Kallie Jaquay and her horse Andy recently made the 33 hour drive from Hamilton, NY to Rock Springs, WY to represent New York at the High School National Finals Rodeo. To qualify for Nationals, you must be in the top four in the event in your state. There were over 1,700 competitors from 45 states and Canadian provinces, including a team from Australia. Kallie and Andy ran in the Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Queen contest.
The nine day competition started with the Queen pageant. On the first day, Kallie met with the other 44 state queens, took a written test on rodeo rules, and rode a Horsemanship pattern. The second day started with a personal interview with six judges, and finished with modeling and Kallie giving a speech on Agriculture in New York. The last day of the pageant featured impromptu questions on stage and team photos.
Once the Rodeo started, the competitors were divided into six performances in the first go, six more performances for the second go, and then the Top 20 competitors in the average of the first and second goes got the honor of competing in the Final.
In the first go, Kallie and Andy placed 52nd out of 180 riders in the Pole Bending with a time of 21.1 seconds, a personal best time. In the Barrel Racing, the pair placed 53rd out of 187 riders. Their best placing was in the Average of the Pole Bending — 47th out of 180 riders.
Special Note: Daylon Swearingen from Piffard, NY competed in the Finals in two events, placing 10th in the Bull Riding, and 16th in the Bareback Riding, giving him 6th in the All Around Cowboy and 1st place in the nation Rookie Cowboy!