Practice, Practice, Practice Brings Big Rewards

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By Julie Johansen

It is not unusual to find Hayden Cloward in a practice arena after school every night, and it has paid off for this Emery High rodeo team member. Cloward has won all around honors at one of the rodeos for the last two weekends. At the Bear River High Rodeo in Tremonton, he was first in team roping and sixth in tie down, capturing the all-around awards. He is currently leading the state in tie down points and second in team roping with partner Kash Catoor from the Cedar Club.

Hayden has earned a full ride scholarship to join his brother Hadley to rope for the South Plains Texas College rodeo team. With his concurrent enrollment classes at Emery High, he will be able to obtain his welding certificate as well as an associate degree while at South Plains.

Other rodeo news from the past weekend includes a first and third place finish for Kolton Rhodes in the rifle shoot as well as a ninth place finish in the trap shoot. Kagen Rhodes had two fourth place finishes in the rifle and sixth place honors in the trap shoot. The Rhodes boys are both members of the Carbon High rodeo team.

Emery High rodeo team members Riata Christiansen captured first and Korby Christiansen third in the reined cow horse competition in Logan at the Bridgerland High School Rodeo on Friday, May 4. Riata was also eighth in goat tying.

This coming weekend ends the regular scheduled high school rodeos for the 2017-18 season. The teams will travel to Heber on Thursday and Friday, and Morgan on Saturday. Then, those who have qualified will be practicing hard for state finals on June 4-9 in Heber City, Utah.

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