Adrienne Vought hopes to earn a college rodeo scholarship, and a state title will look good on her resume.
Vought, who just finished her junior year at Rock Bridge, won the goat tying championship at the Missouri High School Rodeo Association state finals at Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday.
About 100 students competed in 12 events at the finals, which started Thursday and were the finale of 2003-04 season.
Vought, 17, won her title with 149 points. She, and the other top four finishers in each event, will compete in the national tournament in late July in Gillette, Wyo.
Vought said she loves the rush she gets during the action and wants to pursue a professional career.
“I rode horses all of my life, and then when I was 10 years old, my mom got me (into the sport),” Vought said. “So I started rodeo stuff, and ever since, I really like it.”
Vought also competed in breakaway roping, where she placed sixth, pole bending and barrel racing.
“I hope to have really smooth runs and end up pretty good (in the nationals),” Vought said. “But, I am not hoping to win anything. I am not expecting too much.”
Ty Atchinson of Jackson said he has been involved in the rodeo as long as he can remember. That experience paid off. Atchinson and Jeremy Hemman of Oakridge won the team roping title.
“It’s fantastic; everybody gets together and we all have really good time,” Atchinson said. “Everybody is really competitive and everybody wants to win. And, when you do win, it makes me feel special.”
Atchinson also competed in bareback riding, which tests whether riders can stay on a horse longer than eight seconds.
Like almost all the other riders, the rodeo was a family event for Rickie Barcus of Moberly, who finished ninth in breakaway roping.
“I love the sport of rodeo,” Barcus said. “Since I have been raised around it, it’s just natural habit.”