McBee places fourth in nation

Posted 7/28/20

Chase McBee of Madisonville finished fourth in the nation in the pole bending category at the National High School Rodeo in Guthrie, Okla., which took place July 17-23.

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McBee places fourth in nation

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Chase McBee of Madisonville finished fourth in the nation in the pole bending category at the National High School Rodeo in Guthrie, Okla., which took place July 17-23.

McBee placed seventh in her first run as well as fourth in the Short Go, which helped boost her overall average time to fourth best out of all competitors in pole bending.

“The first round was really good for me,” said McBee. “In second round, I had a very messy run. It was just barely slower than the first, but it was way uglier. I was a little bit disappointed with that, but it was exactly the time I needed to qualify for the short go. It was just not as pretty as I would have liked it.”

McBee would save finest run for last.

“In the Short Go, I had my personal best,” said McBee. “I was overjoyed with that run. It was a really big accomplishment for me and I was beyond happy with it. Overall, I’m extremely proud of my performance, being able to keep my head straight and think about what I needed to do.”

McBee delivered a time of 20.26 in her opening round and 19.961 in the Short Go.

Along with her performances, McBee reveled in the experience of getting to associate with rodeo athletes from across the nation.

“It was a national competition, so there were people from all over being represented,” said McBee. “It was super cool to meet people from all over the United States and, as far as competition, it was actually a lot harder than I expected it to be. I didn't know some of the other states would send such great performers, so it is great to see rodeo doing so well in other places. I didn't expect that, but it was really cool to see.”

The state of Texas won the overall state competition for the second straight year.

McBee will now prepare for other fall rodeo season as they begin to ramp up. She will participated in Youth Rodeo Association activates beginning in mid-August before starting high school rodeo up again in October.

“We will start all over again and try to get back to nationals next year,” said McBee.

McBee’s journey to Guthrie, Okla. began in October with the THSRA Region IX Rodeos in Bryan. She complied top finishes and earned the top spot in the Region for pole bending to qualify for state.

She earned a top-four finish at the state competition at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene in June, but was unsure of her fate until the announcement was officially made.

The NHSFR features over 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Mexico and Australia. They will compete for over $150,000 worth in prizes as well as over $375,000 in college scholarships and a chance to be named NHSFR World Champion.

To earn the title of World Champion, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on their combined scores in the first two rounds before advancing to then final round. World Champions will be determined based on their combined scores in all three rounds.

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