Rexburg’s Smith sixth in bull riding average at NFR

Rexburg cowboy Garrett Smith is still looking for his third score of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

For the fourth night in a row, the Madison County bull rider ranked No. 2 in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association world rankings did not stay on his bull for the required eight seconds to receive a score at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The last night he was not bucked off was night two, which he won with a score of 87. He is sixth in the average with four nights remaining. Trey Benton III, ranked No.3 in the world, has received scores for five of his six rides and leads the average.

MISS RODEO IDAHO RECEIVES SECOND RUNNER-UP: Over the weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Miss Rodeo Idaho Hunter Rackham received second runner-up at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant at the NFR. Rackham received an $8,000 scholarship for her second runner-up finish as well as the $1,000 Sherry Smith Memorial Scholarship.

Miss Rodeo Florida Keri Sheffield won Miss Rodeo America 2018.

“Hunter has inspired and educated, shown grace and integrity and captured our hearts during her reign this year,” Miss Rodeo Idaho program president Sheri Arkoosh said in a news release. “Winning second runner-up is an amazing accomplishment considering this year’s strong and competitive group of contestants. We’re so proud of her.”

A 2014 Rigby High School graduate and the 2013 National High School Finals Rodeo Queen, Rackham began her time as Miss Rodeo Idaho at the 2016 Snake River Stampede in Nampa. Per the release, Rackham said she plans to pursue a career in agriculture sales as an Idaho real estate agent.

“No other sport better encompasses faith, family and friendship and sportsmanship like rodeo,” Rackham said in the release. “I have gained a passion for the sport and an enthusiasm for the camaraderie and support of fellow competitors and fans. I’ve made lifelong friends through rodeo and its impact on my life has truly been immeasurable.”