Tying up the Nation
By her own estimation, Bosque’s Lyndsey Orris was seconds away from either winning a national championship in goat tying or finishing 20th at the recent National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa.
Orris was atop the leader board in goat tying after round one of the three-round event, but came in fourth in round two, placing her in second going into the “short go” round on Saturday, July 19. In a light rain, Orris made her final run.
“I had to double grab my tie, I didn’t want (the goat) to get up then otherwise I’d have gotten a no time and had no chance to move forward.”
Instead, Orris finished her run, scoring a 25.59 to win the title.
Orris still had to wait for Duncan, the final rider in the competition, to finish her run before knowing if she’d won her national championship buckle. And she didn’t even get to see Duncan’s run.
“There was a 10-foot high fence and all I could hear was the announcer,” Orris remembered. “It was probably like 45 seconds to a minute before they announced her score, but it felt like a lifetime.”
Orris, who was on her first trip to the NJHRF competition this season, had to wait until late Saturday night to get her championship buckle and saddle. She said the celebration was held off, with her and her family getting to sleep instead.
But things were different when she got home.
“All my family and friends were on Main Street waiting and there was a lot of family at the house, too,” she said. “It was pretty great.”
Orris was the highest placer of the five Valencia County riders and shooters who traveled to the NJHFR. Bosque Farms’ Mari Sandoval finished 13th overall in barrel racing. Both the New Mexico boys and girls teams finished fifth overall and combined. Texas won combined as well as boys and girls titles in the event.