The Rustlers traveled to Cheyenne for the final fall rodeo this past weekend. They had six of the points members make it back to the championship round on Sunday and gather some individual and team points in hopes of qualifying for the CNFR next June after they compete in five more regular season rodeos this upcoming spring.
Karson Bradley made it back to the short round after turning in a time of 16.46 in the barrel racing, splitting fifth and sixth in the long round. She failed to better her time in the short round with a 16.58 dropping her to eighth in the average. She is currently sitting third in the region after the fall rodeos. Teammate Maddie Meidell made it back in the breakaway roping after stopping the clock in 2.9 seconds to place tenth in the long round but broke out in the short round which tacked a ten-second penalty onto her time of 3.5 giving her a total time on two of 16.4. This placed her seventh overall in the average.
Brady Thurston led the way for the men’s team winning average in the steer wrestling. He threw his long round steer down in 3.7 seconds, which was the third fastest time in that round, followed by a 3.8 in the short round giving him a 7.5 on two. Cole Trainor also made it back in the steer wrestling with a 4.9 in the long round placing him tenth but moved up to sixth in the average after throwing a strong steer down in the short round in 6.7. On the other end of the arena, the Rustlers had two bareback riders representing them in the short round, Thomas Davis and Colton Clemens. Colton won the long round with an 81 which was the highest marked ride of the weekend but had a weaker horse in the short round that only allowed him to be 69 points. His total on two of 150 points gave him enough points to place third in the average. Thomas came back to the short round in the eighth position after a 67 point ride but improved his score in the short round with a 73 bumping him up to sixth in the average.
“The fall season is pretty taxing,” said coach Drew Schrock. “We have three weeks of practice to prepare for the first rodeo and then go five rodeos in five consecutive weeks. The team also have classes to stay caught up in and help produce our home town Rustler Roundup Rodeo. We will take a couple weeks off so that they can get caught up with their school work before we get back at it for the off season winter practice and clinics. We have a few that have put themselves into good positions going into the spring season. Karson is third in the barrels; Brady is second in the steer wrestling, fifth in the saddle broncs, and eleventh in the tie down roping; Thomas is third in the bareback riding and sixth in the steer wrestling. We have got some great kids on this team and I am looking forward to getting back into the practice pen with them in a couple weeks.”