Rodeo competitors earned valuable points during their fall season

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Some of Valencia County’s most talented high school cowgirls and cowboys earned points in the fall portion of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association’s 2012-13 season — including a defending national champion.

After Leia Pluemer won the average title in pole bending at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., in the summer, she got right back to work, winning the All-Around Cowgirl title in three of the NMHSRA’s five fall rodeos.

Jason W. Brooks-News-Bulletin photo: Leia Pluemer of Bosque Farms, shown here in a recent goat-tying demonstration, won the national title in pole bending at last summer’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. She is also one of the Valencia County athletes who earned points in the fall portion of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association’s 2012-13 season.

Several other athletes earned points as well. The top four athletes in each event, by points, at the end of the season in June, will advance to nationals.

Pluemer, a Bosque Farms resident, was one of four Valencia County athletes to compete in the 2012 national finals. Lorenzo Lara placed second in light rifle shooting for the second consecutive year, while goat tyer Lindsey Adcock and bareback rider Wyatt Harper also competed.

This year’s fall circuit began with a rodeo at Santa Rosa on the weekend of Aug. 25-26. Pluemer claimed the All-Around Cowgirl title there. The Hope Christian High senior won both rounds of the barrel racing, and was second and then first in pole bending. She had the best overall average in both events.

Pluemer also placed 10th in one of her breakaway-roping runs and eighth in the first goat-tying round.

Adcock, also a senior at Hope, won the overall average in goat tying at Santa Rosa with first- and fifth-place runs. She also placed ninth in a run of the breakaway, and took second in the first run of team roping, along with Corey Lefebre.

Lara placed sixth and then first in his two-second steer-wrestling runs at Santa Rosa. The Valencia High junior also placed sixth in the first go of calf roping.

Sterling Cowdrey was second in the final go of calf roping and third in both runs of steer wrestling.

A rodeo was held at Portales the weekend of Sept. 8-9. Pluemer didn’t take her usual horse, Rodeo, who had a shoe issue, and she took her colt, Repeat.

Pluemer still won the goat tying and cutting. She placed fifth and second in her goat runs, and was second and first in the two rounds of cutting.

She also tied with Adcock for first place in the second go of goat tying.

Adcock had the top time in the first round of goat tying, and won for best average for the weekend in the event. She also placed fifth in both the second round of the breakaway and, with Lefebre, in the first team-roping run.

Harper, who, like Lara, is a Valencia High junior, placed second in bull riding at Portales.

Lara won the steer wrestling competition by placing second in both rounds. He and team-roping partner Tyler Plant placed sixth and 10th in their two runs.

Cowdrey was fourth and third in his calf-roping runs. He paired with Avery Gonzales in team roping, and they placed first and seventh in their rounds.

Gonzales was sixth and eighth in her two attempts in goat tying.

Shelby Auge placed 10th in the second round of pole bending. The All-Around Cowgirl award for the Portales rodeo went to Tierra Gray of Lovington.

The following weekend at a rodeo in Grants, Pluemer regained her status as the top points cowgirl of the weekend. She won the goat tying with fourth- and first-place efforts, and won the cutting competition with two first-place runs.

Pluemer also placed ninth in the Sunday barrel racing round and was fourth in the second round of pole bending.

Adcock was sixth in the second go of the breakaway, first in the Saturday round of goat tying and ninth on Sunday, and 10th in the first go of team roping, with Lefebre.

Lara was sixth in the second round of calf roping, and was third in the first round of steer wrestling. Harper was third in saddle bronc riding, and Auge was eighth in the first run of the poles.

Another rodeo was held in Artesia the weekend of Sept. 29-30. LeighAnn Scribner of Edgewood was the All-Around Cowgirl.

Pluemer was seventh in the first go of the goats, sixth in the first run of the barrels, and fifth in both rounds of cutting.

Adcock won the goat-tying average, placing second in both rounds. She also took sixth in the first go of the breakaway, and she and Lefebre were seventh in the first go of team roping.

Lara was 10th in the second round of calf roping and paired with Saige Bell to place third in the first round of team roping.

Gonzales was fourth in the first round of the breakaway and ninth in the second round of the goats.

The final rodeo of the fall was held at Lovington the weekend of Oct. 12-13. Pluemer won the All-Around honor, winning both the barrel-racing and pole-bending average titles without placing before fourth in either event during the weekend.

She also placed eighth and seventh on her goat-tying runs.

Adcock again won the goats, placing second and then first.

Lara and Bell won the team-roping competition, in terms of weekend average. The pair placed second and sixth on their two runs.

Lara was also fourth and sixth on his steer-wrestling runs, and he placed sixth in the first go of calf roping.

Harper won the bareback riding, placing first in both rounds.

Cowdrey posted second- and eighth-place finishes in calf roping, was third in the first round of steer wrestling, and paired with Gonzales for ninth place in the first go of team roping.

Gonzales was third and ninth on her goat-tying runs. Auge was ninth in the first round of pole bending.

Meghan Meeks earned her only points of the fall by placing ninth in the second go of the breakaway, sixth in the first round of goat tying, and 10th in the second run of the goats.


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