California District 6 High School Rodeo Teams take home third, sixth place finishes

The High School National Rodeo Finals are behind us, and the District 6 team came home with some achievements.

The girls’ team rounded out the finals ranked third in the nation overall. The boys’ team finished sixth overall, and the combined teams ranked 8th in the nation.

Taylor Strohl, the team’s first-year cutting competitor, placed third in her division. She won her second round and the short go (the finals), ending with an average score of 437. She is now on her way to the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma with two of her horses qualified.

Reed Neely placed 35th of the 145 competitors in bronc riding. The rough stock was just that – rough – and many of the young men competing found their matches among the broncs and bulls. There were no serious injuries acquired by any of the competitors.

The tie down calves were also giving competitors a run, and Cole Dodds was no exception. Though it was rough luck, his scores were still enough to keep the team in the Top 10. Cole’s brother, Cobie, competed in trap shooting, and found the same struggles. However, both boys believed it was an amazing experience that allowed them to gain a better understanding of what to expect the next time they qualify for Nationals.

Sisters Andee and Bailee Poole did well in their respective events. Bailee, competing for Queen, placed third in the horsemanship test, though didn’t quite make the Top 10. Andee faced the goats, the poles, and the breakaway calves. Her scores didn’t send her further, but they proved she belonged at Nationals and will be a force to be reckoned with next time around.