Wednesday, May 11, 2011

High school rodeo in Carey this weekend

Circuit stop at fairgrounds

Blaine County Fairgrounds in Carey is the site of the 5th District High School rodeo whistle-stop on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14—Friday show at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.

Wood River High School junior Haillie Taylor will attempt to make more inroads in the girls' all-around standings at Carey in her best events, barrel racing and polebending.

Last weekend at Shoshone, Taylor collected a season-best 54 points with 17 coming in the barrels and 19 in the poles.

Taylor reduced the gap from 24 points to just 14 between Taylor's third-place total of 179 points after four rodeos, and the second-place 193-point total of last year's girls' all-around queen Valene Lickley of Valley.

Still leading comfortably with 231 points is Darby Fox of Glenns Ferry. Like Taylor, Fox had a 54-point weekend at Shoshone, while Lickley fell behind a little with just 44.

Taylor clocked a second-place 17.278-second time in Friday's first-go of barrel racing at Shoshone, and she was third with 17.312 seconds Saturday. She leads the barrel racing season standings with 62 points, to 56 for second-place Darby Fox.

In polebending, Fox didn't score at Shoshone and now holds a 59-55 advantage over resurgent Taylor in the season standings. Taylor was second to Lickley in Friday's first-go of polebending, then the Wood River cowgirl won Saturday's poles with a 21.967-second time.

The men's all-around race got tighter at Shoshone.

Leading the men after four rodeos is Brogan Bennett of Gooding (136 points, 26 at Shoshone). Gooding's Jared Parke gained 40 more points to pull within eight points of Bennett, with a total of 128.

After Carey, district finals are Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 28 at noon in Shoshone. State high school rodeo is June 14-18 in Pocatello.

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