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Colorado Junior Rodeo Association Returns to Eads

Last weekend, for the first time in almost 15 years, the Colorado Junior Rodeo Association (CRJA) returned to Eads where they held a youth competition at the Kiowa County Fairgrounds. Judging from the number of pickup trucks and horse trailers in the fairgrounds parking lot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the event was extremely well attended.

Colorado Junior Rodeo AssociationA statement received from Danielle Wollert, President of the CJRA, on Monday confirmed the level of participation was high. At the end of the competition, numbers were tallied and there were 126 contestants plus mutton bustin’ kids for a total of 140 contestants each day.

The event, itself, appeared to go smoothly, as well. In fact, in her statement, Ms. Wollert expressed gratitude to the local volunteers with the Kiowa County Fair Board who provided assistance in co-ordinating and running the event, which she described as a success. She went on to add, “Our families were very impressed with the fairgrounds facilities and town!”

On behalf of the Kiowa County Fair Board, board member Dawn Back said, “This was a great venue, and we hope it will be the beginning of more relationships with such fantastic associations as the Colorado Junior Rodeo. We also hope to continue to attract more events of its type to the area.” She went on to add, “The work that went into such a successful weekend was worth the effort to see such an iconic, deeply rooted affair as Rodeo return to our wonderful, previously underutilized facility at the Fairgrounds. It is refreshing to attend an event with strong connections to family, stewardship, work ethics and respect. To watch young kids devoted to their sport, not unlike any other kid who plays basketball or baseball would do, was exciting to see and is an occasion to be celebrated in a world where this is not always the case.”

Kiowa County 4-H was also present at the rodeo, setting up a concession booth to serve rodeo contestants and observers alike. Due in large part to the hard work and extensive efforts of Gloria Trosper in stocking and setting up the stand, the fundraiser was a success for them, as well. The stand served refreshments all day each day, sometimes staying open as late as 11pm.

Tearle Lessenden, CSU Extension Agent for Kiowa County, was also pleased with how the youth rodeo went. “We are delighted to have the CJRA back in Eads,” he said, “and are grateful to all those who showed their support for 4-H and bought items we had on sale. This was a good fundraiser for 4-H. Hopefully, local businesses saw some benefit, too.”

CJRA was established 25 years ago with the goal of providing high quality events that promote a spirit of fair competition and the appreciation of good sportsmanship in an environment that allows youth to advance their rodeo talent. Currently, they have members from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. The organization’s efforts are motivated by the belief that guiding young people in a positive direction is a top priority. For that reason, CJRA has dedicated itself to helping kids aged 5-18 years of age to set goals and work toward achieving them by participating in a sport they find truly enjoyable.

This year’s rodeo season is described as being “very successful”, and CJRA anticipates that they will be giving over $140,000 in cash, prizes and scholarships to approximately 200 members who qualify for the finals, which will be held in Lamar. Qualification for finals will be based on total money won at all CJRA rodeos. CJRA invites the top 15 finishers in each event to the finals, where they compete for the championship in each event.

Winner of Mutton Bustin - Braxtyn FerrisThe results of last weekend’s rodeo competition are listed below.

Ages 5-8 Barrel Race
1 Chisum Draper Wetmore, CO 18.433 $61.20
2 Kaige Reisdorfer Cheyenne, WY 18.842 $48.60
3 Cooper Geesen Kersey, CO 19.479 $36.00
4 Slade Lord Lamar, CO 19.595 $23.40
5 Avery Draper Wetmore, CO 19.908 $10.80

Dummy Roping
1 Trey Draper Wetmore, CO 15.0 $54.00
2 Cooper Geesen Kersey, CO 14.0 $40.50
3-4 Jett Collins Pierce, CO 12.0 $20.25
3-4 Chisum Draper Wetmore, CO 12.0 $20.25

Flag Race
1 Avery Draper Wetmore, CO  9.790 $54.00
2 Jett Collins Pierce, CO 11.844 $40.50
3 Mason Draper Wetmore, CO 12.098 $27.00
4 Brevyn Erker Bethune, CO 15.824 $13.50

Goat Tying
1 Chisum Draper Wetmore, CO 15.480 $43.20
2 Cooper Geesen Kersey, CO 16.740 $32.40
3 Madilynn Berry Westcliffe, CO 17.410 $21.60
4 Kaige Reisdorfer Cheyenne, WY 18.390 $10.80

Pole Bending
1 Brevyn Erker Bethune, CO 22.777 $58.14
2 Chisum Draper Wetmore, CO 22.895 $46.17
3 Braclyn Erker Bethune, CO 24.573 $34.20
4 Slade Lord Lamar, CO 25.110 $22.23
5 Kaige Reisdorfer Cheyenne, WY 25.553 $10.26

9 - 13 BOYS
Breakaway Roping
1 Sam Gallagher Brighton, CO 2.9 $86.40
2 Jaxon Farella Cheyenne, WY 3.0 $72.00
3 Gus Kelley Golden, CO 4.0 $57.60
4 Waitley Sharon Ordway, CO 4.1 $43.20
5 Trevor McCullar La Veta, CO 4.2 $28.80

Chute Dogging
1 Sam Gallagher Brighton, CO 3.300 $21.60

Goat Tying
1 Traven Sharon Ordway, CO 10.920 $76.80
2 Waitley Sharon Ordway, CO 11.200 $57.60
3 Cash Evans Yuma, CO 11.310 $38.40
4 Jaxon Farella Cheyenne, WY 11.510 $19.20

9 - 13 GIRLS
Barrel Race
1 Aspen Autry Branson, CO 17.773 $61.20
2 Cassidy Evans Yuma, CO 17.902 $51.00
3 Kamryn Adent Loveland, CO 18.117 $40.80
4 Paige Lafferty Erie, CO 18.401 $30.60
5 Sadie Jackson Centennial, CO 18.716 $20.40

Breakaway Roping
1 Lauryn Motley Fort Morgan, CO 3.4 $72.00
2 Haylee Lewis Wild Horse, CO 4.5 $54.00

Goat Tying
1 Olivia Cullen Yuma, CO 9.220 $72.00
2 Wayttyn Wollert Wiley, CO 9.490 $54.00
3 Kalle Foster Elizabeth, CO 9.750 $36.00
4 Blake Coors Loveland, CO 10.010 $18.00

Pole Bending
1 Aspen Autry Branson, CO 20.415 $72.00
2 Cassidy Evans Yuma, CO 20.903 $60.00
3 Maci York Wellington, CO 21.675 $48.00
4 Lauryn Motley Fort Morgan, CO 22.071 $36.00
5 Sadie Jackson Centennial, CO 22.122 $24.00

9 - 13 
Ribbon Roping
1 Nathan Lammers Elbert, CO Sadie Jackson Centennial, CO 12.1 $61.20
2 Jaxon Farella Cheyenne, WY Wayttyn Wollert Wiley, CO 16.9 $51.00
3 Javen Hall Model, CO Wayttyn Wollert Wiley, CO 20.9 $40.80
4 Klayt Staudt Nathrop, CO Lauryn Motley Fort Morgan, CO 22.0 $30.60
5 Cash Evans Yuma, CO Cassidy Evans Yuma, CO 25.9 $20.40

9 - 13
Team Roping

1 Juddy Farella Cheyenne, WY Dillon Lewis Wild Horse, CO 10.7 $57.60
2 Jaxon Farella Cheyenne, WY Sam Gallagher Brighton, CO 17.4 $43.20

9 - 13
Parent/Child Team Roping

1 Javen Hall Model, CO Gary Hall 9.0 $79.20
2 Gus Kelley Golden, CO Luke Kelley 9.4 $66.00
3 Cassidy Evans Yuma, CO Chris Evans 13.4 $52.80
4 Haylee Lewis Wild Horse, CO John Lewis 20.2 $39.60
5 Wesley Lammers Elbert, CO Monty Lammers 21.7 $26.40

9 - 13
Assisted Calf Tying

1 Jace Hall Model, CO . 17.500 $64.80
2 Cash Evans Yuma, CO . 21.000 $54.00
3 Nathan Lammers Elbert, CO . 23.400 $43.20
4 Dillon Lewis Wild Horse, CO . 28.600 $32.40
5 Traven Sharon Ordway, CO . 35.400 $21.60

14 - 18 BOYS
Steer Wrestling
1 Barrett Schlieker Fort Lupton, CO 6.300 $51.00
2 David Gallagher Brighton, CO 12.600 $34.00

Tie Down Roping
1 Chadron Walters Bethune, CO 11.1 $96.90
2 Lane Haddock Elbert, CO 12.0 $80.75
3 Colt Honey La Junta, CO 15.9 $64.60
4 Braxton O Bryan Lamar, CO 18.2 $48.45
5 Braxton Morgan Elbert, CO 20.3 $32.30

14 - 18 GIRLS Barrel Race
1 Bianca O Bryan Lamar, CO 17.839 $128.18
2 Bryndel Burke Padroni, CO 17.991 $106.08
3 Amanda Terrell LaSalle, CO 18.302 $83.98
4 Kayli Ecklund Monument, CO 18.449 $61.88
5 Jacobi Larson Fowler, CO 18.502 $39.78
6 Taralee Haddock Elbert, CO 18.703 $22.10

Breakaway Roping
1 Taylor Davis Rifle, CO 2.7 $112.20
2-3 Graycee Lay Elbert, CO 3.0 $84.15
2-3 Jolie Bond Rocky Ford, CO 3.0 $84.15
4 Jacobi Larson Fowler, CO 4.0 $56.10
5 Emma Magee Byers, CO 4.4 $37.40

Goat Tying
1 Taylor Davis Rifle, CO 8.550 $85.00
2 Emily DeAngelo Calhan, CO 9.590 $51.00
3 Kayli Ecklund Monument, CO 9.720 $34.00

Pole Bending
1 Taralee Haddock Elbert, CO 20.604 $117.30
2 Jacobi Larson Fowler, CO 20.877 $97.75
3 Taylor Swisher Kiowa, CO 21.240 $78.20
4 Trinity Burke Cheyenne, WY 21.261 $58.65
5 Annalee Schott Merino, CO 22.189 $39.10

14 - 18
Ribbon Roping

1 Coy Evans Yuma, CO Jacobi Larson Fowler, CO 9.1 $91.80
2 Lane Haddock Elbert, CO Taralee Haddock Elbert, CO 9.5 $76.50
3-4 Braxton Corman Burlington, CO Taylor Davis Rifle, CO 11.1 $53.55
3-4 Joe Cash Autry Branson, CO Emelia Dennison Windsor, CO 11.1 $53.55
5 Cauy Pennington Kiowa, CO Tanna Hansen Wiggins, CO 14.6 $30.60

14 - 18
Team Roping

1 Brayden Fillmore Penrose, CO Clyde Bolejack Elbert, CO 5.6 $102.00
2 Graycee Lay Elbert, CO Olivia Lay Elbert, CO 6.0 $76.50
3 Jacob Haren Erie, CO Chadron Walters Bethune, CO 6.2 $51.00
4 Sara Dickens Greeley, CO Tel Linke Hot Sulphur Springs 8.9 $25.50

14 - 18
Parent/Child Team Roping

1 Graycee Lay Elbert, CO Clint Lay 6.3 $102.00
2 Brayden Fillmore Penrose, CO Josh Fillmore 7.9 $85.00
3 Jacob Haren Erie, CO Rod Gracey 8.0 $68.00
4 Wade Pettijohn Pueblo, CO Bill Pettijohn 8.2 $51.00
5 Barrett Schlieker Fort Lupton, CO Brandon Schlieker 8.5 $34.00

14 - 18
Mixed Team Roping

1 Graycee Lay Elbert, CO Clyde Bolejack Elbert, CO 5.6 $95.20
2 Jacob Haren Erie, CO Olivia Lay Elbert, CO 6.3 $71.40
3 Tatum Hall Springfield, CO Porter Hall Springfield, CO 9.8 $47.60

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