Niki Harris of Lindsborg is used to finishing well in rodeos.
She has placed first in several women’s ranch rodeos and finished in first or second in the McPherson County Fair’s Co-Ed Ranch Rodeo for the last four years. Wednesday night was no different.
The Co-Ed Ranch Rodeo is comprised of four-person teams — at least one of whom has to be female — that are tested and scored on skills related to ranching. This includes cattle sorting, trailer loading, cattle doctoring and steer branding.
Harris’ team, including Trevin and Kandee Prieb and Jon Christiansen, took first place at this year’s competition, wining the trailer loading and doctoring categories.
“It’s nice to keep the streak alive,” she said. “We just tried to do it the fastest and smoothest we could. Today just happened to be our day.”
Harris said she is proud of their teamwork. For her contribution, she said she uses a solitary state of mind to do well.
“I kind of block out everything and try to get my steer caught, and whatever happens, happens,” she said.
Harris is most proud of their doctoring performance, where participants had to rope a certain steer and tie it up. They completed it in 14 seconds, well above any other team.
“We kind of cleaned house in that event,” she said. “All us team rope, and that’s kind of what that event is.”
Kali Jones of El Dorado was part of the team titled Haywire Cattle Company, which achieved second place.
“I’m just excited,” she said. “It was fun to come down here and have a good time. I thought it was a lot of fun.”
The hardest part of the event was the trailer loading.
“By the time they were dragging the steer across me, I knew I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
But despite this, the team worked together well.
“Everybody really knows what they’re doing,” she said. “They’re so experienced that it just flowed. I was very fortunate to have a talented team.”
She has participated in several women’s ranch rodeos this year, but this is the only co-ed ranch rodeo she attended. It was the McPherson County native’s third time to attend this event at the McPherson County Fair.
“Everybody gets along,” she said. “It’s very competitive and a tough rodeo. They do a great job of putting it on.”
One of the things she enjoys is being able to participate with her husband.
Page 2 of 2 - “It mixes it up a little bit,” she said. “It gives kind of a new angle.”
The third place team was Bergkamp Land and Cattle, fourth place was Latter 5 and fifth place was Rafter B.
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