Portales area team competes in own high school rodeo

PNT Staff

Three members of the Portales area high school rodeo team earned top-two finishes in the team over the weekend in the team’s rodeo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.
Tori Bilberry of Elida was second on Saturday in breakaway roping, while Kassandra Clark of Dora and Kodi Armitage of Elida finished 1-2 in Sunday’s goat tying competition.
Bobby Grimes, a security guard at Portales High who has coached the area rodeo program for about 10 years, said he was pleased with the results.
“If they did that, I’m really happy,” Grimes said Tuesday after learning the results.
Numerous teams from New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona took part in the event, battling through the rainy elements and muddy conditions which made the competition especially challenging.
Grimes said his people handled it well.
“They’re pretty tough,” he said. “They just go right ahead and tough it out.”
Grimes, who was responsible for getting the program going, said having a program is challenging because many of the athletes participate in regular school sports.
“The kids came to me and wanted to start (a program),” he said. “I get a lot of enjoyment out of helping them. They’re all good kids.”
The Portales area team has another rodeo coming up in a couple of weeks.