Tuesday was the first night of the 21-and-under rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, featuring talented young cowboys and cowgirls competing in the same events the professionals do. The fair has a long history of supporting youth rodeo contestants from across the region.
The first event was girls breakaway roping, which is similar to tie-down calf roping except the calf simply pulls the rope free from the saddle horn when caught to stop the clock. Sierra Motley of Van Alstyne posted the top time with her run of 2.4 seconds. Jimmie Smith of McDade placed second with a time of 3.0 seconds. Coming in third at 3.5 was Cierra Doyal from Kingston, Okla.
McKinney cowboy Cody Askew won in bareback bronc riding with a score of 66. There were no other qualified rides.
Tie-down calf roping saw times close to the times put up during last weekend’s PRCA rodeo. A run of 12.3 was quick enough to place first for St. Jo roper Garrett Parker, followed by Decatur’s Chance Gasperson at 12.4. Dawson Parker of St. Jo came in third with his time of 14.1.
Team roping also saw some professional-quality runs. Quickest of the night at 6.9 seconds was the duo of Gasperson and Pilot Point’s Tyler Prcin. In second place with a time of 8.0 were Skeet Abbott of Rio Vista and Sterling Shoemaker of Cleburne. In third at 8.5 were Clay North and Dakota Tywater of Ponder.
Denton cowboy Ethan Hilliard won the saddle bronc competition with his score of 60. There were no other qualified rides.
Motley also won in girls goat tying with her run of 8.8 seconds. In second place with a time of 10.2 was Smith, and third went to Cooper cowgirl Savanna Waller with an 11.4.
Girls barrel racing, featuring more than 50 contestants, saw the tightest race for the top three spots with only 0.15 seconds separating first from third. Savanna Waller posted the fastest run with a time of 17.52, and Lindsey McCloud was second with her run of 17.55. Right behind her was Alexis Villareal with a time of 17.67.
There were no qualified rides in bull riding.