Win in ribbon roping gets Fruita’s Weber hooked on event

Sarah Walker, right, and Pete Younger compete Tuesday night in the team roping competition at the Rim Rock Rodeo in Fruita.

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Sarah Walker, right, and Pete Younger compete Tuesday night in the team roping competition at the Rim Rock Rodeo in Fruita.

Hannah Weber is $50 closer to a homecoming dress.

The 16-year-old, and her partner, Reo Weisgerber, won the ribbon roping event at Tuesday night’s Rim Rock Rodeo. She said the money she wins at rodeos this summer is going to help her buy a dress for Fruita Monument High School’s homecoming next year.

Weber seemed an unlikely winner. Before Tuesday, she had never competed in a team roping event, but a pre-event talk with Weisgerber helped ease her nerves.

Weisgerber told Weber it was OK if they didn’t win the ribbon-roping event, but Weber wasn’t going to settle for anything less than first. She told Weisgerber they would win.

Weber was able to predict the result, but not how the event would play out.

“It was amazing, because I thought I was going to have to chase (the calf) all the way down the arena, but he stopped right on time,” she said.

Weber snatched the ribbon, and nearly ran over the calf on her way to victory.

The win was enough to get Weber hooked on ribbon roping. She said she plans to compete every Tuesday for the rest of the summer.

Calf Roping

Competing in front of a crowd is nerve-racking enough, but try roping a calf with a critic watching every move.

That was the case for Ryan Canty and his horse, Paco. Lucky for him, the critic is his 6-year-old son, Travis, who along with his siblings and mother accompanies his dad to summer rodeos.

“When I get done, Travis tells me how (well) I did,” Canty said with a laugh.

This time, Travis was impressed with Dad, and more impressed with the prize money Canty used to take his family out to dinner after the rodeo.

Bull Riding

Bull rider Jason Blasdel finally got a victory Tuesday after finishing second in the previous two Rim Rock Rodeos.

Second place can be frustrating, but it didn’t faze him.

“It’s all the same,” he said. “I’m just trying to ride my bull. I’m not really competing against the guys. We are all just trying to get our bulls ridden. Everything else is up to the judges, and if I make money I’m happy.”

The rider who competed before Blasdel was thrown from his bull and dragged around the arena, making the crowd squeamish. Then, Blasdel’s bull, Unforgiven, gave him trouble before he even got out of the chute.

Blasdel shook off the drama and finished first with 79 points.

Other events

Junior Bull Riding: Nate Hoey was first for the fifth consecutive week with a score of 71, and Ty Mattauch was second.

Breakaway Roping: Shelby Miller was first and Hailey Taylor placed second.

Team Roping: In No. 8 team roping, Kyle Rush and Justin Skalla finished first and Hailey Taylor and Tony Mendes were first in No. 11 team roping.

Barrel Racing: Ashtyn Hammer was first in 17.6 seconds and Stephanie Brady finished second in 17.82.

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