Two youth cowboys from Crowley County successfully defended their all-around championships at the 82nd Annual La Junta Kids Rodeo and Race Meet, which took place last weekend at the rodeo grounds.
Crowley McCuistion of Sugar City again took the senior boys all-around title, and he also swept the arena and jockey championships.
McCuistion won all three senior boys races — the 3/8-mile race, the 220-yard race and the three-horse relay.
He also swept the rough stock events. He won ranch bronc riding with 155 total points on two rides, and he also won bull riding with 151 points.
Bob Walter of Model was the senior boys runner-up. He also won chute dogging in 11.40 seconds on two attempts.
The remaining senior boy event winner was Miles Rader of Kim. He won tie-down roping in 39.53.
Also defending his all-around title was Waitley Sharon of Ordway, who won the junior boys championship.
He won two events. He won the small pony race, and he and Delaney Bond of Rocky Ford won dally ribbon roping in 40.41 total seconds.
Sharon's brother, Traven, who was the runner-up last year, repeated that performance this year.
Traven won goat tying in 19.85, and the 220-yard race.
Waitley was also the junior boys arena champ, and both brothers tied for the jockey championship.
Acoya Bartlett of Cheraw won two events in the junior boys division. He won the flag race in 21.40 and he also took the 3.8-mile race.
Also winning events in this division were Layton Sharon of Fowler, who won pole bending in 47.056, Byars Brown of Ordway in breakaway roping in 7.44, and Brown's brother, Blevyns, in steer riding with 164 total points.
The junior girls saw Savannah Roberts of Colorado Springs, who was the runner-up last year, win the all-around championship this year. She also won the arena championship.
Roberts won four events. In rodeo events, she won pole bending in 44.583 and barrel racing in 34.94. She also won two races — the 220-yard race and the 3/8-mile race.
Reese Dutton of La Junta was the junior girls runner-up. She won breakaway roping with only one successful run of 10.61 seconds.
Dawsen Kouba of Pueblo was the junior girls jockey champion. She had one win in the small pony race.
Also winning events in the junior girls division were Isabelle Schier of Wild Horse in goat tying in 21.66 seconds, and Jordan Bates of Manzanola in flag racing in 21.07.
The senior girls championship was won by Kara Kissel of Genoa. She was also the arena champion and she won breakaway roping in 35.62 seconds.
Dray Hall of Cheraw was the runner-up and she took pole bending in 43.459 seconds.
Sage Garcia of Pueblo was the jockey champion. She won the 3/8-mile race and the 220-yards race.
The remaining senior girls winners included Ashton Elliott of Pritchett in goat tying in 23.10, Bianca O'Bryan of Lamar in barrel racing in 35.58, and Hailey Davidson of Las Animas won the 14-hand race.
O'Bryan's brother, Braxton, and his partner, Sage Bader of Kim, won senior team roping. They had one successful attempt of 20.35 seconds.
Wesley Lammers of Elbert was the tiny tot boys all-around champion, as well as the arena champion. He also won two events — goat tying in 25.94 and barrel racing in 34.76.
Colton Rader of Kim was the runner-up and he also won flag racing in 21.07, as well as the Shetland Pony race.
Another member of the Sharon family, Stockton was the tiny tot boys' pole bending winner in 45.188.
Mazie Noe of La Junta won the tiny tot girls all-around title and she was also the arena champ. She won one event as she took pole bending in 46.964.
Reagan Koontz of Des Moines, N.M., was the tiny tot girls' runner-up. She also won barrel racing in 33.98.
Also winning events in the division were Emmry Edwards of Stephenville, Texas, in goat tying in 27.69, Josey Kravig of Karval in flag racing in 12.84, and Trinity Ortiz of La Junta won the Shetland Pony race.
Winning the sportsmanship awards were Tucker Rader of La Junta (senior boys), Sierra Howland of Holly (senior girls), Ian Crouch of La Junta (junior boys), Hannah Bender of Las Animas (junior girls), Spencer Mosher of Boyero (tiny tot boys) and Haley Hoggener of Elizabeth (tiny tot girls).
The hard luck cowboy was Ole Crouch of La Junta, and the hard luck cowgirl was Aponi DeChant of Brighton.