Heeeeeere’s Ronnie! Silt’s Ronnie Will moves up barrel racing rankings with her victory at Garfield County Fair
Ronnie Will of Silt set the pace in the barrel racing as the first contestant to make her way through the cloverleaf pattern with a respectable time of 17.77 seconds on Aug. 6. Her run was good enough on to win the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association event in front of a sold-out crowd at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.
Will’s run earned her a $612 paycheck and the win. It also added to her Mountain States Circuit earnings and her bid to make the 2014 Circuit Finals.
At the weekly Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Cowboys event from Aug. 8-9, Will ran another “7” — 17.71 seconds — for the win and a $478 paycheck.
Will continues to climb in the worldwide standings. She currently sits in 115th position and is in 12th place in the circuit.
Another local barrel racer, Rifle’s CJ Vondette, turned in a time of 18.05 seconds in Rifle aboard Merada’s Dual Stich, a 5-year-old gelding. It earned her fourth place and a paycheck for $247.
Vondette had arrived in Rifle just hours before the start of the Aug. 6 performance having competed in Yuma early that morning.
After one short night at home, the barrel racer hit the road Thursday morning for the PRCA rodeo in Sterling, then Steamboat Springs on Friday and Castle Rock on Sunday.
Earlier in the week, Vondette placed sixth at the Larimer County Fair and Rodeo in Loveland Aug. 3-5, adding $945 for her 15.18-second run, again aboard Merada’s Dual Stich, also known as “Mikey.”
Currently, Vondette is second in barrel racing in the Mountain States Circuit standings and 47th worldwide.
Saddle bronc rider Justin Hegwer of Silt picked up a check in the Wilderness Circuit At that Famous Preston Night PRCA Rodeo in Preston, Idaho, that took place July 31 to Aug. 2. His score of 74 earned him $309 for seventh place.
At the War Bonnet Roundup PRCA Rodeo in Idaho Falls, Idaho — also from July 31 to Aug. 2 — Hegwer picked up a sixth-place check for $337.
Hegwer also collected a paycheck at the Lincoln County Fair and PRCA in Afton, Wyoming, on Aug. 8-9 in a tie for sixth place.
Hegwer currently sits in 14th position in the saddle bronc riding in the Mountain States PRCA Circuit. He will use the last few rodeos of the 2014 season to push toward the circuit finals with rodeos in Douglas, Wyoming, Steamboat Springs and the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
Back at the Garfield County Fair and PRCA Rodeo in Rifle, Silt’s Pake Younger competed in the tie down roping and team roping, collecting a check for fourth and $226 as a heeler for Loma’s Jace Hutton. Younger is currently in 25th position in the Mountain States Circuit team roping standings as a heeler.
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