barrels (17.150), fifth in goat tying (12.050) and first in pole bending (20.877). After two rodeos she leads the barrel racing standings 38-37 over Logan, and is third in poles with 25 points—Lickley leading at 38. Taylor is tied for third in goat tying, and seventh breakaway.
Last year's all-round Fifth District boys' king Cy Eames of Gooding is the runaway leader in the 2009 boys' ranks with 111 points, ahead of Gooding's Justin Parke (75). Eames leads the way in steer wrestling and shares the tie-down roping and team roping lead with Parke.
Competing at Shoshone and earning a point apiece in polebending were Carey's Danielle Hennefer (25.961 Saturday) and Taylor Castle (25.382 Friday).
Next up is the Jerome rodeo Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 at 5 p.m.