On Saturday, September 17th, hundreds of trucks pulling horse trailers converged on Mt. Pleasant for the Utah High School Rodeo Association competition hosted by Wasatch Academy. Wasatch’s first rodeo event welcomed over 390 athletes to compete in different events throughout the day including bull riding, barrel racing, pole bending, and cow cutting, to name a few. The event created quite the draw as spectators from around the state proudly joined together to cheer on rodeo athletes.
Wasatch Academy junior, Jaden Tree, a day student from Mount Pleasant, competed in the Boys Cow Cutting event, placing first with a score of 72.0 points. Tree currently sits in eighth place in the all-around with the highest score of any of the high school cowboys. Jaden also participated in tie-down roping and finished with a time of 23.75, taking 28th out of 103 entrants.
Wasatch Academy freshman Annie Okleberry finished just shy of the top 10 in pole bending with a time of 21.774. There were 116 contestants. Teammate senior Claire Waldrop finished 21st in pole bending with a time of 22.141. Claire also entered the barrel racing event and crossed the finish line with a time of 16.617 seconds, placing her in 46th out of 132 participants.
Shannon Smith, Wasatch Academy rodeo secretary, said, “Overall the event was a success. We are looking forward to hosting more rodeos in the future. We are thankful to be part of the Utah High School Rodeo Association and seeing our program grow.”