Nebraska State High School Rodeo from Hastings-final results.

Bareback riding champion – Spencer DeNaeyer, Seneca

For the second year in a row, Spencer DeNaeyer took home the state bareback riding title.

He will attend Odessa (Texas) College this fall on a rodeo scholarship and compete collegiately, majoring in ag technology.

He is the son of Martin and Bree DeNaeyer.


Barrel racing champion – Anna Clark, Thedford

Anna Clark is just a freshman, but she finished her first year of high school rodeo with a bang.

The fifteen-year-old cowgirl from Thedford won the barrel racing state title.

In the first round, she hit a barrel, adding a five-second penalty to her time.

But she redeemed herself, winning the second and third rounds.


She is the daughter of Adam and Alicia Clark.

Nebraska High School Qualifiers for the 2022 National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming July 17-23.


Boys rookie of the year went to Koltdyn Heath, Minden, and girls rookie of the year is Reagan McIntyre, Grand Island. McIntyre also won the girls’ all-around title; for the second year, Cooper Bass, Brewster, is the year-end boys all-around champion. Kylie Lancaster, Hastings, was crowned as the 2022-2023 Miss Nebraska High School Rodeo queen.


Bareback riding

Champion: Spencer Denayer, Seneca

2. Tate Miller, Springview

3. Koltdyn Heath, Minden

4. Tanner Drueke, Sutherland

Alternate: Cinch Kiger, Overton


Barrel racing

Champion: Anna Clark, Thedford

2. Hailey Witte, Crookston

3. Taci Flinn, Arcadia

4. Camryn Kocian, Brainard

Alternate: Mekenna Fisher, Hershey


Boys cutting:

Champion: Bo Bushhousen, St. Libory

2. Cooper Bass, Brewster

3. Trey Vance, Inavale

4. Devin Konicek, Burwell

Alternate: Dakota Storer, Arthur


Breakaway roping

Champion: Makayla Wray, Ord

2. Reagan McIntyre, Grand Island

3. Whitney Jennings, Seneca

4. Shayda Vaughn, Hershey

Alternate: Kieley Walz, Ainsworth


Bull riding:

Champion:. Cooper Kursave, Arcadia

2. Hunter Boydston, Grover, Colo.

3. Jason Ducker-Kursave, Arcadia

4. Tanner Drueke, Sutherland

Alternate: Brady Painter, Ainsworth


Girls cutting:

Champion: Whitney Jennings, Seneca

2. Mekenna Fisher, Hershey

3. Brooke Forre, Newman Grove

4. Emma Pearson, Broken Bow

Alternate: Peyton Fisher, Hershey


Goat tying:

Champion:. Libby Hegeman, Arlington

2. Reagan McIntyre, Grand Island

3. Ashlyn Henderson, Hyannis

4. Emma Warren, Thedford

Alternate: Laney Hoier, Herman


Pole bending

Champion: Makayla Wray, Ord

2. Gracey Taylor, Valentine

3. Reagan McIntyre, Grand Island

4. Raina Swanson, Genoa

Alternate: Emma Pearson, Broken Bow


Reined cow horse

Champion: Tatum Olson, Bloomfield

2. Charlie Bortner, McCook

3. Tucker Gillespie, McCook

4. Tate Talkington, Scottsbluff

Alternate: Jayda Meyring, Alliance


Saddle bronc riding

Champion: Monte Bailey, Lakeside

2. Leif Meidell, Harrison

3. Augustus Painter, Ainsworth

4. Carson Jones, Neligh

Alternate: Everett Blackburn, Bartlett


Steer wrestling

Champion: Coy Johnston, Stapleton

2. Dane Pokorny, Stapleton

3. Wyatt Reichenberg, Harrisburg

4. Taydon Gorsuch, Gering

Alternate: Beau Wiebelhaus, Springview


Team roping

Champions: Brent Charlton, North Platte, and Jate Saults, Big Springs

2. Cooper Bass, Brewster and Zack Bradley, Brewster

3. Makayla Wray, Ord and Brady Renner, Ericson

4. Carter Anderson, Merriman and Sage Schrunk, Valentine


Tie-down roping

Champion: Sid Miller, Merna

2. Jate Saults, Big Springs

3. Cooper Phillips, Burwell

4. Carter Anderson, Merriman

Alternate: Seth Glass, Central City