HPJRA FINALS: Quick start helps Tularosa competitor

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers

The first one out of the chute may be the victim of some nerves, but there are advantages to that, too.

On Friday afternoon, Tularosa’s Lon Danley was the first to go in the 9-12 steer riding competition. Danley had one thing in mind as his steer, with him aboard, bolted into Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena.

“Set the pace,” said Danley, who did just that by scoring a 74.

What was at stake for Danley and his fellow youthful competitors at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals was a place in today’s final performance, starting at 9 a.m. The top five times or scores advance to the final short-go in each event.

Knowing that the previous best in steer riding was a score of 73, Danley’s time practically assured him a spot in the championship round and, sure enough, no other competitor in his division scored above a 70 on Friday.

The 13-year-old admitted to a touch of nervousness, nevertheless.

“A little bit,” said Danley, who combats anxiety by thinking of the consequences of getting thrown before the critical eight-second mark.

“I’ve been on that steer four times now; he’s a pretty good steer. He doesn’t have (a name), just ‘Number Nine.’ I just think about what it’s gonna do if I fall off of him and it makes me stay on top of him.”

In the 9-12 boys double-mugging event, Jace Davis of Capitan was the one of the first competitors as well to get his chance. The youngster, after recording a time of 13.52 seconds, studiously avoided watching the other entrants while he fixed the equipment on his horse.

“I just had a good feeling about it,” explained Davis, who did end up having the best time of the day.

Davis’ other try in the double-mugging, earlier in the week, was a no time as he failed to lasso his quarry. That put the youngster in a precarious position, in hopes of making the finals, heading into his final attempt on Friday.

“I was kind of upset, because I really wanted to make it in this event,” the 10-year-old said. “But I think I’m probably going to make it now.

“I thought I had to go pretty fast, so I could make it to the short-go. My dad told me it had to be 13 (seconds) and that’s what I did.”

Others knew that the Saturday finale would be out of reach, no matter how well they did on Friday. In goat tying, the five finalists are chosen based on the combined times of two runs. Even though Tierra Gray entered the HPJRA Finals week with the overall season lead in the 9-to-12 category, a subpar time earlier in the week meant she probably wouldn’t get into the last short-go.

“I had a bad run, my first run. It all went wrong,” said Gray, who said that everything was just the opposite in her 9.24 second run on Friday — the fastest of the day.

“It felt good,” said the 12-year-old from Lovington.

HPJRA Finals
At Curry County
Mounted Patrol Arena
Round 1 results
8-under calf riding: 1. Shad Mayfield 61; 2. Tanner Freeman 58; 3. Jake Cleavinger 56.

9-12 steer riding: 1. Wesley Gudgell 74; 2. Jarrett Parson 72; 3/4. Lon Danley and Jayden Kirkpatrick 69; 5/6. Bryce Howe and Kenan Isbell 68.

13-15 chute dogging: 1. Pecos Thomas 1.73; 2. Logan Medlin 2.30; 3. Seaver Tate 2.74; 4. Mike Hillman 3.34; 5. Casey Furgeson 3.68.

8-under barrels: 1. Saige Bell 17.431; 2. Kennedy Kirkpatrick 17.458; 3. Loryn Danley 17.575; 4 Shelby Mayfield 17.637; 5. Audrey Wrenn 17.845.

9-12 barrels: 1. Lexi Masono 16.876; 2. Kynzie Rae McNeill 16.934; 3. Janesa Garcia 1.6991; 4. Kellie Collier 17.001; 5. Matti Smith 17.050.

13-15 barrels: 1. Nicole Sweazea 16.928; 2. Kate Rowan 16.983; 3. K-Rae Hendley 17.117; 4. Ashlee Howard 17.258; 5. Breely Kirkpatrick 17.259.

16-19 barrels: 1. Stephanie Rodriguez 17.062; 2. Kelbi Arfsten 17.148; 3. Skye Sellers 17.195; 4. Nichole McBride 19.323; 5. Andrea Ortiz 19.579.

8-under goat tying: 1. Jabin Rice 12.52; 2. Audrey Wren 14.80; 3. Tanner Freeman 15.15; 4. Saige Bell 15.42; 5. Jesse Valdez 16.01.

9-12 goat tying: 1. Kellie Collier 10.07; 2. Abby Medlin 10.54; 3. Janesa Garcia 10.61; 4. Kynzie Rae McNeill 10.96; 5. Kenna Sullivan 11.32.

13-15 goat tying: 1. Jessie Kirkes 7.85; 2. Ashlee Howard 8.63; 3. Kashli Arfsten 9.15; 4. Nicole Sweazea 9.42; 5. K-Rae Hendley 9.43.

16-19 goat tying: 1. Kelbi Arfsten 11.55; 2. Skye Sellers 20.23.

8-under poles: 1. Kennedy Kirkpatrick 21.214; 2. Tristyn McDaniel 21.696; 3. Tanner Freeman 22.230; 4. Loryn Danley 22.460; 5. Audrey Wren 23.269.

9-12 poles: 1. Abby Medlin 21.006; 2. Lexi Mason 21.913; 3. Taylor Presnell 22.304; 4. Emily Logan 25.126; 5. Kellie Collier 25.798.

13-15 poles: 1. Jessie Kirkes 21.051; 2. Ashlee Howard 22.796; 3. Corie Burress 24.500; 4. Kashli Arfsten 26.324; 5. Nicole Sweazea 26.764.

16-19 poles: 1. Stephanie Rodriguez 22.477; 2. Skye Slelers 22.810.

9-12 calf touch: 1. Trevor Hedeman 5.18; 2. Aaron Macy 5.78; 3. Jarrett Parson 6.61; 4. Jace Davis 7.50; 5. Brody Stallard 7.72.

13-15 calf roping: 1. Lane Hedeman 11.57; 2. Quay Howard 11.74; 3. Trent Bilberry 12.16; 4. Lucas Screws 12.40; 5. Rawley Stallard 13.30.

16-19 calf roping: 1. Sterling Smith 9.69; 2. Dustin McDaniel 10.91; 3. Sterling Smith 12.26; 4. Dusty Anderson 14.10; 5. Trent McDonald 15.91.

9-12 girls breakaway: 1. Abby Medlin 2.76; 2. Kynzie Rae McNeill 471; 3. Janesa Garcia 12.51; 4. Teryn Tate 15.02; 5. Kellie Collier 15.52.

9-12 boys breakaway: 1. Jace Davis 3.51; 2. Brent Ivy 3.87; 3. Bryce Howe 3.89 ; 4. Brody Stallard 4.13; 5. Jacob Gudgell 4.61.

13-15 girls breakaway: 1. K-Rae Hendley 3.68; 2. Nicole Sweazea 6.25; 3. Jessie Kirkes 13.04.

13-15 boys breakaway: 1/2. Caleb Christian and Lucas Screws 2.59; 3. Seaver Tate 2.95; 4. Hayden Moore 3.27; 5. Hadley Howe 3.62.
16-19 girls breakaway: 1. Kelbi Arfsten 3.05; 2. Skye Sellers 3.65; 3. Skye Sellers 3.66.

9-12 steer breakaway: 1. Lexi Mason 3.530; 2. Janesa Garcia 4.320; 3. Brody Stallard 5.060; 4. Wesley Gudgell 6.020; 5. Jarrett Parson 7.320.

16-19 team roping: 1. Ethan McDaniel-Dustin McDaniel 5.900; 2. Dakota Williams-Dustin McDaniel 7.410; 3. MiShae Griffiin-Bill Herring 9.360; 4. Jeremy Allen-Tanner Allen 9.390; 5. Colt Smith-Cody Anthony 10.900.

13-15 team roping: 1. Quay Howard-Logan Medlin 7.26; 2. Ty Anderson-Tanner Garcia 8.02; 3. Lane Ivy-Landon Williams 9.26; 4. Pryce Harris-Seth Barber 12.28; 5. Lane Ivy-Logan Medlin 13.17.

9-12 team roping: 1. Trevor Hedeman-Brent Ivy 6.21; 2. Jace Davis-Cade Passig 9.04; 3. Aaron Macy-Brent Ivy 9.39; 4. Kersti Davis-Cade Passig 11.99.

9-12 double mugging: 1. Bradley Guin 13.85; 2. Bryce Howe 14.63; 3. Brody Stallard 14.64; 4. Jeremy Davidson 14.79; 5. Jarrett Parson 17.50.

13-15 girls ribbon ropling: 1. Breely Kirkpatrick 11.45; 2. Tegan Mills 12.87; 3. Jessie Kirkes 14.04; 4. K-Rae Hendley 14.93; 5. Nicole Sweazea 24.29.

13-15 boys ribbon roping: 1. Landon Williams 8.59; 2. Spur Valdez 10.32; 3. Rawley Stallard 11.00; 4. Pryce Harris 12.27; 5. Seaver Tate 15.78.