Ophus rides to second place at state high school rodeo

09_ophys_518NICE RIDE  — Calvin Ophus had rides of 65-76 to place second in the high school championships and qualify for the Montana High School rodeo team. He will be going to Wyoming in July for the National High School Finals Rodeo.  Photo courtesy of Vickie Ophus




The MHSRF (Montana High School Rodeo Finals) were held in Bozeman June 10-13.

Our local competitors made a good showing in the rodeo.  Allison Bruner, Calvin Ophus, Malia VandenBos, Rye O’Neil and Will Shirley represented Pondera County.

The wet and cold weather made conditions less than favorable but as the saying goes, “the show must go on”.

Bruner competed in barrels and pole bending.  She had times of 20.01 and 21.02 in barrels while in pole bending she had a no time for crossing the line and then a 30.95 due to a fallen pole.

Ophus rode bareback and scored 65 on his first ride, 76 on his second winning the round.

He won second for the state rodeo and came back for the short go on Sunday with a 73 point ride to place second also in the year end.

Shirley competed in the saddle bronc with a no score on two rides. He came back for the short go receiving a no score. However, due to openings, he will be able to go to the Silver State finals July 5-9 in Nevada.

O’Neil, riding bulls, also had no scores on two rides.

VandenBos had times of 20.34 and 24.75 in the barrels, and an 11.22 and 12.06 in goat tying.  She also represented the state as first attendant for Montana High School Rodeo Queen 2009-2010, carrying flags in the performances.

Ophus, a sophomore, at Conrad High School has earned a position on the Montana high school rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyo. from July 18 – 24 to compete at the 62nd Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the bareback competition.

Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world’s largest rodeo.  In addition to competing for over $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be vying for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion.

To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night’s final championship performance.

The NHSFR is scheduled to air Sept. 29 to Oct. 20 on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern on RFD-TV.  Please check www.nhsra.com for possible schedule changes and other times when the 2010 NHSFR telecast will air on RFD-TV.

In addition, you can catch all of the NHSFR action live via Horsecity.com on their audio web cast.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to represent their team in a volleyball tournament, enjoy nightly contestant dances, participate in a talent contest, compete in an NRA rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition, have the chance to shop the ever-popular NHSFR western tradeshow, and visit the historical attractions of the Cowboy State.

To follow your local favorites at the NHSFR, visit the NHSRA’s web site daily for complete results at www.nhsra.com.  For ticket information, call 307-682-8802; or call 307-682-0552 for general information.