Local rodeo stars rope in more high finishes in Golden
GOLDEN, Colorado ” When it comes to the rodeo, these kids know how to get it done.
As the Northwestern Colorado High School and Junior High Rodeo Team Members traveled 180 miles east to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to compete in two separate rodeos over the weekend, they left their mark on the competition.
The reigning 2007 Colorado State High School Rodeo Association’s All-Around Cowboy Cody Miles was back in top form winning the two-day steer wrestling event. Miles, a Grand Valley High School senior, continued to dominate the all-around race competing in both the timed events and rough stock events. He is also ranked at the top of the steer wrestling standings state-wide and currently sits third in the team roping standings with younger brother Tyler Miles.
Rifle’s C.J. Vondette moved back into the top spot in the state pole bending standings with a second-place finish on Saturday. Vondette continues to be the one to watch aboard the 2006 American Quarter Horse of the Year Cache A Mount.
Blazing down the left side of the pole pattern the gray gelding is a force to be reckoned with in both the pole bending and the barrel racing competitions. Vondette currently sits in fifth position statewide in the barrel race as well as in sixth in the all-around race and 21st in the breakaway roping.
Tyler Miles battled back from a bout of pneumonia to finish third in Saturday’s saddle bronc riding, second in Saturday’s team roping with brother Cody, and ninth in Sunday’s team roping. Tyler is currently ranked fifth in the state steer wrestling standings, sixth in the saddle bronc riding and 15th in the bull riding.
Rifle High School junior Shawnee Broughton also competed and placed sixth in the girls cutting event and 28th in the breakaway roping. Cutting is an optional event in CSHSRA and no competition was slated for Golden.
Colorado Wrangler Junior High Division members Devon Conn and Dallas Rohrig also competed at Jefferson County at the conclusion of each day’s high school rodeos. CWJHD State President Conn, a Rifle Middle School eighth-grader, had a sixth-place finish in the barrel race and a third-place finish in the breakaway roping as well as placing both days in the ribbon roping with Collbran’s Ty Wallace.
Rohrig, son of Traci and Bo Rohrig, competed as a rookie in bull riding. Rohrig had a bull turn back into the gate and slam him down hard into the panels but got up smiling and unhurt on Sunday. The young Rohrig looks to follow in his dad’s footsteps as a state champion in this event.
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