Former local athletes embrace hospitality of CSI rodeo

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) UPDATE: On Monday evening, CSI Rodeo officially announced that Sublett native Beau Southern earned the title of All-Around Cowboy.

ORIGINAL STORY: The College of Southern Idaho Men's Rodeo team entered its own rodeo with a comfortable lead over second place Colorado Northwestern Community College in the Rocky Mountain Region standings. CSI has amassed 5015 total points for the year, while CNCC has just 1485.

The women's lead was a little slimmer with 1730 points. Utah Valley University stood in second at 1045.

The rodeo also meant a reunion for athletes representing other schools. Kambrie Clark-Wright shined in barrell racing for Idaho State University. She felt the pressure of trying to duplicate her performance from Friday night. With a time of 15.86, it marked a season-best. On Saturday, she recorded a solid enough time to win the average.

Clark-Wright earned her first buckle of the season and her horse Rio, has meant everything to her, especially in times of need.

Clark-Wright explained, "we started rodeo with my grandpa when my grandma got cancer and so for me and my grandpa it's been our thing." "He's taken us to the American semi-finals in Texas, he's taken us to the CNFR, to all the PRCA rodeos, he's just awesome."

For the finale of the night we had bull riding. Beau Southern of Colorado Northwestern Community College stayed on, when others faltered.

Growing up in the Sublett area, he knew the rodeo's stock contractor and felt comfortable with his choice of bulls. Also, the crowd and immense support from the fans gave him the energy he needed to win. The announcers explained that this rodeo has the best attendance they've seen in years.

"It means absolutely everything to me. I know growing up I didn't have much and I just know that being able to rodeo around friends, especially rodeo is just a family sport," Southern explained. Everybody backs everybody up. There's not a person here that I wished to do worse than me."

Following this weekend, the group heads to Ogden, Utah for the Weber State Rodeo March 22nd and 23rd.

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