GW Clark of Long Creek earned his ticket to the National High School Rodeo Finals after placing third in the steer wrestling average at the June 8-10 State Finals in Prineville.
Clark, who recently graduated from Monument High School, rides for the Harney County High School Rodeo Club.
“I came into the finals tied for fifth-sixth,” he said. “The top seven kids were only separated by like 25 points, so I knew I needed to throw every steer to make nationals.”
Eleven steer wrestlers competed at the Oregon High School Rodeo Association event.
In Prineville, Clark finished in fifth place on day one and two with times of 55.00 and 17.52, respectively. He won second place on the final day with a time of 11.95.
“We had a good pen of steers, so all the doggers had an even chance at them,” he said. “My goal was to get all three down, and I did.”
Clark was the only cowboy to obtain a time on all three days and won the average for the weekend. By winning the average, he advanced to third in the state on points for the year and will move on to the national finals.
The National High School Rodeo Finals will take place July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyoming.
When he’s not working on the ranch, fencing and riding, Clark said he’ll practice for the big event and exercise his horse.
“I’m excited for nationals,” he said. “There’s a really good bunch of contestants going from Oregon, so it will be a lot of fun.”