Clark makes his mark at WJHFR

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer

A 14-year-old Dora student recently returned from competing in the 2006 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup last week.
Dora resident Jesse Clark competed in the ribbon roping, tie-down roping, goat tying and chute dogging.

“I did good in the short round (tie-down roping),” Clark said. “But in the first and second rounds the calves weren’t too good and kept kicking.”
He and his ribbon roping partner, Katey Anthony of Jal, placed sixth in that event with an average time of 35.09 seconds. He placed ninth in tie-down roping with an average time of 46.87.

Clark also placed tenth in All-Around Cowboy competition at the WJHFR competition.

Despite his achievements, he said he felt he still should have done better in the competition.

“I did alright, but I think I could have drew better.”

According to a previous PNT article, Jesse was named the boys All-Around Champion for the year by the New Mexico Junior High Rodeo Association. He placed first in the calf roping, first in the ribbon roping, third in the chute dogging, fourth in the goat tying and ninth in the team roping for the year.

“Ever since I learned to walk I’ve had a rope in my hand,” Clark said.
He said he got started in rodeo when his older sister started to ride horses and he wanted to ride as well. His sister and parents, Jerry and Myra Skinner, helped teach him.

Clark said he will continue to compete in rodeo events and hopes to go on to become a world rodeo champion.

A total of 784 contestants attended the second annual WJHFR from 37 states and Canadian provinces, according to a WJHFR press release. The National High School Rodeo Association Wrangler Division was created in 2004 as a means to promote the sport of rodeo to younger students and to serve as a feeder system into the NHSRA.