Leflett brothers of Benton heading to National High School Finals Rodeo again


Russell Hedges

Brothers Peyton and Tanner Leflett of Benton have advanced to the National High School Finals Rodeo again.
The brothers qualified by finishing second in Team Roping in the Louisiana High School State Rodeo Finals in Lake Charles.
They won the first round with a time of 6.17 and the second with a 7.78. In the finals, they slipped a leg and incurred a 5 second penalty, resulting in the second-place finish.
The National High School Finals Rodeo is in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 13-19. The brothers finished eighth in their event last year.
Peyton Leflett plans to team with Tristan Martin of Sulphur in the International Youth Finals Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla., before going to Wyoming.
The National High School Finals Rodeo features more than 1,500 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia and is the world’s largest rodeo.
Contestants compete for more than $200,000 in prizes and $350,000 in college scholarships.
Peyton graduated from Benton in May and Tanner will be a junior this fall. Their sister, Lauren, who is also a rodeo competitor, is a cheerleader at Louisiana Tech.