Snyder soars at KAGRA opener

PO’IPU — Marti Snyder earned four top honors enroute to being named All Around Cowgirl, Sunday.

Snyder whizzed through the first division of the 3D Barrel Racing, sped through the Steer Undecorating, topped the first division of the 3D Pole Bending event before teaming up with Apryl Soares to top the Dally Team Roping event at the Kaua’i All Girl Rodeo Association (KAGRA) 2006 season opener.

Joyce Miranda of CJM Country Stables noted that with the rain a few days before the rodeo, the ground was compacted enough to give the cowgirls an opportunity to rack up some good times in the dustless conditions.

A breeze blowing in off the ocean helped keep things tidy and fans cool.

Wendy Tannery, who was nursing an injured steed and entering only two events, informed spectators of the possibility of seeing whales frolicking in the bay, and no sooner was that announcement made when several blows and a nice breach took place in the bay.

Snyder was all business as she captured the top two slots of the 3D Barrel Racing, Division One. Her first run nailed in at 17.27 with her second place run stopping the clock at 17.67.

Snyder, riding at the end of the field, sped to a 6.89 Steer Undecorating for the top honors in that event.

A time of 22.44 in the First Division of the 3D Pole Bending event also earned another top honor, and her final first finish came with Apryl Soares in the Dally Team Roping where the pair stopped the clock at 37.50 on one go.

Snyder also teamed with Miranda for a third finish in that event at 51.19, and finished the day with a second place finish in the Breakaway Roping event, slipping to Stantel Wong by a scant .04 second at 10.69.

Kristyn Vasconcelles saved her 3D Barrel Racing go with a leaning save of the final barrel, but that slipped her to third place in the First Division at 17.80.

However, Vasconcelles finished the day with Reserve All Around Cowgirl honors.

Leaders of all the KAGRA events can be found in the Scoreboard section on page B2.

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