Vernon’s Tylee Cooper

Vernon’s Tylee Cooper

Cowgirls qualify for high school national finals

Vernon Secondary's Tylee Cooper and Pleasant Valley (Armstrong) Secondary's Alysha Pastor finish in top-four of events at B.C. championships

Vernon Secondary School’s Tylee Cooper and Armstrong Pleasant Valley Secondary’s Alysha Pastor earned trips to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo. with their results at the recent B.C. High School championships in Rayleigh, near Kamloops.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for Wyoming, and the top six qualify to compete in the Canadian High School Finals Rodeos in Nanton, Alta.

Both events are in July.

Cooper won the ladies goat tying event with a combined time of 28.4 seconds on three head (three performances), and finished second in pole bending with a three-run time of 66.679 seconds.

She was 17th overall in ladies barrel racing.

Pastor, the 2014 B.C. High School Rodeo Queen, was third overall in B.C. in pole bending with a combined time of 71.416 seconds which included knocking down a pole during one of her three runs.

Pastor was 12th overall in the barrels.

Jasmine Keller of Kalamalka Secondary also earned a spot in the provincial finals based on her performances during the high school season.

Keller was 13th in the barrels with a combined time of 58.944 seconds on three runs. She finished 17th in breakaway roping, recording two no-times and a sizzling 4.9 seconds in her only qualifying run.