We certainly saw some great performances from local arena athletes over the weekend. We had high school and junior high athletes brave the wind at the first high school/junior high rodeo at home in years. Elsewhere, the CWU Rodeo team put together an exclamation point on its regular season by qualifying four ropers to mid-June’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

Let’s start locally here as we had many secondary school students compete in the windy confines of the Ellensburg Rodeo arena with a handful of athletes taking home top 10 honors.

Coming in with the most top 10 finishes was Kittitas sixth-grader Kassidy Bremner. Bremner finished second both days in barrel racing (19.269 and 18.594 seconds), she won Saturday’s pole bending in 22.212 seconds and was second in Friday’s breakaway in 4.38 seconds. In goat tying, she finished fourth (13.0) and third (11.38). Her middle school teammate Audrey Wolfenbarger finished fifth (23.782 seconds) and fourth (23.695) in poles and was eighth in goats. She was just out of the top 10 in both days of barrel racing.

Their high school counterparts also had flashes of success as well. Annie Minor had a solid weekend in breakaway, winning Sunday’s round with a 3.19-second calf and placing sixth on Saturday with a 4.23. In team roping, Minor, with Guy Ring, was third on Saturday with a 13.94-second steer.

Brennan Maletzke and Kyle Tutor had second-place finishes in their respective events. Maletzke scored 48 points in Sunday’s saddle bronc and Tutor, heeling for Payton Segerman, was second in Sunday’s team roping with a 15.57-second steer. Segerman/Tutor finished fourth on Saturday (14.68).

Cynthia Johnson placed in both days of breakaway. Her 4.77-second calf on Saturday was 8th, but her 5.7 on Sunday was seventh. In barrels on Saturday, she was sixth with an 18.46-second pattern.

Cora Clift’s 4.97 in Saturday’s breakaway was ninth on the afternoon.

For CWU, the regular season is complete, but the post season looms for four ropers.

Trey Recanzone finished first in tie-down roping in college rodeo’s Northwest Region. Better yet, he’s the top-ranked calf roper in the entire nation, just ahead of second-place roper Preston Pederson of Blue Mountain Community College.

Wade Bruemmer, who was fifth in the region’s tie-down standings, heads to Casper with Lewis and Clark State College’s Dillon Bahem in team roping as the duo finished second in the region. Close behind is the CWU partnership of Riley Eres and Chance Gleave, who was third. Bruemmer and Bahem are eighth in the nation. Eres and Gleave are in the top 20. Of course, the slate is wiped clean once the CNFR begins for Recanzone, Bruemmer, Eres and Gleave.

Finishing outside of qualifying for Casper was Michael Anderson, who with Recanzone, finished ninth in the Northwest’s team roping standings. CWU’s Taylor Turner, who roped with Walla Walla Community College’s Joely Patnode, was 15th.

CWU was well-represented in barrel racing with Turner, Camille Morris and Leah Miller finishing sixth, seventh and eighth in the region and Bailey Nachtigal 13th. Unfortunately, they all missed the CNFR cut.

Let’s switch gears a bit, while keeping it local. The inaugural Clem Kayser Memorial Roping takes place this Sunday and I can’t wait. I’ve sorely missed the Ellensburg 5 Header and this brings back that kind of flavor with new twists. We’ll talk about this a little more with a preview later this week, but we’re going to see some of the top calf ropers and breakaway ropers from the Northwest and beyond vying for go-round and average money as well as a qualifying spot in The American semifinal circuit of rodeos.

Join me at WestStar to watch it unfold.

Jon Guddat covers rodeo — from the kids to the kids at heart — with a weekly rodeo column in the Daily Record. Contact Jon with story ideas at jonguddat@yahoo.com.

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