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Local riders shine at state rodeo

Rylee Dick curves around a barrel during her turn at the barrel-race competition. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

The bulls and broncos were bucking, the goats and calves were running and the cowboys and cowgirls were riding and roping on Wednesday and Thursday at the Utah High School Rodeo state finals in Heber.

South Summit High School junior Rylee Dick led all competitors in the goat-tying event going into Friday’s final round.

She said her 14-year-old quarter horse was running well during the competition.

"I was really happy with my run," she said on Thursday. "It felt good and smooth."

She was hoping her momentum carried over to her performance on Friday night (after this issue went to press).

"I just want to have another clean, consistent run," she said.

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Dick, who is also competing in the barrel-racing event, among others, is currently in the lead for the all-around title. She said she’s trying not to let the pressure get to her.

"I’m just trying to take it all in," she said. "Hopefully I can keep doing well."

North Summit senior Cassidy Black, who won the Silver State International Rodeo queen competition last year, is currently tenth in the barrel-racing event.

For Black, the first two days of the rodeo were full of highs and lows.

"I was struggling today," she said on Thursday afternoon. "But I was really happy with my performance Wednesday morning. I was really happy with Sassy’s (her horse) first run. We got delayed on the second and third runs, but that was my fault more than hers."

But, for her rides Friday and today, Black said she’d focus on making the most of her last high school event.

"It’s really bittersweet," she said. "I’ve been going to events with these guys all four years (of high school). I’ll still get to see them, but not as often."

South Summit’s Garrett Crystal and Breydon Crystal are in fourth place in the team-roping competition, tying up their calf in 9.489 seconds.

Today’s events begin at 1 p.m. with the championship round of cow cutting. The final awards presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Today’s High School Rodeo Schedule

  • 1 p.m. Championship Round Of Cow Cutting
  • 2:45-4 p.m. Pre-Rodeo Entertainment
  • 4:45 p.m. Grand Entry
  • 5 p.m. Wrangler Championship Performance
  • 8 p.m. Awards Presentations