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Happy Trails with Dawni O’Bryan: The Uniqueness of Rodeo, Part 1

By Dawni O'Bryan

June 4, 2024

There are many facets that make the sport of rodeo unique. The teamwork of human and animal is probably the most highlighted uniqueness. The camaraderie amongst competitors is likely number two on the list. Comparing rodeo to other sports, this is the thing that I dislike the most and is very unique about the sport of rodeo. There are no warm-up shots, no practice runs, no practice bronc, or any other way to get ready for the actual competition. Can you imagine going to compete in a basketball game and never taking a shot prior to the competition, a baseball game where you don’t even throw the ball around before “batter up”, or a tennis match where you just wave the racket around before “game on”? I can’t even imagine a professional football kicker lining up for the game winning kick and has not kicked the ball at these uprights- not one time prior. This is rodeo.

Briley Seufer of Holly placed 2nd in the pole bending at the Kansas Junior High Rodeo Finals in Mulvane and will advance to nationals. Courtesy

A little news from the Colorado High School Rodeo Finals in Craig over the Memorial Day Weekend includes the battle between the Sharon brothers of Ordway. Going into the finals the younger brother, Traven, sat in the lead of the saddle bronc riding followed by his older brother, Waitley. In go round number one, Traven won first and Waitley won second. The same thing happened in round two, where Traven was first, and Waitley was second. However, in the short round Traven received a no score and Waitley won first. That put Waitley into the lead for the average of the finals. Great family competition amongst these two boys. In the junior high division, Gentri Hughes of Olney Springs won the pole bending at the finals with times of 20.954 seconds, 20.563 seconds, and 25.476 seconds. Dot Veatch carried on the family tradition set in place by her brother, Leo, by winning the light rifle shooting competition. Her scores were 298 (2nd), 323 (1st), and 315 (1st) to have her win the average and qualifying for the national competition later this summer in Iowa.

Round one winners of the high school team roping have Treagyn Duarte of Lamar and Heston Seufer of Holly taking second. Duarte (4th from left) and Seufer (5th from left) Courtesy


The Kansas High School Rodeo Association held its finals in Mulvane, just south of Wichita over the holiday weekend. In the high school team roping, Treagyn Duarte of Lamar and Heston Seufer of Holly placed 2nd in the first round, 7th in the second round, got a “no time” in the short round, and ended up 9th in the year-end. Reagan Weatherred of Lakin had a great first round at the finals in her events. She was first in the pole bending, second in the goat tying, first in the breakaway, and second in the barrel racing. In the second round, she was shut out of the top four. However, in the short round (top 10) she won first in the barrel racing and first in the pole bending. Kai Calkins, also of Lakin was 2nd in the second round and 3rd in the short round of the pole bending. Kamry Michaelis of Lakin was 3rd in the second round and 3rd in the short round in the barrel racing. Briley Seufer of Holly came on like gangbusters at the finals. In the first round she was 2nd in the pole bending, round 2 she was 3rd, the short round she was 6th, and ended up winning the average and qualifying for nationals in the pole bending. In the breakaway roping, Briley was 3rd in round two (3.46 seconds) and 3rd in the short round (3.87 seconds). She just missed making it to nationals in the barrel race as she ended up 5th for the year-end. At the finals, she was 14th, 8th, and 10th in the rounds. Hudson Crane of Springfield qualified for nationals in the saddle bronc steer riding (2nd) and in the light rifle shoot(4th). He split 1st/2nd in saddle bronc steer in round one and won the short go round to end up reserve champion. He was 4th in the goat tying of round two and 4th in the team roping in round one. High schooler Jaytyn Hash of Kendall was 4th in the first round, 3rd in the second round of the tie down roping; and 2nd in the short round of the team roping with partner, Garrett Novotny. The short round also saw Quinter Weatherred of Lakin win 3rd with partner, Bronson Jellison.

With no practice runs or warm up, you better be prepared when you show up to the competition.

Happy Trails.

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