The second night of the 21 and Under Rodeo on Wednesday at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo again featured some of the most talented up-and-coming cowboys and cowgirls.
Under clear skies and balmy temperatures, a near-capacity crowd turned out to watch the young contestants.
Beginning with girls breakaway roping, the performance was off to an exciting start when Aubrey’s Sadie Hairford posted an impressive time of 2.9 seconds to win the event. Nearly a full second behind her in second place was Madison Butler (3.8) of Sunset. In third was Sierra Motley (3.9).
The bareback bronc riders were shut out, with no qualified rides. The saddle bronc riders fared a little better, but not by much, with only Krum cowboy Dillon Wight making the whistle to mark a 72 for the win.
Logan Loiselle won the tie-down calf roping with a time of 9.3 seconds, while Taylor Stout finished in second place with an 11.5 run, and Ryan Rule was third with a 12.3.
Team ropers had a tough night measuring up to the standard set by Colt Ritzel of Sanger and his partner, Dakota Wing of Keller. The winning duo roped their draw in 6.6 seconds to best their nearest challengers by nearly eight seconds. Caleb Butler and Bret Stewart had a time of 13.9 to finish second. Ritzel and Wing also teamed up to finish third (15.0) as they switched the heading and heeling duties.
There was a tie for first in girls goat tying, with both Madison Butler and Sierra Motley putting up a time of 9.6 seconds. In third place was Sadie Hairford with a 10.6.
Sanger cowgirl Larissa Fulton put up a time of 17.79 to win the barrel racing event, followed by Whitney Chandler of Celina with an 18.14. Kacey Carmack of Justin was third with a time of 18.23.
The bull riders finally got some bulls covered Wednesday night to record some scores. Tye Chandler of Celina led the pack with his score of 69, while Dane Pharriss of Celina and Jeb Bennett from Lake Dallas both posted a 68 to tie for second.