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Back to nationals: BHS graduate Moe to compete in High School National Finals Rodeo

Alyshia Moe, who graduated from Bemidji High School earlier this month, placed second at the Minnesota High School Rodeo barrel racing championship last week and will compete in the national rodeo in Rock Springs Wyo., July 14-20. Submitted Photo

BEMIDJI — Alyshia Moe will cap her high school rodeo career by competing in the barrel racing event at the High School National Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. July 14-20.

Moe, who graduated from Bemidji High School earlier this month, is making her fourth consecutive trip to the national competition. In 2010 she placed third in barrel racing but she was unable to make it into the top-10 the next two years.

“Last year I hit a barrel during a race and didn’t qualify for the short go (finals),” Moe said. “This is my last time at the high school national rodeo and I figure that I have nothing to lose. At this level every second counts and I’m not going to play it safe. I’m going to be tight when I’m making my runs.”

Teaming with Moe is Payday, her 12-year-old horse.

“Payday is in her prime now,” Moe said. “I bought her three years ago and she’s been to two national rodeos so she knows what to expect.”

Moe qualified for the national meet by placing second last week in the Minnesota high school barrel racing competition. The top four earned trips to Wyoming.

“I’m excited to go back to nationals,” Moe said. “My goal is to make it to the short go (finals) and see what happens.

“After placing third my first time here I think I took things too seriously the next time and that brought me down. I have learned that you have to have fun at the nationals. Everybody who made it here is very good and you are too. There is no reason to put more pressure on yourself,” Moe added.

Anyone wishing to give Alyshia a hand in paying for the trip to Wyoming will have the opportunity on July 5 when she hosts a fundraising car wash at Overbeek Electronics.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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