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Gillette teens bust broncs in hometown rodeo (PHOTOS)

Gillette's Owen Thompson in Saddle Bronc on Friday, May 10, 2024.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Gillette High School Rodeo Club played host to rodeo competitors form across the state this weekend at CAM-PLEX. The multi-day event hosted junior high and high school athletes in rodeo events as well as trap shooting and light rifle competition.

Multiple junior high competitors who competed in Gillette on Friday qualified for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa, in June. Click here to see a list of qualifiers.

On Friday evening after the Junior High Rodeo events at CAM-PLEX, MJ Rodeo Productions hosted a goat roping event before the high school rough stock events kicked off at 7 p.m.

For just $5 a person, entrants could enter unlimited times in different two-person teams to try their best to snag a goat running from the chutes as fast as they could.

Following the goat roping, the high school rodeoers started their weekend off with a rough stock performance, with 20 athletes competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding.

Owen Thompson and Pace Garrett were the only athletes listed on the night who were from Gillette, both competing in Saddle Bronc.

The pick-up men and rodeo clowns were hard at work that evening, catching boys from hot horses and corralling stubborn bulls back into holding pens. One smaller bull, pictured below, was game for a bit of back-and-forth with the clowns as they got as close as they dared before he trotted back down the alley.

Athletes from Friday night’s event returned on Saturday for more rough stock, along with athletes competing in roping events, poles and barrels and working cow horse events. Click here to view the full results from the weekend. The high school athletes will compete next weekend, May 17–18, in Casper.

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