The next generation of rodeo contestants from Texas and Oklahoma were at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo on Tuesday night for the first performance of the annual 21 and under rodeo, competing for cash and bragging rights until next year.
The first event of the night, the girls’ breakaway roping, is just like the pros, except the girls’ rope is tied to the saddle by a short length of twine that breaks as the roped calf reaches the end of the rope. This indicates to the judge and timer to stop the clock for a time. The girls don’t dismount their horses, so the action is fast, and times under three seconds are common.
Sanger’s Lauren Kinser was the last roper in the draw, but her time of 2.8 seconds was the fastest in the field. Placing second with a 2.9-second run was Poolville’s Jessa Reed. Coming in third was the Burneyville, Oklahoma, cowgirl Sadie Sorrel with her time of 3.2 seconds.
There were no qualified rides in the bareback bronc riding or the saddle bronc riding.
Boys’ tie-down calf roping was rough on the competitors, with only two ropers posting a successful time. Krum cowboy Jake Shelton finished at 34.7 seconds with a barrier penalty to take the top spot. Brooks Burton, also from Krum, timed out at 51.8 seconds on his run to place second.
The winning cowboys in the team roping, Bryce Briggs, of Pilot Point, and Rance Doyal, of Durant, Oklahoma, roped their steer in 5.5 seconds — a time that would have won a check in the pro rodeo — for the win. Placing second were Ty Woods, of Decatur, and Mason Howard, of Carrollton, with an 11.4-second run. Josh Briggs, of Pilot Point, and and Howard closed out the top three with a time of 13.8.
Girls’ goat tying is similar to boys’ tie-down roping except the girls ride in and dismount their horse on the run to catch a staked goat and tie three of its legs to stop the clock. Two Decatur cowgirls were the fastest of the night with Carsyn Bailey’s 8.6 seconds winning and Andee Shaw’s 11.9 placing second.
Barrel racing is always a close contest in the 21 and under rodeo, and the contestants Tuesday night proved that with less than one second between the top three times. Cooper cowgirl Savana Waller, a perennial competitor in Denton, ran 17.42 seconds for the win, followed by Frisco’s Heley Ceron, who posted a 17.53 for second. Finishing in third with a 17.77 was Maggie Pytlik, of Weatherford.
There were no entries in the bull riding.