Colorado State High School Rodeo Finals held in Craig

Bianca O’Bryan and her barrel horse “Superstar” making a run at the Greeley High School Rodeo/Photo credit: Janelle Beach

The state of Colorado held its high school rodeo finals in Craig, May 23rd through 27th.  At the state finals there are two go rounds and a short go round to cap off the 2018-2019 rodeo season.  The top four in each event are recognized with prizes.  Those four qualify for the National High School Finals held in Rock Springs, WY in July.  Points and money were given in each go round and the average.  The rodeo athletes have been accumulating points from the eight rodeos that were held throughout the year (four in the fall and four in the spring).

Colorado has always been a state with stiff competition and is usually well represented at the national level. Colorado can boast having the 2018 National Barrel Racing Champion in Elle Eagles, who now college rodeos in Texas. To illustrate the numbers in the Colorado high school division, there are 56 barrel racers, 38 team roping teams, and 34 tie-down ropers, to name a few, competing for points and money. They come from every corner of the state with their best steed in tow.

Four area cowboys and cowgirls loaded the horse trailers and headed over the mountains to test their skills. Wiley residents, Wyatt and Wayttyn Wollert, children of Waco and Danielle Wollert, and Lamarites Bianca and Braxton O’Bryan, children of Shannon and Dawni O’Bryan traveled to the farthest place from Lamar in the state of Colorado-Craig America.

Colorado State High School Rodeo Results:

Go Round #1: (high school division) Bianca O’Bryan: Barrel racing 5th place 18.5 seconds, Pole bending 8th place 22.2 seconds   Braxton O’Bryan: Rifle shoot 3rd place 262 score

(junior high division) Wayttyn Wollert: Goat tying 7th place 10.9 seconds

Go Round #2: (high school)Bianca O’Bryan: Barrel racing 3rd place 17.9 seconds, Pole bending 12th place 21.9 seconds, Breakaway roping 9th place 4.84 seconds   Braxton O’Bryan: Rifle shoot 1st place 287 score, Team Roping 9th place with partner Sage Bader (Kim) 6.5 + 10 (barrier)   Wyatt Wollert: Team Roping 8th place with partner Heriberto Vazquez (Fort Lupton) 16.04

(junior high)Wayttyn Wollert: Goat tying split 6th place 10.95

Short Round (top 15)(high school): Braxton O’Bryan: Steer Wrestling 2nd place 7.68 seconds, Rifle shoot 3rd place 266 score  Wyatt Wollert:  Team Roping 6th place 31.32 seconds

(junior high)Wayttynn Wollert: Goat tying 1st place 8.59 seconds


Average Winners: Bianca O’Bryan took 2nd place in the average in barrel racing, Wyatt Wollert took 6th place in the average in the team roping, Braxton O’Bryan took 5th place in the average in the steer wrestling and 3rd place in the average in the rifle shooting, Wayttyn Wollert took 2nd in the average in the goat tying.


National qualifiers: Braxton O’Bryan in the Rifle Shooting (Overall 2nd place in the state)

Wyatt Wollert in the Cutting (Overall Champion) and in the Team Roping (Overall 4th place in the state)




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