79th Weiser Valley Roundup set to go July 11-13

Weiser’s Claire Walker will be running barrels both Thursday and Saturday in junior barrel racing during pre-rodeo action at the Weiser Valley Roundup next week. Walker qualified with two different horses for the events. Photo by Nancy Grindstaff
Nancy Grindstaff
 Area cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo fans from around the valley are all gearing up for three days of rodeo action at the 79th annual Weiser Valley Roundup, July 11, 12, and 13.
 For both Idaho Cowboys Association and Pro West Rodeo Association members the current rodeo season started back in late May, with next week’s Weiser Valley Roundup on the ICA’s list of “prime” rodeos.
 Pre-rodeo events will kick off all three nights at 7 p.m., featuring mutton bustin’, junior bull riding, novice and pee wee barrel racing, and wild cow milking. Buckles will be awarded to all local events winners.
 Each night will be packed with rough stock events, including bareback, saddlebronc, bull riding, and ranch bronc riding. Timed events include tie down roping, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing, breakaway roping, and team roping. Clark Rodeo Ranches is the 2024 stock contractor, and Dustin Christenson is on tap as this year’s announcer.
Pre-qualifiers held for 
two events
 In the first annual Weiser Valley Roundup barrel racing qualifier held at the Fred Hust Arena on June 26, barrel racers in three youth age divisions competed for prize money and one of nine open spots to run during the three days of the Roundup pre-rodeo timeslot, all based on the best qualifying times. A few of the barrel racers ended up qualifying for two runs on two different horses.
 The event gave young barrel racers and their horses a place to compete, while at the same time limiting the total number of novice, junior, and pee-wee racers during the WVR show. Three from each age division will run each evening during the 7 p.m. pre-rodeo events, with the main event starting at 8 p.m. nightly.
 Pee-wee racers, ages 8 and under, scheduled over the three evenings and their qualifying times are: Ella Logan, 19.226; Brindle Smith, 23.891; Gage Ashbaugh 24.009 and 25.801; Callie Larson, 26.649; Maddie Ingram, 26.763; Dalli Jo Cobb, 34.114; and Teal Cobb, time not available.
 Juniors to run, ranging from 9 to 13 years, are: Abigail Layton, 18.694; Lily Briggs, 18.936; Josie Jett Warrick, 19.191; Claire Walker, 19.398 and 20.083; Ella Lacey, 21.244; Coyle Cobb, 22.561; Katie Hordeman, 22.865; and Juliana Hearold, 23.213.
 Novice barrel racers range in age from 14 to 18, with the following qualifying for the rodeo: Kinley Post, 18.726; Kylie Branch, 18.732; Hazie Woodland, 18.751; Isabel Sweetwood, 18.768; Jayden Ashbaugh, 18.838; Hailey Zollinger, 19.098; Maddie Rambo, 19.134; Kali Waggoner, 19.164; and Mackenzie Wilson, 19.578.
 Action at the arena continued on Thursday, June 27, with the second annual Kathy Skow Memorial Team Roping. The top 12 open teams and top nine youth teams are going on to compete in the finals during the 8 p.m. main rodeo performances each evening. Set up in memory of Cove Creek rancher Skow a year ago, one-third of the cattle fees paid at the event are dedicated to Washington County Fair 4-H and FFA livestock sale add-on monies, divided equally among the exhibitors selling project animals at the annual fair in Cambridge. 
 Youth division teams qualifying to compete in the Roundup, with three teams on each night’s local team roping roster, are: Hannah Moyle and McKenzie Sprague; Ty Cobb and Jace Svedin; Hazie Woodland and Rozin Mason; Jace Svedin and Hannah Moyle; Hazie Woodland and Jace Svedin; Camden Svedin and Clay Svedin; Jace Svedin and Rozin Mason; Hazie Woodland and Hannah Moyle; and Josie Warrick and Rozin Mason. The fast time recorded that night was by Woodland and Mason, with a 9.7-second run.
 The 12 open teams, with the headers listed first and four teams competing each night, are: Jerry Cobb and Bryce Svedin; Callie Jo Arriola and Jace Svedin; Rozin Mason and Dally Mason; Rozin Mason and Luke York; Jerry Cobb and Denise Johnson; Maddie Cobb and Clay Merreck; Ty Mason and Dally Mason; Ty Johnson and Quinn Messersmith; Maddie Cobb and Dally Mason; Jerry Cobb and Quinn Messersmith; Callie Jo Arriola and Quinn Messersmith; and Josie Warrick and Tyler Woodland. The night’s best time was recorded by Ty and Dally Mason, with a 12.16-second run.
 The 2024 Weiser Valley Roundup promises a great time for all, so be sure to take it all in.


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