High school kids get ready to rodeo

September 18, 2003 11:00 pm
RODEO RIDER: Kyler Wright of Union will be one of the local high school cowgirls competing at the Eastern Oregon High School Rodeo this weekend at Mavericks Arena in La Grande. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
RODEO RIDER: Kyler Wright of Union will be one of the local high school cowgirls competing at the Eastern Oregon High School Rodeo this weekend at Mavericks Arena in La Grande. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

It's time to rodeo!

The Eastern Oregon High School Rodeo is set for Mavericks Arena Saturday and Sunday.

Powder Valley High School junior Justin Deal will tackle steers Saturday.

"I love to win," he said. "I go to win every time."

Deal said his cousin, Diehl Hiner, influenced him to try steer wrestling.

Hiner competed well in the College National Finals Rodeo, Deal said.

Savannah Shroyer, a freshman at Powder Valley, will compete in barrel racing and breakaway roping. Her favorite event is the breakaway.

"It's roping," she said. "I've roped since I was little."She explained why she enjoys rodeo so much.

"It's a good sport to meet friends and stuff," Shroyer said.

Kelsey Gordon of Summerville, a La Grande High School student, is competing in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying.

She said barrel racing is her main event.

"It's challenging," she said. "It's exciting. It's fun. I like speed and competition."

She said her horse is pretty fast.

Savana Dillman, a Baker High School sophomore, is entered in multiple events. She will be competing in goat tying, breakaway, team roping and pole bending. She said her favorite event is breakaway.

"I have the ability to rope," she said. "I like the excitement of being quick. I like to be quick at what I do."

Dillman said she has always loved riding horses.

Several other cowgirls from the Eastern Oregon High School Rodeo Club will be participating this weekend, including Kyler Wright, Chelsey Haywood, Amanda McLean of Halfway, and Kaitlyn Brown of North Powder.

Slack is at 8 a.m. Saturday with the performance at 1 p.m. at the arena in north La Grande.

Cutting will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday in North Powder at the Little Creek Ranch.

The performance will be held at Mavericks Arena at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. A child under six will be admitted free with an adult.