|The AAEC Rodeo Club, back row, from left to right includes: Principal Patrick Wellert, Terry White, Julia Tone, Ritner Browning, Ona Martin, sponsor Marianne Stoll; front row: Kelsea Lynch, Ashlyn Banuelos, Kailynn Bray, Elizabeth Siegfried, Sierra Stoll and Wyatt Lacey. Hunter Riggs is not pictured.|
Equine Center (AAEC) Rodeo Club has been anything but idle. Club members recently competed in the Queen Creek Junior Rodeo Association garnering fourth in Girls' All-around by Ona Martin (11th grade, breakaway, poles, barrels, team rope, ribbon ropes and goat tying), 14th in Girls' All-around by Kailynn Bray (9th grade, barrels, poles, goat tying and breakaway), and third in Boys' All-around from Ritner Browning (9th grade, calf tying, tie down roping, team roping, ribbon roping and steer stopping).
Club members also compete in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association and last weekend, Sierra Stoll (11th grade, team roping, breakaway ropes, goat tying, barrels and poles) and Wyatt Lacey (10th grade, team roping) took fourth in the state team roping, with Stoll heading and Lacey heeling.
Ashlyn Banuelos (10th grade) scored points in goat tying, barrels, poles and the 22 long rifle events.
The next Queen Creek rodeo event is Jan. 11-12 in Queen Creek, followed by the Arizona High School rodeo event scheduled for Jan. 18-19 in Safford.
The club will travel to Scottsdale in January with the AAEC's Horseman's Club to compete in the Arizona National Horse Show.
The club started this year with the idea of promoting rodeo events, according to sponsor Marianne Stoll, who also teaches ninth- and tenth-grade English. Stoll commended AAEC Principal Patrick Wellert for his support of the program.
AAEC Prescott Valley charter high school is an Equine-Animal-Agribusiness program of study and partners with Yavapai College.