Looking for a state qualified ride

AMERICAN FALLS — After battling Mother Nature and even losing a rodeo last weekend in American Falls due to rain, the cowboys and cowgirls of District 4 were spoiled with perfect conditions on Saturday when then finished out their two week stretch at the Power County Fairgrounds.
For the group from Bingham County Saturday's finale just steps from the reservoir was a good one as many times that should be state qualifiers were set.
Snake River sophomore Timmi Hutchings got her day off to a good start by laying down a time of 5.00 in her section of breakaway roping.
That time help up through her entire session, but in the second session fellow Panther Morgan Hunter recorded a time of 4.88 to take the top spot away from her teammate.
Hutchings took home the top spot in goat tying with a time of 8.03, and came home second with team roping partner Highland's Jessica Partner with a time of 18.46
River Stephenson continued the success for the Panthers when he won the bull riding event with a score of 73, Firth's Layton Wasia recorded the only other score when he rode his bull to a score of 52.
Blackfoot's Will Chappell led a Bingham County sweep on steer wrestling with his time of 6.93.
Teammate Clay Stone came home in second with a 14.01 and Firth's Rylie Clemens came home third with a 17.87.
Aberdeen's Stetson Nielson took first in tie down roping recording a time of 11.50. Shelley freshman Dalton Christensen came home second with a 14.16.
The rodeo shift to Blackfoot and the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds for the next two weekends beginning on Thursday.
Rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.