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EXTREME TEAM NEWS Official Publication of the Texas High School Rodeo Association

PO Box 862, Centerville, TX 75833 903.536.4098 (home) steve@txriatarealty.com

HOLLY DeLAUNE Marketing Director

1ST vice president Mike Cook

830.815.1800 • delaune.holly@gmail.com

375 Tokio Loop • West, TX 76691 254.829.1788 • scarface@kencook.net


2ND vice president alan bohlen

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PO Drawer 468 • Hondo, TX 78861 830.426.3270 • alanbohlen@yahoo.com

secretary/treasurer Susan baldwin

704 1/2 Southview Circle • Center, TX 75935 936.590.4447 texashighschoolrodeo@gmail.com

Graphics/Layout Director lauren@distinct-graphics.com 830.249.8020


Advertising ava.anderson@yahoo.com 830.540.3737(H) • 512.576.2275(C)



Computer Programmer brian.roberts53@att.net 281.213.9143


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Junior High national Director john bland




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queen coordinator Dee dee dunda

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8819 Holiday Drive • Odessa, TX 79765 432-413-2358 • prettywoman1965@hotmail.com


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Mikey Duggan



PO Box 1414 • Canyon, TX 79015 806.655.9910 • m.j.duggan@att.net

bill byler

6708 Coshatte Rd • Bellville, TX 77418 979.865.9409 • bbyler@wtbyler.com

chris wolfe

630 E FM 813 • Palmer, TX 75152 214.403.4638 • chris.wolfe@bldr.com

bubba bennight

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robert sbrusch

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thsraofficers@hotmail.com student president shelby hermann student vice president bailey reina student secretary jimmie smith Queen mckenna greene










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Marilyn Melvin

The Whataburger Whatakid is selected due to their ability to excel both in and out of the rodeo arena. Whataburger is proud to recognize a THSRA member from each of the ten regions who truly upholds the title “Whatakid!” One of the nominees will be chosen at the State Final Rodeo in June as the Whatakid of the Year. In recognition of this accomplishment they will receive free Whataburgers for an entire year!


ongratulations to Marilyn Melvin, the Region IV Whatakid who hales from Paradise, Texas. Marilyn is a senior at Paradise High School where she is a member of many organizations including the FFA, National BETA Club, UIL Academics,

and FCCLA. She puts her schoolwork first and it is evident by her grade point average of a 4.1 and being a member of the prestigious National Honor’s Society. Marilyn says, “I played sports for my school until I decided to give them up to spend more time focusing on my academics


and my rodeo events. Giving up playing varsity basketball and running cross-country to rodeo more was definitely a sacrifice. I love playing sports and I really miss it a lot, but rodeo is my first love and so I want to give it all I can.” As a student athlete she received multiple All Academic All-District honors for her academic achievements. Outside of school she enjoys doing community service and volunteer projects through her school's BETA Club program. Marilyn also says, “I enjoy giving lessons to kids, whether it's just riding horses or if we're practicing for a rodeo event.” She has found her own rhythm when it comes to managing school and rodeo, her day begins with what she calls her morning routine, then she heads to school and when she comes home she beings to ride her horses. “I try to keep up with riding my young horses and colts as much as I can, keep my rodeo horses in shape, and practice as much as I can. I give a lot of riding lessons and rodeo lessons to kids that live around me, so a lot of my weeknights are spent in the practice pen with some great kids that I get to teach. We rope, tie goats, run barrels and poles, or just ride and work on the basics. If I'm not riding or practicing, I'm probably feeding, doing chores, or doing something for school. My weeks are always busy, but I have a really good schedule. I spend most of my weekends at rodeos with my family and friends,” said Marilyn. Her expertise in rodeo comes from years of competing. Her list of accomplishment are very long, but some of her career highlights are that she has won multiple titles in THSRA, including some awards in junior high, and the Region 3 High School Rodeo Champion Pole Bender, 2x Reserve Champion All Around Cowgirl, 2x Reserve Champion Girls Cutter, and Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper. She is also a 2x IFYR Short Go Qualifier in barrels, pole bending, and breakaway roping, and has placed in the top ten in each of her events. “I have been very blessed in my rodeo career, and I am fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to be a part of such a great industry. My favorite competitions are definitely the high school rodeos, high school state finals, and the IFYR in Shawnee, OK,” said Marilyn. “Never let success get to your head. Never let failure get to your heart” is the motto that Marilyn lives by and it has helped her both academically and in her rodeo career. Marilyn reflected on what competing in rodeo has given to her and she says, “I have enjoyed meeting lots of different people and making lifelong friends that share my passion for rodeo. Rodeo is such a family thing, and I feel like there are plenty of people that are part of my family even though they may not be blood.” She recognizes that she would not be where she is today without, Firewater Frost or “Flit” , which is her most favorite horse and the one that has won her many titles. He is the favorite of her many horses. Marilyn laughs when asked what she collects, “I definitely collect horses... I have way too many!” She is quick to give credit to her parents for everything they have done for her. “My heroes would definitely be my parents. They're both amazing with a horse and help me with everything. They both had a lot of success in rodeo, both on the high school/ college level and also onto the amateur and professional level as well. I hope I can live up to all that they've done and make them proud for all they do for me.” This impressive young lady has big plans for her future, which include going to college, college rodeoing, and she hopes to become an anesthesiologist. “I know that I will always love to rodeo and that it will always be a huge part of my life. However, I would like to be an anesthesiologist so I have a way to help other people and to do something important with my time that I enjoy instead of just working to make a living,” says Marilyn. Marilyn truly is a Whatakid and we wish her good luck in the future because we know she will do great things!


“From the High School Finals to the National Finals, a Resistol has always been my hat.”



RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN Pays Out $1.1 million to THSRA Alumni, Bareback Rider, Richmond Champion

he Richest one-day Rodeo in Western Sports worry. “What does a 21-year-old do with a million? History paid out $2 million to rodeo contesChampion is a THSRA alumni who began his rodeo tants on Texas Independence Day. career a little late compared to most, but showed great Cowboys and cowgirls from across the aptitude for the sport. He was the 2011 State Champion world gathered at AT&T Stadium for their Bareback rider and went on to finish 16th at the NHSRF, chance at the $2 million dollar payout. Underdogs, leg- then just three years late he has won the biggest rodeo event ends and world champions competed in seven events on around and is headed to the bank with $1.1 million dollars. Texas Independence Day. As promised by President and The American was filled with THSRA Alumni, one CEO Randy Bernard, $2 million, in total prize money current THSRA member Shelby Herrman of Region 8 was paid out. Each RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN event qualified for the semi-finals in Mesquite, but barely missed champion received a $100 thousand dollar paycheck along moving on to the event in Arlington. with a prize package totaling Taking place at Dallas more than $27,000 (a Polaris Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium RANGER, a custom Cactus on March 2, 2014, with trophy saddle, a Bohlin Buckle an estimated attendance of and a Browning Gun.) 75,000, RFD-TV’s THE “THE AMERICAN was AMERICAN Presented by created to provide an opportuPolaris RANGER is the sinnity for qualifiers to compete gle largest 1-day cash prize against the best in the world. event in the entire history It truly was a historic day for of rodeo. With $2-million on western sport athletes. I would the line, the best athletes in Richmond "Richie" Champion competing at the like to thank the sponsors, conthe world will be gathering 2011 NHSRF – Jennings Photography testants and fans for supporting in Dallas to compete in one and making this vision a realepic day of raw rodeo will, ity,” stated Randy Bernard, President and CEO of Rural skill and power. Media Group. THE AMERICAN is invited the top 10 athletes in History was made when The Woodlands, Texan, each of the traditional rodeo sports as well as the top 10 Richmond Champion was the only qualifier to win his from the PBR. The top 10 bull riding contestants were event. The 21-year-old Bareback Rider was one of 46 invited after the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, and the qualifiers and 9 exemptions eligible for the million dollar remainder of the primary rodeo sports contenders, were side pot. determined after the top ten in the world are named. In Champion said, “I felt really good coming out of the addition to the 10 invites, THE AMERICAN made five Mesquite Semifinals. It was a huge confidence boost. additional spots available for any rodeo athlete in the world When you come to an event like THE AMERICAN you through five regional qualifiers. If one of those athletes have to set goals. After my second ride it started to hit me went on to win their respective event (like Champion did) that I would have a chance at the million dollars.” at THE AMERICAN they will split an additional bonus Champion was third coming out of the opening round pool of $1-million dollars in prize money. With the help with a score of 90 in the finals round riding a horse named of broadcast partners and sponsors, RFD-TV broadcasted Assault. the event LIVE on the day, helping to bring the totality of With bareback being one of the first events he had to this defining western sports experience to a wide national watch each event to see if another qualifier would win their audience. For more information, please visit: www.amerievent, which would have meant that he would have had to canrodeo.com and www.RFDTV.com. Follow them on share the million. That led to some nail biting moments and Twitter @RFDTVAMERICAN and on find them on at the end, a huge win for Champion. Now he has another Facebook:www.facebook.com/RFDTVTheAMERICAN


THE AMERICAN RESULTS THE AMERICAN $1 Million Dollar Cowboy · Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, TX, Total winnings – $1.1 million THE AMERICAN All-Around Champion · Trevor Brazile, Decatur, TX Bareback – THE AMERICAN Champion · Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, TX Shoot Out Results · 1st - Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, TX, 90 – $100,000 · 2nd - Steven Peebles, Redmond, OR, 87 - $25,000 (Tie-breaker) · 3rd - Kaycee Field, Payson, UT, 87 · 4th - Caleb Bennett, Morgan, UT, NS Steer Wrestling – THE AMERICAN Champion · Hunter Cure, Holiday, TX Shoot Out Results · 1st - Hunter Cure, Holiday, TX, 3.75 – $100,000 · 2nd - Dean Gorsuch, Gering, NE, 4.28 – $25,000 · 3rd - Dru Melvin, Hebron, NE, 9.09 · 4th - Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, ID, 16.93 Team Roping – THE AMERICAN Champion · Kaleb Driggers (HD), Albany, GA / Patrick Smith (HL), Midland, TX Shoot Out Results · 1st - Kaleb Driggers (HD), Albany, GA / Patrick Smith (HL), Midland, TX, 4.38 – $100,000 per man · 2nd - Erich Rogers (HD), Round Rock, AZ, / Cory Petska (HL), Lexington, OK, 4.49 - $25,000 per man · 3rd - Jake Barnes (HR), Huntsville, TX, / Junior Nogueira (HL), Brazil, 4.61 · 4th - Nick Sartain (HD), Yukon, OK, / Rich Skelton (HL), Llano, TX, NT Saddle Bronc – THE AMERICAN Champion · Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA Shoot Out Results · 1st - Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, 92.5 – $100,000 · 2nd - Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, 89 – $25,000 · 3rd - Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, SD, 83.75 · 4th - Tyler Corrington, Hastings, NM, NS Tie-Down Roping – THE AMERICAN Event Champion · Tyson Durfey, Weatherford TX Shoot Out Results · 1st - Tyson Durfey, Weatherford TX, 6.95 – $100,000 · 2nd - Trevor Brazile, Decatur, TX, 7.24 – $25,000 · 3rd - Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 7.39 · 4th - Marcus Allen Costa, San Paulo, Brazil, NT Barrel Racing – THE AMERICAN Champion · Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD Shoot Out Results · 1st - Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 14.035 – $100,000 · 2nd - Robyn Herring, Huntington, TX, 18.991 – $25,000 · 3rd - Jane Melby, Burneyville, OK, 19.203 · 4th - Shelly Anzick, Livingston, MT, 19.505 Bull Riding – THE AMERICAN Champion · J.B. Mauney, Moorseville, NC Shoot Out Results · 1st - J.B. Mauney, Mooresville, NC, 90.5 – $100,000 · 2nd - Guilherme Marchi, Ferris, TX, NS – $25,000 (based off of first round score) · 3rd - Joao Ricardo Vieira, Decatur, TX, NS · 4th - Mike Lee, Decatur, TX, NS


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Rodeo Time Again!

student officers President - austin vincent vice president 1- klancy best vice president 2- aaron macy Secretary/historian - brent ivy


state directors / region officers kirt espenson 1750 CR 628 • Hart, Texas 79043 806.240.0432 • e6calfranch@aol.com

steve mcconnell 425 CR 510 • Hereford, Texas 79045 806.276.5671 • lindam@wtrt.net secretary - Mikey Duggan PO Box 1414 • Canyon, Texas 79015 806.655.9910 • m.j.duggan@att.net

joel kirkpatrick 2388 HWY 82 • Crosbyton, Texas 79322 806.697.2336 • jrtzkirkpatrick@hotmail.com President- Steve Mcconnell 425 CR 510 • Hereford, Texas 79045 806.276.4571 • lindam@wtrt.net


By Kennady Johnson

– ARIAT Performance Reporter


f we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” -Anne Bradstreet Its rodeo time again in Region 1. After a winter break that seemed would never end, we’re finally back in the swing of things. The panhandle is different than the rest of Texas. Our weather is so unpredictable; you never know what you’re going to get. Take last week for instance- on Monday it was sunny and 75. Wednesday we had

one of our famous haboobs, and for those who are lucky enough not to know what a haboob is, it’s a huge windstorm where the sky turns completely brown (makes you want to move here, right?). And to finish it off on Friday, it was cold. When we have nice spring weather, it is absolutely perfect, but I just wish it would stay that way for longer than a few hours. A little bad weather won’t keep us from rodeoing. It just makes us a little more grateful for the nice days we do have. With just a few more rodeos to finish off our season, competition is getting tougher than ever. Times are getting faster and scores are getting higher. When I asked Megan McClain what her favorite part of the spring rodeo semester was she replied with, “Getting to come back and see all of your friends. It’s also great coming back and competing against your favorite people and some of the best competition out there.” While some regions are done for the year, we’re just now getting back into the swing of things. So be expecting big things from Region 1. We’re even more extreme than our weather.

Region I 2013-2014 High School & Junior High Rodeo Schedule May 2, 3 & 4 - Tri-State Finals in Vernon 11


Working Harder Than Ever Before!

5455 SE 1800 • Andrews, Texas 79718 432.661.9389 • cfalcon@andrews.esc18.net

student officers President - kynzie rae mcneill vice president - macie friess Secretary - lori hill state directors / region officers charlie falcon


secretary - jody mcelroy Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.940.0385 • secretary@thsra2.com

PO Box 673 • Eldorado, Texas 76936 325.853.2811 • m.mertz@wcc.net kenny stewart 2347 FM 829 • Stanton, Texas 79782 432.458.3439 • kwstewart93@gmail.com

michael mertz

President- dale roberts PO Box 1536 • Seminole, Texas 79360 432.209.4225 • dalrob12@yahoo.com


By raelyn hill – ARIAT Performance Reporter


s spring rodeos are coming up it is time to stay competitive and work harder now then we have before! There are two rodeos and region finals left before we head off to state. Before the spring season starts let us take some time to reflect on the fall semester and see where everyone is standing. For the girls, Delani Wood is leading the girls all around, she is also leading the cutting and placing high in other events as well. Avery Weatherman is leading the poles by

running at least a high 20 every time. Bristan Kennedy is winning the barrel racing. Kynzie McNeill is ahead of the goat tying, also a national qualifier in goats. And McKenzie McAngus is ahead in breakaway. The boys all around goes to Samray Hooper as of now, as does the cutting. Dakota Felton leads the tie down and Edgar Tarango and Dax Stokes lead team roping. Out of our two steer wrestling Walker Kibbe is winning it. Blaise Freeman holds saddle bronc while Brady Roberts is ahead of the bull riding. As region II has almost doubled in size so has the competition. As the region has grown, there has been a need for more help. Parents have stepped up and took the responsibility of making our rodeos run smoothly. Our bake sales have continued to be a success and have helped the region make money. All adult officers and HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: student officers continue to do a great Region Finals job being leaders and helping region April 4 & 5 | Andrews II with anything possible. Hopefully everybody had a great break and is Cutting ready to finish the season out strong August 30 & 31 | Sweetwater and head off to state.

Region II 2013-2014 High School & Junior High Rodeo Schedule

Farm & Ranch Family The folks at McCoy’s Building Supply understand that it takes a lot of hard work and the whole family pitching in to get things done on a farm or ranch. That’s why we’d like to take some time out to salute Texas High School Rodeo Association families who are farmers and ranchers. In our monthly Farm & Ranch Family Spotlight, we’ll feature one family, sharing their story of how they work together as a family to make their farm or ranch successful. The spotlight will run for 10 months; each month will feature a different region. Each Regional McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family will receive a $100 McCoy’s Gift Card. The McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Year will receive a $500 McCoy’s Gift Card and will be announced at the 2014 THSRA State Finals.

Bradford Loeffler’s Family of Region VIII


by Holly DeLaune

radford Loeffler and his family are Region VIII’s McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family. Bradford’s ranching and rodeo roots go back a long way with many of his family members being very active in rodeo and ranching. His family lives outside of Alice and they all enjoy living in a place where they can pursue their passion for horses. Bradford’s younger sister, Acey, has competed in youth rodeos, and is now trying her hand at hunter jumper horses and is hoping to qualify for the World Show this year. His mother, Liz Pinkston, trains barrel horses and is a former NFR average winner. She has helped, mounted and coached many young barrel racers across Texas and is well known by all barrel racers. When Liz and her brother were growing up they were active in youth rodeo. Her brother rode bulls and Liz ran barrels and poles. Her parents wholeheartedly supported her, buying a small horse ranch and several horses over the years. His stepfather, Wade Pinkston competed in calf and team roping and is considered by many to be one of the best rodeo dads of all time, caring and helping all kids and serving as a director for youth rodeo associations. Bradford’s step grandmother comes from a famous South Texas cattle ranching family who descended from the Kings of the King Ranch. “My step grandmother is in the ranching business and still

rides cutting horses. She and her brother and sister own the Santa Fe Ranch in South Texas. Santa Fe Ranch is a commercial cow calf operation; they own their own feedlot where the cattle are fed out and marketed. Although I am not directly involved in that business I do take great pleasure in going down to the Santa Fe,” said Bradford. As for Bradford, he knows that his parents and grandparents commitment to rodeo and ranching has developed him into who he is today. “THSRA has been a big influence in my life as well as my family. It has taught me to be competitive as well as responsible,” said Bradford. Bradford and his family shop often at the McCoy’s in Alice for their ranch supply needs and are honored to be the recipients of the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family for Region VIII.



mike Britain 645 CR 393 • Stephenville, Texas 76401 254.595.0563 • mjbfarmsinc@aol.com

student officers President - Allison danley vice president - Cheyenne Britain Secretary - dakota allen


state directors / region officers

fulton murray 7 Westover Road • Fort Worth, Texas 76107 214.789.4884 • jfmurray3@mac.com

940.365.1548 • mhairford@matadorresources.com

matt hairford 6464 Paradise Drive • Aubrey, Texas 76227

president - mike Britain 645 CR 393 • Stephenville, Texas 76401 254.595.0563 • mjbfarmsinc@aol.com secretary - Kelley Williams 8853 Greenhaven Dr. • Fort Worth, Texas 76179 817.706.8236• kelley.williams@thsra3.com


Crowning the Champions


– ARIAT Performance Reporter


fter a year of relentless practicing and tough competition, it still came down to the Region III Finals to see who would be crowned the year end champions. The Region III Finals were held on March 15th and 16th at Lone Star Arena in Stephenville. The weekend was filled with exciting rodeo action as contestants battled it out for the top spots. I’d like to introduce the new champions of Region III! Brett Stuart, a freshman who competes in steer wrestling, team roping, and calf roping, was named Champion Rookie All Around Cowboy and Champion All Around Cowboy for Region III. “As a freshman, it means a lot to me to win the Rookie All Around title, but to win the All Around title as well... words can’t explain how much it means to me,” said Brett. He will be competing in all three of his events at the THSRA state finals. Destiny Hatfield, Region III’s new All Around Cowgirl says, “I am blessed to be able to do what I love and compete in every event.” Destiny, who started the year with a fractured leg, was able to work through it and become one of the toughest competitors in each of her 5 events. She also took home the

all around cowgirl destiny hatfield & all around cowboy brett stuart photo by Chutin Flicks

Girls Cutting title for the second year in a row. “Cutting is very different than the other rodeo events, but it gives me the same adrenaline rush as a great barrel run! I absolutely love it and am so grateful to Dusty and Kathy Morrison for letting me ride their incredible horses,” says Destiny. Senior Tate Elston ran away with the Boys Cutting, finishing the year with 128 points. He went out with a bang with an impressive score of 72 at the finals. Wesley Thorp and Tyson Thompson are Region III’s Champion Team Ropers. The extremely accomplished team clenched their title by winning the first round with a 5.7. This victory was especially important to both of them. While it was Tyson’s first high school team roping championship, it was Wesley’s fourth and final time to be named Region III’s Champion Team Roper. Freshman Ty Harris took Region III by storm to become the Champion Calf Roper. “There is so much tough competition at the Region III rodeos. It really means a lot to me to have this success - especially as a freshman,” says Ty. He credits his success to hard work, good horses, God, and supportive parents. “My dad is such a great coach. I love being down there at the barn with him everyday,” says Ty. CONGRATULATIONS TO REGION III’S Cheyenne Britain roped YEAR END CHAMPIONS! her calves in an impressive 2.6 and 2.3, winning the All Around Cowboy - Brett Stuart finals average and leaving no All Around Cowgirl - Destiny Hatfield doubt that she was Region Rookie All Around Cowboy - Brett Stuart III’s rightful breakaway champion. “I would like to Rookie All Around Cowgirl - Aspyn Dent thank God for blessing me Team Roping - Wesley Thorp and Tyson Thompson this year with my amazing Calf Roping - Ty Harris horse and letting everything Steer Wrestling - Keegan Dement work out the way He had it planned. If you put your faith Saddle Bronc Riding - Kolton Burnett in Him, anything is possible,” Bareback Riding - Zachary Campbell says Cheyenne. She would Bull Riding - Brody Yeary also like to thank her family for all of their help and supBoy’s Cutting - Tate Elston port. “I couldn’t have done it Girl’s Cutting - Destiny Hatfield without them!” she says. Breakaway Roping - Cheyenne Britain Keegan Dement didn’t Goat Tying - Aspyn Dent just win the steer wrestling; he dominated it. Finishing Barrel Racing - Tillar Murray the year with a 30 point lead Pole Bending - Megan Maciaac over second place, Keegan was named the Region III Champion Steer Wrestler. In the rough stock events, Zachary Campbell won the bareback riding, Kolton Burnett won the saddle bronc riding, and Brody Yeary won the bull riding. All three boys made great rides all year to secure their Region III Championships. Tillar Murray, the 2013 THSRA State Champion Barrel Racer, proved that she had what it takes once again when she brought home her second consecutive Region III Barrel Racing Championship. “I just try to think of every run as a practice run and try to enjoy doing what I love,” says Tillar. “I would like to thank my family for all they do for my rodeo and Ed and Martha Wright for all their help,” she adds. Despite the extremely competitive and tight race in the pole bending, Megan Macisaac managed to finish the year in the number one spot. Thanks to her great runs when the pressure was on at the finals, Megan was named the Region III Pole Bending Champion. After a year of impressive runs, the Region III Goat Tying Championship went to none other than Aspyn Dent. Aspyn, a senior who recently moved to Texas from Arizona, also competed in the breakaway and team roping. Congratulations and good luck to all of Region III’s Year End Champions and state qualifiers!


student officers President - Mackenzie Roberts vice president - lainey cooper Secretary - courtney gardner


state directors / region officers jeff Roberts PO Box 158 • Wills Point, Texas 75169 972.742.6593 • droberts@teconcorp.com

jerry wade 9129 FM 2578 • Terrell, Texas 75160 214.663.4977• raelyn.wade@kbm1.com

chuck sinks 555 Sinks Road • Rockwall, Texas 75032 214.869.4719 • ssbarexcavating@aol.com

President- jerry wade 9129 FM 2578• Terrell, Texas 75160 972.524.6880 • raelyn.wade@kbm1.com secretary - debby roberts PO Box 158• Wills Point, Texas 75169 972.742.6405 • droberts@teconcorp.com



Superb Seniors

By kailey toal– ARIAT Performance Reporter


he 2013-2014 rodeo year is quickly approaching its end, along with the school year. As we near the closing of our year for Region IV, we take a look at our last group of superb seniors, and some their abundant accomplishments. The first senior is 18-year-old Mackenzie Roberts. Mackenzie was born in Kaufman and now resides in Wills Point, Texas, with her parents Jeff and Debby, and her brother Cole. She also goes to school in Wills Point at Wills Point High School. She has rodeoed for 15 years and spent 7 at Region IV. During the seven years she has spent with T.H.S.R.A., Mackenzie has qualified for state since she was in the 6th grade, been the rookie all-around cowgirl in 2008 and 2011, and won the 2nd round of breakaway at state her sophomore year. Winning the second round in breakaway is also her favorite high school rodeo memory. However, with the favorite memories come the embarrassing. Mackenzie’s most embarrassing memory was, “In the first round of state of my sophomore year in the goat tying I run down there, step off my horse and my foot twists around and I fall on my back and do a backflip. Everybody in the stands laughed.” What she loves best about our region is that, “Everybody knows everybody and we all help each other out.” She also says that “It will be weird not doing (high school rodeo). For 7 seven years this has been my life and it is going to be hard to give up.” She continues saying, “I will

miss the people and just the sport in general.” In this sport, she competes in barrels, poles and breakaway, and says breakaway is her favorite of the three, “most of the time.” Her equine partners for these events are Holliday, Jenny and Hammer. She says that “Rodeo has taught me responsibility, made me grow up a little faster, but also taught me how to have fun at the same time. Mackenzie states, “My Dad has influenced me the most in rodeo. He has pushed me to my limits and I know I am better off for it. He is my inspiration and I strive to be better for him.” Outside of rodeo, Mackenzie runs cross country and has qualified for regionals for four years. In addition to this, she does track, is in the National Honors Society and the top 7% of her class, was a two time vice-president for Region IV and is currently our region president. After she graduates high school, she plans, “to attend the University of North Texas, and major in accounting, and hopefully get out in three years.” She says she, “will not college rodeo but I will still rodeo some on the side.” The last piece of advice Mackenzie would like to give the rest of the members at Region IV, is “Don’t take it for granted, it will be over quicker than you think. So cherish every moment.” Mackenzie Roberts is a dedicated, go-getter that will continue to succeed for years to come. The next and final senior of the 2013-2014 Region IV graduating class is 17-year-old, Brea Senkevech. Brea was born in Dallas and now lives in Poetry, Texas. She is homeschooled and takes dual-credit courses at the Trinity Valley Community College. Her rodeo career spans eight years, with three being spent with Region IV. Her favorite thing about our region is, “the closeness of the people and of course the amazing arena.” Brea will miss “the

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people belonging to such an amazing rodeo association,” when she graduates. She competes in barrels, breakaway, goat-tying and poles, her favorite event. Her equine teammates are Ace, Sacha, Whisper and Misty. Brea looks up to three legendary women in rodeo: Martha Josey, Charmayne James and Sherry Cervi, because, “they are all classy and humble, yet some of the best in the world.” As far as people helping her, she says that “several people (have) throughout the years.” Through these years that she has rodeoed, Brea has learned to, “never give up because rodeo has good and bad days,” and to, “always remember the good when the bad hits.” The “good” so far in her rodeo career would be winning various belt buckles, prizes and saddles, and qualifying for state last year. She also tells that “Going to state last year was probably one of the best memories I’ve had in rodeo. Rodeo, friends, events, dancing and shopping for a week definitely created a lasting memory.” While rodeo brings good memories, it also brings embarrassing ones! Brea says that she has several, and “goat tying tends to have most of the embarrassing moments.” Outside of rodeo, Brea works on ranches with her family and friends and is on the honor roll. Another one of Brea’s favorite things is this quote by Marvin J. Ashton: “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” After high school, Brea will go on to be an equine therapist and train horses on the side. She also would like to hopefully make it to the NFR sometime. The last word of advice Brea would like to leave her fellow competitors is, “keep God #1 and be the best you, you can be.” Brea Senkevech is ambitious and talented which is why she will continue on to do great things. We have been blessed with great, driven, successful seniors that make us proud at Region IV. We know that they will continue to conquer and thrive. Our Region IV seniors have done amazing things over the courses of their lives, and will proceed in their paths of success after they graduate. We will miss them, and wish every one of them the best life has to offer!



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President - kacie lummis vice president - jayce young Secretary - kallie wisener

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By Kallie

wisener – ARIAT Performance Reporter

here is no doubt Region V is losing some great competitors, but the excitement that is to come of our next generation of rookie stars in the rodeo world is yet to be felt. Region V has produced some of the best cowboys and cowgirls that are competing today and there is more to come. With the hard work and determination that every competitor has in Region V, it makes for some of the toughest competition in state. With a majority of the region made up of seniors, there is bound to be champions in our midst. Our Region V seniors are no doubt SUPER SENIORS. Each one of our seniors has big plans to make a difference and continue to carry on the rodeo heritage. Keely Grey, senior of Orange High has enjoyed her six years competing in Region V. Between barrel racing, goat tying, and pole bending she has been a tough competitor to compete against. Keely qualified for state in both poles and goats in 2013 of her junior year. Keely is also very involved in her region she was student secretary both her sophomore and junior year, and was announced Region V Queen her senior year. At the 2013 state in the Queens Competition Keely was 3rd runner up for the state title, and received the title


of most photogenic. Outside of the high school rodeo competition Keely also won Miss Jacksonville. After graduation she plans to attend Panola College where she will study early childhood development to become a kindergarten teacher and continue to rodeo. When Keely isn’t in the saddle, she enjoys shopping and rigby baker hanging out with friends, but without a photo by Jennings doubt is going to miss the friends she has made in region and will always remember the memories she has made the six years she competed in Region V. Another tough competitor is Rigby Baker. Rigby is a soon to be graduate of Vidor High School. With four years of high school rodeo under her belt, she knows what she has to do to qualify for keely grey state which is very promising for her. photo by Jennings Rigby competes in barrels and breakaway. Rigby is also our Region V breakaway event director and was the barrel event director her sophomore year. Rigby knows what to do when it comes to competing at state, that being she was a qualifier in barrels her sophomore years and breakaway her junior year. Throughout her years in Region V she has enjoyed the friends she has made and being around them at each high school rodeo. When Rigby isn’t rodeoing, she loves to be around her family and enjoys playing with her niece and nephew. Rigby says her determination and inspiration for rodeo comes from the influence and support of her sister. She says her sister is determined and strives for the best which encourages Rigby to do the same. As she finishes out the season Rigby hopes to qualify for both barrels and to be the breakaway champion. Stuart Welch from Orange, TX, is another one of Region V awesome seniors. Stuart will graduate from Parkview Baptist home school and has been a member of Region

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V for four years. Stuart’s event is team roping which took him to state last year. After gradation Stuart plans to Pro Rodeo and shoe horses as his occupation. Stuart’s most memorable part of Region V is qualifying for state. When Stuart inst roping, he enjoys hog hunting, deer hunting and fishing. Throughout his time in Region V he has made lots of friends and made memories he will never forget. Tyler Redman is a calf roper of our region and soon to be a graduate of HullDaisette High School. Although this is Tyler’s second year to compete in Region V he does not let it affect him. Tyler plans on finishing out the season strong and hopes to qualify for state which is promising. Throughout his time in Region V, Tyler has enjoyed meeting new friends and making memories that will last him a lifetime. When Tyler graduates he plans to go to college and major in AG farm which will lead him to working on a ranch. Tyler also plays basketball and football and enjoys hog hunting and mudding in his free time. Senior Simeon Beauchamp currently attends and will graduate from Brookland High. Simeon has competed in Region V ever since the 6th grade. Throughout his time in Region, Simeon has qualified for state two years in junior high, once in high school and hopefully again this year. Simeon competes in both team roping and steer wrestling. Simeon has been in the saddle ever since the age of nine and his love for rodeo started long before that. At state of last year Simeon enjoyed helping and teaching the special needs children the love he has for the sport of rodeo. When Simeon isn’t in the saddle he enjoys hunting and fishing. Once graduated he plans to finish his welding degree he has already started at Angelina College. As he approaches the region finals, Simeon plans on giving a 110% and giving it his best. Tristan Reeves senior of Evadale I.S.D. simeon beauchamp has been in Region V for four years now. photo by Jennings Tristen is the guy to beat as he is sitting number one steer wrestler in the region and holding that position with a good lead way. Tristen has made it to state 3 years in a row and will be returning to Abilene in June which will hopefully lead him to National in Wyoming. After graduation Tristen plans to get his doctorates degree and become an anesthesiologist and attend school at either Ozarks or Tarleton State then transfer to A&M. Outside of rodeo Tristen enjoys hunting, fishing, and hanging out with friends. Although this season is coming to an end, he says he will always appreciate the years he had in Region V. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” stuart welch photo by Jennings 1 Corinthians 9:24

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– ARIAT Performance Reporter

egion 6 wrapped up their rodeo season in Gonzales, TX this past weekend. Now the preparation begins and the Jr. High members make their way back to Gonzales for the state finals and the High School Members make the long trip to Abeline!! Every rodeo member hopes to qualify for State so they may have a shot to achieve their highest goal NATIONALS! While things may not always play out perfectly for everyone, there is a reason everything happens, and just getting to compete in the sport we love is rewarding! Going into the state finals there are three things I want everyone to reflect on and keep in mind. First thing is God doesn’t answer all your prayers exactly the way you want him to, but in the end his plan will always be far greater than yours. God’s timing is perfect and it is up to us to trust in his will and his timing. While you make your way to the state finals preparing yourself to compete, ask God for help, ask him to fulfill his will for your life in everything you do. You may not win them all, but as long as you compete with faith God WILL make his plans for you a reality, and you will be


amazed that you ever wished for anything else! Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Notice that it doesn’t say I know the plans you have for you, God has plans for you!!!!! If that isn’t something to look forward to, what is? Always remember God has a plan!

all around champions reid zapalac & jimmie smith

Second thing I want everyone to think about is your reputation is also a reputation of Christ if you claim to be a Christian. Everyday seek to glorify God through your actions and love others the way Christ loves you. “Matthew 5:16 says “Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.” Rodeo is a family sport, we are all katie boyd after winning the one big family, and despite $10,000 pole scholarship being in competition with one another it is important to be supportive of each other! Be a good competitor in the arena, but outside be a friend! The way you treat others is the way the world perceives you, let that reflection be one that is pleasing to God! The third thing is YOU WILL HAVE BAD DAYS, but that doesn’t mean that those bad days determine God’s future plans for you. Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” A loss is not a failure it is simply a set up for something bigger, and a win is

not the end it is a stepping-stone as well! If it weren’t for the bad days, the good days wouldn’t be so sweet! So always hold your head high and work hard to achieve the goals God already has set for you!!!! Congratulation to Region 6’s Katie Jo Boyd and her horse Missy on winning the $10,000 pole bending scholarship at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo! Now I would like to highlight athletes that came out on top of Region 6 THSRA this year, our All Around Champions Reid Zapalac and Jimmie Smith. Event winners: Tiedown: Reid Zapalac, Team Roping: Daniel Braman and Korby Halla, Steer Wrestling: Reid Zapalac, Saddle Bronc: Chase Cedar, Pole Bending: Bridgette Ivicic, Girls Cutting: McKenna Greene, Boys Cutting: Ben Peeler, Bull Riding: Colby Hill, Breakaway: Jimmie Smith, Barrel Racing: Maddie Lang, Bareback Riding: Chad Sibert, Goat Tying: Jimmie Smith. Region 6 TJHRA All Around Champions Cullen Eppright and Annabeth Peeler. Event winners: Tiedown: Cullen Eppright, Team Roping Kaleb Friedel and Kaleb Macias, Ribbon Roping: Cullen Eppright and Annabeth Peeler, Pole Bending: Calli Montague, Girls Goat Tying: Emily Douglas, Boys Goat Tying: Garrett Fields, Girls Breakaway: Annabeth Peeler, Boys Breakaway: Cutter Duckett, Chute Dogging: Ryan Nettle, Bull Ridding: Clay Bragg, Barrel Racing Rylie Smith. Congratulations to all All Around winners, event winners, and all Region 6 members going to compete in the State Finals!!!!!!!

Rodeo Life By: Wyatt Johnston, Region VI

The rodeo life is my fame Winning the world is my dream My hat and destiny is all I claim Riding in the NFR sets my dream The cowboy way is all I know The more he bucks the more I spur The rodeo circuit is what I follow What I do is ride broncs and spur some fur Grab a deep seat and get a faraway look in your eye Insanity, love, plus aggression Setting my feet hard, spurring fur and making horses cry Call it passion, call it obsession The rodeo life is rough but it’s a price you pay If you choose to abide by the cowboy way

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state directors / region officers brandon bratton 7245 S FM 2038 • Bryan, Texas 77808 979.324.5294 • bratton1974@yahoo.com

melissa raley 6100 Hoddeville School Rd • Brenham, Texas 77823 979.830.0878 • melissaraley@texasbb.com


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– ARIAT Performance Reporter

hen people ask who our biggest supporters are, a majority of us can say it’s our families. Whether it’s your immediate or your extended family, they are always number one on our supporter list. Our families do so much for us. They help haul our trailers, take care of our animals, video our runs no matter how bad or good they are, and help fix our mistakes. Family always comes first because they will always be there for us no matter what. The best examples to show how important family is to those of us who rodeo is the Brazile family. “We bring our children everywhere we go. You know obviously we want to keep our family together. Family is the most important thing and as a mom you got to keep your priorities straight. Rodeo is fun and it’s special, but it’s not more important than your family,” stated Shada Brazile in a recent interview. As parents to the next generation of rodeo, they always center their lives around Treston, age 6, and Style, age 3. “Coming back to the trailer and seeing their smiles just makes my job so much easier. My family is number one, God is second, and rodeo comes third,” said Trevor, “When I’m on the road without my family, it’s hard because I’m used to having Treston

wanting to rope or Style tugging on my leg. They really do enjoy going on the road and hopefully it will stay like that, but I don’t want to be the parent who pushes them to rodeo. If they want to do it, they will tell us when they are ready.” Family brings out the best in us. Having our family around helps us succeed inside and out of the arena. The reason we are who we are is because our family have helped us and pushed us to where we are today. So competitors, remember to thank your families, whether they are blood related or not, for getting you where you are today.

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THSRA Executive Board Member The Truth Behind Mr. Bill Byler


eet Mr. Bill Byler, a delegate at-large from Whataregion Region 7. He resides in Bellville, Texas with his wife, Kerri, and his three children Brenna, 23, Lynette, 20, and Will, 18. He works for WT Byler, his family’s heavy construction company, and he enjoys going to rodeos and hunting in his free time. Byler has been a part of the Texas High School Rodeo Association since his high school days and takes pride in representing our organization today. Byler joined the THSRA when he was in High School and was a strong competitor in calf roping and steer wrestling. “Making it to state was one of my biggest accomplishments in high school because in those days only the top four in each event got to go and compete in Seguin,” says Byler about competing in high school. When his kids were old enough, they followed in their father’s footsteps and join the THSRA. Both Lynette and Brenna competed all four years of their high school careers and this will be Will’s final year as a Region 7 competitor. His favorite high school rodeo memory is being able to watch his children work hard and be successful in the sport of rodeo and watching them compete at Nationals in junior high or high school. Byler became a member of his region board in 2006 as a state director and decided to become an executive board member in 2008 in hopes to help the organization that gave his family the opportunity to bond and spend quality time together. Mr. Byler has a widespread variety of ideas for the future of the organization

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including giving more scholarships to graduating seniors. His favorite thing about the THSRA is being able to watch new relationships form between other individuals as well as with families. He advises members and parents to get involved with the organization and give everything you have as a competitor and a supporter. “You only have this opportunity with your family for a short while, take it while you can,” Byler states. All of our board members are special to us as an organization, for they are what keep us running today. Mr. Bill Byler will be the first person to tell you that we have the best state rodeo organization, and it is all thanks to our board. We are blessed to have Mr. Byler on the board as well as all of our other members. Remember to thank all of our board members for their hard work and for representing our organization well, and remember to give a tremendous thank you to Mr. Bill Byler.


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lori herrmann 12614 FM 70 • Sandia, Texas 78383 361.510.8775 • lori_herrmann@yahoo.com leslie pullin 969 S FM631 • Taft, TX 78390 ldpullin@aol.com • 361.528.3140 PO Box 293• Sinton, Texas 78387

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WHITAKER – ARIAT Performance Reporter

ou hear friends tell each other good luck a lot in the rodeo world, having a bad run and saying “I had some bad luck,” seems to come out of our mouths a lot, but even more so we say, “we’re lucky to have this, or that.” I think the word we are really searching for is “blessed”. Quite a few people think you need luck to be successful, but really a strong work ethic, the right mindset, and God’s hand in your life is all you truly need to be successful. It can be hard after a not so good run to say that YOU have things to work on or how YOU can improve, instead of just saying it was bad luck. Sometimes it can be hard to admit that we are the ones who need work. It is hard to win a championship without working towards it. However, to some it may come more naturally in whatever it is they may do, and to others they may have to work at it much harder. Not a single person can be best at everything, but everyone can train as if they are going to be. Luck is when skill meets preparation. Preparing everyday for something seems like a bit much, especially if the weather is on the cold and wet side, or even the sweltering hot weather us Texans endure each summer, but nevertheless, those who truly want something will go out and work for it. Not that someone who may not try as hard doesn’t want it just as much, sometimes it can just be hard to get motivated and into a routine, especially when your friends want to hangout, or the new episode of Duck Dynasty is on, even so once you make it a habit, it becomes second nature, and luck will no longer be your crutch. It can be especially hard when

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By Natalie swenson– ARIAT Performance Reporter

ur last two day rodeo in Groesbeck was bitter sweet. As the year is coming to an end competitors are starting to prepare for their trip to state or make the run to put them in the running for state. At the last rodeo we had a meeting and had elections for the new Region 9 officer team, Ariat Reporter, adult arena directors, student arena directors, and adult board of directors. Region 9 President Eddie Dyson talked about what competitors and parents should be prepared for the finals March 22 in Huntsville. Competitors are getting more and more excited with state just around the corner and for some it will be there last. So what are you doing to prepare for state to be successful and have fun in Abilene this year. Many are trying to keep their horses in the best physical shape as well as themselves. The week at state can be the longest week ever if you don't bring your A game. But besides being on the big stage in the rodeo arena. Competitors can winde down and have fun with their friends in the truck push, dances, and community events. Taking a quick look at the Region 9 standings there are some com-

petitors that have a strong hold on their first place spots in their events. John Douch in the Tiedown, Hayden Rasco and Lane Ardoin in the Team Roping, Wyatt Chalmers in the Steer Wrestling, Morgan Starns in the Girls Cutting, Kendell Emmons in the Breakaway, and Kelsey Thompson in the Barrel Racing. In the other events competitors are morgan starns photo by Jennings going to put on a good show to grab a hold on the coveted first place spot. I look forward to seeing everyone at State in Abilene, TX June 6-14. Good luck to all of the competitors and remember! Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

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Live Life to the Fullest



BOILES– ARIAT Performance Reporter

or some here in region X march 2 was not just their last HS rodeo with those friends and competitors, but the last time they possibly may ever determinedly back into the box or run down that ally way to compete against others. For the others though, this is just the beginning of something sparking their determination to take their rodeos career as far as they can go. Hard work was proven to pay off to our 2013-2014 event winners. We would like to congratulate our all around champions Samantha Chick for the girls, and Maverick Harper for the guys along with all the other champions and state qualifiers. Not only is Samantha the all around champion but is also the champion pole bender, goat Tier, and breakaway roper. Maverick ended up also winning the steer wrestling. Case Jones and Ross Ashford came in giving other team ropers a run for their money and took the region champion team roper title. The year end Tie down champion is Trinton Downing and the champion barrel racer is Kelsey Crawford. Now, traveling over to Hamilton, Sarah Luce won the girls cutting champion title while Kasper Blackwell won the boys title. The region X family would like to especially thank all of those who made this year such a success, Billy Pipes for supplying Wildfire arena in Salado,

Dusty Scoggins for the stock, Jimmy Adams for being such a consistent and accurate flagger for all the rodeos, President Jerry Wright, Vice President Larry Cudd, secretary Leigh Ann for all their hard work and organization, and the parents who do so much to allow their kids to live the life we love to live! Good luck and God bless to all of those competing come June at State Finals striving to make nationals. Respect all but fear none and prove to those other regions how bad to the bone we really are! To the seniors who have made many memories throughout their high school rodeo experience, we hope they remain with you down this road of life to not just be there for you to reflect on the lessons you have learned but for you to smile on all the joy that was gained. Remember to always truly live life to the fullest and make something of it, because Jesus died for you to do so.

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Texas Junior High Rodeo Association News Letter from the TJHRA Secretary


ear JH Members and Families It is really hard to believe that in two months we will be in Gonzales at the state finals. I know everyone is staying on top of their game by practicing and going to other associations to stay in the arena atmosphere. I also go to many other associations during this time of the year and get to see other contestants and families competing on so many levels. This past weekend I was at a youth rodeo that was rather large, we ran right at 870 runs over two days. I guess my age is starting to show, but I sat back and watched some of the things going on. Of course when you get so many people together and there is a competition going on, you are going to have some type of drama! For the most part rodeo has always been a little different from the little league baseball, basketball…etc, I have always said that rodeo families can compete at their highest level in the arena and go have fun with their competitors as soon as the exit the arena, I pray that never changes. I have seen someone’s horse get hurt before they compete and someone loan that person the best horse at the rodeo even though they may get beat, happens all the time. I like to say rodeo is a friendly competition, and I know it still is, I have seen it with my own eyes. So saying all of this I would like to emphasize the importance of good sportsmanship. Not only does the contestant have to have good sportsmanship, but the parents that help in the arena with their children to the parents that sit in the stand who is videoing and taking times. Parents always remember you have several others watching your actions good or bad. Of course we do not always hear about the good actions – the high fives, winks or just a smile. We hear about the negativity others see! I have said so many times, if I got mad at my kids for missing a steer or not winning I would have been a very upset Mom – because we rodeo it is going to happen and I promise you there is another rodeo tomorrow somewhere! I am not going to say I am not disappointed when the don’t do good, but mad at them, NO. I promise no contestant wasted their time in the practice pen all week to go to a rodeo to have a horrible run, it just happens! As parents we have to be the bigger person and shrug it off and tell them, we will figure it out at home and win it next time. When our contestants do something wrong in the arena they are usually upset and can sometimes take it out on their horse – I promise you their horse did not throw that rope or plow into that barrel, but it is easier to snatch on the horse and blame themselves (yes I do know, sometimes it is the horse, but they did not mean to do it either). My kids did it too, but one look from their Dad they stopped – he did not have to say anything but they knew that look! (still do) I can tell you our practice pen is not always a happy place – it is a teaching place so with that they can disagree to agree and can get loud! But once at the rodeo things change…..there is a time and place to show these emotions, but coming out of the arena or in the arena NO….I can’t tell you how many times I have heard my boys say something after their run went bad and Steve told them he would not discuss it here go to the trailer! Now once at the trailer I am not going to say it was always pleasant, but it was not at the mouth of the arena or in the arena. This past weekend I had a mother come to the announcer stand in tears, she told me she just heard a Dad talking very strong with choice words to their Sub Jr (8 and under) after a barrel run……really! Do you really think your child went out there to loose - I doubt it! Think about it, next time you are upset about a run that just went bad, instead of cussing your child at the back; take a walk to your trailer and if you need to tell them

something there, that is your business, but sometimes just that short walk to the trailer can bring that hit barrel or missed calf a whole new perspective – and I promise there will be another rodeo tomorrow somewhere in Texas! Okay I have said it and now I will get off my soap box! Let’s just remember one thing we RODEO because we love the sport and we love the families involved. Let’s don’t ever turn Rodeo into the ugly competitiveness that we always hear on team events. With all that said…..make sure you have talked to your schools that you need out May 25- May 31, if you need me to send you a letter that has helped many students for the past several years just email me and I will get one out to you. Enjoy your spring days ahead and get out in that practice pen!

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Texas Junior High Rodeo Association News DO YOUR BEST & LET GOD TAKE CARE OF THE REST

By lanie honea – Reg V Jr. High Secretary


egion V has wrapped up another amazing rodeo season. The competion was fierce and I want to congratulate all the state qualifers. Your hard work and dedication has certainly paid off. We all had a blast at our region finals held in

February. Saturday night, we had an amazing "glow" dance. Kane Key, 7th grader was the All-Around Cowboy. His goat tying skills always kept us on the edge of our seats to see if he could coutinue to break records set by previous Region V contestants. We are ready to see what records he may break in Gonzales. Kane says "I cannot wait to go to the state finals; I am ready to make new friends and compete." Makenzie Foley, 8th grader, was the All-Around Cowgirl. She was solid and consistant the entire year in all of the events she competed in. I am sure she will shine at the state finals. This is Makenzie's last year and we will all miss her when she moves up to high school rodeo. Makenzie says "winning the All-Around was a perfect way to finish my junior high rodeo run; and I hope to compete well at the state finals." It is hard to believe the state finals are just around the corner. I just want to wish every contestant safe travels and lots of luck. But most of all, I want to remind everyone to have the time of your life. Remember, do your best and let God take care of the rest!



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By clay iselt– Reg VI Jr. High Vice President


egion VI had some exciting rodeo competition throughout the year in Gonzales. Some events had close year-end standings until the last rodeo performance. Event winners left with the satisfaction that they had accomplished their goal for the TJHRA Region VI season. Sizzlin VI is especially proud of our multi event All-Around Champion Cowboy, Cullen Eppright, and Cowgirl, Annabeth Peeler. Annabeth is an 8th grader from Floresville. Her parents are Jason and Marianna Peeler. She has three great brothers: Ben, Graves, and Luke. Annabeth competes in barrels, poles, goats, breakaway roping, team roping with partner Emily Douglas, and ribbon roping with partner Cullen Eppright. She was the region champion breakaway roper and ribbon runner and reserve champion barrel racer and goat tyer. Breakaway roping is Annabeth’s favorite event to compete in. Hard work and dedication starts in the practice pen. Annabeth exercises her horses and practices weekly. Besides rodeo, she enjoys basketball and learning how to manage her families cattle operation. Annabeth’s dad, Jason, has helped her reach success by “ being

there during stressful times”, and she is grateful for her parents help and motivation to be a champion. Her favorite memory this year was talking and hanging out with rodeo friends from Region VI. Annabeth is looking forward to competing in all her events at the state finals and getting to see friends from different regions. Cullen is an 8th grader from Cost. His parents are David and Cullen Eppright and Tonya Eppright. Cullen competes Annabeth Peeler Region in chute dogging, goat tying, tieVI all around champions down calf roping, and ribbon roping with partner Annabeth Peeler. He was the region champion tiedown calf roper and ribbon roper and placed 3rd in chute dogging and goat tying for the year. Cullen’s success has been achieved by his dedication to practice 2-3 times a week with his horses and roping the calf dummy daily. Cullen credits his success to his supportive parents, David and Tonya, and his roping coach Jimmy Hodge. He is grateful his parents “haul him down the rode to compete in rodeos and calf ropings”. Cullen has won titles in the rodeo arena and out of the arena. He is the Region VI Junior High President, the Texas Junior High State President and the National Junior High President. Holding these positions have allowed Cullen to meet contestants and their families from different regions of Texas and other states. Besides roping Cullen enjoys alligator hunting and photography. His favorite memory this year was tying his fastest calf in tiedown, 9.8 seconds. Cullen looks forward to the competition and meeting new people from different regions at the state finals in Gonzales. Region VI would also like to recognize our Reserve Champion Cowboy and Reserve Champion Cowgirl. This year the Reserve Champions are also the regions Rookie All Around Champions. They are Stetson Schuster and Calli Montague. Congratulations! Region VI had a sizzling hot year thanks to all its contestants and adult members. Best of luck to all the Region VI state qualifiers and Congratulations to our event Champions.

Event Champions Region VI:

Cullen and Annabeth in ribbons

Poles: Calli Montague Barrels: Rylie Smith Team Roping: Kaleb Friedel and Kaleb Macias Chute Dogging: Ryan Nettle Tiedown: Cullen Eppright Girls Goats: Emily Douglas Boys Goats: Garrett Fields Ribbon Roping: Cullen Eppright & Annabeth Peeler Boys Breakaway: Cutter Duckett Girls Breakaway: Annabeth Peeler











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We also went to a luncheon, which included motivational speaker Amberley Snyder, who is a former NHSRA member who had a vehicle accident and is now confined to a wheelchair. Check out some of her videos on YouTube. She is quite amazing on how she overcomes obstacles. We also got the chance to do a little snow skiing while we were there. I’ll just say there are some videos floating around Facebook if you are interested. On the final night, all the people from Texas, along with British Columbia National Director Fritz Maier, went to a local steak house in Beckley on a “party bus,” in the middle of one of the worst blizzards in the history of West Virginia. This was very entertaining and a nice way to have some fun together. Just one week later, we traveled to the Metroplex. Our weekend started by touring the HATCO Factory with Kaci Riggs, Director of Product Development. HATCO makes the brands Resistol, Stetson, Charlie 1 Horse, and Dobbs. The factory tour was very interesting because we got to see how much effort is put into one hat. After Kaci picked our brains on what she could do to improve the HATCO brands, we traveled to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. We had a Behind the Chutes tour with Cal White, FWSSR Social Media Manager, and Jessica Birge, FWSSR Assistant Operations Manager. We learned how Fort Worth is still trying to be an old-fashioned rodeo, but include modern technology. Before attending the legendary rodeo, we had a By CULLEN EPPRIGHT– TJHRA Student President barbeque dinner complements of the Fort Worth Rodeo. The next day, we walked around the grounds and met with sponsors like Larry Neal (District Sales o YOU want to make a difference in the Texas Junior Representative) with Priefert and Lindsey Jenkins with NRS. We also helped welcome David Murry (District Sales Manager) with Kubota as our newest High Rodeo Association? Do you want to meet with sponsor. We learned about products from each sponsor. Fast forward three weekends, yes, we were on the our loyal sponsors and give them advice on what you would like to see? If you think that is the only responsibilities road again to attend the San Antonio Stock Show and of a student officer, you are making a huge mistake! Let me Rodeo. First, we attended the Exceptional Rodeo presentjust give you a brief recap of what opportunities the Junior ed by Whataburger. It was an honor to work with each and every one of those kids. After completing the rodeo with High Officers had this past year. Our first weekend of trips was action packed. On a the kids, we met with Jeff Atman, Marketing Manager, Thursday night, we all traveled to Huntsville, Texas to Camp and Tom Dobson, Chairman and Owner, of Whataburger. Quality, a camp for kids with cancer. This week-long camp’s What great people to support our organization and the theme had been rodeo. Camp Quality had invited the TJHRA exceptional rodeo as well. Next, we went and helped at Student Officers to help with the Exceptional Rodeo. It was Rodeo Experience, an interactive exhibit where kids could amazing how some of the campers could pick up on roping learn how to rodeo! But we attended the PRCA Large when you showed them a couple of times. It was very reward- Indoor Rodeo of the Year and listen to the band Heart as ing to help give these kids that were struggling with cancer a the performer; we went and ate at the rodeo contestant hospitality room. We had the opportunity to meet a lot chance to enjoy our sport. The next day, we were joined by the high school officers of rodeo cowboys. The next day, we went and helped and we toured the NRS facilities in Decatur. Ted Stevenson, at Rodeo Experience again. After we convinced a lot of Customer Service Representative, along with Krece Harris, kids to become a cowboy, we met and had lunch with NRS Training Center Manager and Clinician, showed us the San Antonio Livestock Exposition officials: Joe Soules, NRS Arena, along with the NRS Guest Ranch. If you are Chairman of the Board; Joe E. Hutchinson, President; and ever in the area, be sure to check them out before you book a Cody Davenport, Vice President/ Secretary. We talked hotel! Next, we had an officer photo shoot behind the cabins. about how scholarships help high school rodeo and what After taking several pictures, we traveled to the NRS Store SALE could do to help with TJHRA. I know that I have covered a lot, but wait, I forgot to and Warehouse. After someone placed an order on NRSworld. com, we got to tag along behind the warehouse person and see mention that you get to be a part of the Grand Entry at how they pack the boxes and send all things western to your every performance at state finals. I know it is a lot of work front door. Of course, all the girls had to do plenty of shopping campaigning and running across the state, but at the end of the year, you will receive a buckle from the company while we were there. The next day, the officers traveled to Dallas for the annual that you choose in October and most importantly you will August Board Meeting. Sitting in these meeting teaches us have many great memories that will never go away. If you how to be a leader and how to communicate in front of a group run for President, you will also receive a $500 scholarship. of elected officials. It also gives us an appreciation of all the If you would like to take apart in this wonderful leadership hard work that goes into making our region rodeos as well as opportunity, please contact Anne Dollery at 979-412-2551 our state finals such a success. These rodeos don’t just happen. or texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.con for a student officer guideline. If you have any questions about being a state There is a lot of planning that is put into them. Let’s fast forward 2 months. Once again, we travel to officer, please feel to contact myself or any of the student Dallas for another TJHRA board meeting. At this meeting officers. We will be glad to visit with you. I hope to see many decisions regarding state finals are made. On Friday your name on the student officer ballot at state!




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April 11-13, 2014

Taylor County OCA Abilene, TX—(Double rodeos)

April 25-27, 2014

Mallet Event Center & Arena

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Horseshoe Arena Midland, TX (Double rodeos) Nolan County Coliseum, Sweetwater, TX (Double rodeos)

June 6-7, 2014

Ray Dockery Arena Eden, TX (Single rodeo)

June 6-7, 2014

Mason Rodeo Assc. Arena $5,000 added $$ Mason, TX (Single rodeo)

June 27-29, 2014

Andrews County Expo Andrews, TX (Double Rodeos)

July 4-6, 2014

Circle T Arena Hamilton, TX (Double Rodeos)

July 30-August 3, 2014

AJRA NFR Nolan County Coliseum Sweetwater, Texas



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