PO‘IPU — “Go, Mom!” screamed Apryl Soares’ fans from the stands.
Mother’s Day was special for members of the Kaua‘i All Girls Rodeo Association who took advantage of the sunny skies and gentle trades to host a rodeo at the CJM Country Stables.
“We would rather be on our horses, anyway,” Carol Carpenter Ayala said following the rodeo’s Grand Entry. “And this is perfect weather.”
Coralyn Murayama was named the rodeo’s All Around Champion as the brown-shirted cowgirl took advantage of early “undecorating” to top the Steer Undecorating event on a quick 6.34/2 run, a scant .30 faster than Marti Snyder who took second in the event.
Additionally, a quick run through the 3D Barrels course yielded her a second finish at 17.50 over Snyder’s 17.78 go.
But Snyder came back strong in the 3D Pole Bending event with a 23.26 go for first place over Murayama’s 24.69 go that relegated her to fifth place in the first division.
Snyder continued to show strong by teaming with Soares on a 77.63/2 average to top the Dally Team Roping event, while Murayama, teaming with Soares, finished fourth on a 53.52 single go.
The tight competition waged back and forth throughout the six-event day with Murayama being crowned the event champion and Snyder taking the reserve champion honors.
Full results can be found in the Scoreboard on page B2.