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Long Valley Rodeo Series continues; Jane Jennings heading to National Finals

The Long Valley Junior Rodeo Series held its second edition go-round on Friday, June 28, in Carroll Arena at the North Events Center in Orderville.

From left to right, photos by Jerry Melrose:

  • Jane Jennings and Sniper with Determination to shine in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming, from July 14 - 20.

  • Kanab’s Jordan Reese nabs the bag on the first leg of his first-place finish in the Sack Pull with a time of 17.98.

  • Dylan Stubbs of Kanab rounds the bend in the Poles competition.

Numerous young contenders in various age categories from counties far-and-wide gathered to compete toward accumulating points for a generous array of ranch-oriented accouterments, including custom saddles and highly coveted buckles. Under the auspices of the Long Valley Junior Rodeo Club, consisting of Josh and Marla Jennings, John and Dusty Reese, Tyler and Vanissa Baird, Ben and Jill Cluff, Candice Cox and Kristy Lee Brinkerhoff, these prizes will be presented at the Awards Banquet in September following the next two rodeos in July (July 20) and August.

In the meantime, the Club’s own Jane Jennings is set to participate in the National High School Finals Rodeo representing Utah in Pole Bending scheduled for the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming, from July 14 - 20. The NHSFR website notes that it distributes $550,000.00 annually to its national program!

Shares the incoming Valley High School sophomore, “I’m super excited! I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, just a good experience. And to meet some new people. And, hopefully, we do well. I’m going to try my best and try to support the Utah Team.” Then, commenting on her road to that opportunity, she says, “At State, I came in fourth-Overall from the season. And then, (in) my first-round, I did really well and ended-up second. So, that gave me some good points. But then, in the second-round at State I hit a pole, which was unfortunate; but I was able to make it back to the Short-Go and make another good run. And, some of the other girls didn’t do quite so good; so I was able to move-up into the second-place spot.”

And of the response from her hometown fans, she adds, “Well, my little brother Jack came to State. I don’t know how much fun he had, because he just had to stand around and wait for me to go. But I really appreciate all the support I got from my family, especially my parents, and just the community. Everyone’s asked me about what was going on and how I’ve done; and it’s made me feel real good. So, I’m thankful for everybody!”




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