By NECIA P. SEAMONS
Citizen staff writer
Five local youth are representing Franklin County at the National Junior High Rodeo finals in Des Moines, Iowa, this week. One of them is a state champion.
Jake Pulsipher, Tucker Smith, Brody Smith, Coryn Bodily and Paige Bennett all qualified in the state junior high rodeo held in Filer over Memorial Day weekend.
Bodily, 14, daughter of Wes and Jane Bodily, of Whitney, will compete in both goat tying and ribbon roping, said her father. She and her partner, Trae Smith, of Bear Lake, are the state champions in ribbon roping. She also placed fourth in goat tying at the Filer competition. She will be competing on Thursday.
Pulsipher, 13, son of Wayne and Heather Pulsipher, of Weston, will compete in the boys goat tying event. He competes with the Blackfoot Rodeo Club. He’ll be competing on Thursday this week in goat tying.
Tucker Smith, 14, son of Weston and Brandi Smith, of Riverdale, and his cousin, Brody Smith, 13, son of Burke and Alicia Smith, of Fairview, will compete in the team-roping event.
Tucker heels and Brody heads in the team. To qualify, they placed second in that event at the state rodeo. Their competitions will be held Friday morning.
Bennett, 12, daughter of Ben and Laurie Bennett, of Riverdale, will compete in goat tying. She placed second in Filer. Paige will compete on Thursday.
The Smiths, Bodily and Bennett compete with the Great Basin Rodeo Club.
Saturday’s performance of the rodeo will be televised on RFD-TV, which is channel 231 on Direct TV, said Alicia Smith.
Live broadcasts of each competition will air online at NHSRATV.com Performance times are at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
This story is sponsored by Mullen Crane.
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