Twelve Mid-Columbia cowboys and cowgirls will compete this weekend at the Washington State High School Rodeo Association Finals at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.
Action gets under way at noon today with the cutting competition in Eltopia, and the Queen competition at the fairgrounds.
Competition in bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
The top 10 in each event advance to Mondays finals, which begins at 9 a.m.
The top four contestants in each event (other than cutting) move on to the National High School Finals Rodeo, held July 13-19 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Contestants who place 5-15, are eligible to compete at the Silver State International Rodeo, held June 29 to July 5 in Winnemucca, Nev. The only event not offered this year at SSIR will be cutting because the stock promised for the event was sold and a suitable replacement herd has not been found.
There will be two fundraisers for the WSHSRA over the weekend. There will be a team roping fundraiser tonight at 7 p.m., and a silent auction will run throughout the weekend.
Mid-Columbia participants at Washington State High School Rodeo Association Finals
Cutting Cole White, Benton City.
Bull riding Chance Simpson, Finley; Wesley Cargile, Finley.
Tie-down roping Cole White, Benton City; Connor Rexin, Pasco; Baley Westberg, Finley; Royce Murrow, Pasco; Sam Monds, Kennewick; JT Garland, Finley.
Steer wrestling Connor Rexin, Pasco; Baley Westberg, Finley; Sam Monds, Kennewick; JT Garland, Finley.
Team roping Cole White, Benton City; Royce Murrow, Pasco; Chad White, Benton City; Baley Westberg, Finley; Sam Monds, Kennewick.
Barrel racing Tayler Eng, Finley; Clay Barry, Kennewick; Taylor Turner, Burbank; Tiffanee Lewis, Benton City.
Pole bending Clay Barry, Kennewick; Taylor Turner, Burbank; Tiffanee Lewis, Benton City.
Breakaway roping Tayler Eng, Finley; Taylor Turner, Burbank.
- Annie Fowler, Herald staff writer