Courier Photos by Eric R. Flores
Alamosa's Katie Lepp shows some emotion as she is able to get her rope around her steer in the Senior Girls' Breakaway Roping competition on Friday afternoon. Lepp is sitting in third place with a time of 5.59.
Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA—A full 3-day battle for saddles and buckles started on Friday here at the Alamosa Fairgrounds as the Southern Colorado Little Britches Rodeo (LBR) had kids from the age of 6 to the age of 18 taking part in 12 different events that are a part of the National Britches Rodeo Association. They are competing to make it to the National Rodeo which takes place in two weeks in Pueblo.
The point of the LBR is to help encourage sportsmanship amongst the youngsters and get them involved in the sport of rodeo. Several of these youngsters go on to compete at the middle school and high school levels and some even earn scholarships to compete and advance their education at the college level.
Thanks to the generous support of several local businesses the Southern Colorado Little Britches Rodeo was able to expand from its normal 2-day series to a bigger and better 3-day series which will draw hundreds from Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
The first event on the docket was the Senior Boys’ Saddle Bronc Riding competition with two riders. Unfortunately neither Logan Cotton and Mason Johnson were able to get a time.
In the Senior Team Roping event, Dallas Kiker and Hank Lewis were able to finish with the fastest time of 8.93 while Orrin Honeycutt and Joshua Valdez were charged with a five-second penalty and sit third with a time of 14.41. Garrett Ludwig and Haley Peacock had a clean run and sit second with a time of 11.66.
Only two were able to get times in the Junior Girls’ Breakaway Roping. After six failed attempts Jaylynn Tortorelli completed the task but she broke the barrier and was assessed a ten-second penalty and sits second with a time of 13.81. Shaylen Walton took had a clean run and is first as she finished in 3.35 seconds.
In the Junior Boys’ Breakaway Rodeo, Brandt Walton finished in 20.91 while Cole Christensen finished in 6.59 to take the lead into Saturday.
In the Senior Boys’ Tie down, Dallas Kiker was the only one to complete the task as he posted a time of 22.84.
JT Shue and Lena DioDosio were the only team to get a time in the Junior Team Roping as he finished in 40.03.
There were six qualifying times in the Senior Girls Breakaway event with Alamosa’s Erica Sinclair leading the way with a time of 5.00, Re’Ahna Ray finished in second with a time of 5.10 and Katie Lepp is sitting third in 5.59. Kaitlin DioDosio (6.03) and Haley Peacock (11.69) and Alyssa Isaman (28.50) were the other three to finish.
In the Junior Team Roping, Faith Hoffman and Jaylynn Tortorelli took the lead with a time of 13.41. The team of Jared Sinclair and Chase Kiker sit second in 27.60 while Preston Ogle and Angel Maez are sitting third in 33.35 and Brandt Walton and Shaelyn Walton posted a time of 25.31.
In the Little Wrangler Poles, Luke Mackey amd Jessie Stillin are the top two in the event as they posted times just above 23 seconds. In the Junior Girls Poles, Chase Kiker’s time of 21.962 was the fastest time and Shaelyn Walton took second with a time of 22.469.
In the Senior Girls’ Poles Katelyn Adams was the first to go and she posted the fastest time of 21.864.
In the Little Wrangler Goats Untying, Trey McKinney had the fastest time of 9.59 while Jessie Stillings is sitting second with a time of 9.803.
In the Junior Boys’ Goats Tying, JT Shue finished with the top time of 11.19. Faith Hoffman’s time of 10.16 in the Junior Girls Goat Tying was the fastest posted on Friday. Angel Maez was the second fastest time in 10.35.
Re’Ahna Ray was dominate on the Senior Girls’ Goat Tying as she posted a score of 8.59 while Alyssa Isaman and Erica Sinclair were next with times of 10.84 and 10.91, respectively.
In the Little Wranglers Flag Race, Luke Christensen finished with the top time of 10.029 while Jessie Stillings was second in 10.511 and Cayden Langford is sitting third with a time of 15.218.
In the Junior Boys’ Races, Jared Sinclair had the fastest time of 8.049.
In addition to these event’s there were some barrel races, bull riding and some trail course races.
The event continues on Saturday at 10 a.m. with “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day. Admission is free for spectators to attend.