Locals win at Douglas Junior Rodeo
Corley Raper emerged as a double winner, while Payson McGill and Reno Cash McGill turned in first-place performances in their events this past weekend during the Douglas County Junior Rodeo.
Raper won the senior girls goat tying on both Saturday and Sunday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. She clocked a time of 7.11 seconds on Saturday and then came back with a 7.82 on Sunday, more than one second ahead of her closest competition.
Earlier this summer, the Douglas High School junior captured the girls all-around championship at the prestigious Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca.
Payson McGill took first-place Sunday in the senior girls breakaway roping with a time of 2.68, winning by more than one-half second. Her sister, Denver McGill, placed fourth with a 3.69 and Raper placed ninth in 4.72.
Meanwhile, Reno McGill took first-place in the mini bareback pony riding with a score of 74.0 on Sunday. McGill also placed second in junior boys goat tying with an 11.44, a mere three-one hundredths of a second behind Joey Rawls, placed second in steer riding with a score of 71.00 and wound up as the reserve all-around junior cowboy. On Saturday, he took second-place in goat tying.
McKenzie Raper placed second Sunday in junior girls goat tying with a time of 9.70. On Saturday, she placed fifth in goat tying, sixth in breakaway and seventh in barrel racing.
Also on Saturday, Grace Pinochi and Audrey Topp placed second and fourth respectively in the junior girls (ages 6-13) breakaway roping. Pinochi and Raper also combined to place fourth in team roping.
Payson McGill placed third in Sunday’s goat tying with a 9.04. Denver McGill placed fourth in breakaway and fifth in team roping on Sunday.