2009-01-22 / Local & State

Farm Show

High School Rodeo Stars Wrangle Up The Winnings

The Pennsylvania High School Rodeo brought an excited crowd on Saturday, Jan. 10, to the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show. With nearly every seat full, spectators watched as Pennsylvania's youths participated in events such as bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, goat tying and much more.

When competing in the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association, these youths compete against riders from all across Pennsylvania for the top spots. To qualify for the national competition, a rider must be ranked in the top four in point standings. For many of the riders, this may be the first time they have ridden in front of such a large crowd.

Chambersburg's own cowgirl, Kaylia Albright, rode to victory in the poles event on Saturday night, giving her even more points to add to her score as the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association poles leader. She also took home a first in the breakaway event earlier in the day.

Kesley Pontius, a cowgirl from Watsontown, Pa., took home two wins in the goat tying event on Saturday and is the current PHSRA leader for the goat tying event. She also received third place in a very competitive Bbarrels event and a fourth place in the poles event that evening.

In the Junior Division, Amanda Golkosky of Acme, Pa., won two first place awards in junior girls goat tying on Saturday, as well as first in the junior poles event. She currently stands as the PHSRA second place leader in junior girls goat tying.

Dustin Bowen, a cowboy from Fredericksburg, Pa., rode for a winning score in both the bareback and bull riding events. He also won the bull riding event earlier on Saturday.

Additional results of the afternoon contest were:


1. Dustin Bowen, Fredericksburg, Lebanon Co.


1. Ashley Derr, Linden, Lycoming Co.

2. Taylor Young, Carlisle, Cum- berland Co.

3. Kelsey Pontius, Watsontown, Northumberland Co.


1. Carly Ward, Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.

Bull Riding

1. Dustin Bowen, Fredericksburg, Lebanon Co.

Calf Roping

1. Brent Phillips, Beech Creek, Northumberland Co.

Goat Tying

1. Kesley Pontius, Watsontown, Northumberland Co.

JR Barrels

1. Jordan Harrer, Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co.

JR Breakaway Boys

1. John Ryon Foster, Weikert, Union Co.

JR Chute Dogging

1. Dylan Marks, Acme, Westmoreland Co.

JR Goat Tying Boys

1. John Ryon Foster, Weikert, Union Co.

JR Goat Tying Girls

1. Amanda Golkosky, Acme, Westmoreland Co.

JR Poles

1. Amanda Golkosky, Acme, Westmoreland Co.

JR Ribbon Roping

1. Cheyenne Jones, Tioga, Tioga Co.


1. Kaylia Albright, Chambersburg, Franklin Co.

2. Taylor Young, Carlisle, Cumberland Co.

3. Rebecca Weiner, Pinebrook, N.J.

Team Roping

1. Shawn Tennant, Fairview, W.Va.

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