Pluemer, Adcock among points leaders

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Some of Valencia County's most talented high school cowgirls and cowboys will attempt to earn trips to Wyoming this year.

For some, Rock Springs, Wyo., doesn't sound like a vacation paradise. But this year, it's the best vacation spot any high school rodeo athlete can get — especially if it's the week of July 14-20, when the National High School Finals Rodeo will be held there.

Some of the county's finest young cowgirls and cowboys are looking to make a return trip to nationals.

The spring portion of the 2012-13 season features five rodeos, beginning with a March 23-24 event in Farmington. The state finals are set for June 5-9 in Lovington, and the top four season point-earners in each rodeo event advance to nationals.

Leia 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.

Pluemer won the national championship in pole bending. In the fall, the Hope Christian High senior got right back to work, winning the All-Around Cowgirl title in three of the NMHSRA's five 2012-13 fall rodeos.

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.

Adcock, also a senior at Hope, won the overall average in goat tying at Santa Rosa with first- and fifth-place runs. She has earned points in goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping, with her partner, Corey Lefebre.

Lara has earned steer-wrestling and calf-roping points. The Valencia High junior also paired with partners Tyler Plant and Saige Bell to earn team-roping points.

Sterling Cowdrey has earned points in calf roping, and paired with Avery Gonzales in team roping,

Harper, who, like Lara, is a Valencia High junior, earned bull riding points.

Shelby Auge placed in the top 10 more than once in pole bending during he fall. Meghan Meeks earned breakaway and goat-tying points.


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