Cowboys, cowgirls head to rodeo State Championships


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SUBLETTE COUNTY – This weekend is the Wyoming High School Rodeo State Championships in Douglas. From here cowboys and cowgirls will qualify to compete in the national championships in Lincoln, Neb.

The list includes several Sublette County cowboys and cowgirls, all vying for a spot in the national championships.

Jaspur Brower of Big Piney is among the top seven in bareback riding.

The barrel-racing field is highlighted by Big Piney’s Cedar Stewart. Sublette County adjacent competitors are Sydney Jones of Farson and Morgan Watts of Eden. There are total of 38 barrel racers to compete.

Breakaway roping also features a large field with a total of 37 competitors entered. Among those competitors are Big Piney’s Cassidy Espenscheid and Farson’s Sydney Jones.

A total of 18 bull riders make up that field, which includes Big Piney’s Jaspur Brower, as well as Farson riders Cashton and Cree Jones.

Eden’s Morgan Watts is set to compete in goat tying.

Sharianne Brower of Big Piney is the only one set to compete in the nine-person field for the light rifle competition.

Big Piney’s Cedar Stewart is also competing among the 33 entries in the pole bending competition.

Sublette County youngsters will also compete in the team roping portion. Big Piney’s Cassidy Espenscheid and Cora’s Richard Schouboe, a graduating senior at Pinedale, will be competing. Espenscheid heads and Schouboe is the heeler in that combination. Jade Espenscheid of Big Piney is also competing as the heeler in a team with Buffalo’s Coy Johnson. Farson’s Tanner Williams is the heeler with Wheatland’s Rayne Grant heading in their team.

Big Piney’s Jade Espenscheid is set to compete in the tie-down calf roping. She is the only Sublette resident, or close to it, in that category.

There is no competitor from Sublette or near its borders competing in trap shooting, saddle bronc, reined cow horse, queen contest, pole bending or either girls’ or boys’ cutting.