DOUGLAS – The 2020-2021 High School Rodeo season came to an end June 10-12 in Douglas. Niobrara County cowboys Colton Coffman and Miles Ashurst, both sophomores at NCHS, competed all season long and at the state finals, with each cowboy having a successful season.
The top four in each event advance to the National High School Finals Rodeo held this year in Lincoln, Nebraska July 18-24, so both cowboys came to state with their game face on.
Colton Coffman, bull rider, was ranked third in the state at the beginning of the finals after a very strong conclusion to the regular season, going three-for-three on his last three rides of the regular season in Buffalo.
Though state finals didn’t end up as fruitful for Coffman, after bucking off in each of the three rounds of completion, his accumulation of points from the regular held on for a fourth-place year-end ranking and cinched him a qualification to his first National High School Rodeo.
Miles Ashurst, saddle bronc rider, came into state finals ranked fifth after picking up a win in Gillette and going two-for-two in Casper during the regular season. Miles made a run at a national qualification winning the second go-round with a score of 71 points, a personal best and high point of the rodeo, but a buck-off in the third go-round ended his season in the crying-hole, finishing fifth in the state and serving as an alternate on the national team.
Both cowboys are glad to be back in the arena after the pandemic canceled all the rodeos during their freshman year and wish to thank the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association for the work put into producing high school rodeos around the state. They also wish to thank the local community of Lusk for all the help in the practice pen, support and encouragement.
Coffman and Ashurst will both continue to be in the arena over the summer trying their hand at local amateur and open rodeos in preparation for the 2021-2022 High School Rodeo season scheduled to start in September.