The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

June 17, 2013

Valley rodeo stars heading West

MIFFLINBURG -  Is New Mexico really the Land of Enchantment?

Keariana Lauver, of Middleburg, and Rebecca Haines, of Mifflinburg, will find out as they make their national junior rodeo debuts there next week.

Keariana, 13, and Rebecca, 12, qualified Saturday in the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association finals in Beaver Springs and will leave at midnight — you read that right, the trip is about 2,000 miles — this Wednesday for the 2013 National Junior High Finals Rodeo, June 23-29 at Red Rock Park in Gallup, N.M.

This is a first for both girls, who have been standouts in assorted rodeos all season long. Keariana will compete in goat tying and barrel racing; Rebecca will take part in goat tying and breakaway roping.

“I’m excited to qualify my first year and making it out there with all these good competitors,” said Rebecca, who came in second in the state on breakaway and fifth in goat tying.

She’s been told to practice a lot.

“I’m trying to practice every day, though sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate,” she said.

 Rebecca also is getting tips on how the rodeo works, what she can and can’t do, and where and when she can ride.

Keariana also is very excited, “but this is also nerve-racking,” she said. “I’m kind of nervous, but not really. I’ve competed in many big rodeos before, but this is national.”

Keariana has been told “those girls can be pretty, pretty fast” at nationals, and making sure she is good and ready is the best advice she’s received so far.

“I’ve been told it can be very disappointing if you don’t do as well as you think you should,” Keariana said.

 That’s hard for the first time out at the national level because it’s all new and she may not know what to expect, she said.

“I’ve been told to set my standards high but not too high,” she said. “I tend to set mine very, very high.”

Good thing the girls and their families are heading West together.

“We’re pretty good friends, and we know we can count on each other,” Keariana said.

Rebecca is the daughter of Glenda and Glen Haines, and Keariana is the daughter of Charlene and Chad Lauver. Keariana’s brother Shadyn, plus the girls’ families, horses and other competitors all head to New Mexico beginning midnight Wednesday, Glenda Haines said.

It’s better for the horses to travel at night, she said, when it’s cooler. If it were a non-stop trek, it would take about 31 hours to get to New Mexico, she said.

The rodeo will be broadcast live online; check it out at the National High School Rodeo website: www.nhsra.com.

1
Text Only
News
  • Ritz-Craft Ritz-Craft to hire 60 for Mifflinburg plant

    MIFFLINBURG — Sixty jobs are coming to Mifflinburg as a Ritz-Craft production facility that went dark seven years ago amid the housing downturn will come back on line during the next few months, company officials announced Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Selinsgrove man dies when tractor flips in Chapman Township

    PORT TREVORTON — A 57-year-old Selinsgrove man died Tuesday evening when the farm tractor he was driving overturned and pinned him beneath it, according to Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel.

    July 29, 2014

  • VanKirk 'Real hero' of World War II dies

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Monday of natural causes in the retirement home where he lived in Georgia. He was 93.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mayor: Rental ban for drug dealers a success

    SUNBURY — A controversial landlord-tenant ordinance passed by the City Council in 2012 has become one of Sunbury’s “better success stories,” Mayor David Persing said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mom cited for allegedly leaving baby in car for 12 minutes

    LEWISBURG — A summary citation carrying a maximum fine of $127.50 was filed Tuesday against a Lewisburg woman accused of leaving her 10-month-old baby unattended for 12 minutes in a car in Union County on July 21.

    July 29, 2014

  • Line Mountain district, teachers $1.2M apart in contract talks

    MANDATA — Separate proposals from the Line Mountain School District and its teachers union are $1.2 million apart and not getting any closer, according to Benjamin L. Pratt, the district’s labor counsel at the CGA Law Firm.

    July 29, 2014

  • Road work: Expect traffic delays on Route 54 near Danville

    RIVERSIDE — Motorists in the Danville-Riverside area are advised that a 2.2-mile micro-surfacing project on Route 54 from Riverside borough to Boyd Station in Northumberland County will begin this afternoon.

    July 29, 2014

  • Blood trail leads to stabbing suspect in Montour County

    DANVILLE — Borough police followed a trail of blood along a sidewalk, up a staircase and down a hallway that led to a moaning woman who they say knifed another woman Sunday night.

    July 29, 2014

  • Spencer_Maria1.jpg Maria Spencer charged with murdering her ex-husband

    SELINSGROVE — On Monday, a little more than two years after Frank Spencer was executed outside his Columbia County home, his former wife and her father were charged in his murder and the attempted homicide of Spencer’s girlfriend.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Opponents, supporters to discuss clean air rules

    DENVER — Hundreds of people are expected to attend public hearings this week in a handful of cities across the U.S. to tell federal regulators what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants.

    July 29, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.