Local rodeo competitors heading to world’s largest rodeos
Southwest Saskatchewan will be well represented at two of the world’s largest rodeos later this summer when four Southwest youngsters will take part in the two prestigious events in New Mexico.
Herbert’s Twyla Doyle has earned a spot at the 61st Annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington, New Mexico from July 19-25 where she will compete in team roping, pole bending, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying.
The NHSFR will feature over 1,500 contestants from over 41 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia making it the world’s largest rodeo. $200,00 in prizes will be in the line as well as over $325,000 in college scholarships.
Doyle, a grade 12 student in Herbert, qualified at the Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Provincial Finals in Martensville earlier this month where she won the year end buckles in team roping, breakaway roping, and the High Point Cowgirl.
Doyle placed first in team roping, breakaway roping, and goat tying as well as fourth-place in barrel racing and sixth in pole bending. She also received a trophy saddle for the All Around Cowgirl for the third year in a row.
Younger sister Ricki Doyle also qualified at provincials to attend the Fifth Annual Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, New Mexico from June 28th-July 4th.
Over 1,000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces, and Australia will be competing for over $75,000 in prizes and $50,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the WJHFR National Champion.
Ricki Doyle will be taking part in the ribbon roping and goat tying events at the WJHFR after placing first in ribbon roping, second in pole bending, fourth in goat tying, and fifth in barrel racing and received the High Point Cowgirls award at the Finals. She also won the year end buckles in barrel racing and pole bending.
Joining Ricki Doyle in Gallup will be eighth-grader Tuftin McLeod from Waldeck as he will compete in breakaway roping, goat tying, chute dogging, and team roping with partner Wyatt Hayes of Val Marie. Tuftin McLeod finished first at provincials in team roping and breakaway roping and was named the All-Around Champion.
Younger brother Tyce McLeod, a sixth grade student at Waldeck, will take part in goat tying, ribbon roping, breakaway roping, and team roping with partner Riley Hayes of Val Marie after being named Rookie of the Year.
The McLeod’s explained that a lot of hard work has gone into qualifying to go to Gallup. “Whenever we can, everyday if it is nice out,” said Tuftin when asked how often he practices.
“As long as it is nice out - we are out at our arena,” added Tyce.
Tuftin says team roping is his favorite event although he is not sure why. Tyce agreed but said, “because my dad is a team roper and I guess I want to be like him,” of his dad Scott McLeod who has made 21 consecutive appearances at the Canadian Cowboys Association Finals.
Tuftin says he hopes to make it to the short go in at least two of his four events, while Tyce hopes to place in a round and make it to the short go. Twyla Doyle says that goat tying and team roping are her favorite events because it takes more than just her horse to compete in these events
She is also hoping to make it back to the short go in her events.
Ricki Doyle’s favorite event is goat tying and says her goals are to do her best and have fun.