The Utah Junior High Rodeo Association Finals wrapped up in Heber City recently, and as usual, the Bear River Valley was well represented, with several competitors from northern Utah qualifying for nationals coming up in late June.
Kelli Nelson, secretary for the Wasatch Junior Rodeo Association, which includes kids from Box Elder, Cache, Rich and Weber counties, said six of the 23 members in her club qualified for the 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo, which will take place June 23-29 in Huron, South Dakota.
Following are some local competitors, along with information about how they fared in Heber City the weekend of May 23-25:
• Keegan Cumbie is an eighth Grader at Bear River Middle School. He is the son of Matt and Traci Cumbie. At the UJHRA finals in Heber City, Keegan went in to the finals sitting at No. 1 in the state in tie-down roping and ribbon roping, and also qualified in team roping and chute dogging.
This is Keegan’s last year of junior high rodeo and he loved his state finals experience. He battled rain, mud, and some fierce competition and came away qualifying for nationals in tie-down roping, team roping (along with partner Howdy Jackson from Roosevelt, Utah), ribbon roping, and the All-Around Cowboy title.
He has also qualified this year for the Worlds Richest Calf Roping and the Tuff Cooper Jr. NFR in Las Vegas, during the National Finals Rodeo this year.
• Logan Cumbie came in as a rookie this year. he is a sixth grader at Alice C. Harris Intermediate, and is also the son of Matt and Traci Cumbie.
Logan competed in the team roping (partner Brykn Burnett from West Weber) and ribbon roping (partner Kadence Martin from Evanston, Wyoming) at the UJHRA finals. He also competed in the tie-down roping during the year and looks forward to qualifying next year.
In Heber City, Logan won a third-place buckle in the second round in the ribbon roping. He has two amazing horses he competed on, Chili and Gus, and owes much of his success to them. He loves the sport of rodeo and looks forward to two more years in the junior high division here in Utah.
• Maclyn Reeder, 14, Daughter of Bucky and Katie Reeder of Corinne, goes to Bear River Middle School. She qualified in breakaway and goat tying, and ended up tied for 7th in the state in goat tying and was 5th in the average.
• Lincoln Reeder, 12, Son of Bucky and Katie Reeder of Corinne, goes to Alice C. Harris Intermediate. He qualified for state in breakaway and bareback steer riding. He is a rookie this year and qualified to go to nationals in bareback riding.
• Kayson Perry, age 14, is from Plymouth and is the son of Chris and Cory Perry. He goes to Bear River Middle School. He started out chute dogging last year, taught by local cowboy and National Finals Rodeo contestant Baylor Roche. Kayson’s dad rode bulls and his mom is a barrel racer. He comes from a rodeo family all the way back on mom’s side.
Kayson’s first go at state was a muddy, muddy mess, which definitely made it a little harder for the kids to compete. He was very proud to have a time of 6.2 with no broken barrier. After a great year in which he came close every time but never quite earned a buckle during the regular season, he finally broke through at the state finals and got his buckle.
• Dillon Sorensen, the son of Will and Richelle Sorensen from East Garland, had fun at the junior high rodeo finals in Heber City. he is a seventh grader at Alice C. Harris Intermediate and has worked hard to keep his grades up so that he can team rope with his partner, Cole Cook from Fountain Green, Utah. Dillon loves to catch heels and spends his evenings practicing.