Cowboy up! Carson/Douglas hosts Rodeo
April 13, 2004
The Carson/Douglas High School Rodeo Club hosted the Carson/Douglas Rodeo at Fuji Park over the weekend, drawing large crowds for both the Saturday and Sunday performances.
Fallon’s Tyson Torvik captured the all-around cowboy award Saturday and Alamo’s Tony Steele was named reserve. Alamo’s Haylee Turley was named all-around cowgirl and Kerinne Arnold earned reserve.
Carson-Douglas’ Aaron Heberger teamed with Torvik to claim the team roping crown Saturday.
Heading into the weekend, Heberger stood ninth in the season’s all-around totals with 196.5 points and Douglas’ Keston Denny was 15th with 144.5 points.
The Carson-Douglas club has 21 athletes, the majority of which hail from Douglas County, who compete in 11 events: barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, breakaway roping, team roping, bull riding, bareback riding, bronc riding, calf roping and steer wrestling.
The athletes put on the rodeo at a cost of about $17,000 and compete around the state all year.
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They are required to meet certain academic standards but receive no financial support from the school system, as the club is not affiliated with the district.
Directors of the Carson/Douglas club welcome any interested individuals to join.
“We feel rodeo is an important part of the western heritage and are proud to be a part of it,” said state director Sue Coffey. “The students learn many skills, not only in their events, but life skills as well.
“They have to become disciplined in their training and responsible for their livestock. Being a good sport and having respect for others has always been a priority in rodeo.”
For more information on the Carson/Douglas club, call Norm Denny at (775) 691-7101 or Sue Coffey at (775) 882-5990.