Four of Fallon’s up and coming stars have hit the big time.
Jayden Jensen, a sixth-grade student at Oasis Academy, qualified for the Nevada team’s National Junior High rodeo squad. The rodeo runs from June 21-27 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jensen will compete in the .22 rifle shoot, team roping, pole bending and the rookie cowgirl events for the Fallon Rodeo Club.
The rodeo features about 1,000 participants from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. It is the world’s largest junior high rodeo and the athletes will compete for more than $100,000 in college scholarships.
Joining her are Chloe Lambert and Ashley Pucceti-Price, who each placed second in goat tying and pole bending, respectively, during the Nevada State Junior High School Rodeo in Winnemucca on May 22-23.
Fallon’s Jace McEwen, an eighth-grade student at Silver State Charter School, also qualified in team roping and tie-down roping. He was also awarded the “Put Your Best Foot Forward” award sponsored by Ariat Boots. This award recognizes McEwen as consistently “giving his all” in and out of the arena.
Jensen finished second in team roping average, third in ribbon roping and fourth in breakaway roping.
In the first go, Jensen won the breakaway, was second in ribbon roping and third in the rifle shoot. She came back in the second go with a win in the breakaway, third in team and ribbon roping and was seventh in pole bending.
She continued her strong rodeo in the short go by taking second in team roping and third in pole bending.
As a result of her effort, Jensen was awarded the 2014-15 Rookie Cowgirl and qualified for nationals.
Lambert, meanwhile, was eighth in goat tying after the first go, but took second in the second go along with a fifth-place finish in breakaway. She continued her rise by winning the short go in goat tying to qualify.
Pucceti-Price started hot by winning the pole bending event in the first go and followed with a second-place finish in the short go.
As for the rest of the club in the first go, Jayme Waggoner was third in team roping, ninth in barrel racing and eighth in the rifle shoot. She followed with a sixth-place finish in barrel racing in the second go and was eighth in pole bending.
Triton Desmond placed fifth in boys goat tying in the first go and fifth in team roping with partner Amanda Carey, who also placed 10th in rifle.
The high school club, meanwhile, competed at the Eureka High School Rodeo on May 24-25.
Caleb Hendrix won the boys cutting, while his brother, Cord Hendrix, took fourth. Also taking fourth was Jessica Gomes in girls cutting.
Mackay Spyrow took seventh in tie-down roping and team roping with partner Jordan Taylor. Jes Tews was ninth in tie-down, while Matt and Sam Goings tied for 10th. Sydney Felton added a fourth-place finish in girls breakaway, while Leighton Beyer was 10th, but she finished third in barrel racing.
In the second go, Beyer took second in team roping and 10th in goat tying, while Joleen Weir placed third in barrel racing.
Tews took fourth in team roping, while Spyrow was ninth.
Cord Hendrix was second in cutting and Caleb Hendrix sixth, while Gomes placed second.
Information was provided by Fallon Rodeo Club members Jayme Waggoner and Chloe Lambert.