Trevor Haught has taken a huge step toward his goal of some day making a living on the pro rodeo circuit.
The stride occurred July 20 to 26 at the National High School Rodeo championships held in the San Juan County Fairgrounds in Farmington, N.M.
There, Haught rode his way to a seventh-place finish in the national bareback riding championships. In three go-arounds, the Payson High School junior tallied a cumulative score of 160 to nail down the impressive showing. Jake Brown of Hillsboro, Texas won the title by posting a 224.
More than 1,500 qualifiers from around North America participated in what is known as the world's largest rodeo.
In the first go-around on the evening of July 24, Haught rode his way to a fifth-place finish and a score of 64.
On the second go, he posted another tally of 64 and was 16th overall.
The two rides qualified him for the championship round. In it, he finished with a 60.
The team points Haught earned helped lift the Arizona boys team to a ninth-place finish in the 40-team field that included squads from Canada and Australia.
Utah won the boys championship and Texas was second.