Earlier this month during the Colorado Pro Rodeo Assoc. (CPRA) Finals, La Junta was strongly represented in the steer wrestling championship.

Twelve of the top steer wrestlers in the state qualified for the finals through money won at regular season events; four of the twelve hands call La Junta their home. The La Junta cowboys executed great speed and strength, and they each went to the pay window during the state finals.

Of the La Junta contestants, Kyle Broce went into the finals with the most in earnings; he posted nearly $4,000 in regular season earnings.

Broce finished second during the last performance of the CPRA Finals, where he clocked an impressive 4.5-second run.

Hadley Jackson was second to Broce with nearly $3,000 in season earnings. Jackson clinched the win in the first go-round, with a time of 6.0.

Closely behind Jackson in the standings was Daniel Joos with over $2,500 won. Joos finished in the top four during the first go-round.

Tuff Gibson qualified with nearly $2,000 in prize money. Gibson had a top-four finish in round two of the finals.

According to Jackson, the cowboys traveled to rodeos together throughout the season, and it was an enjoyable year for the tight-knit group.

Their other partner Colt Honey barely missed the cut off for finals, but he still played an integral role in the success of his buddies during the championship weekend.

"Kyle and I both rode Colt's horse at the finals," says Jackson whose horse was sidelined due to injury. "It was a fun year rodeoing with a great group of guys."

Other La Junta contenders at the CPRA Finals included Ryan Belew and Kyle Belew in the tie-down roping, Dara Belew in the breakaway roping, and Tyler Beebe in the saddle bronc riding.

Kyle and Dara each placed in two of the three performances in their divisions.

OJC's Tyler Beebe had a phenomenal finals, and walked away the Saddle Bronc CPRA State Finals Average Champion.

Fowler also had a solid lineup on the CPRA Finals roster, with Darnell Johnson winning the tie-down roping aggregate, and Fowler native Jenna Pruitt claiming the barrel racing average title. Priutt's sister, Nicole Waggoner of Fowler was crowned the 2018 CPRA Barrel Racing Champion.

Over $32,000 was paid out to Arkansas Valley cowboys and cowgirls during the CPRA Finals.