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Ropers, racer qualify for National Finals rodeo

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BOZEMAN — It started flat-out ugly but ended fairly pretty.

The Montana State High School Rodeo Association’s state finals muddy, sometimes snowy, start in Bozeman, but the weather turned from spring to summer on Saturday for an almost normal finish. In the end, three members of the Mission Valley Rodeo Club qualified for the National Finals High School Rodeo and two others qualified for the Silver State International Rodeo.

Cody Sheridan and Colt Nagy finished fourth overall in the state in team roping to earn a spot at National Finals in Gillette, Wyo. They combined two good runs to earn the trip, following up a no-time in the first round with a 13.73-second run in the second round and a 20.62 in the championship round.

Emily Schall also earned a trip to nationals in barrel racing, combing a first round run of 18.76 seconds with a second round run of 18.56 and a championship go of 18.68 to win the average for the event. She also won a buckle and a saddle coat for her efforts.

Becky Jo Dumont earned a trip to Silver State by finishing fifth overall in barrel racing. She had a first-round run of 23.16 seconds, hampered by a five-second penalty with one barrel down, then finished with a second round run of 18.20 and a championship run of 18.72 to place fifth.

Jessica Read also qualified for Silver State in goat tying by placing eighth overall. She combined runs of 8.58 seconds in the first round, 9.96 in the second round, and 9.33 in the championship go. Read also won the first attendant position in the Montana State High School Rodeo Queen contest and she will represent Montana at Silver State. 

Other local cowboys and cowgirls competed at state, but finished out of the placings to end their high school rodeo season.

Michaela Blevins competed in the girls’ cutting, scoring rounds of 60, 63 and 60. She wasn’t in the running for the buckle, but said she had a good time at state.

Moriah Gilmore competed in pole bending, combing a 30.18-second first round run that included one down pole, and a clean second round run of 24.08 seconds and will compete at Silver State.

Jaylynn Garrison had two good runs in pole bending with 23.89 and 23.14, plus put together two clean runs in barrel racing with 18.82 and 19.25 in some pretty sloppy conditions. She also had rounds of 9.82 and 12.06 in goat tying, but finished out of the top eight.
Becky Jo Dumont had a great start in breakaway roping with a first round time of 3.82 seconds, but took a no-time in the second round. Jessica Read put together two solid runs in breakaway with times of 3.54 and 8.46, but didn’t make the short-go.
Nichele Marmon had three no-times in breakaway roping, but she won the Best Foot Forward Scholarship award for $250.
In tie-down roping, Colt Nagy had two rounds of no-time, and Cody Sheridan and Shawn George had the same in the first round of the event. But Sheridan clocked a 22.87 in the second round and George had a 27.71-second run in the second round.
The local teams of Nichele Marmon and Dusten Stephens, and Shawn George and Emily Schall bowed out of the team roping event with two rounds of no-times.
The Silver State Rodeo will be held in Fallon, Nev., July 4-9, while the NHSFR follows July 17-24 in Gillette, Wyo. 
Those qualifying for the trip will need to raise funds to pay for their trips to nationals and Silver State and would appreciate local businesses and individuals contributing to that effort.
Contributions will go directly to fuel, hay and food for some hungry hands.

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