Rim Country Middle School eighth-grader Bryndee Hall is hoping to improve as a rodeo competitor this season. That’s setting the bar pretty high, since this summer she finished as Arizona’s top performer in girls pole bending at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M.
But then, Hall has always had lofty goals.
She’s not content with doing well in one or two events: She wants to be the best across the board.
And she did just that.
Hall earned the Arizona Junior High Rodeo Association’s All-Around Girls Cowgirl crown at Wickenburg on Oct. 25-26 to move into a tie for first in the all-around points standings for the season through two events.
“It would be a pretty big deal,” she said. “It’s great to think you finished first overall. It’s like being the best, I guess, being able to do everything well. It’s a pretty big goal because that’s what everyone’s aiming for is to win that. It’s been a goal since I started junior high rodeo.”
She is in her third season competing in the AJHRA.
Hall is tied with Queen Creek’s Caslyn Weidenbener for the top spot in the all-around standings with 102 points. Maricopa’s Dakota Keenan is third with 89.
At Wickenburg, Hall won in barrel racing on the first go and was second in ribbon roping that day.
She had a huge final day, winning junior goat tying and pole bending and teaming with partner Sam Garside of Prescott to win the championship buckle for junior ribbon roping. She was also second in breakaway on the second go.
Hall likes her chances of competing for the all-around title this season. That confidence stems from the fact that she switched horses during last season for faster mounts she expects to ride this entire season.
“I changed breakaway horses in the middle of last year,” she said. “So I got to start using a different horse that was faster. He’s faster, so I guess I have a better shot.”
That quarter horse, Grey, is owned by the James family.
The other quarter horse she rides is Babe, which her family owns. She said she and Babe are becoming more familiar with each other all the time, which helped her win a barrel racing and goat tying event for the first time in Wickenburg.
“I’ve always came in second or third (in those events),” she said. “So, winning those events felt good because I was finally getting with my horse. We were getting along better. I guess I knew her better. I knew how she ran better. I ride her in pole bending, barrel racing and goat tying.”
Riding her horse, Babe, Hall was Arizona’s top performer in pole bending at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M. this summer.
She is the 2013 Reserve Arizona State Champion in pole bending on her quarter horse, Babe. She and Garside placed fifth in the state ribbon roping competition.
She was also among the top 10 in breakaway and barrel racing and was one of the top seventh-graders in the All-Around Cowgirl competition.
Hall has had success in the all-around competition. She was the Queen Creek Junior Rodeo Association Junior Girls All-Around champion three years ago as a 10-year-old. She also won the all-around crown as a 9-year-old in the 2009-10 Arizona Junior High Rodeo Association season opener at the Payson Event Center. And she was the all-around winner in the Queen Creek Junior Rodeo Association Pee Wee Division for 3- to 6-year-olds seven years ago.
In Arizona High School Rodeo Association news, Pine’s Chelsie Stodghill is third in the girls barrel racing season standings.
She was second in girls barrel racing at the State Fair on Oct. 24. Brylee Hall, Bryndee’s older sister, finished eighth. Chelsie Stodghill was also 23rd in girls breakaway.
Bryce Stodghill of Pine was 13th in boys tie down. Also in that event, Payson’s Denton Petersen was 21st and Payson’s Monty James 27th. James and Bryce Stodghill placed 15th in team roping.