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Locals compete at state rodeo, reach nationals


Locals out of District 3 competed at the state rodeo last week in Pocatello.

Youth rodeo competitors across Idaho County placed high enough in their district to qualify — placing in the district’s Top 6 — for state competition in Pocatello. The state competition ran June 9-16 at the Bannock County Event Center, with the top qualifiers advancing to nationals and those placing fifth to 15th on to the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., June 30-July 7.

The following details about local qualifiers were provided to the Free Press by Carrie Marek:

Shada Edwards, 12, daughter of Dallas and Ronda Edwards, attends Clearwater Valley and is in the seventh grade. She competed in Pocatello in barrels, poles, goats, breakaway and team roping with her partner Kenzi Hansen. She placed fifth in the goats and will be advancing to Silver State in goats and breakaway.

Clay Marek, 13, son of Jim and Carrie Marek, attends GEMS and is in the sixth grade. He was all around cowboy in District 3 and competed in Pocatello in saddle bronc, breakaway, goats and ribbon roping with his partner Kenzi Hansen.

He placed seventh overall in breakaway and ninth overall in the goats and will be advancing to Silver State in saddle bronc, goats and breakaway.

Jaycee Marek, 17, daughter of Jim and Carrie Marek, graduated a year early from Grangeville High School. She competed at state in team roping and is now off to study nursing at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash.

Braden Brannan, son of Lee and Sherry Brannan, a junior at GHS, qualified to compete in Pocatello in team roping and tie down roping.

Dani Aiken, daughter of Ray and Jennifer Aiken, a sophomore, was all-around cowgirl in District 3 with her horse, Rose, receiving “horse of the year.”

She competed at state in barrels, breakaway and goats.

Colby Canaday, daughter of Gary and Lisa Canaday, is a sophomore at GHS.

She competed in poles at state ending 14th in the top 20 for the short go. She was reserve all around cowgirl in District 3.

Grace Vopat, daughter of Kevin and Leslie Vopat of Grangeville, and Lonna and Neely Smith of Liberty Lake, Wash., is a senior.

She placed fourth in barrels in Dist 3 and qualified and competed in barrels at state.


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