Turner leads area contingent to junior high national rodeo

June 19, 2013 

Taylor Turner, who just finished the eighth grade at Columbia-Burbank Middle School will compete in barrel racing and ribbon roping at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M.

The NJHFR begins Sunday and runs through June 29. More than 1,000 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia will compete for more than $75,000 in prizes and $100,000 in college scholarships.

This is Turner’s third trip the nationals. She placed 14th in barrel racing two years ago.

Turner earned a trip to nationals after finishing fourth in barrels and third in ribbon roping with Jake Warren of Deer Park.

Turner has been working with a new barrel horse this year — she stole the reins of her mom Susan’s quarter horse Billy. The pair were second in the average both days at state.

Also participating is Miles Barry of Kennewick, who will compete in rifle shooting and team roping with Baley Westberg of Kennewick.

Barry, who just finished the sixth grade at Park Middle School, finished second at state in rifle shooting. The shooting event will be Tuesday.

Westberg, who just finished the eighth grade at Desert Hills, was the all-round state champion. He will compete at nationals in team roping, chute dogging and tie-down roping.

When Westberg’s roping partner opted not to go to nationals, he asked Barry to be his header.

Dreyden Devers of Kennewick (Desert Hills) will compete in shooting and chute dogging.

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