Brooke Swaffield, Wade Roberts impress at National High School Rodeo Finals

Last week, July 14 to 20, Peace Region cowboys and cowgirls were in Rock Springs, Wyoming, for the 2019 National High School Rodeo Finals.

While no-one was able to make a short go, both Brooke Swaffield of Dawson Creek and Wade Roberts of Charlie Lake had strong showings, and came close to making the finals. Swaffield finished 13th on average in goat tying of 173 competitors, while Roberts was 18th in average in steer wrestling out of 113 riders. 

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Swaffield also finished 59th of 185 cowgirls in barrel racing and 74th of 101 in girl's cutting. 

Daylyn Callison of Fort St. John, Aspen Wollen of Baldonnel, Wyatte Copeland of Rose Prairie, and Brittany Ollenberger from Pink Mountain were also in Wyoming for nationals.

Wollen was 40th in pole bending and 82nd in barrel racing, while Callison finished in 70th place for pole bending. Copeland finished 49th in boys cutting, and Ollenberger came 147th in barrels.

Gracie Chapple from Fort St. John represented the region as the British Columbia Rodeo Queen.

These athletes, along with more senior and junior riders, will be in Merritt this weekend, July 27 to 29, for the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals. 

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