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RANCH FAMILY: THE HELLEN FAMILY & THE MAYO FAMILY


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EXECUTIVE BOARD STATE PRESIDENT STEVE DICKEY

In This Issue

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

HOLLY WRIGHT

2ND VICE PRESIDENT ALAN BOHLEN

SECRETARY/TREASURER SUSAN BALDWIN

NATIONAL DIRECTOR COTTON GEORGE

PO Box 112 • Turkey, TX 79261 806.220.7108 • jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

QUEEN COORDINATOR DEE DEE DUNDA

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MARKETING HOLLY DELAUNE

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RANCH FAMILY: THE HELLEN FAMILY

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ARIAT PERFORMANCE REPORTERS

Spring FASHION

Region I

AUBRIE FIELDS Region II

BLISS BOLTON Region III

SAWYER PRZILAS Region IV

McKENZIE RAY Region V

HANNAH HEMPHILL Region VI

LAUREN KEENE

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Region VII

BRANDI BRATTON Region VIII

DELEGATES AT LARGE

MELISSA GARCIA

MIKEY DUGGAN

EMALEE HOFFMANN

Region IX

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HOLLY WRIGHT by Catelyn Felts

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!

Congratulations to this month’s Whatakid, Holly Wright! The 18-year-old Senior calls Canadian, Texas home and is currently attends Gruver High School. She is a Region 1 native, and a competitor in the barrel racing, pole bending, and breakaway roping. Wright has been a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association all four years of her high school career, where she said she has met so many great people who share the same passion for rodeo that she has. “My favorite part of the organization is being able to compete in an activity I love, and getting to do it with my friends and family.” In addition to meeting a ton of great people, Holly said she has learned several lessons in the rodeo arena that she will be able to carry with her throughout her life. “I have learned how to really work hard and how to stay focused through all of the ups and downs that accompany the rodeo road.” This specific life lesson even relates to the motto Wright strives to live her life by, “Content with little, yet working for more.” Being a hard worker is an evident character trait in the life that Wright leads in and out of the rodeo arena. She has been an A honor roll student throughout her entire educational career, she is a member of NHS, she has qualified for the regional cross-country meet both years she has competed, and she has advanced to the regional tournament finals in basketball for three years. She is also a member of the United Methodist Youth and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It is obvious Wright lives a life of involvement; however, it has not come without a little sacrifice. “I have had to make many sacrifices including, not getting to go

to every get together my friends have and not being able to be apart of every extracurricular activity/sport that I want to,” Wright said. “In order to be successful in rodeo, you have to spend the majority of your time practicing.” Many determined, hardworking people come by those character traits honest, as they have people in their life that truly inspire them. In Wright’s case, she has her mom. “My mom is my hero,” Wright said. “Not only did she defeat cancer, she kicked its butt! She refuses to give up and always works hard, and she sacrifices so much for my siblings’ happiness and mine. She always puts others needs before her own, and I hope to be the selfless fighter she is one day,” she said. Wright will be graduating this May with a desire to pursue a degree in elementary education at Oklahoma State University. She said she is honored to have been selected the Whatakid of the month and she is thankful for the sponsorship and everything Whataburger does for the THSRA. We know Wright will continue to do great things and we wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.

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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 2016 THSRA State Finals.

The Hellen Family by Catelyn Felts

Congratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month, the Hellen family! Charlie, Tasha, Mazey (THSRA member), Jacklynn and Camille, own and operate Covenant Rodeo Company on the La Mota Ranch just south of Hebbronville, Texas. The ranch was founded by Charlie’s great grandfather, Charles Waugh Hellen, Sr., in 1894 who was 17 at the time. The ranch has been in the family ever since and originally encompassed 5,000 acres of land leased from the state. During the time Charles Sr. was settling the land and his ranch, wild horses overran the region known as the Llanos Mesteños (Mustang Plains). Charles began his business by capturing wild mares and breeding them to donkeys, producing small “Spanish mules.” As the supply and demand for wild horses and mules decreased, and markets changed, Charles converted from the mule breeding business to the cattle ranching industry, eventually acquiring nearly 20,000 acres that his descendants operate today. In addition to Charlie, Tasha and their kids who live on the ranch today, Charlie’s Uncle Bill and Aunt Charlotte also

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play a large role in ranch operations. Whether it be feeding, checking on cattle or horses, or taking care of the land and making sure everything is cleaned up, everyone has a job or responsibility to keep up with Charlie said. “The whole family is involved.” Charlie spends a lot of his business days hauling rodeo bulls or horses to various rough stock events including the Los Fresnos and Goliad PRCA Rodeos, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Pro Rodeo Built Ford Tough Series. He also partners with JK Rodeo and Stace Smith. When Charlie is gone, his wife or Mazey and Jacklynn are responsible for making sure everything is fed and taken care of. “They do a little bit of everything,” Charlie said. “They can haul cattle, rope, feed, show animals, work cattle, ride horses, whatever.” The eldest son in the family, James Charles Hellen Jr. II, also helps with ranch work when he is home. With a long list of tasks that vary from day to day, Charlie explained how the ranching lifestyle builds selfdiscipline, teaches the kids how to use common sense, a strong work ethic and good morals. “You are expected to open a door for a lady, say yes sir and no sir; yes mam and no mam; please and thank you,” Charlie said. “Kids raised on a ranch just learn a way of life that a lot of kids don’t get the opportunity to learn.” Charlie grew up on the La Mota Ranch and he said he is thankful his kids get to grow up the same way he did, with the same values and morals. “I’m just really proud and fortunate to grow up the way I did because a lot of people do not get the opportunity to learn what we learned and what my kids get to learn,” Charlie said. “It’s something you don’t take for granted, and it’s a blessing to live this life.” The Hellen family said they are honored to be the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month, and they are thankful for McCoy’s partnership with the THSRA. “It is an honor to get a little credit for what we actually do and it is something to be proud of,” Charlie said.


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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - SHELBY SPIELMAN VICE PRESIDENT 1- KORY MCCONNELL VICE PRESIDENT 2- DYLAN MYERS SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - SIERRA WHITE

SECRETARY - BRANDY WRIGHT 11555 US HWY 83 • Canadian, Texas 79014 806.255.0034 • tristaterodeo@yahoo.com

JOEL KIRKPATRICK 2388 HWY 82 • Crosbyton, Texas 79322 806.697.2336 • jrtzkirkpatrick@hotmail.com

Region I

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

TRAVIS PATTERSON 11943 CR 27 • Spearman, Texas 79081 806.659.3339 • tpatterson@npec.org PRESIDENT- TRAVIS PATTERSON 11943 CR 27 • Spearman, Texas 79081 806.659.3339 • tpatterson@npec.org

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Wrapping Up the Year By Aubrie Fields

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– ARIAT Performance Reporter

egion one is getting close to wrapping up yet another year of high school and junior high rodeo and are preparing for state finals this summer but first most of the students competing in region one also compete in tri-state high school rodeo too. The finals are the first weekend of May and the contestants going in leading events are as follows: Pole bending- a tie between Cheyenne Miller and Matty Wells, breakaway ropingJesse Valdez, bareback riding- Josiah Brooks, saddle bronc riding- Dusty Frazier, bull riding- Wyatt Culver, steer wrestling- Dusty Frazier, goat tying- Kelsey Espenson, calf roping- Zack Kirkpatrick, barrel racing- Holland Poole, team roping header- Treylr Jackson, team roping heeler- Cutter McLain. Contestants DUSTY FRAZIER photo by Jennings

ZACK KIRKPATRICK photo by Jennings

will compete in Levelland Texas, May 6-8 with the 8th being the short go round. Speaking of Levelland region 1 just had Jr high region finals there! Junior high contestants go to state finals in Gonzales the last week of May. High school contestants will have their awards banquet during the tri-state awards banquet on Sunday May the 9th. These kids have worked hard all year long but they aren’t done yet so encouragement is still needed! “Nothing is impossible the word itself says ‘ I’m possible’

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STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS LISA MCNEILL

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CADI WOOD VICE PRESIDENT - DELANI WOOD SECRETARY - MEGAN POWELL

2522 CR C3500 • Stanton, Texas 79782 432.940.1136 • woodrodeogirls@yahoo.com

KELLY WOOD

Region II

SECRETARY - JODY MCELROY Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.940.0385 • secretary@thsra2.com

Box 673 • El Dorado, Texas 76936 325.853.2811 • m.mertz@wcc.net

MICHAEL MERTZ

PRESIDENT- CLINT GRIFFIN PO Box 460 • Eldorado, Texas 76936 325.226.0434 • cgriffin@kgelaw.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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hen it comes to rodeo and rodeo competitors there are certain stigmas that are surround these things. One might think of rodeo athletes as a bunch of rough and tough cowboys and cowgirls with a death wish. While this may be true, there is much more to these competitors and their families than what meets the eye. People involved in rodeo are not just hillbillies who suddenly decide they want to jump on a bull or haul their children four hours to run around three metal cans. These are highly dedicated, passionate, and wonderful people. Not only do the competitors care enough to spend almost all their weekends sitting at the rodeo grounds, grooming horses, and staying up all night only to get up early the next morning, but their parents do as well. Competitors spend long hours each week perfecting their barrel pattern,

getting their swing just right, or correcting their bull riding form. The competitors are not the only ones putting in these hours each week. Our great rodeo parents are right there every step of the way, taking time out of their own busy lives to help us achieve our goals and dreams. The people in the rodeo community are extremely dedicated and driven, but they are also some of the most welcoming and kind people you will ever meet. Here in Region II, you will be lucky to make it past two trailers without a smile or warm “hello” from someone. Some of the most dear friendships have been forged by the fires of rodeo. One of the things I personally have cherished most about my rodeo career throughout high school and junior high are the life-long friendships I have made during these years. The rodeo community is a group of passionate, dedicated, kind and selfless people. Regardless of the stigmas or what people think, the folks in the rodeo community are great people. So with that being said — good luck Region II, in all that you do.


CACTUS ROPE FACILITY H

by Cullen Eppright – THSRA President

ave you ever wondered how your favorite Cactus rope is made? It is definitely a long and tedious process that results in making the rope that is the “Official Rope of the PRCA”. THSRA & TJHRA Officers recently had the privilege to tour the Cactus Ropes Facility just outside of Pleasanton, Texas with Mike Piland, Founding Member and Vice President of Corporate Planning & Industry Relations. Cactus Ropes has pioneered the ropemaking industry for more than 25 years, creating specialized products for ropers of all kinds. They are proud of their history and are pleased to provide you with the highest quality ropes and service. Their state-of-the-art facility was re-built in 2005 after the original facility was destroyed by a fire that started in the wax room. If you are a roper, Cactus makes a rope using a unique process that’s perfect for your needs. Each rope is scientifically engineered and designed with a specific number of revolutions to ensure consistent performance for every rope with every run. The process starts with combining raw materials consisting of thread and wire and twisting them together to make the strands of a rope. The strands are then braided together using a non-motorized car that pulls the rope tight. The ropes are pulled so tight that the pressure of the rope pulls the cars forward and then rope is cut. At this point, the rope has

no “memory” or shape. The rope is then moved to the wax room within 24 hours of being braided. In the wax building, ropes are placed in the vat of hot molten wax for as long as needed. The time spent in the wax vat and amount of wax will determine the hardness of the rope. After the ropes are pulled from the wax, they are moved to a table where each end is burned by hand. The next step in making the rope is tying an eye in one end. The knot is actually hand tied, and then placed on a machine that pulls it extra tight and then stretches the rope to make sure that it is durable, meets quality standards, and will not break or stretch the first time it is used. Now that the eye is built, it needs the rawhide burner. Each rawhide burner is individually hand cut as Cactus’ high production standards call for a clean cut burner which makes for a better rope! The rope and the burners are now moved to the next station. The rawhide burner is hand-sewn onto the eye. Mr. Piland was quick to point out that longtime employee Pam is the best sewer in the rope making industry, as she rarely pokes herself; but she indicated she didn’t start off that way. The next step, coiling the rope, is the most critical step of the quality control. In this step, each rope is coiled with purpose Depending on the weather and temperature; the ropes are either loaded heavier or lighter to produce the best feeling one. The ropes are then placed on the shelf waiting to be shipped to a store; however the whole inventory turns over every 10-14 days. Mr. Piland grinned as he revealed his favorite part of the facility which was the testing area, better known as the practice pen, right behind the plant. In addition to ropes, Cactus also has splint boots, bell boots, skid boots, and decals that are a part of the Cactus Gear, Relentless, and Dynamic Edge by Cactus. Cactus Ropes produce top-quality ropes used by cowboys and cowgirls in both rodeo competitions and practice arenas. These ropes are endorsed by the top PRCA athletes participating in rodeos across the nation. THSRA is proud to have Cactus Ropes’ support! Be like the best and check out the great line of Cactus products and remember next time you back in the box, your great performance starts with a Cactus Rope.

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MIKE BRITAIN 645 CR 393 • Stephenville, Texas 76401 254.485.1170 • mjbfarmsinc@aol.com

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - HAYLEY DANLEY VICE PRESIDENT - PRESLI BRAY SECRETARY - LARIAT LERNER

Region III

SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS 6328 Malvey Avenue • Fort Worth, Texas 76116 817.706.8236• kelley.williams@thsra3.com STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com KEVIN PRZILAS PO Box 167 • Bowie, Texas 76230 940.872.3748 • kprzilas@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

PREPARING FOR STATE By SAWYER PRZILAS

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tate, some of you are probably wondering why this article is going to be about the state finals when they seem so far away. However, you really should be practicing for state now. Here is where I get told, well I am practicing every day so am I not getting ready for state by doing so? The answer to that question is no, practice alone is not enough to prepare yourself for the state finals. State has a special ambiance, next to nationals, state is the closest thing to the NFR for young cowboys and cowgirls. Just like the real NFR, state is another level of challenging yet not for the reason that most people would assume. While the competition is difficult, (do not get me wrong, I mean no disrespect to the competition), the biggest challenge is yourself. Your mental game is the biggest challenge you will ever face, and at state that is especially prominent. You will see people who will give up their runs with asinine mistakes all for the sake of speed, refusing to believe that a multitude of second

or third or even fourth place will add up to a first when it counts. All of this occurs from the lack of mental preparation, the absence of ever having been put into the stressful situation that state causes. The key to defeating the mental pressure is to apply it to yourself when you practice. Make all of your runs a run at state, or even nationals. The more you put yourself through those mental challenges every time you practice, the more aptitude you have for controlling your nerves and knowing that you can do it. After all, with practice you will have been doing it for months now. This advice is not of my invention though, if you have ever read any article from an interview of any professional rodeo athlete on mentality, you are going to notice that they all stress the importance of mental preparation. The notion of putting yourself within a run somewhere every single time. So that you are not just practising the motions, but you are exercising your mind as well. With that information, perform your practice with a purpose and it will allow you to become mentally tough enough for the competition of state and nationals. Mental toughness has been the key to success for many professionals, by eliminating the stress from the run you can accomplish your task without fear of failure. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Region III

2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule

FINALS April 1-3 | Stephenville


TCJBR/HPJRA 2016 SCHEDULES WEST REGION

SOUTHEAST REGION

PANHANDLE REGION

SOUTH REGION

March 19 Odessa March 26 – Clovis, NM April 16 – Hereford, TX April 30 Odessa May 14 – Artesia, NM June 4 – Andrews, TX July 9 Odessa July 16-17 – HPJRA/TCJBR Finals Clovis, NM August 27 Odessa September TBD– Permian Basin Fair (1 perf)

March 20 April 17 May 22 June 19 July 16-17 – HPJRA/TCJBR Finals Clovis, NM July 17 August 21 September 11

February 21- Arena of Life March 20- Arena of Life March 26 – Clovis, NM April 16 – Hereford, TX May 14 – Artesia, NM June 4 – Andrews, TX May 22- Boys Ranch June 4 – Andrews, TX July 16-17 – HPJRA/TCJBR Finals Clovis, NM

March 26 April 17 May 15 June 4 June 26 July 9 July 16-17 – HPJRA/TCJBR Finals Clovis, NM August TBD

*See schedule for times

Texas State Director Dee Dee Dunda (432) 413-2358

West Region Director (Odessa/Midland) Ryan & Tamberlyn Burrow (432)813-3060 Rodney & Nicole Acosta (575)390-3325

*All Rodeos will start at 10AM All Rodeos will be held at the following location: Fayette County Sheriff Caldwell Arena Caldwell, TX Southeast Region Director Keith Johnson (832) 477-6545

*Times to be announced Panhandle Region Director (Amarillo) Buzz Busby (806) 670–4609 Tommy Preston (806)662-7081

South Region Directors Guy Hohman (830)275-1939 Kandi & Brad Henning (361)876-1551

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CHUCK SINKS 555 Sinks Road • Rockwall, Texas 75032 214.869.4719 • ssbarexcavating@aol.com

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CAL WOLFE VICE PRESIDENT - CHEYENNE SWOOPE SECRETARY - KOLTON WHITE

SECRETARY - JULIE WHITE 2469 CR 33100 • Sumner, Texas 75486 903.737.7750 • julzjo66@yahoo.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS BILL CHINNERS 740 Jim Jones Rd • Van Alstyne, Texas 75495 903.482.0544 • wchhinners@aol.com

Region IV

CHAD FOLMAR 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • cwfolmar@gmail.com PRESIDENT- CHRIS WOLFE 630 E FM 813 • Palmer, Texas 75152 214.403.4638 • chris.wolfe@bldr.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

By MCKENZIE RAY– ARIAT Performance Reporter

enior year is a whirlwind of emotions, because in the span of about 9 months, a life completely changes. It’s a difficult and stressful time, but it’s also important to our future in the world. Senior year is filled with decisions; where will I go to college? What will I major in? how will I support myself in the future? These are all decisions that we, as seniors, must make in a short period of time. These choices that we’re making now have a lasting effect on the courses that our lives will take, and when you frame it that way, it’s easy to see why the term, “Senioritis” has come about. But through all the ups and downs, the highs and lows, and the good and bad, we’ve stuck together through this thing called “Life” and made it to our last year official year before adulthood. So here’s to us; the seniors of Region IV, 2015-2016. REGION IV SENIORS: Raelee Self Jhett Jackson Chloe Costello Carlie Conaway Alyssa Stephenson Baylee Guglielmo Logan Nace Weston Sandman Madison Comstock Danielle Collier

Lainey Cooper Jayci Braudrick Jase Holder McKenzie Ray Jasie Ballard Tyler Harris Hunter Snow Cameron Miller Sawyer Spradling Bryce Briggs Jordan Shelby Dalton Crosson Sage Boteler Shelby Domingue Bryce Braden Brooklyn Willie Katlyn Melvin Megan Jenkins Hayden White Eric Williams Rowdy Snow Hope Huneke

RAELEE SELF photo by Jennings

“To the best of times and the worst of times I wouldn't change a thing. Most of all I want to thank my dad for showing me that not every loss is intended to make you lose. Sometimes it makes you stronger than you ever thought possible.” -Raelee Self “These last 4 years of high school rodeo have been ones to remember. Thanks to the good Lord and the friends and family he has blessed me with!”-Lainey Cooper “I would like to say thank you to my parents, who have helped me in more ways than I could ever imagine. Without them I would not be able to even rodeo! I have been so happy to compete in Region IV these past few years, and now I look forward to attending Southeastern State University in the fall.” -Jayci Brauderick “I would like to thank my parents for supporting me through my years of rodeo. I would also like to thank my sponsors, Fire It Up Productions and Lone Star Ropes. All the Glory to God.” -Tyler Harris “Thank you to my parents, for always getting me to the rodeos, and helping me with whatever it is life has thrown at me, and most of all to God be the Glory in everything I do.” -Hunter Snow “I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey of mine. Though my time in high school rodeo is coming to an end, I have collected memories that will last a lifetime.” -Shelby Domingue “I just want to say a thank you to my family, friends, and anyone along the way that


LAINEY COOPER photo by Jennings

has helped me. I can't wait for my future in rodeo and can only hope to be able to help people the way they have helped me.” -Carlie Conaway “If you're waitin' on me, your backin' up Jack!" -Bryce Braden "My past year with Region 4 has been the best year of my high school rodeo career. There have been many ups and downs but being able to come together with such a great group of people in such a challenging sport has made the experience worth it. I want to say a big thank you to Stacey Carpenter and Ryan Metcalf for their support!" -Hope Huneke “I want to send a huge thank you out to everyone that makes Region IV rodeos possible! I will cherish the friendships and support I've received in all my rodeo endeavors." -Chloe Costello "I have met some great friends that I know will last a lifetime and made great memories the past four years in high school rodeo. I'd like to thank all everyone who has pushed me to do my best and thank my parents for supporting me.” -Bryce Briggs “I definitely have to thank my mom, grandma Dolly, and great-grandma Mamaw (who is 91!) for all their support the past 4 years! It never gets old to hear Mamaw tell me "well at least you looked good doing it" after a bad run. I'll definitely miss high school rodeo, but I'll see everyone in the fall for college rodeos!” -Brooklyn Willie “My senior quote is "Live a Legacy, Start a Dynasty" -Jhett Jackson “High school rodeo has been an amazing journey in my life, I wouldn't be where I am without the support of my family and of course my horse Dolly who has taken me on this long ride, I know for sure I will carry on rodeoing in the future, and I look forward to bigger and better things" -Jordan Shelby “To those who have struck with me through the years; I want to say thank you. Thank you to my dad, my mom, my sister, my friends, and anyone else who lent a hand along the way. Rodeoing in Region IV was one of the best experiences of my life, and I'm so thankful I was blessed with the opportunity to rodeo here. They are memories that will last a lifetime!” -McKenzie Ray

THE RESULTS ARE IN and we are SUPER PROUD to announce the Cinch Scholarship Winners, which 3 of the 4 winners are from Texas! High School winners are Clint Mayo from Region III and Stephanie Stokes from Region II. Junior High winner from Texas is Thomas Wallace from Region V.

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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS GENE ARCENEAUX 13448 Coon Road • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.651.5344 • garceneaux@platinumcandf.com

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PRESIDENT - SHELLIE LUMMUS VICE PRESIDENT - CK WRIGHT SECRETARY - SHAYLON ELMS

JEFF LUMMUS PO Box 646 • Orangefield, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • jhlummus@yahoo.com

SECRETARY - SUSAN BALDWIN 704 1/2 Southview Circle • Center, Texas 75935 936.590.4330 • Regionvsecretary@gmail.com

Region V

CARTER ELLIOTT 17125 FM 850 • Arp, Texas 75750 903.521.2034 • candjcattle@gmail.com

PRESIDENT- GENE ARCENEAUX 13448 Coon Rd • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.651.5344 • garceneaux@platinumcandf.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT OUR HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS: SALUTING OUR REGION V DADS unfold at our last rodeo, I couldn’t help but smile as I watched the interaction between the competitors and their dads. I observed dads that have strong rodeo backBy HANNAH HEMPHILL – ARIAT Performance Reporter grounds, and dads that will tell s we head into our Region you “Heck I don’t have experifinals it seems like the lead- ence but if this is what my kid er board has changed with wants to do I’m here to supevery rodeo. Region V members are anticipating the finals and the dreaded or beloved average points, that will make you a hero or take you to zero. Many saddles, buckles, and titles have been decided by those precious points, a consistent great year can HELENA COLLMORGEN WITH HER DAD! turn sour with a bad finals and missing out on those port them.” I’ve heard the encouragement, sometimes elusive points. REGION V BARREL RACER CHEYENNE TANT kind words, and seen the high fives with things WITH HER BIGGEST FAN, HER DAD! One thing that is constant seem to go your way. On the other hand, I’ve in our Region is the help and support we receive from our heard yelling at the trailers (mostly mine….lol), heated conversations about dads. As I watched all the events that last run or the constructive criticism because they want you to win, and believe you can, sometimes more than you believe it yourself. Most Region V members will tell you that their Dad is their biggest critic, but also the first

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one in the practice pen to help you iron out the kinks, the first one to say Good Job, or the what the heck were you thinking speech. They are our biggest supporters and we are all blessed to be a part of a sport that encourages family involvement. My dad shares his love of rodeo with me and also his competitive spirit, but he only wants me to try HANNAH HEMPHILL IS SO THANKFUL TO HAVE HER DAD BY my hardest, perform my best, HER SIDE AT EVERY RODEO! and give it my all, which is what most parents want for their children, win or lose!! Most Region V members I’ve talked to from barrel racers, goat tiers, calf ropers and bull-riders say “WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT DAD.” So with our Dads monitoring our progress and watching our backs, I wanted to give a shout out to our Region leaders as we head into the finals: Team Roping: Clayton Lowry and Cayl Sieber Steer Wrestling: Shiloh Stone Saddle Bronc and Calf roping: Logan Cook Bullriding: Garrett Jones Barrel Racing: Jessica Lewis Goat tying and Breakaway: Mersadie Martin Pole Bending: Lexi Smith Bareback Riding: Travis Chapman Cutting: Emily Smith and Skylar Wools ALL AROUND : Haley Horn and Logan Cook With the points really close in almost every event, our up-coming finals will definitely be a nail biter with most champions being crowned depending on their performance at these last two rodeos… Oh and let’s not Forget, those AVERAGE POINTS. So as I head back to the practice pen with my dad, my critic, my supporter, my friend, I know he will tell me not to worry about the average points, just do your best and the rest will fall into place. At this point in the game, I encourage you all to practice to win, accept the criticism, enjoy the praise, and just let the CK WRIGHT WITH HER rest fall into place and remember BIGGEST SUPPORTER! TO LET GO AND LET GOD!!!

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PRESIDENT - BAILEY BENNIGHT VICE PRESIDENT - LINDSEI HARVEY SECRETARY - MORGAN FAJKUS

STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS NATALIE BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.304.8587 • nbennight@yahoo.com

MIKE ISELT 1656 E. CR 327 • Lincoln, Texas 78948 979.540.8863 • iseltpaint@aol.com

Region VI

SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com

WESLEY CALDWELL 3918 Kerr Creek Drive • Gonzales, TX 78629 830.672.3902 • wcaldwell@gvec.org PRESIDENT - BUBBA BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • bubbabennight@yahoo.com

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART

By LAUREN KEENE

– ARIAT Performance Reporter

hat is love? Is it a feeling, or a choice? Do we CHOOSE to love somebody or something because they love us, or because we FEEL like we do? Feelings can be deceiving, and choices can be rushed. These philosophical questions arise often, but only one person has the answers. Jesus. Since he loved us, we learned to love others, we learned to love others, and we developed the capacity to love animals. His unconditional love sparked our love and passion for rodeo. Passion and love are chips off the same block, and I believe it is said best by Paul, who defined love in Corinthians. He talks about how love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres; passion ties in directly with this. We protect, trust, hope for, and persevere for our friends, family, and horses. Love as a feeling overtakes us, so we choose to adopt that feeling and love whatever it is that we feel such a strong emotion for. We love to ride and we love to rodeo, and the passion behind that feeling sparks a fire in our heart. Passion makes us want to be the best of our kind. When someone is passionate about something, they will put all their attentions and efforts to that thing. They want to get better and better, and be the great-

est in that field. For example, Bill Gates is a Harvard dropout but now his net worth is $79.2 billion. He initially dropped out to pursue his passion to build one of the world’s greatest computer and software companies. Because of the passion that festered in his heart, he influenced generations to come. I am not necessarily urging you to drop out of an Ivy League school, but I am urging you to follow your heart’s desire. As Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” His love, the love that Christ showed us, was in the form of action. It was something He set out to do, proven by action, and it made an impact beyond the grave.

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PRESIDENT - KASSIE KERSH VICE PRESIDENT - BRADY BARHAM SECRETARY - MARCI RALEY

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS JOHN ATKINSON PO Box 540 • Anderson, Texas 77830 979.482.2018 • johnstephenatkinson@hotmail.com

STUDENT OFFICERS

BRUCE SULAK PO Box 68 • Ganado, Texas 77962 361.771.5606 • sulak@ykc.com

Region VII

SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region7thsra@gmail.com

DEE RAWLINSON 12432 N SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.543.8906 • drawlinson@reatarealty.com PRESIDENT- CLINT RAWLINSON 12432 N. SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.637.0500 • rawlinsonclint@gmail.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Region VII is Well Represented in the professional ranks By BRANDI BRATTON

– ARIAT Performance Reporter

ver the last few months there have been some major pro rodeos going on here in Texas. San Antonio, Austin, Houston and the American are just a few of the major ones. I know many of us and our rodeo friends all go together to watch or even participate. When we get there we notice that most are past Texas High School rodeo members from all over our country. But here in region VII we are well represented by Taylor Jacob, Brittany Pozzi, Cody Ohl, Cory Solomon, and Trey Benton III these are

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just a few of the champions that have come from region VII. Recently our very own Katelyn Stone won a day with Taylor Jacob from our Junior High Benefit Auction. Taylor Jacob happens to hold the arena record at the NFR on her horse Honor Thy Frenchman “Bo”, they crushed the previous record by nine tenths of a second in 2013. Taylor isn't just an amazing barrel racer she happens to be a amazing goat tyer too. Katelyn told me a little about her day with Taylor “We started with some goat tying drills and fundamentals such as getting off along the fence and slow motion ground tying. Then we put them together and practiced full goat runs. I learned so much from her in the goats such as little key things to make up time. It was really cool to see her ride Bo while she was coaching me. My favorite part was definitely getting to talk with her about how far I have come over the last few years and seeing her ride Bo through the pattern. And what really stood out to me was her unique style of riding which I had a lot of fun learning! It was an experience of a lifetime!” As high school kids we have multiple events to participate in at these big rodeos calf scrambles, youth rodeos, art contest, and livestock shows. Our very own Tanner Green made it to the for the American Rodeo qualifier in Levelland, Texas. Then progressed to first round of the Semifinals. Unfortunately he was one out of advancPHOTOS: TAYLOR JACOB & KATELYN STONE


ing to the second level. At the Junior High State Finals this year on Sunday May 22 they will be having a 5K Color Fun Run and Walk.This is a great event to get involved in ,anyone can join in so bring friends.There are multiple categories a women's men's, and kid’s race. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each age group. Make sure you sign up, the entries are open until the day of the event. If you enter after May first the entry fee will have a late fee so make sure you mail your entry in or go online to www.athleteguild.com to register. Since Junior High and High School state is coming faster than we think make sure that you are signed up for our secretaries email group to keep updated on events at state. You can also like Texas HS Rodeo Association Region 7 on Facebook.

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - ABBY SLAGLE VICE PRESIDENT - MORGAN ARNOLD SECRETARY - MONTANA COX KELLIE BEALL PO Box 1107 • Woodsboro, Texas 78393 361.220.2533 • cowgirlkellie@gmail.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

KEN SLAGLE 954 CR 140 • Floresville, Texas 78114 254.424.5833 • slaglekl@yahoo.com 3005 Santa Ana St. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 361.739.9858 • Region8thsra@gmail.com

Region VIII

SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY

CHUCK FRETWELL 655 PR A81 • Pleasanton, Texas 830.281.8728 • cashf@msn.com PO Box 1379 • Edinburg, Texas 78540 956.778.0202 • jeff@jaeconcrete.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Thank You Sponsors

By Melissa

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Garcia – ARIAT Performance Reporter

aying THANK YOU comes easy to some, but for others it’s not always easy. Region VIII members have so much to be thankful for. Being a part of Texas High School Rodeo Association is a time honored tradition dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship, and character. The volunteers and sponsors that continuously support Region VIII are the most important part of OUR region. With the support of generous sponsors Region VIII was able to award prizes for the top 10 contestants in each event. This year Region VIII was very fortunate to have such great support from amazing sponsors. Each custom saddle for every event champion was donated before our 6th rodeo of the season. That’s says a lot about the parents and the commitment they have to make each year a great success. We are so grateful for the support and dedication they show for the sport of rodeo. This year’s saddle sponsors were Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc., Oates Oilfield Construction, Ltd., Casas Cattle, ALLways Auto Group, Jeff and Yvonne Meyer, Smith Pro Rodeo, Doggett Heavy Machinery Services, LLC., Stephenson Family,

Storey Ranch, 4Weeks Services, Cenizo Services, Leona Trucking, Inc., THL Top Hand Lease Service, LLC, (2) Weeks Environmental, and Trudy and Bruce Welch. Region VIII continues to thrive because of these sponsors and we hope they know how much we appreciate the kindness and generosity they have TRUDY & BRUCE WELCH SPONSOR shown. We can’t say THANK YOU enough. We can’t forget spring is in the air!!!! We all know South Texas weather is sometimes very confusing not to mention irritating. You might walk out of the house in the morning with several layers on and by noon you’re in flip flops getting sun burned. OATES OILFIEDL SPONSOR During these next few months it will definitely get warmer and our horses will start to shed their winter coat. Some horses get completely slicked off and others may still have a pretty long coat. We can’t forget Spring Break. I know we are all looking forward to a break from school even if it is just a week. South Texas spring and summer heat are 4WEEKS SERVICES brutal on people and it’s just as harsh on our horses. If you’re going to the beach or on the rodeo road make sure you and your horses stay hydrated. Simple things like adding electrolytes to your horses feed or giving them a paste can help tremendously. Keeping your horses in shape during the spring and summer months is also very important. Some of us continue riding in other youth rodeo organizations but some choose to give their horses a break and just keep them in great shape. Sometimes taking the poles and barrels out of the arena or pasture riding helps more than you know. It takes the edge off a bit and helps you and your horse relax a bit. Isn’t that what spring and summer are about. Enjoy it while you can.


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Etbauer,” he said. He also mentioned how he looks up to his family’s close friend, Mike Outheir, and his “closest buddy”, who also doubles as his team roping partner, Slade Bomer.” Pollock said he is very honored to be recognized as the Whatakid of the month. “I am looking forward to competing at state and hopefully the chance to represent Texas on the National level again this year,” he said. Once he graduates high school, Pollock said he plans to go to a college somewhere he can ride broncs and snow ski. “I plan to continue to ride broncs and I want to learn how to fly airplanes and helicopters as a career.” Good luck and congratulations to Will Pollock! We hope he continues to see great success in and out of the rodeo arena and wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.

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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 the Whatakid of the month, Will James Pollock! The Region VIII sophomore resides in Utopia, Texas and attends Utopia High School. He started his THSRA career in the junior high division his sixth grade year of school, and has been a member of the high school division for two years now. Pollock works both ends of the arena as he is a competitor in the tie-down roping, team roping and saddle bronc riding; however, he claims saddle bronc riding as his favorite. His freshmen year, he qualified for the THSRA state finals and went on to represent Texas on the national level in the bronc riding. He said he loves how the Texas High School Rodeo Association has given him the opportunity to rodeo and meet new people. Throughout his time as THSRA member he said the biggest lesson he has learned is “to try hard, don’t be a wuss and be humble,” which just so happens to be the words he strives to live his life by. Outside of the rodeo arena, Pollock is an AB honor roll student involved in his high school’s FFA program, along with golf and tennis. “I start my day feeding horses, I go to school, and then I practice either roping, tennis or golf.” When he is not riding broncs, or practicing rodeo or other sports, he said he enjoys leather work, hunting and welding. One of his proudest accomplishments, in addition to being a national qualifier, is winning the saddle bronc riding at the Hallettsville Founders rodeo his freshmen year. While rodeo, school and high school sports take a lot of time and dedication, he said he does not believe he has had to make any sacrifices, “my parents have made the sacrifices for me.” Pollock explained how his parents are among the people he looks up to. “My heroes are my dad and Billy

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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

204 CR 6763 • Dayton, Texas 77535 936.258.4884 • eddiedyson@thsra9.com

409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

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PRESIDENT - JAKE HUGHES VICE PRESIDENT - MEGAN WRIGHT SECRETARY - HAILEY BRUENING

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PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

JOHN SCHUENEMAN

936.258.4884 • Dayton, Texas 77535 713.553.6421 • eddiedyson@thsra9.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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any of us find the thought of going to school a bore and something none of us want to do. There is always too much homework and it starts too early when all we want to be doing is hanging out with our friends and riding our horses. Although many of us would like to be out and about doing other things that are more entertaining, going to school is so important to our future. My school starts at seven in the morning, so I know what it feels like to dread waking up and going to school five days a week. There are so many classes and so many assignments, especially if you are a junior or senior, but it is all worth it. There is nothing like getting that perfect score on a test that you studied for and that goes for rodeo too! What a great feeling it is to have that winning run or ride when you practice for hours on end improving and perfecting yourself. You cannot rodeo if you are not passing. No pass no play. This is why we have to stay on top of our grades, because if we slack off then all of our hard work won’t get to be shown. It is not a good feeling to know that all your hard work at home practicing your event won’t be used, because you

couldn’t keep on top of your schoolwork. It is not that hard to get your work done, in facts it is harder to fail than it is to pass. Your teachers are always there to see you succeed whether you think they are or not, they just want to see you try to get the grade. You have to make sure you get your homework done and done right, then study for your tests, and your school year is as good as gold. KENNA KAMINSKI We are almost to the end of the 2015-2016 school year and now is not the time to slack off because school is almost over. The end of the year is so important. Why would you try so hard all year and then not finish off strong? Just because you made it through your region rodeos with passing grades doesn’t mean that you don’t have to have passing grades for state. This is what all of us strive to achieve all year and it would be a shame that you wouldn’t RILEY WEBB get to go, because you decided your grades weren’t that important. Finish your year off strong with good grades and your spot will be secured to go to state. Not only do you need good grades to participate in high school rodeo, but you need them to get into college. Colleges look for kids that have the grades and the


about. School is more important than you realize and it helps you in the long run. You get scholarships, you get into better schools, you get good jobs, and you get to rodeo and what is better than that. Don’t blow off your schoolwork because you have better things to do. Push through the tough, tiring days and the long nights spent doing homework because it is worth it. Although, it is sometimes a bore and not something you would do in your free time, it is something that is mandatory for your everyday life and the life of a high school rodeo contestant. Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” LANDON LITTLE & CHARLIE FISHER

active lifestyle to go along with it. Many colleges look for kids that are involved in many different clubs and activities, just like high school rodeo. If you get a scholarship to rodeo and think you don’t have to try and make good grades, then you are wrong. No matter what kind of scholarship you get, you still have to be passing to get into that college and you have to pass the SAT or ACT. Colleges look for kids with better grades and those kids get better benefits, because they have shown their work ethic. Making the grade in school is really not that hard. As long as you do your work, make good relationships, and TRY you are sure to have a successful year with nothing to worry

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CLINT WEBSTER VICE PRESIDENT - KATIE KEITH SECRETARY/TRES. - KAMBRIA MCDOUGAL LARRY CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 larrycudd@yahoo.com • 254.394.3885

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

JAMIE MCDOUGAL 3046 Dusk Drive • Weatherford, Tx 76088 817.598.9560 • jamiewmcdougal@yahoo.com SECRETARY - ANGELIA CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 254.394.3888• cuddranch@yahoo.com

VANESSA HALFORD 1817 CR 177 • Stephenville, TX 76401 254.595.1211 • vanessa.halford@sville.us PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

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Bumps in the Road By BROOKE

BOILES– ARIAT Performance Reporter

n Sarah Young's Jesus Calling she states, "This is not a path of continual success but of multiple failures. However, each failure is followed by a growth spurt, nourished by complete reliance on God. Enjoy the blessedness of a victorious life, by deepening your dependence on God." As every competitor knows, there are multiple bumps you will encounter down the road when striving for success. This year in Region X stability for positions on the leader board were not guaranteed. We saw major changes every rodeo. In conclusion though to what many may agree was the year of the stiffest competition we have seen in quite some time, our event champions have now been crowned. This years all-around cowboy is Mr. Leighton Berry, who also took the year end win in the bareback riding. For the girls, Madisen Goforth took the all-around title. In the barrel racing Kambria McDougal ended up our champion, Kyleigh Powell won the year end for the Pole Bending, and Catnerine Clayton fought a tough race to end up our champion goat

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tyer. Tanner Fleet ended up our champion Steer Wrestler, while Parker Fleet won the year for the saddle bronc. Skylar Southerland is our breakaway champion and Daniel Keeping is the Bull riding Champion. Chantz Webster won the tie-down as well as the boys cutting for the year end, while Sadye Simpson won the girls cutting. And last but not least, our region's team roping champions are Jarrett Freeman and Andrew Hill. This year was full of remarkable runs, success, comebacks, and memories for all. Thank you to those of you who make our rodeos possible each month, from our president Jerry Wright, to our secretary Angela Cudd, our announcer Vanessa Halford, Circle T Ranch Arena for the awesome facility, thank you to our stock contractors, event directors and the parents who push calves, set barrels etc., plus so many more deserving of recognition. A huge thanks to Region X for awarding $11,000 worth of scholarships to our graduating seniors. We would like to congratulate all of our state finalist and wish them the best of luck in Abilene. Remember, each failure is followed by a growth spurt. So, if you ended up falling short of the goals you set out to reach, simply set some more. This is not the end, defeat is not final and failure is not fatal. Whether it be the THSRA state finals, the IFYR, or any other rodeo, the redemption and success is all yours.

LEIGHTON BERRY

MADISEN GOFORTH


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 2016 THSRA State Finals.

The Mayo Family by Catelyn Felts

Congratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month, the Mayo’s! The Region III family has owned and operated the Mayo Ranch located in Stephenville, Texas for the past 12 years. Beau, Laura, Clint, Clayton and Cody Mayo have a main business focus in rental properties. “We have houses, apartment buildings, and commercial lease property in Stephenville, Texas,” the family said. “We lease a lot of property to Tarleton State University students.” The family also ranches and runs about 70 head of mother cows, as well as bucking horses. They currently provide the bareback and saddle bronc horses for Region III. Their favorite part about the ranching lifestyle and owning their own business is the freedom they have to make their own decisions, and having flexibility to go to rodeos and other activities the kids are involved

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“Ranching builds a strong family, because everyone works together when there is a job to do, and each person is valuable in getting the job done,” Beau said. “Caring for animals builds confidence in kids.” And so does the THSRA. Beau credited the organization for giving his boys the opportunity to get started in rodeo and “has given Clint an opportunity to rodeo in college.” “We are a rodeo family,” Beau said. The sport has been a family tradition for several generations as the boys’ grandfather, Bob Mayo, is a six time NFR qualifier and Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee. Their great uncles, Don and Paul Mayo are both NFR qualifiers; Paul is a two-time world champion in the bareback riding and is in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame; and Beau Mayo was the 1992 PRCA bareback rookie of the year, and

12 time Texas circuit finals qualifier. The older Mayo men even went so far as to revolutionize the style of riding bareback horses in the 60s and 70s. Beau explained how in the early days of rodeo, most bareback riders sat up and rode more cautiously, but the mayo men “started laying back, getting more exposure, and throwing caution to the wind on the bucking horses,” Beau said. “They called it the ‘Mayo Style,’ and nearly all bareback riders ride that way today.” It is no surprise that the family’s favorite thing to do when they are not on the ranch or dealing with rental property, is to be at a rodeo. Clint and Clayton both compete in the bareback riding at Region III. Clint is currently a senior and was a National High School Finals bareback riding qualifier the summer of 2015. He has won first at every Region III rodeo so far this year and recently got his PRCA permit. He will be attending Sam Houston State University in the fall. Clayton, a freshman in high school, has just started his bareback riding career, but he has qualified to go to state this year, and Cody is in the 6th grade with full intentions of keeping the Mayo bareback riding tradition alive and following in his brothers’ footsteps. The family said they are honored to be selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Month. “We have a McCoy’s in Stephenville and we are regular customers,” Beau said. Congratulations to the Mayo’s of Region III!

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JUNIOR HIGH

TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

Special Kids Rodeo

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SIERRA SCHUENEMAN, 2015-2016 TJHRA VICE PRESIDENT

ach February contestants from across the nation travel to compete at the coveted San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, hoping to get a head start for their run to the Thomas and Mack and the world championship gold buckle. However, another annual event occurs on the same dirt where these champions are crowned, Whataburger and San Antonio combine forces to provide a spectacular special kids rodeo. Reagan and myself were honored to be able to attend this event as well as shed some light on just what rodeo means to us. Reagan and Chloé certainly won the kids hearts with their crowns and large smiles, I am almost certain they got a picture with every special contestant that day! Pictures weren't the the extent of our duties, Raelee and I helped a young boy, Jamarion, learn to rope while Cullen tried his hand at riding bulls. Chloé, like Cullen was quite the All Around hand that day, instructing and influencing barrel racers, while showing them how to perfect their queen wave. The goat tying was a big hit, not only with myself but with the contestants as well. The smile on their faces after they got awarded for completing the event in a better manner than myself was priceless, and honestly I wouldn't want to have another end result. I must say Whataburger and San Antonio’s event was

spectacular, and left me feeling extremely blessed to hold such a position to where I have the power to influence such determined young people. The determination that these contestants hold is something I hope each of you will carry over into your daily lives and execute no matter which walk of life you venture down. As I write this article reflecting back to this time of laughing, blessing, and uplifting, most regions have held their finals, and the top ten in their respective events are practicing to hopefully earn their spot on the coveted Texas National Team; however I challenge each of you, state qualifier or not, to carry over the positive attitude and steady determination that each of the contestants in the special kids rodeo had to your daily practice sessions. I can assure you, Jamarion did not quit when he wasn't successful, instead he showed perseverance and dedication and wouldn't stop until he accomplished his goal. Dedicate yourself and strive to accomplish your goals with a positive mindset, I cannot wait to see how our National Team will pan out; but I do know that if we carry over these actions we will bring the team trophy back home to the Lone Star State! See you in May, practice hard becoming a state champion will be worth it!

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS TJHRA Region V Recap

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by TJHRA Revion V Student Secretary, Elizabeth Elms

n the weekend of the Jr. High rodeo, we had a great turnout for the Tod Bishop Memorial Special Needs Rodeo. We had three amazing kids show up, Kendall, Brandy Jo, and Ryan. They got to do several different events. The kids were able to do roping, stick horse barrels, and buck on the mighty Bucky. Brandy Jo's favorite event out of it all was the stick horse barrel racing. Her and her little stick pony ran fast around them barrels. And Kendall's favorite event was the roping. She Swung and caught that dummy several times. Ryan's favorite event was the bucking bull. His hand was high in the air, and was smiling every time he rode. Everyone had a lot of fun. There were smiles and laughter every where. And in honor of Tod Bishop, Region V presented the Bishop family a special memorial buckle. The rodeo was done in his honor because he loved rodeos and wherever he went, he never met a stranger. We also had a great turnout for the TJHRA Finals. Thomas Wallace

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won the All Around Boy, and Jill White won the All Around and Rookie Girl. Thomas won the Boys Goats & Ribbon Roping. Ky Thomas won in the Chute Dogging. And Cooper Parsley won the Steer Saddle Bronc. Kolt Dement won in the Steer Bareback. And Tanner Crone & Kolt Dement won Team Roping. Thomas Wallace & Morgan Christian won the Ribbon Roping. And Jacelynn Head won the Pole Bending. Morgan Christian won the Girls Goat Tying. And Hannah Lovelady won the Girls Breakaway. Ty roach won Calf Roping. And Cole Yelverton won the Bull Riding. Dylan Duren won the Boys Breakaway. Jamie spikes won the Barrel Racing. And Levi Latham was the Boys Rookie. Lieza Klein will be representing Region V at State in the Princess Contest. Region V has some tough champions and all our State qualifiers are planning on making a tough showing in Gonzales.


1ST ANNUAL 2016 TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION 5K COLOR FUN RUN/WALK AND KIDS K SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016

Runners/Walkers: Get ready to kick off the 2016 Texas Junior High Rodeo Association State Finals with a 5K Color Fun Run! The 5K will start at 7:30 AM at Independence Park. The Kids K will follow suit. Kids are welcome to bring their bicycles for the race. Each early regsitrant will receive a free T-Shirt! Awards will be awarded to the top Male and Female runner of each standard age division. The age divisions are 10 & under, 11-13 years old, 14- 18 years old, and adults.

You may register online at www.athleteguild.com, by mail or at the event until 7:15 AM. Registration fee for 5K Color Fun Run/Walk: $25.00 Kids K, 10 & under: $15.00 Register after 5/1/15 or at the event: $30.00 Texas Junior High Rodeo Association Mail entry and registration fee to: PO BOX 1818, Gonzales, TX 78629 FMI: Maci Meyer 281-610-7346 macikmeyer@yahoo.com

THE 1ST ANNUAL TJHRA 5K COLOR FUN RUN/WALK AND KIDS K IS A ROAD RACE, BE PREPARED TO HAVE FUN! I, the undersigned, agree to release and discharge the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association, the organizers of said Run/Walk, the participants of said Run/Walk, and any other persons connected with this Run/Walk, from any liability from any accident and/or injury that might occur to me as a result of my participation in this Run/Walk. Name (Please Print):_____________________________________________ Age on 01/01/16:_______ Sex: ______ Address: ______________________________________ City: __________________ State: _______ Zip: __________ Cell # ___________________ Runner/Walker or Guardian’s Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ____________ T-Shirt (circle one): Adult- S M L XL Child- S M L

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SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT TJHRA TJHRA is a great organization from the Region level all the way to the state finals! Serving as the top level of competition for grades 6-8, TJHRA is the association to join for athletes who love their sport and value good competition. Help us spread the word to more families about this great association! When you are at other events, make sure parents know that this is an option for their child and tell them a little more about TJHRA. Created in 2004, the NHSRA Junior High Division was established to bring the excitement of the sport to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and to serve as a feeder system into the high school ranks of the Association. Today, all 47 states and provinces that belong to the NHSRA also produce a Junior High Division as well, with over 2,500 members in total now competing. Junior High Division students compete in a variety of events, including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending,

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Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Ribbon Roping, Bareback Steer Riding, Saddle Bronc Steer Riding and Junior Bull Riding. Each summer, the "best of the best" from each state and province qualify for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo. Approximately 900 competitors show off their talents in the event and compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes. Since the first Junior High Finals was held in 2005, Gallup, New Mexico has served as the host site. How to Join: Want to know how to join the TJHRA? Simply contact Anne Dollery or Region secretary for more information. A list of secretaries and directors may be in the Junior High Section of this newspaper. You can also go to www.tjhra. org or visit their facebook page.


TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

TJHRA Region VI: The End of Another Rodeo Season

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by Brinlee Freeman

ow! It’s absolutely crazy how fast time flies! It’s already the end of yet another Region 6 rodeo season. This year we all put in tons of hard work. We practiced almost everyday by roping the dummy, tying goats and exercising our horses. It takes a lot of dedication and effort to participate and compete in the sport we call rodeo. None of this would be possible without our awesome parents or family members who haul us everywhere, pay the fees, and love us no matter what. We are truly blessed to have such great support systems! But let’s not forget who is number one in our hearts; the Lord our God. “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, because of your loving kindness, because of your truth.” (Psalm 115:1) This year our All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl were Stetson Schuster and Jacquelyn Graff. Our Rookie All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl were Clint Ohrt and Tess Underbrink. Congratulations! We are super proud of them! All of our hard work and dedication paid off this year. Everyone worked so hard for a spot to compete at the finals. Before you know it, it will be May and we’ll be back in Gonzales all riding and roping for that shot as a National Qualifier. Congrats to all of the Region 6 state qualifiers and good luck at state! Let’s show them what Region 6 is all about!

2015-2016 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN E. BLAND

940-537-1354

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

806-676-1042

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PRESIDENT BRAD CRONE VICE PRESIDENT TONY LACINA

DELEGATE JOHN ATKINSON 979-482-2018 DELEGATE BRENT CHARLESWORTH

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DELEGATE CINDY CLAYTON

254-485-9466

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DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM

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DELEGATE JEFF PARSLEY DELEGATE SCOTT SHOOK SECRETARY ANNE DOLLERY 979-272-2249 adollery@aol.com

STETSON SCHUSTER

JACQUELYN GRAFF

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STATE DIRECTORS

Region I GARY FIELDS CHAD HIATT ROBB WELLS

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806-946-6138 806-676-4402 806-346-5109

Region II CASEY BAIZE 512-618-9233 CLINT GRIFFIN 325-226-0430 CHUCK SENTER 806-562-0041 Region III MIKE BRITAIN 254-595-0563 KEN BRAY 817-219-0436

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Region IV DAVE CLARK MATT INGLE

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903-880-5919 903-355-8318

Region V DAVID COGBILL 409-781-8254 JOE GLEN KAHLA 409-489-1012 JEFF PARSLEY 903-842-4720 Region VI NATALIE BENNIGHT 513-304-8507 DANNY DUCKETT 512-289-0724 CLAY BASS 512-847-5056 Region VII CHRIS OATES DEE ANN RAWLINSON SCOTT SHOOK

936-661-1783 979-578-1420 281-437-8214

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Region VIII MATT SCIBA 361-571-7888 matt@lifepointevictoria.com BILL SCIBA 361-582-6711 bill_sciba@yahoo.com JASON UNDERBRINK 210-854-7718 jasonunderbrink@yahoo.com Region IX DON EDWARDS 281-387-8383 Edwards_Saddles@yahoo.com MIKE GHORMLEY 281-785-0077 mghormley@me.com JOHN SCHUENEMAN 979-268-4994 jschueneman@shorthornres.com Region X RENEE WHITE 512-217-8165 weitzrr@gmail.com JOHN DOWNING 254-770-7064 cdowning@vvm.com ANTHONY WILLIAMS 512-269-9903 jwilliams852@yahoo.com STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT MAKENNA SHOOK V.PRES SIERRA SCHUENEMAN SECRETARY PAISLEY PIERCE

PRINCESS REAGAN HOELSCHER

TJHRA MARKETING DIRECTOR

MACI MEYER 281-610-7346 macikmeyer@yahoo.com

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STUDENT OFFICERS VISIT SAN ANTONIO STOCKSHOW AND RODEO EXCEPTIONAL KIDS RODEO

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by Raelee Self

he THSRA and TJHRA officer teams attended the 2016 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo February 18-19. During our exciting trip, we participated in events such as The Exceptional Rodeo and The Rodeo Experience Booth, as well as getting to experience San Antonio Rodeo and meeting with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Committee. Whataburger and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Committee produced The Exceptional Rodeo for special needs children who want to experience the sport of rodeo. Each officer was given the opportunity to work with a child in various rodeo events: dummy roping, miniature whataburger barrel racing, and goat ribbon pulling. Also, we were able to answer the questions of tourist of all ages at The Rodeo Experience booth in the expo center where the youth rodeo was held. The officer teams demonstrated how to prepare for a run by roping the dummy and allowed the visitors to participate as well. Thanks to the contributions of Schertz Bank & Trust, the officer teams were both given amazing seats to watch the performance as well as the Billy Currington concert after the rodeo concluded. We not only got to watch some of the “greats� compete, but we also got to watch some familiar THSRA alumni faces, such as Tillar Murray. The rodeo was an awesome experience! We concluded our amazing weekend by meeting with a few members of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Committee. During this meeting we were able to converse on more of a personal level and show who we are as people, rather than what our titles say about us. The committee explained to my fellow officers and myself, the criteria used when selecting applicants for scholarships. We became more educated on the countless opportunities provided

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by the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to help students financially throughout their college careers: the stock show itself, the youth rodeo, judging competitions, skills team competition, and many more. On top of these amazing scholarship opportunities, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo also donates $30,000 alone to the THSRA for scholarships! Note to all seniors - when you are accepted into ANY college, please consult with the admissions counselor in regards to scholarships provided to individuals majoring in an agricultural related fields. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo provide millions of dollars in financial aid in order to promote the future of agriculture and prolong the western heritage.


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