By T. Rasmussen

Nine members of the Weiser River High School Rodeo Club made the requirements to compete at state in Pocatello, Idaho. Club members live between Council and Payette and compete in District 3 rodeo competitions. In order to compete at state participant must have competed in ten rodeos and be in the top six in their event. As a competitor participants hope to place in the top four in their event at state in order to move on to Nationals in Wyoming.

    Madelyn Erickson, a sophomore, will get to compete at state in pole bending, team roping, reining cow horse and break away roping. She shared that her favorite event is break away roping, “It’s really fast and it’s really something I like to do. I really like to rope,” she stated. This will be the second time Erickson has competed at state she shared, “Going to state is always fun. There is always a really great crowd and they have activities you can do after you perform. You get to watch all the top people at state and that’s always fun too”.

    Josey Jones, also a sophomore, will compete in goat tying, break away roping, team roping and barrel racing. Jone’s favorite event that she will be competing in is goat tying, “It’s just fun to do,” she stated. Jones too will be heading to state for the second time and shared how she was feeling about her second time going. “I am pretty excited, but nervous too”.

    Kelsi Marvin, a junior, will be attending state for her third time this year. She will be competing in goat tying, break away roping and reining cow horse. Marvin said her favorite event is break away roping, “I have been doing break away the longest and I find it to be the easiest for me”. With two previous years of state attendance Marvin feels ready to go this year, “I am excited about going to state this year, it’s different every year. I have qualified every year in break away, but the other events I have qualified for have been different every year. Last year I qualified in barrel racing, but this year I qualified in goat tying.”

Sydney Cobb, a recent graduate from Weiser High, will be headed to state to compete in pole bending, team roping, reining cow horse, and barrel racing. This will be her third year competing at state and her favorite event is team roping, “I like to rope and this event is more about you than your horse. It’s your skills, unlike an event such as barrel racing that is more about how fast your horse is.” Cobb is feeling more confident about going to state this year commenting, “I feel good about state this year. I feel like it will be less stressful because I have done it twice already. My first year I didn’t do as well as I could have because I was so nervous about being there for the first time. I feel like I’m only going to improve. Last year I was better than the year before and this year I am going to be better than last year.”

Freshman Maddie Cobb will be attending state for her first time this year. She will be competing in barrel racing. She shared that she likes this event because, “I like that it is fast and a challenge. There is strategy to it, knowing what your horse will and won't do.” Cobb shared her feelings on going  to state for the first time, “I am really nervous honestly.It is a lot bigger rodeo then I have ever been too, but I am also excited”.

Sylais York, a junior, is one of the four young men headed to state from the club. York will be competing in calf roping, team roping and bull dogging. His favorite event is team roping, “Team roping is something I have pretty much have done my whole life. My whole family does it”. This will be Yorks third time going to state and he is feeling good about this year, “I feel confident I will do well.” This season York has done very well. He won all of his events and at the end of the year he scored the most points in all his events, earning him All Around.  

Also going to state from the club, but not pictured, Garrett Bunker, Spencer Gordon and Cooper Iveson. State participants will head to Pocatello, Idaho to compete June 9th through the 15th. We congratulate them and wish them luck in their events at state.