Lo­cal rodeo com­peti­tors head­ing to world’s largest rodeos

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - > Steven Mah

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.

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