Ropes & Reins

Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo featured participants from throughout the West

Moab native Kesley Palmer finished in second place in the local barrel racing competition Sunday morning.
Photo by Anthony Militano

Cowboys and cowgirls from Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Kansas and Arizona had fun showing off their skills at the Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo over the weekend.

There was something for everyone: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Mutton bustin’ and pony stick rides kept the kids happy. Legendary clown and barrel man Ronald Burton kept the youngsters and the young at heart in stitches with his wacky props and comedy routines.

On Sunday, the third day of the rodeo, eight riders participated in a locals-only barrel race. Wendy Brant took first place with a pace time of 16.59 seconds. Kesley Palmer took second with 16.82, and Aspen Stinemates landed in third place with 16.86 seconds.

Josh Frost from Randlett took first in bull riding with 86 on a brute named Half Way to Hell. Garrett Smith and Dalan Duncan tied for second with a score of 78.

Taylor Hildreth from Olathe, Colorado took first in barrel racing with a time of 14.61 seconds. DeAnna Critton placed second with 14.71. Terri Wood Gates took third in 14.75 seconds.

Legendary rodeo clown and barrel man Ronald Burton experienced some car trouble.
Photo by Anthony Militano

Jack Hannum from Plain City locked up first place in tie-down roping in 9.6 seconds; Josh Frost from Randlett took second in 10.4 seconds; Colton Kofoed, of Bear River, Wyoming placed third in 11.5 seconds.

The famed Wright brothers from Milford won the saddle bronc riding event. Ryder came in first with 86 points, and Rusty took second with a score of 84.50. Stetson took third with 79.5 points.

Hagen Peterson from Delta and Jace Nielsen from Ogden wrapped up first place in team roping with 6.4 seconds. The team of Richard/Robinson placed second with 6.7. Jones/Evans took third place with 7.1.

Colton Mooney tackled first place in steer wrestling in 5.4. Chet Boren placed second in 5.7, and Jake Stocking placed third in 7.2 seconds.

Mason Clements, who makes his home in Draper, won a first place victory in bareback riding with an 85 on the horse Head Honcho. Tristan Hansen placed second with an 80 and Cole Reiner landed in third with 79.