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Local rodeo club rides to nationals

Rodeo Club athletes from Bowman County and surrounding areas galloped down to Rock Springs, Wyoming last week to compete in the 2019 National High School Finals Rodeo Competition. There, the Bowman students competed alongside 1,500 competitors from all over the nation and other countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

By Frank Turner

Bowman County students made up a large portion of North Dakota’s competitors at the National Rodeo. Bowman County represented well over ten percent of 55 North Dakota students participating in the national competition.

Even though Rodeo isn’t a school sport, individuals across Bowman County and surrounding areas still participate through a local club. To participate in

Rodeo, passionate parents and participating students practice, register, and travel themselves to compete.

This year’s competition was Senior Rodeo Club President Cashae McGee’s third time attending the national level competition and her last time competing on the high school level.

She said that it was great experience to travel to Rock Springs to compete once again on a national stage.

“There are always people who are first in their class in what they do,” said McGee. “It really pushes you to do your best.”

Although McGee wished she had performed better, she was still very impressed with her fellow club members’ performances.

“A lot of people really stepped up, especially Molly Rotenberger,” said McGee. “Molly placed really well in the Goat Tying.”

The results by average from the competition are as follows:

– Colton Turbiville from Rhame placed 64th in Boys Cutting.

– Mattie Mastel from Marmarth placed 65th Reined Cow Horse.

– Tasha Pond from Bowman placed 89th in the Trap Shooting competition.

– Dj Martin from Bowman participated in Bull Riding, but did not place.

– Madison Rotenberger from Ludlow placed 36th in Goat Tying.

– Molly Rotenberger from Ludlow placed 8th in Goat Tying.

– Cashae McGee from Rhame placed 76th in Goat Tying.

At the end of the competition, North Dakota placed 11th in the Overall Girls Team Standing and 24th in the Overall Boys Team Standing. Overall North Dakota placed 21st in the competition.

Although this was McGee’s last high school competition, she said that she plans on continuing her Rodeo career into college at Black Hills State.

“It’s always a fun experience traveling, competing, and being around friends,” said McGee. “I will definitely be goat tying and barrel racing in the future.”

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