Ruth Nicolaus | Hastings, Neb.

Excelling at Rodeo: Bayard cowboy headed to his fourth state finals

For the fourth year, Kalane Anders hopes to compete at the state high school finals rodeo.

The Bayard, Neb., cowboy, who is 18, is a tie-down roper, team roper and steer wrestler, and for the past three years, has qualified for state finals in Hastings.

He’s on track to do it again this year.

Kalane (pronounced KAY-lin), is ranked second in the steer wrestling and fourth in the tie-down roping. The top 30 contestants in each event qualify for the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo, so Kalane’s spot should be secure.

Besides rodeo, school and work are keeping him busy. He graduated last weekend from Bayard High and is working on a neighbor’s ranch down the road. Steve Jobman, his boss, puts him to work calving, feeding, fixing fence, whatever needs to be done.

And when the work is done, he and Jobman team rope, and Jobman’s son-in-law helps him with his steer wrestling practice.

Last year, Kalane finished in the top four in the state in the steer wrestling and went on to finish ninth in the nation at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. He’d love to be back in Rock Springs this summer; the top four from each state, in each event, qualify for Nationals.

His rodeo has secured part of his college tuition. He has a scholarship to Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he’ll continue to rodeo, and the rodeo coach has told him if he does any good, he’ll be bumped up to a full ride.

Kalane will get his general classes out of the way in Cheyenne and then transfer to the University of Wyoming, where he will get a civil engineering degree. Math and science come easy to him, and his dad has told him, ‘don’t settle short. Try for something that will help you in the long run.’

After college, he’ll most likely work for a few years, and then hit the pro rodeo trail.

He’s enjoyed his high school rodeo years very much.

“It’s a blast doing it,” he says. “I really have fun doing it.”

Rodeo has given him lots of friends.

“You meet a lot of people and get a lot of friends.”

Kalane has an older brother, Colby, who was also a high school rodeo member. Colby is a student at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., and is on the rodeo team there.

Kalane is the son of Kent and Lisa Anders.

Ruth Nicolaus writes for the Adams County, Neb., Ag Society.

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