by nathan oster
Rodeo fans converged on Greybull’s Days of ’49 Friday night for the third leg of this year’s Big Horn Basin Rodeo Circuit.
Weather conditions were ideal as cowboys and cowgirls of all ages competed in the various roping and riding events.
Dawson Wood won the ranch bronc riding, posting a score of 80. Levi Glemm was second with a 78, followed by Curt McNabb with a 76.
Tate Edeler was the only calf roper to post a score, winning with a time of 13.9 seconds.
In the junior barrels, first place went to Aspen Leonhardt who posted a time of 17.462. Emery Jo Nicholas was second with an 18.974, followed by Josie Steed in third with a 19.462.
Della Epler won a very competitive women’s barrel racing, where less than a half second separated the top four finishers. Epler posted an 18.31. Jessica Norris was second (18.564), Shyla Nicholas third (18.623) and DeeDee Anders fourth (18.659).
Wheaton and Stan Williams won the team roping with a time of 7.83 seconds. Scott and J.T. Collingwood were second with an 8.43. J.T. was also part of the third-place team, joining forces with Casey Good to post a 9.45.
Jayce Sorensen was easily the best in kids breakaway, finishing in a time of 5.94. Mason Trollinger was second with a 12.88.
The top three finishers in the steer riding were Caden Gines (73), Jake Schlattmann (71) and Sorensen (69).
The saddle bronc winnings were split by the top two finishers, Chance Darling and Chris Williams. Each posted a 69.
Jayce Sorensen was a double winner in Saturday afternoon’s kids rodeo, as the soon-to-be seventh grader at Greybull Middle School took first place in both the breakaway roping and steer riding.
Tel Edeler of Greybull won the sheep riding.
Aspen Aguirre of Powell topped the field in poles.
In the barrel racing, Colt Collingwood of Greybull won the 6-and-under division, Emery Jo Nichols of Riverton ruled the 7-9 division, and Aspen Leonhardt and Jacque Leonhardt, both of Cowley, claimed victory in the 10-14 and 15-18 divisions, respectively.
In the merchant roping, where local businesses sponsor roper/runner teams, first place went to the Smokehouse, followed in second by the Bank of Greybull and in third by the Greybull Standard.