Rio Blanco 4-H youth participants win big at state shooting contest

Meeker High School junior Shane Kobald took first at the 2020 State 4H Archery Tournament in the Compound Unlimited Senior Class, possibly the first Meekerite to qualify at this level. Kobald spent many years with help from his dad John Kobald and friend Jeff Mcguire from ¨Parts City Auto Parts—McGuire Auto Parts¨

“I was able to get all the help and resources I needed to be successful,” Kobald said. “I owe a lot of my skills to them. I got my first bow at the age of six at Rocky Mountain Bowstrings and had the opportunity to shoot with the legend Bill Ruckman.” Kobald commented on how archery “takes a lot of patience and concentration so that you can make every shot the same and hit that X every time; I had great teachers and was able to stay motivated to just get out there and overall just have a good time.”

RBC | Rio Blanco 4-H Shooting Sports youth made a great showing at this year’s Colorado State 4-H Shoot where they competed with other 4-H youth from around the state. In archery, Shane Kobald placed first in the Senior Unlimited Compound class. Two other archers join Kobald in qualifying for the National Competition: Brighton Bair (ninth place) and Grace Roberts who both competed in the Senior Compound Limited class. John Bair placed sixth in the state in the Compound Limited Junior class competition. Other competitors in this class included Jacob Roberts, Dawn Arnold, Luke Olson and Jemma Bair. Azalia Bresnak competed in archery in the Compound Traditional Junior class.

.22 Rifle competitors include Steven Raley (eighth place) and Wesley Hubbard in the .22 Hunt Junior class. Raley also competed in the .22 Hunt Scope Junior class and Hubbard competed in the Air Rifle Utility Junior class.

Rio Blanco County 4-H is very proud of all our competitors and congratulates them all on their achievements.

4-H State 4-H Shoot contestants. Left to right are Dawn Arnold, Shane Kobald, Brighton Bair and Azalia Bresnak.