Wednesday July 29, 2015

c05 rodeo3Brittanny Brasfield was the lone Delta High School rodeo team member to move on to national competition following state qualifying in May.

Brasfield was one of three Delta High School athletes on this year’s rodeo team. The other two members were freshmen Jace Norell and Kole Roberts.

On May 23, during first-round action, Norell and junior team-roping partner Cade Van Soelen of Durango had no time.

Roberts and freshman roping partner Kelly Valdez (La Junta) placed first in tie-down calf roping.

Brasfield partipated in barrel racing, pole bending, team roping, goat tying, and breakaway roping (with senior roping partner Bailey McNamara of Montrose). She placed fourth in goat tying.

c05 rodeo2Results from round two included a fifth place for Norell and Van Soelen in team roping; no times for Roberts; and Brasfield was first in goat tying, eighth in team roping, fourth in pole bending and fifth in breakaway roping.

On May 26, the top 15 participants in each event qualified for short go competition. This event marked the final round for competitors. The top four in each category move on to National High School Rodeo Finals held in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 13-19. Norell finished ninth in team roping; Roberts had no time in team roping and didn’t make it to the short go round in tie-down calf roping.

Brasfield qualified fifth in team roping, seventh in pole bending, third in goat tying, and 10th in breakaway roping.

Norell finished 12th in team roping and Roberts 14th in team roping and 16th in tie-down calf roping.

Brasfield won a state title in goat tying and ended with a fourth place in breakaway roping to qualify for nationals. She also won $2850 in scholarships, including the Teskey Top Hand Scholarship, and the highest awarded scholarship from the CSHSRA for $2,500. She also won $100 for winning a go-round segment. Brasfield was sixth at state in pole bending, 10th in team roping, and 24th in barrel racing.

Beginning with her eighth grade year, Brasfield won a world title in breakaway roping and was third in goat tying to qualify for the Wrangler Junior High Finals in Gallup, N.M. She earned a world title in breakaway roping as an eighth grader in National Little Britches Rodeo Association (a whole different organization than the high school competition).

As a freshman, Brasfield was fifth in goat tying and breakaway roping. As a sophomore, she was third in both breakaway and goat tying, and was fourth in goat tying her junior year.

In all, Brasfield has won hundreds of buckles and has 22 saddles to show for her long hours of preparation.

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