Winners come in all sizes, shapes and ages. They may be male or female.
Delta High School has two such people who have roamed its halls for several years.
The two stellar athletes alluded to are Brittanny and Hunter Brasfield. Both are outstanding athletes in prep sporting arenas and both have achieved the highest goals in their specialties in the sport of rodeo. Hunter graduated from Delta High School last year while Brittanny returns for her senior year.
Hunter was an outstanding wrestler for the Panthers and has attended state wrestling tournaments and played important roles on the Panther football teams the past few seasons.
Brittanny has excelled in volleyball and been part of the Lady Panthers' basketball teams which have been to post-season play the past several years.
The story of each in rodeo has a similar spin.
Information from the Brasfield family notes Brittany's riding days date back to the days when she could crawl.
Her first rodeo came at age three where she competed in the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys event at the Horse Country Arena in Delta.
In 2001, Brasfield won her first buckle at the Colbran Junior Rodeo.
Brasfield stepped up her competitive adventures in 2003 when she ventured into the National Little Britches Rodeo Association. She participated in the Little Wranglers Division (ages 5-8). She won her first saddle in 2003 at the San Miguel Basin Junior Rodeo.
In her last year in Little Wranglers, Brasfield won three saddles and attended the NLBRA finals in Colorado Springs where she competed with youngsters just like her from 40 other states.
Needing to perform at yet a higher level, Brasfield bought (according to her) the best horse they've ever owned in Oklahoma City in 2005. He was trained to run poles, compete in goat tying, and to flag race. He already knew the barrels notes Brasfield.
Brasfield competed in the CJRA (Colorado Junior Rodeo Association) in 2005. The Pee Wee age group was expanded from six to nine years old allowing her to compete. She won a variety of tack in the competition, including breast collars, bridles and saddle pads.
A return to the NLBRA placed Brasfield in the Junior Girls division. She competed in barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, breakaway roping, trail course, team roping and dally ribbon roping where she was partnered with her brother Hunter.
Brasfield, and her brother Hunter, won their fifth saddles in 2008. The wins came at the Team Up LBR Winter Series in Rifle. "This was a great family moment," said Brasfield.
Saddle number six came at the Moffat County LBR in 2008 where she was teamed with Hunter and won the average in dally team roping.
Competition continued into 2009 where saddle number seven was won in Pagosa Springs' LBR where she and Hunter racked up a number of prizes for averages making the Brasfield name a force to be reckoned with.
She and Hunter won saddles at the Uncompahgre LBR (Hotchkiss) to make it eight for Brittanny.
The Brasfield siblings both won saddles in Rifle where Brittanny earned all-around honors.
In September 2009, Brasfield began her membership in the Colorado Wrangler Junior High Division (CWJHD). She won the state title in breakaway roping and finished third in the goat tying to qualify for nationals in Gallup, N.M.
Brasfield wasn't finished with NLBRA competition and attended plenty of rodeos. Her last year in the organization as a junior was a successful one as she won three more saddles bringing her total to 12.
At the NLBRA finals, Brasfield won the world title breakaway roping and finished fifth in trail course. She won the short go of the breakaway with a time of 2.24 seconds which was the best time all that week. Brasfield also noted she was the winner in the short go in the trail course.
In summary, Brasfield, by the end of her junior high summer, had won a total of 14 saddles and a world title.
After transitioning into high school, Brasfield's main focus was on the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association. Competitions in this division were more organized; there are rodeos every weekend in September, April and May.
State finals are the first weekend in June and nationals are in the middle of July.
Sadness fell on the Brasfield family in the spring of Brasfield's freshman year when her world title horse passed on. "Losing Phantom was like losing a family member," said Brasfield. She worked through the loss and now has the makings of another good horse that has taken her through her junior year and promises to be a strong performer through next season.
In 2012, Brasfield qualified for the biggest rodeo in the world, the Colorado High School Rodeo Association finals in Rock Springs, Wyo. She finished third in both goat tying and breakaway roping but failed to place at the nationals.
Brasfield was optimistic about her chances in this year's world's competition in Rock Springs. Not all was good for Brasfield. "I only qualified in goat tying. My horse was injured at state and it set me back." She finished fourth in state, tied with her best friend in rodeo. "The goat tying competition was very rough. But my goals are high for the nationals. I know I can compete and win!"
Unfortunately for Brasfield, the competition in Rock Springs was fierce and she failed to earn honors in her event.
There are railings in the Brasfield home that accommodate the saddles won by both Hunter and Brittanny Brasfield. Hunter has 26 and Brittanny another 19. Not all of them rest on the railings as various family members and other special friends have use of one.
Hunter started riding when he was about five years old. His start came in gymkhana competition. As the years passed, he began competing in Little Britches Rodeo (a lot) when he was eight or nine.
Brasfield won his first saddle in Hotchkiss at the age of 10.
In the seventh grade, "I began winning saddles quite a bit. My eighth grade was better however," noted Brasfield.
Brasfield had skills that led to success and by the end of his eighth grade year, he had won 21 saddles.
The saddle that Brasfield is most proud of "is my All-around Junior Boy World Championship saddle."
In nationals' competition, Brasfield brought home a few scholarship offerings, 15 buckles and a fanny saddle that ended his last year as a Junior Boy.
Hunter bypassed his freshman year in the high school circuit to participate solely in Little Britches as a Junior Boy. He ended up winning another saddle that year and went on to finals in tie-down roping and bull riding. "The bull riding ended pretty well. I ended up seventh in the world."
The next year was spent on the high school rodeo circuit where Brasfield competed in only roping and bull riding. There were no special awards in his sophomore season.
As a junior, Brasfield stayed with roping and bull riding but added bareback riding about halfway through the season. "It was an outside chance of me making it to nationals in the event, but I ended up placing third in state and making it to nationals."
A tough draw in the opening round at nationals resulted in him being bucked off for no time and he recorded a low score in the second ride.
In his senior year, Brasfield enjoyed a highly successful school and rodeo campaign. He was unseated only once this season, and that came in the season's first rodeo. After that, he visited a pro bareback rider (Kelly Wardell) before the spring season. Brasfield credits much of his success to Wardell's help.
The bull riding started out slow for Brasfield and he eventually fell into a slump. A particular ride in Fort Collins revived Brasfield's drive to ride. He drew a particularly rank bull (#04) that could have, maybe should have, but didn't, buck him off. Brasfield scored a 79 for the ride.
Brasfield held the lead in all-around competition all year long. At state, the finals went pretty well. "I won all three rounds in bareback riding and I placed second in the second in the second round of bull riding. I came out of finals a state champion in bareback, a reserve champion in bull riding and the all-around state champion. I won a saddle for the bareback riding and another saddle for all-around."
Hunter competed at nationals in Rock Springs, Wyo., on July 14-21. He competed in bull riding and bareback riding. He finished third in bareback and was one point shy of first place.
The top four competitors in each rodeo event go to nationals. Forty-one states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia send rodeo competitors to this event honoring the world's top high school rodeo athletes.blog comments powered by Disqus