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By Jaryd Cline
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Corynn Kayser wins team roping at Silver State Rodeo



SADDLE UP! Centerville's Corynn Kayser,left poses with Moses Lakes's Newman with their saddles after winning the the team ribbon roping championship in Nevada.

In the first year that the Silver State International Rodeo included a junior high competition, soon to be Centerville eighth grader Corynn Kayser emerged as the big winner at the week-long rodeo, teaming with Moses Lake's Kass Newman to take first place out of about 50 competitors in the ribbon roping team finals.

Kayser and Newman, also entering eighth grade, were the only team to record qualifying times in each of the three rounds which led to the duo taking first place while also winning their first saddles.

Running every year since 1985, the Silver State International Rodeo runs a week in Winnemucca, Nevada, with about 500 competitors from nine western states and Canada. However, this was the first year the rodeo added competitors from the junior high level.

Cowboys and cowgirls who finished from fifth through 15th in either the junior high or high school level at their respective state rodeo finals advanced to the Silver State Rodeo while those who cracked the top four in their respective events earned a spot in the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo, which runs July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyoming.

Kayser had a great overall weekend, finishing in the top 15 in two events (goat tying and team ribbon roping) while just missing the cut in her third event, breakaway roping.

Kayser and Newman were strong in all three runs, or goes, of the ribbon roping, sitting in second place after their first and second go.

Each junior high event had around 50 competitors, and those who sat in the top 15 after the first two goes earned another run, or a short go, to determine the final standings.

After their first go, Kayser and Newman sat in fifth place overall with a 20.69 time. They had a much quicker run in their second go, finishing in 16.79 seconds which was fourth among the 50 teams second go times.

Their cumulative time of 37.48 seconds after the first two runs placed them in the overall runner-up position with one last run remaining, where they finished at 17.9 seconds. A team from California led after the first two goes, but failed to record a time in the third run, which bumped Kayser and Newman into first place as champions in the event.

Kayser finished just outside the top 10 in the girls goat tying, finishing with a cumulative time of 45.09 seconds. After her first go time of 16.17 seconds placed her in 19th overall, she improved her time by nearly two seconds (14.37) in her second try to climb the standings. In her third and final attempt, the short go, she finished in 14.55 seconds, placing her at 11th.

Kayser wasn't the only local competitor down in Winnemucca, which is about 160 miles northeast of Reno.

Courtney Tatro also placed in Nevada, taking ninth place in the reined cow horse event with a cumulative score of 807.5. She scored 260 points in her first run and 275 in the second and finished with 272.5 points in her last run to climb into ninth place out of the 15 competitors. She also finished in the top 20 for average scored in the breakaway.

Carly Tatro sat in seventh place after her first go in the breakaway, and ended up finishing in the top 20 with her average.

Lane Seibert also competed in the team roping, and sat in seventh place after his first go, but didn't finish inside the top 15.


SADDLE UP! Centerville's Corynn Kayser,left poses with Moses Lakes's Newman with their saddles after winning the the team ribbon roping championship in Nevada.

Morgan Coyne also cracked the top 10 in the goat tying. She sat in 14th place after her first two goes, but finished strong with a 10.89 second time in her third and final go to move into ninth place with a cumulative score of 36.56.

While the kids weren't competing in the rodeo, they kept cool from the 90 and 100 degree temperatures by throwing water balloons and having water fights while also competing in a mud volleyball competition against teams from the other states.

As a state, competitors from Washington garnered 100.5 total points, finishing seventh out of the 10 provinces represented. Utah claimed top honors with 803.5 points. Utah has won the team championship every year since 2000.

Although prize money had yet to be distributes, a total of $65,000 in prizes and scholarships will be handed out soon. Pins T-shirts and belt buckles were awarded throughout the week, and anyone who broke an existing record in any event earned 100 silver dollars.


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