Miles brothers split steer wrestling wins at Eagle
EAGLE, Colorado ” They say that practice makes perfect and all the practice Tyler and Cody Miles have at wrestling each other, and steers, is paying off in a big way.
During the three day Northwestern Colorado Junior High and High School Rodeo Club annual rodeos at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, Tyler Miles won the steer wrestling event on Saturday and big brother Cody earned the win on Sunday with Tyler finishing fourth.
The Grand Valley High School brothers also placed eighth in the team roping. Tyler currently sits ranked fifth in the all-around, ninth in team roping, fifth in steer wrestling, 23rd in calf roping and in 24th position in bull riding.
Cody still leads the all-around race by a huge margin and dominates the race for the steer wrestling title as well. In addition to the team roping ranking Cody is fifth in saddle bronc standings, second in bull riding and seventh in calf roping.
Another area high school senior, Cody Carnahan made the trip to Eagle worthwhile by capturing a 10th place in calf roping. He is currently ranked 29th in that event.
Rifle’s C.J. Vondette would step back from the top this weekend and ride her second-string horses in a effort to give her main mount a small vacation. Vondette finished 10th in Saturday’s pole bending, the event where she is currently ranked first in the state. She also sits in second position statewide in barrel racing and 27th in breakaway roping.
Shawnee Broughton lassoed ninth place in breakaway roping over the weekend. She currently is ranked 33rd in that event. She also is ranked seventh in the girls cutting.
Lindsey Jewell, a Rifle High School senior and former Little Britches Reserve World Champion Pole Bender, currently sits in 34th position statewide in that event.
The Junior High Division also competed in Eagle with sixth through eighth graders from across the state competing for a shot on the Colorado National Team.
Rifle Middle School eighth grader Devon Conn is looking for her third nationals berth in as many years with a move up the standings ladder to second position statewide in the breakaway roping. Conn finished fourth in that event Saturday morning and saw a fourth-place finish in the ribbon roping partnered with Collbran’s Ty Wallace and took second place in the team roping partnered with J’Kye Wientjes of Delta. Conn sits in eighth position in the all-around race, 13th in the barrel race, fifth in the ribbon roping and sixth in the team roping.
Conn was a member of the 2006 Colorado National Team competing in Gallup, N.M. in the barrel racing and ribbon roping. She competed for the 2007 Colorado National Team in the team roping with Collbran’s Ty Wallace. The 2007 Colorado Team emerged from Gallup as the 2007 National Championship Team.
Dallas Rohrig, an RMS sixth grader, spent his weekend working the rodeo and riding bulls. Rohrig is currently ranked second statewide in the bull riding and is eagerly anticipating his first trip to Gallup and the Wrangler Junior High National Finals.
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