West Columbia’s Brayze Schill came away from the 15th annual National Junior High Finals in Huron, South Dakota, with a top-10 finish and four pieces of hardware.
Competing in bareback steer riding, the West Brazos Junior High made his first appearance in the event at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. He placed in the first and second rounds and received a pair of plaques plus a $200 scholarship as he finished eighth overall.
“I was blessed to go up there, because I was sixth in the first round,” Schill said. “I was sixth going into the short round, which is the top 20, but I didn’t have a very good steer because it didn’t buck much. But I am just blessed and thankful that I got the opportunity to go up there and compete.”
Schill also collected two belt buckles, one for being part of the part of the Texas team that won the championship and another for finishing in the top 10. Good animals the first two rounds helped his final result, he said.
“I finished sixth overall in the first round, scoring 65 points,” Schill said. “The steer was good and everything just worked out. With the steer being half of the points you earn, I had a good steer in this round.”
He scored 61 points in the second round to maintain his sixth-place standing, but the animal he had to ride in the final round caused his score to slip.
“I didn’t get a good steer, because the steer scores points as well, and I scored a 58,” Schill said.
During his stay in Huron, Schill picked up some valuable guidance and met some cowboys from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
“They had several classes during the week, and I went to one of them and they helped me out with some things like making my stall a little better for my horse,” Schill said.
Schill will continue going to rodeos and next will try to qualify for a return trip to the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.
“I’ve been there three previous times before, and all I have to do is go to more rodeos and qualify,” he said.