This past week, Lacey Steele, a senior at Pahranagat Valley High, has been participating in the Silver State Rodeo in Winnemucca. Competition began July 3 and runs through July 8.
Steele said this is a competition for the high school and junior high state competitors that did not place in the top four at their various state meets to qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming July 17-23.
“Competitors come from Washington, California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho,” she said. “This is the first year the junior high will be included, so I am expecting to see about 400 or more.”
Steele is competing in five events, “Girls cutting, reined cow horse, pole bending, breakaway roping and team roping with my partner Dan Erie of Spanish Fork. We’ve been partners since the 7th grade, so going on five years.”
Steele did not do as well at the Nevada state meet in May as she had hoped, although she has in the past. Her freshman year in 2014, she won state in cutting and breakaway, and last year was Reserve Champion in cutting.
She has also been elected as the 2017-2018 Nevada State High School Rodeo Association president.
Competing in five events at the Silver State meet, Steele said she does not use the same horse, rather five different ones. “My cutting horse is named Ricky Bobby, my rein horse is Sally, my breakaway horse is Al, my team roping horse is Bug and pole bending horse is Whiskey. That’s my crew that I use each weekend, and I have a few practice horses as well.”
She said she has not missed a rodeo during the regular season since the 7th grade. And she plays basketball for the Pahranagat Valley varsity girls during the winter.
Rodeo runs in the whole Steele family. It’s in the blood, and has been since her parents were in school, as well as her sister and twin brothers. “I’ve grown up in rodeo my whole life so I haven’t really known anything different, raised on a ranch and rodeo. I’ve always been the little girl going to all the rodeos, following my brothers, and it’s been something I have always wanted to do.”
After graduating in 2018, she plans to attend a college that offers rodeo.
In time, parents Robert and Sherrie will be following their grandkids as well. Sherrie said, “Sometimes down here in the practice pen, it’s the whole family.”
Alamo rodeo performer Tyler Bundy won the Nevada High School state bareback riding and steer wrestling titles this year and placed fourth in bull riding to qualify for the National Finals. Teammate Broc Lindberg was second in saddle bronc riding and fourth in team roping with partner Casey Thomas of Las Vegas. T.J. Greiner of Alamo placed second in team roping with partner Dario Ceresola of Fernley.
Another Lincoln County Rodeo team member, Austin Romans of Dry Valley, was fourth in steer wrestling and will also compete at the finals in Wyoming.