"Full Throttle' Hutchings heads to nationals
BLACKFOOT — Timmi Hutchings is appropriately nicknamed "Full Throttle." This will be the third year in a row she will compete in the Wrangler Division of the High School Rodeo Association.
At the Idaho State event that took place in Filer, Idaho, June 1-3, Timmi won barrels; was second in goat tying and placed third in poles.
She has the hardware to prove it. At state, she won two belt buckles, a saddle, a horse blanket, goat tying rope can and $900 for earning the all-around title.
Timmi is 13-years-old and has just completed eighth grade. She's an honor roll student, plays basketball, volleyball and enjoys bow hunting.
Horses are her passion.
"I practice everyday unless the weather is horrible," Timmi said. "I've been riding horses since I was little.
"I was on my first horse when I was 8 days old," she said. "I was 2-years-old when I rode in my first barrel race in Jackson, Wyo. I sat in front of my mom as she competed in barrels."
The Wrangler Division of the High School Rodeo Association is for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
In sixth grade, Timmi was fifth in nation in pole bending. In seventh grade, she qualified in barrels and goats but had to borrow a horse for goat tying so she didn't do as well.
This year, Timmi qualified in barrel racing, poles and goat tying.
She will compete against 63 barrel racers; 54 in poles and 45 in goat typing from across the nation, Australia and Canada.
"I want to thank Janie Freed and Shelby Freed for helping me with tying and Jason Clemens," Timmi said.
Timmi is the daughter of Shanna Swan and Lane Hutchings. Hutchings ropes and trains cutting horses in Wyoming.
Her maternal grandparents are Tom and Gayle Swan from Blackfoot.
Also competing at nationals are Clay Stone won the chute dogging and was second in ribbon roping at state. Colton Clemens qualified in bull riding.
The National High School Rodeo Association competition will be June 24-30 in Gallup, N.M.