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With nine rodeos in the fall, the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association (CSHSRA) hit full swing last month on the Western Slope.

The first three rodeos of the year were held Sept. 4-6 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez. Gunnison rodeos followed the next weekend (Sept. 12-13), followed by Hotchkiss (Sept. 19-20) and Craig (Sept. 26-27).

The CSHSRA is on hiatus until the spring, when action will start up again with the Jefferson County High School Rodeo in Golden.



Dallas Rohrig, a Rifle High School freshman and three-time National Junior High Rodeo Finals bull rider, competed in the events at Cortez and Gunnison for the Northwestern Colorado High School Rodeo Team.

In Hotchkiss and Craig, Rohrig partnered up with Coy Zang in team roping.



Devon Vondette, a Rifle junior and two-time National Finals qualifier in barrel racing, ribbon roping and team roping, also competed for the Northwestern team in barrel racing, breakaway roping and team roping.

Coy Zang, a sophomore at Rifle and Northwestern team member, competed in Hotchkiss and Craig in the tie-down roping and team roping.

The Sept. 26-27 Moffat County rodeo in Craig saw a score of 63 points in the bull riding and a third-place finish for Rohrig, who sits in ninth place statewide in bull riding.

Vondette would place 10th in the breakaway calf roping on Sept. 6 in Cortez but was shut out in the team roping and barrel racing over the first weekend. Vondette’s barrel racing prowess returned with a vengeance in Gunnison, where she grabbed a second-place finish on Saturday and a third-place finish on Sunday.

The Delta County Fairgrounds also saw barrel racing money for Vondette at Hotchkiss, with fifth- and eighth-place showings. The team roping saw Vondette finish 12th.

In Craig, Vondette rose to the top with a barrel racing win. The rodeo there moved Vondette up to fourth in the statewide barrel racing standings with a third-place finish in that event. She would also place sixth in the breakaway roping.

Currently, Vondette sits in fourth place in the barrel racing standings statewide and 29th in breakaway roping.

The Reel Rock Film Tour comes to Glenwood Springs on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students.

The film night is a fundraiser for the Glenwood Springs High School climbing program and features a silent auction and raffle with great product from a variety of outdoor businesses. This year, Reel Rock turns five and co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions are celebrating by taking you on a global ride like never before.

From death-defying speed link-ups of the wildest faces in The Alps, to Olympian displays of strength and tenacity on the hardest boulders ever climbed, Reel Rock 2010 features a breathtaking journey through the vertical realm.

The Rifle High School cheerleaders will be having a cheer clinic fundraiser for anyone between the ages of 5 and 13 years old on Friday, Oct. 15, from 9-11:30 a.m.

Each participant will get to perform at halftime with the cheerleaders at the game that evening. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt.

Registration information can be found at http://www.garfieldre2.riflehs.schoolfusion.us. Contact Tanya at 665-6912 for more information.

Benefit Bull Team Bull Riding, a fundraiser for Garfield County Little Britches Rodeo Club, is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The cost is $400 for a four-bull team and $120 for bull riders.

Contact Shannon Jewell at 618-7561 for more information.

Sharpen your skates, ladies. The Aspen Mother Puckers A and B teams are holding an open tryout for the upcoming season. All adult recreational women hockey players are invited to attend and there is no charge for the first two skates.

On-ice sessions will be 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 14 and 21, at the Aspen Ice Garden. Be dressed and ready to skate by 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 14 for a brief meeting.

Helmets are required and full hockey gear is strongly recommended. For more information, call Jeanne at 379-5581.

Kat Bernat, a former victim of domestic violence turned black belt in Tae Kwon Do, is on a mission to help the women and wants you to come out and learn how to fight like a girl.

Kym Rock’s “Fight Like A Girl” is a program that teaches women and kids to think smarter and have the skills and awareness to keep themselves out of dangerous situations.

The free seminar will be Friday, Oct. 22, at the Burning Mountain Fire Department at 611 Main Street in Silt. Sign-in is at 6:30 p.m. and the seminar begins at 7 p.m. Ladies age 10 and up are welcome and no experience or fitness level is required.

Register by calling (970) 618-1296 or e-mail kbseminar@gmail.com.


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