Recent Monument High School graduate Cauy Pool of Long Creek finished big at the California High School Finals Rodeo in Bishop, California.

Pool rode to second place in bareback, advancing to the July 16-22 National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming.

At the June 10-17 state finals, riding for the District 1 high school rodeo team, Pool finished 58 in Round One, 63 in Round Two and 65 in the short go.

“I would have liked first place, but it was a lot better than I did last year,” said Pool, who rode in several high school rodeos this season. “I had a goal to get a score on every one of the horses I rode on.”

Pool lives a 1/4-mile down the road from his friend GW Clark in Long Creek. Clark, also a 2017 Monument graduate, will compete in steer wrestling at nationals.

Pool is now preparing for the big event when he’s not working on a ranch.

“I’m working out every single day, practicing every single day, and watching a lot of videos of pro guys and trying to stay focused,” he said.

Pool plans to continue his rodeo career while he studies welding technology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

“They’re giving me a full-ride scholarship to be on the rodeo team,” he said.

To score well in this event, the rider must maintain balance, rhythm, and control, while at the same time spurring vertically above his head and horizontally away from the animal, with the follow-through of each spurring lick up the neck and shoulders of the horse. Broncs are scored for high kicking action, power – how hard they kick, lunge, and hit the ground – changing direction, and rolling and twisting. Judges stand on either side of the chute, and the first thing they look for is whether the rider’s feet are over the point of the horse’s shoulders when the animal’s front feet hit the ground on the first jump out of the chute. Each judge will mark one side, using a span of 1 to 25 points each for horse and rider. The four marks will be totaled for the score: 100 points would be the perfect bareback ride. Horses will be ridden eight seconds. Rider cannot touch horse with free hand.

—National High School Rodeo Association

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