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Loper, Hibbs dominate goat tying

Other Crook County rodeo performers also have solid outings at Burns rodeo

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jessie Loper finishes a run in goat tying at a previous rodeo. Loper took a pair of seconds in Burns to increase her lead in the overall standings in the event.

For several years now, the Tri-County Rodeo Club has dominated the high school goat tying scene.
   This past weekend was more of the same as Crook County’s Jessie Loper and Courtney Hibbs took control of the event at the OHSRA Rodeo in Burns.
   Loper earned a pair of seconds in the event with identical times of 8.45 in each go-round. Meanwhile, Hibbs took fourth in the first go-round with a time of 9.27, then came back to win on day two with a time of 8.12.
   Also earning a place on the second day of goat tying was Carly Hibbs, who finished fourth with a time of 9.34.
   Although Courtney Hibbs was the only Crook County athlete to win an event in Burns, several other Crook County athletes also turned in outstanding performances.
   McKennan Buckner and Dayton Stafford continue to widen their lead in the team roping standings after placing in both go-rounds of the event.
   Buckner and Stafford finished second in the first go-round with a time of 7.49, then came back on day two to finish third in 7.32 seconds.
   Loper also placed in both go-rounds of team roping. She and partner Garrett Robinson finished ninth in the first go-round with a time of 14.79. The pair improved their time to 11.08 on day two, moving up to sixth place in the event.
   Loper wasn’t done yet. The junior also earned a ninth place in the first go-round of breakaway roping with a time of 3.50, and took 10th in the second go-round of pole bending with a time of 21.986.
   Also placing in both go-rounds was barrel racer Harley Byrum. Byrum took third in the first go-round with a time of 18.214, then improved to second place in the final go-round with a time of 17.949.
   In addition to placing in goat tying, Carly Hibbs also earned a third place on the second day of breakaway roping with a time of 2.85.
   Talia Radabaugh earned a seventh place on the first day of pole bending with a time of 21.318.
   The Tri-County Rodeo Club is back in action starting tonight when they compete in the John Day Rodeo. Action is scheduled to continue throughout the weekend.