Fourth district rodeo kicks off 2013 season

POCATELLO — The Fourth district High School Rodeo closed out week one of their 2013 season on Saturday morning as the area's finest prep cowboys and cowgirls took to the indoor arena at the Bannock County Fairgrounds.
The Barrel racers kicked off the festivities with 20 participants entered in the event. By days end, several fast times were clocked but none faster than Snake River freshman Timmi Hutchings. Hutchings blistered the course in a time of 15.620 which was nearly a half second faster than second place finisher Cassidy Quinn who stopped the clock at 16.093. Coming in third was Highland product Kassidy Duffin and her 16.203.

In the rough stock competitions only three cowboys entered the events with Skylerr Valentine and Wyatt Oleson showcasing their skills in the bareback event and Chad Funk as the lone entry in the saddle bronc event.
Valentine was the only rider to post a score as he held on for a smooth 63.
Quinn and Hutchings swapped places in the pole bending event with Quinn topping Hutchings with a time of 20.588 as opposed to 20.861. Kristen Olsen rounded out the top three with a time of 21.813.
Highland senior Jacob Partner done the tie down roping with a time of 14.201. That was just ahead of second place finisher McCray Foster as the Shelley cowboy stopped the clock on his run at 14.253.
Firth junior Woodrow Bingham finished third with a time of 16.634.
Nine breakaway ropers took to the arena but catching the calves proved to be a difficult proposition as just two cowgirls accomplished the feat. Timmi Hutchings was again top dog with a time of 3.266 while Kristen Olsen came in second in a time of 4.796.
The steers got the better of the event in steer wrestling as the cowboys went 0-4 in their attempts sending the rodeo to the ever popular goat tying.
In the goat tying it was a trio of seniors who stood atop the leader board with Malad cowgirl Regan Timothy winning in a time of 9.178. Kassidy Duffin was second in a time of 10.165 and Blackfoot's Kylie Goodwin backed up her Friday night win with a third place time of 11.603 on Saturday.
Koton Hanson won the bull riding event with a 64, narrowly edging out the defending state bull riding champion, Skylerr Valentine who was awarded a 62 for his Saturday efforts. Firth's Layton Wasia came in third with a score of 59.
Team roping rounded out the days festivities with Rylie Clemens and Haizer Simper combining for a nice run of 16.358 to win the event. Coming in second was the tandem of Regan Timothy and Zack Eckstrom while Tyler Scherer and Gus Kuttler finished third with a time of 32.257.
The fourth district will take a week off before returning to Bannock County Fairgrounds the weekend of April 19-20 for week two of the six week season.