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Area youths compete, place at national rodeo

By Staff | Jul 20, 2018

Lathan DeMontigny rides a steer during the National Little Britches Rodeo Association finals, held July 10-15 at the Lazy-E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. DeMontigny took home world champion in junior boys bareback steer.

For some area youths, the second time competing in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association finals was better than the first.

“I was excited,” said Logan Demontigny about his initial reaction to going back to the nationals, held last week at the Lazy-E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. “Get to go back down there for a second time and hopefully you can do better than last year.”

Dani Christianson echoed Demontigny’s initial reaction, adding “Last year I did not do very well. This year I ended it on a good note.”

Christianson was able to win the short go (the final round) and third place in the world in senior girls barrel racing with 870 total points in this year’s six-day competition. In the first round Christianson took 32nd in the senior girls trail course; 60th in senior girls pole bending and 87th in senior girls goat tying.

Logan placed fifth in the world in senior boys tie-down and 13th in ribbon roping.

Submitted photo Parker James Kramer, of Towner, rides his way to a world championship in senior boys saddlebronc at the National Little Britches Rodeo Association finals.

His brother, Lathan, took home a world champion prize in junior boys bareback–an event he took third in last year; second place in junior bull riding and fourth in breakaway.

Their sister, Kaedyn, competed in junior girls goat tying, taking 156th in the first round.

A pair of Towner youths also placed in the national rodeo finals. Parker James Kramer took home world champion in senior boys saddlebronc, and his brother, Ben, took fourth in senior boys bareback.

To qualify for the national rodeo, competitors had to get five top five finishes in prior events. Kaedyn had three fifth place finishes and two fourth place finishes in goat tying prior to the rodeo in Guthrie. Lathan had five first place finishes in bareback, breakaway, bull riding, goat tying and team roping. Logan had second place finishes, as well as five first place finishes in tie-down and four first place finishes in ribbon roping and team roping. Christianson had top five finishes in barrel racing, trail, poles and goat tying.

The dates for the 2019 rodeo finals have been set for July 1-7.

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