A grade 12 North Peace Secondary School graduate has earned the right to represent British Columbia at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming later this month – and will join a handful of other Peace region students.
Saige Kjos said while she had to wait officially to hear a judge’s decision, she was already standing on solid ground going into qualifying.
“I came into the weekend the leader, so I wanted to stay in the top four to make a provincial spot,” she said. Kjos will be competing in the reining cow horse competition with her animal All Reddy Dynamite.
Reining cow horse involves running a horse through a course as well as cattle on horseback. The event is a throwback to the old West where the demand for a tough, enduring animal that could go for miles and herd the vast numbers of cattle was key. Not only was an athletic horse required, but one that could be completely trained in carrying out the everyday tasks of ranch life. A horse can be used to single out a cow from a herd of cattle and keep it from returning, can also move a cow in any direction at extreme speed, including circles, and controlling its every movement.
Competing at the international level is nothing new to Kjos, who has spent the last two years in Nevada in both barrel racing and pole bending disciplines. She and other area students will join more than 1,650 students from 43 states and five provinces for more than $200,000 in prizes and $350,000 in scholarships. Other area students making the trip to Wyoming include; Kate White, Sierra Jones, Derek Hadland, Kelsey Drinkall, Fallyn Mills, Chance Bolin, Cali-Jaye Rohloff, and Wade Roberts.
The National High School Finals Rodeo goes July 17-23.