Contestants impress judges at Elks Youth Rodeo in Wyoming |

Contestants impress judges at Elks Youth Rodeo in Wyoming

Courtesy of the Elk’s Youth Rodeo
Photos by Cat Hesselbacher, Silver Pine Ranch Photography

The 24th annual Sheridan, Wyo., Elk’s Youth Rodeo was Aug. 28-29, and attracted contestants from all around.

Three arenas, running at the same time, were used to accommodate the 831 entries each day. This was a hard two days with very skilled competitors. Event organizers said they were impressed with the contestants’ attitudes and their commitment.

Cash and awards of $71,988 were presented to contestants ages 17 and under. These consisted of cash and scholarships of $12,551 and awards valued at $59,437.

Tanner McInerney, 16, from Alzada, Mont., won the Senior All Around and a one-year lease of a new Ford truck, provided by Fremont Motors, Sheridan, Wyo. Tanner has been a contestant in this rodeo since he was a pee-wee competitor. He has always been willing to help other contestants or our rodeo crew.

Haiden Thompson, 12, from Lusk, Wyo., won the All Around Youth award, which has a price of a Jackson three-horse slant load trailer, provided by Prime Rate Motors, Sheridan, Wyo.

Tiersyn Grubb, 9, from Spearfish, S.D., received a $2,000.00 scholarship as the All Around Youth Reserve Champion.

Kaden Lappe, 17, of Dell, Mont., received the All Around Youth Reserve Runner-up $1,000 scholarship and Emilee Pauley, 17, of Wall, S.D., received the Senior Reserve Champion $2,000.00 scholarship

The Senior Reserve Runner-up, receiving a saddle, was Kaden Lappe 17, From Dell, Mont. The saddle for the Intermediate All Around went to Haiden Thompson, 12, from Lusk, Wyo. The saddle for the Junior All Around went to Tiersyn Grubb, 9, From Spearfish, S.D., and the saddle for the pee wee all around went to Turek Thompson, 6, of Lusk, Wyo.

The Sheridan Elk’s Lodge #520 wishes to thank all of the contestants and sponsors for their help in making this possible and is looking forward to holding this event again next year.