Mud adds to the rodeo excitement

Imagine you are a young cowboy, about to take your first shot at wrestling a steer. Grab a very unhappy, fast and stubborn steer by the horns and twist the head until the steer flips onto its back. Sounds straightforward enough.

Now imagine the same scene in Sunday’s wet, sloppy mud.  Traction? None. The steer is dragging you across the arena, despite your cowboy boots trying to scrape an anchor hole. Welcome to chute dogging.

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Rodeo Association braved the slop, finishing up a two-day rodeo in Wellsville. Only two more rodeos are scheduled before the 2018 finals in Shale Knoll Arena in Annville, Pa.


Granted, all the cowboys/cowgirls from 5-18 had to deal with the sloppy conditions in one way or another, but rasslers seemed to get the worst of it. Sometimes the steers turned the tables on the boys, putting them face-first into the mud.

rassler face downPlenty of locals are leading the standings prior to Sunday’s results.

Taylor Reever of Thomasville is the girls 7-9 all-around leader (in scores posted prior to the Wellsville event) and Christian Kennard of Airville is the boys 14-18 all-around leader. Reever leads the list in pole racing and goat tying and is second in barrel racing. Kennard is second in calf roping, team roping and bull riding, and leads the pack in breakaway.

Other York Countians high on the results list —  sisters Kristine and Karina Evans of Delta, Annagrace Kennard (Airville), Logan Fortney (Lewisberry), Cassidy Latchaw (Dover) leads the 10-13 pole racers, and Emmah Hawkins (Lewisberry).

The next rodeo is scheduled for June 17 at Shale Knoll Arena.

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