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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

3 compete in rodeo nationals, Kayser elected VP



ELECTED: Centerville's Cassie Kayser, Center, poses for a picture after she was elected vice president of the National High School Rodeo Association. She was joined by president Chase Keith, left, and secretary Dalen Smith.

Although the three local competitors hoped for better performances at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in Gillette, Wyoming, the valuable experience that Cassie and Curtis Kayser and Justin Slater picked up from attending the rodeo with around 1,900 competitors will only help them going forward in their rodeo careers.

A fourth local cowgirl, Courtney Tatro, who qualified to compete in the shooting event, didn't travel to Wyoming but competed the week before at the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nevada.

Curtis Kayser, who was named the all-around rookie cowboy at the Washington State High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Kennewick earlier this rodeo season, had a good showing in the tie down roping, finishing around 35th out of the close to 200 competitors from around the country along with Canada and Australia in the event. For a high school freshman entering his sophomore year, it's a great finish that he will hope to build on in the many upcoming rodeos in his future.

Slater and Cassie Kayser each had a pair of goes in the cutting event, which is a judged event that has participants try to cut at least two cattle out from a herd of around 30 cattle in two and a half minutes. However, none of the three was able to earn a third go in their respective events. The top 20 finishers after the first two goes all earn a third try, or a short go, to determine the final standings in an event.

Cassie Kayser was especially busy over in Wyoming having to compete in the cutting while also campaigning for the NHSRA Vice President position, which she was elected for after a tiring week.

It was quite a coincidence that her cutting event took place last Friday at 12:15, and her campaign speech was set for 2 p.m. the same day. However, she was able to make it to where she would give the speech in plenty of time, and was able to wow the crowd with her ideas and visions.


ROWDY ROPING: Centerville's Curtis Kayser competes in the tie down roping during the National High School Rodeo Association National Finals in Gillette, Wyoming.

Four delegates from each state, 200 total, voted on who they wanted to elect with each state getting one vote. Kayser was elected vice president, Georgia's Keith Chase was voted in as president and Oklahoma's Dalen Smith was elected the secretary.

"I want to thank everyone for the support they've given me," Kayser said in a post on her campaign Facebook page. "I can't wait to spend the year traveling and working to promote the NHSRA."

She has a busy schedule ahead of her as the new VP. She will spend 10 days at the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas in December and also will have a five-day meeting in January in Wyoming while deciding on what they're going to do for the next year.

During the week in Gillette, a town of roughly 30,000 people, weather conditions were very much the same as in Goldendale, with temperatures ranging from 85-90 degrees with it also being very dry.

The rodeo was held in the 11,000 acre fairgrounds, with two big arenas with events going on at the same time.


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