Co-directed by Kenny Rhodes and Bishop Manogue High School Principal Tim Jaureguito, the Spanish Springs team formed two and a half years ago and has grown from 12 members to double that number. This weekend’s rodeo consisted of two days of competition for boys and girls of different ages in a range of events, from goat tying to barrel racing, team roping to bull riding and more.
This was the second of the 12 state rodeos scheduled for the 2011-12 season, which continues through November, stops for the winter and then starts again at the end of March.
For being a fall rodeo, Rhodes said this weekend’s turnout in Sparks was pretty high. Many of the competitors also participate in other sports, which can make it difficult to also attend rodeos. Several athletes came directly from football or volleyball games to compete in the rodeo, he said.
Hosting a rodeo means extra responsibility for the team members, Rhodes said. They not only must do all the maintenance on the arena, he said, they also must find sponsors to help cover the costs. But hosting also means the team members gets to perform on their home turf.
“For the kids it’s their chance to shine at their own rodeo,” he said.
Rhodes thanked the city for giving the team the use of the arena for the rodeo.
Full rodeo results will be posted online at the website of the Nevada High School Rodeo Association, http://nevadastatehsra.net.