Vondette comes up big at Rock N Bulls and Barrels
The second annual Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Rock N Bulls and Barrels event was held on Sat., Sept. 1, at Columbine Park in Rangely.
An open 4D barrel race started off the day’s events with barrel racers from four states and one Canadian province competing for prize money and awards.
Brittaney Moon, of Fruita, won the open 1D in the long round to take home first-place prize money and a Lyster Custom Creations bronc halter.
CNCC rodeo team member Devon Vondette, who’s from Rifle, collected winnings for second place in the open 1D in the long round, and captured the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association’s Divisional Tour win.
The top 10 fastest runners in the open race came back later that evening to run in the short round of the barrel race.
Three CNCC barrel racers made the top 10 and competed in the short round: Vondette, Brinkley Phillips from Utah, and Jessalyn Gingrich from Michigan.
Unfortunately for Vondette, she tipped a barrel to see the short-round win – and the average win – slip away.
WPRA Mountain States Circuit finalist CJ Vondette and Vernal, Utah’s Deb Wilkins tied for the short-round win.
The average win and Shea Michelle trophy buckle went to Moon, who was sixth in the short go.
Wilkins was second in the average and received a Lyster Custom Creations bronc halter as her award in addition to prize money for second in the average.
In the bull riding portion of the event, Rifle’s Brice Osborne bested 33 other top bull riders to make the short round and win third in the average for a $900 payday.
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