PHOTO GALLERY: The Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals
Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 10:48 p.m. CDT
Brady Sims of Holt showcases his lasso talents among other contestants who await their turn to enter the arena.
High school wranglers from across the state have converged on Columbia for the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals, which began Thursday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Sarah Kelley gets her horse, Monte, out of one of the stables at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals.
A horse waits among the trailers for its rider at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Columbia.
Justin Smith of Columbia sits overlooking bulls outside the rider entrance at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals. Smith was waiting to participate in the bull riding event.
Kirbee Spire of Maryville comes back outside after participating in the breakaway roping event at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals.
From right, Sam Rhoads of Columbia, Austin Fuhlage of Fayette and Tory Chasteen of Columbia await their turn in the calf roping portion of the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals.
Corrie Evans watches barrel racing with her family after participating in the breakaway roping event in the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals.
Chelsey Merrigan of Conception takes a moment to compose herself before entering the arena to rope a calf.
Trent McClain, a junior from Unionville, rushes to the gates on horseback after a run at calf roping Thursday.
Ethan Freund, a senior from Ironton, sits atop his horse as he awaits his turn to enter the arena for calf-roping. Freund was among 15 other contestants in the event, many of whom registered for other events such as goat tying, steer wrestling, pole bending and team roping.
Shelby Pursel, a senior from Leavenworth, Kan., brings it in after a run of pole bending Thursday.
Ed Spire of Maryville sits atop a fence above the holding gates, where he waits to get a closeup view of his daughter, Kirbee, as she competes in multiple events in the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals.
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