By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Sometimes things are meant to be.
Though Jordyn Doetker of Wauneta was leading the girls’ cutting heading into the Nebraska High School Rodeo State Finals last week, a championship didn’t look to be in the cards Saturday morning before the final go.
Earlier in the week before competition started, Doetker’s horse, Tilly, went lame. After practicing on someone else’s horse, a trip to the chiropractor solved Tilly’s problem and she was ready to go for the finals.
Then came the actual competition in Hastings.
On the first day, one judge failed to show up, which Doetker felt affected her score. Day two didn’t go as well as she had hoped either.
“I was really disappointed after the first two days,” said Doetker. “I was sure I’d lost my chance at a saddle.”
Trailing by nine points with one last ride, Doetker said she knew she needed to be really good and her top competitor, Catelyn Hall, have a poor ride.
“It was meant to be,” said Doetker. “I got three good cows and the ride went smooth.”
Hall finished third in the go and Doetker got her saddle.
Leading the event heading into the state finals was key, too. Riders have extra points based on standings at the end of the regular season. Those extra points helped make the difference between a championship and second place.
Next up for Doetker will be the National High School Finals Rodeo July 13-19 in Rock Springs, Wyo.
“I’m very excited,” said Doetker. “Nervous, too, but more excited.”
She will spend the coming weeks practicing at home and visiting her trainer in Lexington. Keeping Tilly healthy is a priority, too.
Doetker, a 2014 graduate of Chase County Schools, will be competing at the NHSFR for prize money and money for college scholarships. Contestants finishing in the top 20 of their event will advance to the finals on Saturday, July 19.
Spickelmier to nationals
Ty Spickelmier, formerly of Imperial also earned a trip to the national finals in the team roping.
He and his partner, Tanner Stec of Bassett, didn’t catch in the first go but came back to win the second go with a time of 8.00 seconds.
That proved enough to get them into the short-go on Saturday, where they placed third with a time of 8.09 seconds.
The pair finished third in the final season standings, earning them a trip to the finals.
Kelsey Wood of Imperial competed in the pole bending at state but did not qualify for the short go.
She finishes the season 10th overall in the poles and 28th in the barrel racing.
Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at NHSRATV.com with performances the evening of July 13 and morning and evening each day after.
Highlights from the national finals will be aired on RFD-TV as part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour series on RFD-TV Sept. 19 through Oct.