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June 6, 2012
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Rodeo Highlights

Local barrel racers Devon and C.J. Vondette competed in the Canyonlands Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association rodeo in Moab, Utah and the Black Diamonds Legend Rodeo in Price, Utah on June 1-2.

Devon Vondette bested some of the top barrel racers in the nation with her time of 17.88, fast enough to collect first place prize money and the barrel racing title. It was her first professional rodeo win.

C.J. Vondette collected fifth-place prize money at the Canyonlands Rodeo in Moab. The standing room-only crowd was on their feet as Vondette crossed the FarmTek timer to change the leader board. She ended the weekend in fifth place.

The Colorado State High School Rodeo Association season featured some fine performances from area bull riders and barrel racers.

In Lamar on May 18-20, there was a three way tie for first place in bull riding. Rifle's Dallas Rohrig had 63 points to split the win in the bull riding event and move to fourth place statewide in the CSHSRA 2011-12 standings.

Rookie cowgirl Rylie Gardner of Parachute placed eighth, fourth and tenth in barrel racing. That moved Gardner to 21st statewide. Gardner also placed in the pole bending event with an 11th and a 10th place finish. She sits in 23rd position statewide in pole bending.

Rifle High School graduate Devon Vondette did not compete in Lamar so she could attend commencement exercises. Vondette sits in 20th position statewide in the barrels and 21st in the breakaway roping.

Junior high all-around competitor Colten Fritzlan was also absent from competition in Lamar while he recovered from an injury.

In Pagosa Springs on May 12-13, only two local contestants competed. Gardner had clean runs in the both the barrel race and the pole bending to raise her statewide standings. Gardner had a 12th-place finish in the barrel race and an eighth-place finish in rodeo, placed seventh and 11th in pole bending. Vondette was 11th and 12th in the barrel race and placed fourth and sixth in the breakaway roping.

At the Eagle County Fairgrounds over the May 4-6 weekend, Rohrig won the bull riding. Fritzlan lassoed a fifth-place finish in breakaway roping. Gardner placed tenth in pole bending. Downed barrels plagued Vondette, sending her home empty handed in the barrel racing event.

At the Adams County Fairgrounds in Henderson on April 27-28, Rohrig won the bull riding event as the lone contestant to complete the eight-second ride. Fritzlan placed fourth and fifth in breakaway roping, but did not compete in bull riding while he was sidelined following elbow surgery. Gardner made her inaugural rodeo count, placing tenth with a time of 18.188. She then cracked the top five with a fourth place finish and a time of 17.915. Gardner was also 17th in pole bending.

Devon Vondette had barrel trouble that took her out of the money, but redeemed herself placing ninth in a time of 18.081. She roped both calves in the breakaway roping event for a fifth-place finish and a time of 3.91 and a 12th with a 4.80.

On April 28 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena in Rifle, barrel racer and 2011 NBHA Colorado State Open 1D Champion C.J. Vondette took top honors, besting 74 other runners to win the Open 1D aboard Cache A Mount. Former National Finals Rodeo qualifier Jody Sheffield of De Beque was second.

The 2010 Open 1D Colorado State Champion, Ronnie Macdonnell of Silt, was second in the Open 2D, with youth competitor Sydney Surin, also of Silt, taking fourth place in that division.

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