Casey Budge rodeo

District 7 cowboy Casey Budge blows out a breath before landing on his steer in the steer wrestling event Wednesday morning during the Idaho High School State Finals Rodeo at the Bannock County Event Center.

POCATELLO — Cole Eiguren grew up in a rodeo family.

So it’s not unusual to see his name alongside two relatives in the Idaho High School State Finals Rodeo draw sheets.

Eiguren is competing in three events this week at the Bannock County Event Center. His cousins, Tayler Eiguren and Birch Eiguren, are there, too. Tayler is entered in three events, including team roping with partner, Birch.

Cole, who recently graduated from Fruitland High School, has his sights set on a trip to the National High School Finals Rodeo in all his events — team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Doing so would fall in line with his family’s illustrious rodeo history that includes three of Cole’s uncles and one of his grandfathers competing in the National Finals Rodeo on the professional circuit.

Cole earned 10 all-around points for leading the steer wrestling field in the first go-round, clocking a time of 4.280 seconds. He came in third in tie-down roping’s first go with a time of 9.840, though he and team roping partner Breck Ward did not record a time in their first attempt.

As for his cousins, they also failed to score during their first go in team roping. Tayler is in third place in breakaway roping after one go with a time of 3 seconds. She did not post a time in pole bending.

PHOTOS: 2019 Idaho High School State Finals rodeo, Wednesday

Cole said he’s undecided on his future athletic pursuits. Besides chasing rodeo success, Cole starred on Fruitland’s football and basketball teams. He earned first-team 3A all-state honors last season at defensive back while also playing quarterback for the Grizzlies. He followed that with a first-team all-state basketball season, helping Fruitland to a runner-up finish at the 3A state tournament.

And any talk of a friendly family rivalry was squashed. They’re all hunting a common goal.

“I hope they do really good,” Cole said.


Breanna Jenkins already has one state championship this week at the Idaho High School State Finals Rodeo. She’s hoping it leads to more positive results and ultimately, an all-around championship.

The recent Madison High School grad earned her first career trip to nationals by winning the reined cow horse championship this week, scoring 59 points to edge second-place Nolan Hansen by three. She also finished 12th in cow cutting and is entered in four other events — breakaway roping, goat tying, pole bending and team roping. She’s yet to score inside the top 10 in those events through one go, but clocked the second-fastest time in Wednesday’s goat tying performance at 7.79 seconds.

Jenkins said winning the state title in cow horse alleviated some pressure. She entered the same six events in last year’s state finals and didn’t make it to nationals in any of them. She can check that goal off her list early this time around.

To win the all-around title, she’ll have to knock off reigning all-around cowgirl Jessi Jane Portenier, who has also yet to score in the top 10, finished 18th in reined cow horse and eighth in cow cutting.

“I just go out there knowing exactly what I have to do,” Jenkins said.