Steele Smith wins All-Around Cowboy and Champion Team Roper at KJHSRA finals

• Smith and Partner Vander Hamm won nationals in 2022, took third in 2023

Two summers ago, as a sixth grader at South Barber, Steele Smith and his team roping partner won the national championship in Georgia. Last year, the team roping duo took third at nationals. This past weekend, they were Team Roping Champions at the Kansas Junior High School Rodeo Association finals. This qualifies them to again compete at nationals, which is in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 23-29.

Smith won other top placings at the state rodeo. He qualified in breakaway (fourth place), goat tying (reserve champion) and chute dogging (fourth place). His achievements earned him the top title of All...


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