Five locals qualify for NHSFR

Courtesy photo/Kerin Clark Five Goshen County high school students qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo which will be held July 17-23 in Gillette. From left to right: Kyler Clark (team roping), Sid Peterson (team roping), Haiden Thompson (goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping with partner Jace Mayfield of Midwest and reined cowhorse), Cord Herring (team roping with partner Jade Espencheid of Big Piney and tiedown roping) and Baliegh Lane (girls cutting).

BUFFALO – Locals wrapped up the state rodeo season over the weekend in Buffalo at the Wyoming High School Rodeo State Finals and earning them a place at the 74th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette July 17-23.

It was a successful weekend for many of the area competitors as Cord Herring and Haiden Thompson brought home state championships.

Herring, along with team roping partner Jade Espencheid of Big Piney turned in times of 7.31 and 7.5 seconds to win the average, while Sid Peterson and Kyler Clark were second with times of 8.41 and 9.50 seconds.

Herring also qualified for nationals in tiedown roping.

Meanwhile, Thompson qualified for nationals in four events, including goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping and reined cowhorse. Thompson wrapped up a state championship in goat tying in Buffalo with runs of 6.81 and 7.22 seconds.

Lane heads to the NHSFR in girls cutting. She finished fifth at the state rodeo with scores of 65 and 68.

The NHSFR features more than 1,650 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. The NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $150,000 in prizes and over $150,000 in added money, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $375,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at thecowboychannel.com. Performance times begin at 7 p.m. on July 17 and continues daily at 9 a.m, and 7 p.m. through July 23.

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