Denning named to Wrangler team

— Yampa's Cody Denning was recently named to the Wrangler High School All-Star Team, which honors the state's top high school cowboys and cowgirls.

Denning and Chance Skelton of Arvada were the top two underclassmen finishers in the saddle bronc division during the past rodeo season, enabling them to be named to the Wrangler team.

"It's a pretty big deal," Denning said.

Leaders of the National High School Rodeo Association select the team members based not only on athletic achievement but also on leadership qualities and academic eligibility.

The Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team is the first corporate-sponsored youth rodeo.

"We are excited to again this year expand Wrangler's rodeo sponsorship program at the high school level," said Karl Stressman, special events manager for Wrangler Rodeo. "As always, it gives us a tremendous sense of pride to associate the Wrangler brand with promising youth men and women. We're confident each member of the team will be an outstanding goodwill ambassador for the sport of rodeo."

Members of the team receive embroidered shits and two pairs of competition jeans, as well as an official team certificate signed by rodeo greats Jim Shoulders and Ty Murray.

Denning said it's uncommon for a Western Slope cowboy to be named to this team since many of the top riders in the state reside in the Eastern Plains.

He couldn't remember another South Routt cowboy having been selected for the Wrangler team.

Denning got his start in youth rodeos before he moved up to the high school level.

He will resume competitions in early April.

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