Champions were named and plans were set for the National High School Rodeo Finals.
Most simply that was the climax of the recent Kansas High School Rodeo Finals in Topeka.
Cooper Martin, Alma, was honored as the all-around cowboy at the conclusion of the Kansas High School Rodeo Finals in Topeka. He was the yearend champion in calf roping and third in team roping, with Riccki Yaussi, Udall, qualifying in both events to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo, July 13-19, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. (Photo courtesy Kent Kerschner, www.fotocowboy.com, email@example.com.)
“Cooper Martin of Alma was honored as the all-around cowboy, and Paige Wiseman, Paola, was named the all-around cowgirl as highlight of this year’s rodeo competition,” according to Suzan Adams, Junction City, secretary of the Kansas High School Rodeo Association.
“However, the top four in each contest event qualified to represent the state of Kansas and compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo, July 13-19, in Rock Springs, Wyoming,” Adams said.
“After all of the qualifying rodeos around the state last fall and this spring, and then three rounds of finals competition, it’s a major deal for every one of the cowboys and cowgirls who end up the year as national qualifiers,” Adams recognized.
Laramie Mosley, Satanta, was the runner-up in the all-around cowboy race, and Timber Allenbrand, Paola, was the runner-up all around cowgirl recognition.
Jesse Pope, Garnett, was recognized as the Rookie Cowboy of the Year, while Kenzie Jones, Rolla, was honored Rookie Cowgirl of the Year.
Kaitlyn Dinges of Ness City was selected as the 2014-15 Kansas High School Rodeo Queen.
Ironman, ridden by Wiseman, received honors as the Cowgirl’s Horse of the year. Tyler Murray, Wheaton, rode Rocky to be the Cowboy’s Horse of the Year.
Shelby Bryant, Hope, was named the Ariat Best Boot Forward Cowgirl, and Billy Lane Barcus, Paola, was honored as the Ariat Best Boot Forward Cowboy.
All-around cowgirl title was awarded to Paige Wiseman, Paola, at the conclusion of the Kansas High School Rodeo Finals in Topeka. She was the yearend champion in breakaway roping and girls cutting as well as ranking in the top four in both goat tying and pole bending, qualifying to complete in all four events at the National High School Rodeo Finals, July 13-19, in Rock Springs, Wyoming (Photo courtesy Kent Kerschner, www.fotocowboy.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
National qualifiers in the bareback riding are the yearend champion Jess Pope and runner-up Trey Ahring, both of Garnett.
Yearend standings in barrel racing, in order, with national qualifications, are Allenbrand; Lydia Rijfkogel, Garden City; Amber Scales, Pittsburg; and Jayme Flowers, Garden City.
Calvin Coddington, Reading, was the yearend champion in boy’s cutting, qualifying for the national finals, along with Garret Waugh, Oakley; Erik Eisenbarth, Cassoday; and Mosley.
Breakaway roping yearend top four included Wiseman; Brandi Hollenbeck, Hutchinson; Hagen Brunson, Guymon, Oklahoma; and Shelby Whiting, Paola.
Mosley won the yearend bull riding followed by Cody Hunsperger, Yates Center; Jake Drews, Paola; and Pope.
Martin topped the calf roping, followed by Zane Arnold, Hutchinson; Trevor Kirchenschlager, Yuma, Colorado; and Cole Patterson, Pratt.
Wiseman was the yearend girls cutting winner, with next in order including Taylor Todd, Rexford; Allenbrand; and Hadley DeHoff, Tonganoxie.
Yearend winner in goat tying was Riley Bowen, Sylvia, followed by Whiting; Michaela Peterson, Council Grove; and Wiseman.
Qualifiers to the national finals in pole bending in order are Whiting; Cheyenne Larson, Council Grove; Taylor Lagasse, Concordia; and Wiseman.
Lane Hamm, Wells, was the yearend saddle bronc riding champion followed by Mosley; Pope; and Clay Hokr, El Dorado;
Shelby Whiting, Paola, was the yearend champion in pole bending following the Kansas High School Rodeo Finals at Topeka. (Photo courtesy Kent Kerschner, www.fotocowboy.com, email@example.com.)
Steer wrestling yearend winner was Cody Devers, Perryton, Texas, with, second through fourth respectively, Cass Mercer, Columbus; Murray; and Laramie Moore, Bucklin.
Trevor Kirchenschlager, Yuma, Colorado, shows his winning form in calf roping at the recent Kansas High School Rodeo, where he ended up third for the year to qualify for the National High School Rodeo Finals July 13-19, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. (Photo courtesy Kent Kerschner, www.fotocowboy.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Top team in team roping was Kyle Hash, Buffalo, and Tyler Hobert, Clearwater. Teams next in order included Austin Crist, Rocky Ford, Colorado, and Kirchenschlager; Martin and Riccki Yaussi, Udall; and Cole Patterson, Pratt, and Joel Miller, Madison.