PO‘IPU —Keoni Akita led the field of Keiki and High School Rodeo Association event Saturday at the CJM Country Stables in Po‘ipu.
Keoni finished the 2013 opening rodeo by taking top honors in the Reach Roping (10.005) and Goat Undecorating (7.778) events in the K-2 division as well as finishing second in the Barrel Racing (22.868) and Pole Bending (24.069).
Casera Silva topped the 3-5 division, copping top honors in the Barrel Racing (19.354) and Pole Bending (25.313) before settling in fourth in the Goat Tying (28.681) event.
Tight competition ruled the keiki rodeo field as Taylor Langtad rose to the top of the K-2 Barrel Racing by just a .3 second margin, finishing at 22.536 over Keoni Akita’s runner-up go of 22.868.
The battle for third place in the division was even closer as Kahanu Blackstad chipped out third place by .057 second, stopping the clock on a 26.733 go over Leolani Fernandez’s 26.790 go.
During the Pole Bending for the 3-5 division, Tyler Iwasaki, going on to top the Goat Tying (23.822), settled in the runner-up spot on a 28.236 go, edging out Makena Murayama (28.860) by .624 second.
Kylee Rapozo finished with two third place finishes in the 3-5 division, taking the Barrel Racing (21.370) before edging out Reign Palama (14.664) in the Reach Roping on a 14.266 go, a margin of .398 second.
Kahinu Palama-Soares was the sole competitor in the Breakaway Roping, 3-5 division, completing the go on 8.210.
Coryssa Silva topped the field, taking five of the six events in Rodeos 7 and 8, including Barrel Racing8 (19.448), Pole Bending7 (24.386), Pole Bending8 (23.925) and Breakaway Roping (8.656).
Her only events preventing a sweep of eight events came in the Barrel Racing7 where she was edged out of the top spot by Kiara Ruiz (19.977), settling for the runner-up berth on a 20.409 go, and fourth finishes in Goat Tying7 (23.141) and Goat Tying8 (23.914).
Kiara Ruiz finished with two top spots in eight events, taking Barrel Racing7 (19.977) and Breakaway Roping7 (15.410) in the Girls Junior Division and settling for second in Barrel Racing8 (19.734), Pole Bending8 (25.030), Breakaway Roping8 (13.480), Goat Tying7 (20.217), Goat Tying8 (17.195). She also finished third in the Pole Bending7 (26.351) after being nudged out of the No. 2 spot by Sierra Medeiros (25.908).
Sierra Medeiros topped the Goat Tying7 (17.418) and Goat Tying8 (15.043), ending the day with third place finishes in Barrel Racing7 (20.847) and Pole Bending8 (37.853).
Kyla Lazaro was consistent with four fourth place finishes, including Barrel Racing7 (21.431), Barrel Racing8 (25.620), Pole Bending7 (37.594) and Pole Bending8 (25.620).
Other standouts included Montana Godbehere finishing third in the Barrel Racing8 (21.77), Goat Tying7 (21.911) and Goat Tying8 (22.817)
Koby Blackstad topped the Junior Boys, racking up first finishes in the Breakaway Roping7, Goat Tying7 and 8 while finishing third in the Breakaway Roping8.
Blackstad charged to a 6.606 Breakaway Roping7 go over Raine Youn’s 9.750 go before relinquishing the lead to Youn (6.860) in Breakaway Roping8. He settled for a third finish on a 24.861 go beneath Justin Fernandez (20.305).
Blackstad roared back to top the Goat Tying7 and 8, finishing the event in Rodeo 7 with a 17.221 go, edging out Fernandez by little more than half a second, Fernandez clocking a 17.832. He continued his dominance in Rodeo 8, clocking a 20.474 over Fernandez’s 23.214.
Cheyanne Tannery finished with top finishes in four of eight events in the combined Rodeo 7 and 8 in the High School division, challenged by Alexis Vasconcelles who ended with three top finishes over eight events.
Tannery, who also competes up with the Kaua‘i All Girl Rodeo Association, topped the Barrel Racing Rodeo 7 on an 18.401 go, edging past Eliza Vierra by a mere .073 second. Courtney Medeiros (18.575) and Alexis Vasconcelles (20.462) rounded out the leaderboard. Tannery continued to top the event in Rodeo 8, finishing with a 17.839 go over Kelly Blackstad (20.043), Kira Pimental (20.140) and Cheyenne Andrade (21.594).
Her horsemanship overflowed into the Pole Bending event where she topped both Rodeo 7 and 8, taking top honors in Rodeo 7 on a 21.897 go and Rodeo 8 on a 22.163 go. Kira Pimental (26,807, 27.891), Kelly Blackstad (27.201, 31.426) and Cheyenne Andrade (29.124, 32.896) filled in the top four spots, respectively in Rodeo 7 and 8.
Alexis Vasconcelles topped the Breakaway Roping in both Rodeo 7 and 8 with go’s of 6.480 in Rodeo 7 and 4.655 in Rodeo 8, Kira Pimental challenging in both rodeos with rides of 18.448 and 6.465, respectively.
Alexis’ final first place came in the Goat Tying, Rodeo 7 where she clocked a 10.916 go over the efforts of Kira Pimental (12.978), Eliza Vierra (15.108) and Cheyanne Tannery (15.359).
Alexis was relegated to third in the Goat Tying, Rodeo 8, the event being taken by Eliza Vierra (14.266) followed by Cheyenne Andrade (14.756), Alexis Vasconcelles (15.099) and Cheyenne Andrade (15.474).
Randy Cremer, teaming with Austin Wellington, topped the Team Roping in both Rodeo 7 and 8, the team’s first go stopping the clock at 13.752 over the efforts of Cheyenne Andrade teaming with Alexis Vasconcelles on a 27.168 go.
In Rodeo 8, the Cremer-Wellington duo clocked a 14.667 go followed by Eliza Vierra teaming with Kira Pimental for a 25.498 go.
The next Keiki and High School rodeo will be held on Feb. 9.