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By Katie Teachout
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Hennings finishes fall season in high school rodeo

 

Last updated 10/15/2020 at 2:38pm

Michelle Hennings

Harlee Hennings competing in Breakaway Roping at the Washington High School Rodeo in Bickleton, September 26.

RITZVILLE – Lind Ritzville High School freshman Harlee Hennings competed in four rodeos this fall with the Washington State High School Rodeo Association.

Hennings competed in barrel racing, pole bending, and breakaway racing at rodeos in Longview, Bickleton and two in Basin City.

Hennings, who has been riding horses since she was three years old, said she competed at the junior high level in 7th and 8th grade, but this was her first year in high school rodeo.

"My biggest challenge is consistency in my runs," Hennings said. "There are so many different aspects of each event, including positioning and movements of your horse."

Michelle Hennings

Hennings also competed in barrel racing and pole bending.

She said a nice surprise of the season was discovering she has become more aggressive in her riding ability, and improving her times.

Hennings said when her roping horse was recently injured, she had to compete on a different horse.

"It was challenging, but I know competing on other horses will only make me a better rider, and competitive," Hennings said.

Michelle Hennings, Harlee's mom, said her daughter was thankful the rodeos continued, despite COVID.

"She was able to practice and concentrate on her horses, and practicing for her competitions," Michelle Hennings said. "It's a pretty amazing sport with animals, and takes a lot of hard work and talent."

"I have really enjoyed meeting new friends, and the sport of Rodeo I have a passion for," Harlee Hennings said. "I'm always working to improve myself."

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Katie Teachout, Editor

Katie Teachout is the editor of The Ritzville Adams County Journal. Previously, she worked as a reporter at The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, the Oroville Gazette-Tribune, Northern Kittitas County Tribune and the Methow Valley News. She is a graduate of Western Washington University.

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