Rifle’s Hegwer wins saddle bronc riding at Steamboat Springs rodeo | PostIndependent.com

Rifle’s Hegwer wins saddle bronc riding at Steamboat Springs rodeo

Justin Hegwer of Rifle rides to a first-place finish in saddle bronc during a rodeo in Steamboat Springs on Saturday night.

Rifle’s Justin Hegwer collected nearly $700 as the June 27-28 champion saddle bronc rider at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys’ Association Steamboat Springs weekly rodeo.

Hegwer also collected a check for second place at the Earl Anderson Memorial PRCA rodeo in Grover June 14-15. He was also sixth at a rodeo in Evergreen that weekend.

Prior to the win at Steamboat Springs, Hegwer was in the 13th position in the saddle bronc riding in the Mountain States Circuit, comprised of all Colorado and Wyoming cowboys with rodeos held throughout those two and other surrounding states.

Professional barrel racers have been burning up the blacktop and the arena as well, with CJ Vondette grabbing an 11th place check at North Platte, Neb., June 18-21, fifth place at Alamosa from June 19-20, third at Steamboat Springs from June 27-28 and second in Steamboat the weekend before that.

Vondette was in 59th position worldwide in barrel racing as of June 24 and second in the Mountain States Circuit.

Ronnie Will and her bay mare Super Devotion, aka Ameerah, were third in Steamboat Springs June 20-21, fifth June 27-28 and third June 13-14. Will was in ninth place in the circuit as of June 24 and 163rd worldwide competing in only eight rodeos so far in 2014.

Dina Miller, also of Rifle, collected a check at Steamboat Springs June 20-21, earning $324 for fifth place, she is in the top 30 of the circuit and ranks among the top 500 worldwide.

At the Canyonlands PRCA in Moab, Utah May 29-31, Silt team roper Pake Younger roped two feet in 6.2 seconds behind Gunnison’s Corey Whinnery for sixth place and $172. Younger, a 2013 MSCFR contestant, is currently ranked among the top 35 heelers in the circuit.

As the weeks surrounding the fourth of July come on local cowboys and cowgirls will be busy competing throughout the country in the season known as “Cowboy Christmas,” with big rodeos such as the Greeley Stampede on the calendar.

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