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Tuesday, 16 August 2011 16:12

Youth rules Box Springs Rodeo

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By Darren Steinke
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Youth ruled the final day of the Box Springs rodeo.

This event, which runs under the Foothills Cowboys Association circuit, usually showcases the up and comers who hope to one day make a name for themselves on the professional circuit. Saturday night's final go-round at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede main grandstand didn't disappoint as a pair of young cowboys did their best to turn heads.

The first competitor to step into the spotlight was 18-year-old Dylan Bilton of Innisfail, who took part in the bareback and novice horse riding events.

In bareback, Bilton posted a 66-point ride on Wild Wood Flower to take the win. Things didn't go as well in the novice horse riding, where Bilton scored 60 points on Roan Ranger to finish third. Fellow Innisfail product Kelsey Koenning topped that event by scoring 67 points on Fire Bug.

The tie down roping title went to another youngster, 15-year-old Blair Smith of Wimborne. Entering Saturday's go-round, Shawn Miller's 10-second run from Friday night still stood as the top time.

Before Smith got a chance to rope, he watched Nanton's Kyle Foden jump to the top of the leaderboard with a run of 9.8 seconds. Smith was the next one up, and he just squeaked into first with a run of 9.7 seconds.

As for the other bucking events, three of the other overall winners came from Saturday night's go-round. Jake Brown of Eckville claimed the saddle bronc with a 74-point ride on Thin Lizzy, Lonnie West of Cadogan claimed the junior bull riding with a 66-point score, and Quillan Lowry of Millarville topped the bull riding, piling up 81 points on Halo.

Cooper Zur of Lundbreck won steer riding scoring 76 points during Friday's go-round.

Saturday morning's slack draw produced two winners in the timed events. Cam Leeson of Hinton took the steer wrestling title by taking down his steer in 5.1 seconds. The duo of Clint Weston from Cardston and Kyle Lucas of Carstairs claimed the team roping title with a time of 5.4 seconds.

Jayne Lauweryssen from Big Valley won ladies' barrel racing with a run of 18.044 seconds on Friday, and Kipty Terry from Raymond took the junior barrel racing title Saturday night with a run of 18.021 seconds.

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