Alamo held their annual high school rodeo over Halloween weekend.
Some of the competitors even found time to attend the Haunted House as part of the Halloween carnival in the multi-purpose room at Pahranagat Valley High School.
Rodeo results were not available as of press time.
The two girls on the Alamo rodeo team are Lacey Steele, who lives in Alamo, and Brooke Gines, who lives in Round Mountain. Both are sophomores at their respective schools.
Gines said since Round Mountain has a four-day school week, like Pahranagat Valley, she and her parents drive back and forth on the weekends for practice and to attend rodeo events around the state. “It’s only a three-and-a-half hour drive and Dad or Mom is willing to take me.”
She said Round Mountain does not have a rodeo club with only three kids in the area that rodeo. “There was no reason for us to have our own club, and the club in Alamo was willing to work with us and have me join them, and I like it,” she said. “It’s got a feel to it that makes me feel very welcome, and I have a bunch of friends here, too.”
She said when in town she stays either with the Steele family or at the Buckhorn Ranch.
Gines, a third year participant, is involved in breakaway, poles, goat tying and barrel racing.
Steele, as the 2015 Nevada State Champion in breakaway and girls cutting, competed in the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Spring, Wyoming in July. “The first round was a little tough for me in breakaway,” she explained. “In the second round, I was 2.8 seconds and placed eighth in that round. I was really proud of myself. In the cutting event, which is a new event for me, I had a tough first round, did better in the second round and placed 36th. But I was ok with that. In reining cow horse, I did really well and ended up 27th in the world, and I was very happy with that.”
Both girls said the plan to rodeo during a college career, with Steele interested in Texas or Oklahoma, and Gines in Texas or somewhere in the west.
Gines is only involved in rodeo, but Steele plays basketball. “I love basketball almost as much as I love rodeo,” she said, and hopes to earn a spot on the Pahranagat Valley girls varsity team, who are the defending state champions.