Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hailey’s arena hosts rodeo this weekend

5th District cowgirls, ‘pokes arrive Friday

Wood River High School rodeo team members, seated at front, Harlee Manning, and standing from left, Larissa Stewart, Ri-ley Beck and Tayler Bosch. Courtesy photo by Casey McGehee

     It’s been many a moon, 16 years in all, since Hailey Rodeo Arena has hosted a 5th District high school rodeo competition.

     You have to go back to Memorial Day weekend 1997, the days of Carey and Wood River cowboys and cowgirls like Justin Bailey, Kristy Barton, Jill Brown, Ange Hill, Kaylin Dennis and De Broadie.

     That’s all going to change Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 when Hailey’s new rodeo arena stages the fourth of six weekend rodeos on the spring 5th District rodeo circuit.

     Host is the Wood River Rodeo Team that consists of Tayler Bosch, Harlee Manning, Larissa Roberts and Riley Beck. Rodeo times are 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

     Last weekend the circuit stopped at Jerome where Gooding’s Kortney McReynolds, the pole bending season leader, stretched her lead to 151-134 in the girls’ standings over Cassie Bahe of Gooding. In third place is Gooding’s Bailey Gough, 116.

     Fairfield’s Whitnee Hurless won Friday’s breakaway roping with a lightning-fast 3.607-second time and added 10 points with a pair of sixth places in barrel racing. She emerged with 72 season points, good for eighth place overall.

     Carey’s Kylie Castle placed seventh in Saturday’s goat tying at 11.320 seconds. Also picking up points in Saturday’s goats were Wood River’s Roberts in eighth place at 12.390 and Bosch in ninth, 13.130.

     Matt Whitworth of Carey clocked a third-place 15.205-second time in Friday’s calf roping and now stands in third place in the tie-down roping season standings. Overall boys’ leader is Gooding’s Brogan Bennett with 106 points, ahead of rookie Wyatt Williams of Gooding, 91. Whitworth has 46 points for eighth place overall.

     Other district rodeos are May 10-11 at Blaine County Fairgrounds in Carey and May 24-25 at Shoshone for district finals. State rodeo is June 10-15 at Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello.

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