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Starting off the week with a qualified ride

June 10, 2014

Firth’s Layton Wasia goes for a ride during his eight seconds of bull riding Tuesday at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello in the morning session of the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals.

POCATELLO — The first full day of rodeo action took to the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello Tuesday afternoon and for the kids from Bingham County the morning sessions results were mixed.
For some Tuesday mornings session was the first time they had hit the arena on the quest for a Idaho High School Rodeo Finals title as each and every competitor were looking to earn their spot in Saturday's final.
Firth's Layton Wasia was the last competitor to take the arena Tuesday afternoon and when he strapped himself to his bull for his attempt at an eight second bull ride he knew he would have to beat a score of 80 that was set earlier in the round by District 8's Josh Toomer.
Wasia's bull left the chute and immediately sent him into a spin in the opposite direction of the way he came out of the chutes.
The bull went into a strong buck and and Wasia was able to hold on for the fourth qualified ride of the session.
Wasia earned a score of 79 to put him in second place overall.
Aberdeen's Hailey Driscollclosed out barrel racing by setting the session fastest time with a 18.330 to set her into the top five.
Fellow Aberdeen schoolmate Lexie Lehman came home third in her run in pole bending with a time of 21.518. Blackfoot's Cecelia Stephenson went early in the round and ran a 23.201.
On Monday's opening performance Snake River's Timmi Hutchings was the story of the night as the all-around cowgirl looked to repeat her light's out performance from last year's finals.
Hutchings laid down a 9.28 time in goat tying to set her fourth for that performance, but he best events were still to come in the coming days.
Firth's Rylie Clemens had the other solid opening night performance when he took the top spot in bareback riding recording a ride of 61 points.
Rodeo action continues at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello today at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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