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Wish List JORDAN VAN – New tack for my barrel horse SKYLER DUNN – A charcoal grey hat and some Seven jeans SIERRA JORDAN – A new truck preferably a tan dodge 3500 MCCAIN WAKE – A new Marty Bryd fully tooled saddle KAITLIN BURKHAM – A weenie dog puppy KADIE BETH WISENER – KEEP IT GYPSE bag from the Debney House in Jasper, Tx; Charlie 1 horse Fedora; Vaquera Caiman Ariat Boots. SNOW LOPEZ – I want a dog, because I need the perfect rodeo dog!
What THSRA Members Want for Christmas!
AVERY THELANDER – I want college tuition, because it’s really expensive! HADLEY ALBRACHT – I want a new pair of leggings and a belt, because mine are wore out. IMA CHAMPION – Thickest Todd Sloan pad; Iconoclast boots; COJO Tickets SAILOR SCHARA – Charlie 1 Horse straw Finalist hat; SPH Corvette saddle pad; Pflueger Patriarch spinning reel
Christmas Trivia 1. What Christmas Ballet is the most famous of all? • Rudolph's Surprise • The Nutcracker • Mr. and Mrs. Claus • Frosty Goes to New York 2. Where was Mommy kissing Santa Claus? • On the Corner • In the Bedroom • Under the Mistletoe • In a Dark Alley 3. Who wrote the song "Here Comes Santa Claus"? •Michael Jackson • Gene Autry •Persy Douglas • Leroy Jones 4. What does Alvin want for Christmas? • An iPod •A Bottle of Rum • A Hula Hoop •A New Car 5. What should little children leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve? • Cookies and Milk • A Bottle of Wine • Chewing Gum • Chedder Cheese
6. What is Frosty the Snowman's nose made of? • A Carrot • A Potato • A Button • A Rock 7. Who is Ebenezer? • The Milk Man • The 23rd President • The Scrooge • Mrs. Claus's Secret Friend 8. What color is the Grinch? • Green • Blue • White • Black 9. Which reindeer's name starts with a "B"? • Bart • Burt • Bodog • Blitzen 10. Which reindeer does not belong below? • Dancer • Comet • Roger • Dasher
ANSWERS: Question 1: The correct answer is the The Nutcracker. Question 2: The correct answer is Under the Mistletoe. Question 3: The correct answer is Gene Autry. Question 4: The correct answer is A Hula Hoop. Question 5: The correct answer is Cookies and Milk.
Question 6: The correct answer is A Button. Question 7: The correct answer is The Scrooge. Question 8: The correct answer is Green. Question 9: The correct answer is Blitzen. Question 10: The correct answer is Roger.
WHITLEE REED OF REGION V 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!
ongratulations to this month’s Whatakid, Miss Whitlee Reed. The Region V competitor calls Center, Texas home and attends Center High School as a senior. Whitlee is a fourth year member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association and competes in the barrel racing and pole bending events. She is a 3-time state qualifier in the barrel racing and pole bending, 2-time reserve champion pole bender in Region V, 2016 Region V Champion Barrel Racer and 2014 Region V Co-Champion barrel racer. In addition to the titles she has obtained from the THSRA competitively, Whitlee said she has also gained a few character traits and has learned a few life lessons she will be able to carry with her for years to come. “Being involved in rodeo teaches you a lot at a young age - responsibility, trustworthiness, perseverance, and humility,” Whitlee said. “I have learned that in order to achieve anything you must rely on your faith, believe in yourself, have a vision, put in the hard work, and always remain determined and dedicated to succeeding,” Not only is Whitlee a strong competitor in the rodeo arena, and wise beyond her years, but she is also well established in her academics and extracurricular organizations. Whitlee is
an A-honor-roll student, varsity tennis player, FFA Lone star Degree recipient, 2-time state FFA creed qualifier, 2-time State FFA Livestock Judging qualifier, President of her FFA chapter, and a member of NHS, National Society of Success and Leadership, Young Ambassadors, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, and Junior Chamber of Commerce. As involved as she is, it is not hard to believe she starts every day at 5 a.m. Whitlee explained how she typically begins her mornings by feeding her horses and other animals, attending school 7:42 a.m.-3:32 p.m., attending meetings for her extracurricular involvement, and then heading home to ride horses, feed and start homework. One can only imagine what Whitlee’s monthly planner might look like; however, out of all of the activities she participates in, she said rodeo takes top priority. “I have missed many school events and plans with friends, but I don’t believe that I’ve sacrificed anything,” Whitlee said. “I love to rodeo, and I wouldn’t want my life any other way.” Upon graduation, Whitlee plans to attend Texas A&M University in pursuit of a degree in animal science. She said she would like to continue her rodeo career on the collegiate level by becoming a member of the Texas Aggie Rodeo Team. Whitlee expressed how honored she feels to be selected as this month’s Whatakid for Region V. “Being able to rodeo with some of the best makes this sport exciting and fun,” Whitlee said. “I appreciate this opportunity to shine for my region, as well as myself. I am proud to say this is an accomplishment I will certainly not overlook.” We know Whitlee will continue to accomplish great things in her future, and we wish her the best of luck as she embarks on a new chapter of her life post-graduation!
The 25 Greatest Things About Christmas article courtesy of Get Mic Daily, by Belinda Moreira
he holiday season is finally upon us, and the lights, trees, and cheer are all over. There is no better time of the year, and unless you are Scrooge or the Grinch, you are on happy camper. Here is a list of the top 25 best thing about the holiday season to get you excited!
1. Christmas Trees: There is nothing more exciting the going to pick out a tree and gathering around with people you love to add all the lights and ornaments. It brightens up anyone’s day. 2. Chance of Snow: Who doesn’t dream of a white Christmas? Even as a kid growing up in Texas, I always hoped for snow. That small chance is what makes the holidays awesome. 3. Lights: Walking around and seeing all the pretty lights can make anyone smile. Everything just glistens more during this season. 4. Vacation Time: Whether you are a student anticipating winter break (because finals are just torture), or in the real world waiting for time off from work, vacation time is always welcomed. 5. Hot Chocolate: Hot Chocolate warms the soul, and this is the best season for it. 6. Ornaments: The holiday decorations are everywhere, and the cute knick-knacks add the best cheer no matter where you’re at. 7. Christmas Parties: There are so many parties during this season! Everyone wants an excuse to spread the cheer. 8. Ugly Christmas Sweaters: An excuse to wear an ugly sweater is always acceptable. No one can tell me they don’t secretly love wearing these awful awful sweaters. 9. Presents: The holidays shouldn’t be about the presents, but we all secretly love getting them. How can anyone not look forward to unwrapping a gift and being surprised? 10. Treats: This is one of the few seasons where treats are abundant, and there are no limits to how many candy canes, gingerbread men, or peppermint bark you can eat.
13. Ice Skating: Haven’t personally been ice skating because I am the most uncoordinated person on earth, but I always secretly wish I could join all the happy faces out on the skating rink. 14. Mistletoe: Is there any better excuse to bump into that special someone under some mistletoe? 15. Carols and Music: Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, and all those others that we can help but hum to during this season. 16. Santa: Old Saint Nick brought wonder and joy to us as children, and still is secretly a favorite for adults. 17. Christmas Sales: Everyone always goes on and on about Black Friday. After all the riots and angry mobs, the best time to go shopping is during the holiday season. 18. Eggnog: Eggnog is great, if you haven’t tried this holiday treat you should this year! 19. Gingerbread Houses and Men: A house made out of cookies and candy? It must be the holidays! 20. Time of Giving: The holidays also bring out the best in others, because it is important to make sure that we remember those who are less fortunate. 21. Time with Friends and Family: Friends and family are fantastic, and this is the time to gather and remember how lucky we are to have people around us who love us. Family can sometimes be unbearable, but at the end of the day, they will always be there. 22. Snowmen: OK, so it is Texas and snowmen are probably out of the question, but we could always hope! 23. Classic Christmas Movies: Christmas movies time is upon us, and it is time to pull out old favorites and get cozy.
11. Stockings: Stockings are pretty awesome, you never know what you will pull out next.
24. The Holiday Cheer: The entire season brings a little extra bounce in your step, a smile to your face, and just all around happiness. It is such an amazing time of the year.
12. Snuggling: It’s cold outside, and this is the season to warm up with someone. There is no better time to snuggle up with someone in front of a movie with some hot chocolate.
25. The Chance to Feel Like a Kid Again: Whether you are 5 or 85, the holiday season is a time to really just enjoy yourself and reflect on all the good things in life.
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By Jadyn Duggan
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
omen in Rodeo are not just your Barrel Racers, Pole Benders, Goat Tiers, Breakaway Ropers, Team Ropers, or Stock Contractors, but also your women who run it all! These ladies are your rodeo Secretaries and Timers. Our secretaries and timers show up to the rodeo before we even think about getting out of bed to go feed our
horses, and stay even after everyone has already left and headed to the next one. You see these ladies work extremely hard to keep everything in line, organized, and running to its best ability to insure that all contests, staff, and spectators are enjoying the rodeo. Two great women of these organizations are Barb and Mikey Duggan, a fantastic mother-daughter duo. Barb says she got her start in rodeo by going to playdays with her brother Bob Romer, who went on to become one the greatest bullfighters that ever lived. “I kind of fell into this job when I was in college, and we decided to have a rodeo and I was the obvious choice to be secretary.” Had Barb not taken up weekend jobs of timing and being a rodeo secretary, she would never have worked the National Finals Steer Roping (NFSR) five times, or produced the NFSR five times while it was in Amarillo, TX. “I’ve worked the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo one time in Las Vegas, NV, and the Mountain States Steer Roping Circuit Finals eight times.” Barb has held her timer and secretary cards since 1991, when she joined the PRCA. “My favorite part about high school rodeo are the kids. Girls, the most important thing to remember when doing this is to do it because you want to not because
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you have to, to have fun and be professional. If you’re not having fun there's no reason to be there.”, says Barb. Mikey says, “My parents gave me my start in rodeo. I grew up with parents who rodeoed and I got to travel across the country with them, and then when I was old enough I began to travel with my mom.” She bought her timers card and joined the PRCA when she turned 18 and in 1995 became certified for her secretary card. Mikey says she didn’t want to always be a timer and secretary, “I actually wanted to be a dancer!” Had she gone on to be a dancer, she never would have made such a huge impact in the Texas High School Rodeo Association. She was the Region One Secretary for 11 years, a Delegate at Large for the THSRA, a member of the Scholarship committee, and helped put on the Special Kids Rodeo. She also helped start the Information Booth at the State Finals, and this past summer she moved up from Delegate at Large to Second Vice President on the THSRA Executive Board. “My favorite thing about high school rodeo is, and I know everyone says this, but the relationships you build with families. You get to spend seven years watching kids grow up and you build these relationships with these kids and families. Her advice to high school rodeo girls is to try to learn self-discipline and good time management. Your parents shouldn’t have to make you practice. You should want to be working with your horse any chance you get. Take care of your school work. Everyone can’t be a champion in the arena but if you can maintain good grades while being involved in extracurricular activities, you will earn college scholarships. Finally, there is so much more to rodeo than winning. Of course, winning is fun, but you are going to make lifelong friends while competing in this sport and that is priceless.” Rodeo Secretaries and Timers are the women that keep us in line at rodeos, the women who keep everything running smoothly, and under control.
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By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter
e rodeo athletes are very fond of our four legged companions, big or small. Not just our horses we compete on; dogs, cats, and even the more unusual little friends. When it comes time to hit the rodeo trail most people prefer to bring their pets along rather than leave them at home! Furry friends hold a special place in our hearts. Dogs, raccoons, baby goats, ducks, monkeys, lemurs, wallabies, kangaroos, even bobcats, these and more are all creatures that have been come upon walking into the living quarters on a rodeo athletes trailer. Rodeos can practically turn into traveling zoos! In Region II, this can be the case at any given rodeo, you just never know what might show up. Personally when
me and my family go to a rodeo we always bring my little dog Tex, but there many families who bring more “wild” pets. The Wood Family of two, at times have practically had a traveling zoo themselves bringing a whole herd of miniature ponies, a raccoon, teacup pigs, and a whole mess of dogs. When the Wood family pulls up to a rodeo there’s bound to be more than one dog, TEX several horses, and usually an unusual creature with them. One of the more “unusual creatures” that has made trips to rodeos with the family is a raccoon named Koda. The Wood’s got Koda from some friends of theirs who already had raccoons and didn’t want a female so Delani Wood decided to take her in. Koda travels with the family to rodeos in a pet crate and stays in the horse part of their trailer during the day and hangs out in the living quarters with them when their in there. Not only do the woods bring a raccoon, but when Delani’s older sister Cadi was still in high school her mini pig Maggie would come along. Maggie would stay in the living quarters with their family and she was even trained to use a litter box! Another Region II family with a pretty crazy pet is the Lewis family. They’re crazy pet is a javelina named Fergie. Tristin said, “I caught Fergie one night gathering the horses in the ranger in the dark. We brought her home and it was a pain in the rear for a while, but after a few weeks she began to warm up to us. When we had our first high school rodeo in August we knew she had to come. So we loaded her up in the dog carrier, packed some powdered milk, and headed down the road. We tried to teach her to lead like a dog but she didn’t take too kindly to it. Scout, my little sister, carried her into the warm up pen; when she started to squeal the barrel horses scattered like mice. After taking her to some more rodeos she became pretty famous amongst the rodeo crowd!” It sounds like the Lewis’s have had quite the adventure with Fergie. Rodeo families are obviously are obviously very attached to their four legged friends. You never know what you might find when you go to a rodeo but you know there will always be some sort of strange pet, with no exceptions in Region II. So with that; good luck Region II, in all that you do.
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A Christmas Story (1983) Nine years after Black Christmas, director Bob Clark made another holiday classic– By BRITTANY GATES – ARIAT Performance Reporter albeit of a very different sort–with this beloved saga of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who wants nothing more for Christmas than an air rifle. If you here's no more festive time of year have cable, it'll no doubt be playing on a 24-hour loop on some Turner network this than Christmas, which over the December 25. years has been the backdrop for myriad old-school classics and modern Home Alone (1990) favorites that have gifted moviegoers Macaulay Culkin is forgotten by his family and forced to battle a couple of dimwit with an abundance of warm-and-fuzzy thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) around Christmas in this enduring children's cheer. There's over a month to go before adventure from director Chris Columbus and writer John Hughes. the trees go up, the lights begin twinkling, and the egg nog starts flowing, meaning Miracle on 34th St. (1947 and 1994) there are still plenty of opportunities to No matter which version you go with–the 1947 original starring Maureen O'Hara, get in the Kris Kringle spirit by revisit- John Payne, and Natalie Wood, or the 1994 remake featuring Richard Attenborough, ing–or checking out for the first time–our Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, and Mara Wilson–you can't go wrong with this choices for the best Christmas movies. perennial Christmas staple about the trial of a man claiming to be Santa Claus. They may not be the greatest present ever (that would be a Lamborghini filled Elf (2003) with bacon, right?), but they're still sure Will Ferrell is a clownish orphan raised by Santa and his elves in the North Pole who to make you jolly. journeys to New York City to locate his biological father–a cynical book publisher played by James Caan–in this absurd (and surprisingly sweet) fish-out-of-water fantasy. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Few films define Christmas like Frank The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Capra's 1946 fantasy starring Jimmy Jim Henson died during pre-production of this 1992 film, but his spirit lives on in its Stewart as George Bailey, who, on the seamless blend of zaniness and heart–both of which help make this musical Dickens verge of committing suicide, is visited by adaptation an underrated triumph. an angel who shows him the true importance of his life. White Christmas (1954) Featuring a new version of the song from which the film gets its title (and which was National Lampoon's Christmas originally sung by star Bing Crosby in Holiday Inn), this 1954 musical features Crosby Vacation (1989) and Danny Kaye as music-act partners who team up with two sisters (Rosemary Rarely has a series' third installment Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to help their former military commander save his Vermont been the equal of its two predecessors, lodge. but such is the case with this threequel NO ARTICLE SUBMITTED THIS MONTH
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 Young Family
by Catelyn Felts
ongratulations the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month; the Young’s! Shane, Jodi, Jaycie and Shelby, own and operate SYJ Ranch and Rodeo Company located in Buna, Texas. The Region V family founded the rodeo company in 1985 and later started a small commercial cow/calf operation as well. They contract stock for the Region V rodeos, as well as the LRA and UPRA finals. “We are proud to say we have our own bucking cow herd from which we raise all of our own bucking bulls,” the family said. Unlike many traditional ranching families, Jodi and Shane each have a full time job in addition to their ranching and rodeo operation. Jodi is a kindergarten teacher at Buna ISD, and Shane is an inspector in the pipe shop, RCI, in Beaumont, Texas; however, they do not let that interfere with the success and expertise they strive to display in their personal business. On a daily basis the family feeds all of the livestock including: bucking horses, bucking bulls, roping calves, goats, sheep, and riding
horses. When prepping for a rodeo, the family said they must work together to pen and sort the stock, as well as load all of the equipment needed. While the family handles most of the operation on their own, they do have a few hired hands to help with any additional work load during the day. “Although ranching is not our only job, as a family we love the lifestyle and watching the livestock progress and buck,” Jodi said. “We take pride in putting on a good rodeo for the contestants and crowd.” With healthy stock being their top priority, the family explained how important it is for everyone to do their job on a daily basis. From checking on the calves in the morning, to finding any sick cattle and making sure they receive the correct treatment and shots in the evening, their stock wholly depends on the family to take care of them. Aside from ranching and working, the family said rodeo plays a huge role in their daily lives. From practicing everyday, keeping their horses in shape, and making sure they are taken care of every morning and evening, they stay pretty busy. Rodeo has offered them time together as a family and for that they said they are thankful. Jaycie and Shelby both have competed in barrels, poles and goat tying in region five, and one of their favorite things to do as a family is spending the weekends together on the rodeo road. Shelby is currently taking a break from rodeo to focus on her studies at Lamar University, but both of the girls said the THSRA has given them the opportunity to compete in a sport they love, while making lifelong friends. Jaycie said she has also been fortunate enough to receive several scholarships as a result of being a member the THSRA. The family expressed the appreciation they have for McCoy’s partnership with the THSRA and they said they are honored to be selected as the Farm and Ranch Family of the month.
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owdy! My name is Sailor Josephine Schara and I am proud to represent THSRA this year as our new state secretary. This position is an incredible opportunity and privilege for me. Outside of my THSRA duties I spend most of my time with my family and caring for my horses. My passion for rodeo is what requires me to be organized and drives me to be successful. Although my dad, my sister and I are the only ones in our family who really compete in the “rodeo life”, my entire family (from grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) have put in an amazing amount of support for us when we needed it. I believe that being involved in THSRA has been a blessing for me because, not only has it kept me active and busy, but it has also taught me the value of teamwork. Besides rodeo I also attends a girl’s bible study, am involved in the fashion/art/design program at Boerne Champion High School, and I committed to the winning spirit of our high school varsity football team as one of their athletic trainers. This next year I plan to help and serve THSRA so that we are able to be a well running team and have a great time in the process.
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THE REASON FOR THE SEASON By HALEY NOVAK– ARIAT Performance Reporter
s Region 4 wraps up the first half of this rodeo season, it is nice to take a break to regroup, strengthen, and relax before the important months that lie ahead. During these Holidays, we get to spend time with all of our loved ones and experience the family traditions that carry on year after year. Christmas time also brings one of rodeo’s most favorite holidays, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, where everyone sits around the television watching every cowboy and cowgirl run to see who will end up reaching their gold buckle dreams. However, as high schoolers in the sport of rodeo we begin to realize all of the hard work and determination it takes to get to that point in one’s carrier, which is why even over the Christmas break the grind never stops. It is well known fact that long nights in the practice pen alone will later pay off in the bright shining lights of the arena with hundreds of people around. But as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we must not forget who the true reason for the season is; our Savior Jesus Christ. When Region 4’s own Sierra
Jordan was asked “What Christmas does Christmas mean to you?” she responded with, “Christmas to me means spending time with the people who you love and support you the most. It also means giving more than receiving, I love to see the reaction on people’s faces when they first open their present! It makes me so happy knowing that I am the one who put a smile on their face that day!” Sierra has the right idea when she mentions giving more that receiving, I believe that it is one of the many joys that the Holidays bring. In fact, we should all work on giving back on a daily bases, not just for a couple days every year. The Holiday spirit holds many traditions that had begun many years ago and still continue year after year. Kaitlin Burkham talks about her favorite tradition, “My family has always set out cookies and milk for Santa Claus, and as for the reindeer we set out some horse feed and water outside for them.” As for McCain Wake’s family, they have other traditions that he holds dearly, “Every year on Christmas day we always go to my grandmother’s house and eat a traditional home cooked Christmas dinner.” Even though we might all have different goofy family traditions that we participate in every year, they still have the same theme… family. The Holidays are meant to be shared with our loved ones, whether they are blood related or not, family is family. Although we get a month break, most of the contestants do not actually take a break, in fact they work harder than ever to prepare themselves for the rest of the season. It is crucial to keep sharpening your skills to be a true competitor. If one wants to reach their end goals, they must be willing to go the extra mile that no one else seems to, if not someone else will take that chance and reach your dreams before you do. Regardless of how we choose to spend our Christmas break, we should never forget the true meaning of Christmas, because without the birth of Jesus Christ we would all be doomed. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”- Isaiah 9:6. Although it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of what Holidays have become, try to make time to reflect upon all the many blessings that are bestowed upon us by God, because without him being by our side throughout this journey called life we would be extremely lost and without any hope or guidance. So, the next time you catch yourself losing track of what the season is about… take a moment to reflect all the great blessings that have occurred all around you.
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The Mental Game By TAYLIN ANTONICK – ARIAT Performance Reporter
reatness. There will never be a day when greatness turns up at your doorstep. It has to be chased down, pursued. It is rare and intangible. Its existence can never be guaranteed, and yet it requires a substantial amount of sacrifice, work, and distress. It is in every sense of the word, irrational. As rodeo athletes, we work every day toward greatness. If one were to ask a professional athlete what makes the difference between the amateurs and
the pros, their answer would be
ETHAN CRAIG HELPS DAMOND SEBILE IN THE BOX
extremely quick; greatness is born when a great mindset is held. To truly be great, athletes have to control their mind just as much as they have to control their body. We see this occurrence every day in the roping boxes, alleyway, or bucking chutes. Each day, we have the choice of how we will play the “mental game”. We decide if we will pour our heart and soul into practice, or if we will slack off for temporary relief. As Region V inches closer to our halfway-through-theseason mark, we sat down with event leaders and point holders to see how they will continue to pursue greatness and play the mental game before the next rodeo in Nacogdoches. Since the first rodeo of the season, we have seen two calf ropers rise to the occasion and have been head-to-head in the point standings all season long. Ethan Craig and Damond Sebile have roped incredibly well, placing at every single rodeo and consistently staying tied or within points of each other in the tiedown roping standings. When asked about what they are doing to physically and mentally prepare for the next region rodeos, they both had a lot to say. They’ve been friends for a few years, and so the fact that they CALF ROPERS GET READY BEHIND THE ROPING BOXES are both doing so well is very exciting
for them. Damond, who is leading the region by three points, says that his first priority is keeping his mare safe and at the top of her game, since she plays a major part in each of his runs. He also works in the practice pen on having smooth, perfect runs, because to him, smooth is fast and will place at each rodeo. He tells himself every day that if he gives his all he will still be a winner, but he wishes the best to Ethan and said “may the best roper win”! Ethan’s comments reflect much of what Damond said, stating that his strategy will be to have consistent runs at the next 6 rodeos, and if he gets lucky enough to draw a good calf, then that will be the one to help him win the rodeo. He also practices being smooth, because as he said, “the guy who makes the least amount of mistakes will win the region.” Barrel racer Callie Sattler holds 11 points for the year’s standings, and she is looking forward to the coming rodeos to enhance her performances and compete at the top of her game. Callie wants to make sure her horses are working the best that they can each and every run. Rather than get ahead of herself, she wants to focus on the basics and make each run as smooth as possible. Ross Freeman, the current leader of the bull riding, says that his mind game is one that is simplistic. He is always maintaining his positivity even when things don’t go his way. He forgets about the competition and rather decides to focus on doing what he loves. For Ross, preparation for the following rodeos will not change. He will continue to refine the basics and leave everything else up to the Lord above. As the BIGGEST, BADDEST, and BEST region in the state nears its half way mark of the season, we commend the current event leaders who have prepared, practiced, and worked hard to be where they are at. We also challenge those competitors who are not doing as well in the standings to continue to strive, because their moment to take the lead could be right around the corner! Everyone’s journey to greatness has to start somewhere, and there is no better day than today to start committing to hard work. Until next time, stay humble, hustle hard, and take care!
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A Time to be Thankful!
By PAIGE DAWSON
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
or people that rodeo, this is one of our favorite times of the year - why you ask? Well, the WNFR is going on of course, and we get to watch the best of the best in our sport com-
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s the halfway mark in our rodeo season. During the holidays I’m sure all of us will be traveling to visit family and friends – take time to let them know how much their support means to you; after all, they are the
ones hauling us and our horses to rodeos and ropings across this great state and beyond; they support us in whatever we choose to do (within reason) and encourage us to achieve our very best inside and outside of the arena; they boost our confidence when we’re feeling down and are the first ones to bring us down a notch if the need arises! We, as Texas High School Rodeo athletes/competitors, understand what an important role our family and friends play in our success – so, here’s a huge shout out to all of them, we couldn’t do it without y’all! Let’s remember that Jesus is the Reason for this season we get to enjoy! It’s all about sharing our time and talents, helping others when and where we can, and reaching out to someone in need. Giving warms the heart! Keep riding and practicing – the second half of the rodeo season will be here before we know it! Be sure to get your entries in by the deadline; Reg. VI Cuttings 6, 7, & 8 – Dec. 19th and Reg. VI Rodeos 7 & 8 – Jan. 2nd. Safe travels to everyone this holiday season - whether you are hauling to rodeos, going to see family, or going on vacation. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Until next year……. pete in Las Vegas! Plus,
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time with his family.” He got to see his son play his first season of soccer which was pretty cool. This month’s senior spotlight is on Luke Krolczyk from Cypress. Luke has been a member of Region VII since his eighth grade year. Luke’s rodeo accomplishments include numerous saddles, buckles and a horse By KASEY KRETZSCHMAR
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
he ERA rolled in to the American Airlines center on November 11, 2016 and for three days some of the best cowboys and cowgirls competed to be the very first ERA World Champions. Keeping with their tradition of fan meet and greets the Championships did not disappoint. Fans were able to meet their favorite athletes take pictures and get autographs signed just like at all the tour stops throughout the year. I was able to catch up with team-roper Turtle Powell after he and Jett Johnson wowed Sunday’s crowd with a super -fast time of 3.6 seconds which, was the fastest time of the weekend. Although the weekend didn’t start out as they had planned Powell said “it was nice to win on Sunday and to receive one of the buckles”. Powell and Johnson ended up fifth for the year in the ERA and they are also now qualified for the American. When asked how he liked his first year in the ERA he responded with” it was a great year he was able to work some this year and spend a lot more
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trailer. He attends Cypress Ranch High school where he has been on the A/B honor roll for all four years there. After graduation he is hoping to attend Wharton Junior College and be a member of the rodeo team. He is not quite sure of his major but he is leaning towards a degree in Ag Leadership or Construction Management. Luke and his favorite horse CCR keep a pretty strict practice schedule. He starts each evening by exercising his horses, then he ropes calves and steers. He finishes up by working on tying calves. Lukeâ€™s rodeo idol is Fred Whitfield. He has known Fred his entire life and has been able to closely follow Fredâ€™s very successful career. Fred has always encouraged him and given him confidence in the arena. Luke feels really fortunate that Fred lives very close by and he gets to practice with him whenever he is home. On a personal level Luke says he looks up to his dad Blake for everything. His dad is always there for him.
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Lets Rodeo San Antonio! By Mollee
Herrmann – ARIAT Performance Reporter
ets Rodeo San Antonio! The San Antonio Stock Show and rodeo is a premiere event in Texas for cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country. This livestock show and professional rodeo has grown to be one of the largest events in the city of San Antonio, with over two million visitors attending the event each year! And this growth has trickled down into our world – YOUTH RODEO! In 2014, the SA Stock Show and rodeo added the up and coming event of Youth Rodeo to its list of events that student athletes can compete in and showcase their talents each year. The youth rodeo took off quickly with more than 1,000 entries each year since its inception! People from all over the state and even the nation can watch the up and coming youth rodeo athletes in all the popular rodeo events each February– Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, Barrel Racing and more! Have you jumped on board and entered yourself in this competitive rodeo? It’s not too late, entries are being accepted until January 15. Your entry will give you the opportunity to vie for big scholarships! I talked to a few of our Region VIII
student athletes about this rodeo, and it turns out El Ocho has been well represented in SA for many years! Scott Myers, junior, knows this rodeo all too well, as he placed 5th in the 16-18-year-old tiedown and 4th in the 13-15-year-old tiedown the previous year! He is entering this year and his goal is to compete to the best of his ability and possibly secure a scholarship! Kate McNeill, freshman, loves seeing her friends from all over the state in San Antonio and loves the tough competition that this rodeo delivers! She is entering the poles, breakaway, ribbon roping and even the tie down this year in hopes for a win! Last, but certainly not least, you can bet that Region VIII’s freshman, Emma Smith, will be back at the SA Youth Rodeo ready to win! She loves to compete and visit with lifelong rodeo friends that she normally doesn’t see at our region rodeos. She is thankful for the generous scholarships that are offered at this rodeo in the 16-18-year-old divisions. Emma competed last year and found much success, wining the barrels and poles in the 13-15-year-old age group, but also she had the fastest time in BOTH events for ALL the age groups! Way to rodeo, Emma! We can’t wait to see you compete in 2017! How about those BIG scholarships?! Region VIII Alumni, Melissa Garcia earned a pole bending $10,000 scholarship last year on her horse, Boomer. Melissa says that “there are not enough words to express how thankful she is for this scholarship.” She is mindful of the financial burden that attending a university puts on students and their families and is excited to have this money to help with her tuition.
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Not only can youth enter up in the youth rodeo, but long before that, SA Rodeo offered barrel racers and pole benders a chance to win big in the scholarship race. We have many members that have found success in the past. Tarleton State University Rodeo Team and Region VIII Alumni, Shelby Herrmann found success in the arena at San Antonio in 2013 when she ran her way to the pay window, securing a $10,000 scholarship. Shelby is a Business Administration major and this scholarship is a big help each semester as she attends school. Reaching back another year, Texas A&M Aggie and Region VIII alum, Hailey Kinsel, found success on her horse Josey in 2010 with a $10,000 win! Hailey is a senior at Texas A&M and will graduate this May with a degree in Ag Economics – Finance and Real Estate. Hailey is so appreciative of the support from the San Antonio Stock Show and is excited that the horse show has expanded with the recent addition of the youth rodeo. Going back a little farther in the Region VIII vault, we had Brooke Bohlen who won $6,000 on her horse, Sport, back in 2007. These were great years for the Bohlen family, as the year prior to that Kelsie Bohlen won the coveted $10,000 on her horse, Jazz. Both girls have since graduated from the University of Texas and were very thankful to the SA Stock Show and Rodeo for the great scholarships they earned! I think after talking with these young student athletes that we should tip our hats to the SA Rodeo and Stock Show for providing a place for us to rodeo and earn top scholarships! What a wonderful partnership THSRA has forged with this top-notch stock show and rodeo. It’s not too late to enter - go to www.sarodeo.com and click on horse show to find all the entry information. When you are out and about and meet up with one of the many SA Stock Show Volunteers, take a minute to thank them for their service! Good luck Region VIII as you compete in this prestigious rodeo! #outworkem
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By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter
t’s hard to think that the 20162017 High School Rodeo season is already halfway over! We’re already in December and it feels like we just started the season. I guess the saying is true that “time flies when you’re having fun.” So much has happened these past four months in Region 9 and much more is still ahead. We have all got the first rodeo jitters out of the way and now we have time to get down to business and focus on improving over our long winter break. Many
of us will be visiting friends and family out of town, maybe even to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, and others will be staying near home. Either way this is a time to take a break, relax, catch up with our friends and family, and continue to improve our physical and mental game. Region 9’s last rodeo for the year was in Bryan at the Brazos County Expo on November 12th and 13th. With the colder weather setting in just a bit, it was a nice weekend to be outdoors. Lots of horses were feeling fresh and many of us got to show off our felt hats and Region 9 jackets. Some of the most memorable moments
LACY BRUENING & SAMMY CARRANZA
of the weekend were the awesome runs some of our contestants made. On Saturday Kenzie Burleson tied a 6.630 in goat tying, Cade Sutherland won the tiedown with a 10.320, Spin Edwards threw down his steer in 6.140, and Zoey Korenek ran a 16.268 on barrels, the fastest time of the weekend. Sunday seemed to be an even better day for most of our contestants. Taylor Lawson won the breakaway with a 2.4, Parker McCown won the bull riding with a 73, Jared Strawster scored a 65 in bareback, Sam Runge and Kolt Tucker got a time of 7.540 in team roping, and Pamela Henderson, for the first time ever, ran a 19.779 in poles. Our weekends at Bryan seem to get better and better every high school rodeo and many of us will be
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ready to get back to it in January. Another part of our region that has been hard at work is the cutting group. Cutting competitions were held in October and November in Brenham. Leading the girls right now is Lyndie Dunn and leading the boys is Peyton Baize. Our next cutting is scheduled for the first weekend in January. It has been a very successful 2016 rodeo season and I’m sure the drive to do our best will continue to stay with all of us in 2017. However you may be spending your winter break, be sure to make it fun, memorable, and successful. Region 9 looks forward to seeing all of our contestants back January 14th and 15th in Bryan for a great 2017 startup. We will be having our cowboy prom that weekend so get ready to have lots of fun as well. Everyone stay safe over the holidays and have a very Merry Christmas! “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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ackie Ganter, a two time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier, BBR World Champion, All American Youth Champion, THSRA State Champion is just a few of her many accomplishments. Jackie was a member of Region X her Junior year of High School and sat out on her Senior year to prepare to make her first National Finals! Jackie is 20 years old and is from Abilene, Texas. She won the 2012 THSRA State Barrel title riding Frenchman's Jester
and went on to win many prestigious titles such as 2013 ANHA Champion on Recent Release, and 2013 Sherrylynn Johnson Invitational Champion on Guys French Jet. In 2014, she won the BBR World Title aboard Blazin Baby Jay. She qualified for the 2014 and 2015 American Semi Finals. On October 6th, 2014 she had already filled her WPRA Permit and began her goal to make the 2015
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her in at the #4 spot. Over Labor Day weekend, she won $9,500 between horses Faminator, Blazin Baby J, Guys French Jet, & Cartels Fame. She is going into the 2016 National Finals Rodeo #2 in the world! I personally have had the honor of following this journey she's been on and I wish her all the success in the world as she competes in Vegas this coming December with her eye on that "Gold Buckle"! I've never met anybody more determined or deserving of JACKIE GANTER the success she has had. Region X member Chet Weitz had a successful week at the USTRC Finals! He won 2nd in the #13 Preliminary with Paden Bray and went on to win the #12 Preliminary with Brad Thurman. He left Oklahoma City with around $12k! Congrats to all the THSRA members on their success at the 2016 USTRC Finals!
NFR. She won her first pro rodeo riding Blazin Baby J in March of 2015. She had a tiring year, but finished as the 2015 Resistol Rookie of the Year and qualified for her first NFR! She rode Guys French Jet, a Frenchmans Guy Stud all 10 rounds to win the National Finals Rodeo Average title! To kick off her 2016 rodeo season, she won 2nd at Odessa on Guys French Jet and went on to win rounds at San Antonio as well. After San Antonio, she went on to the RFDTV American in Arlington, Tx where she finished 2nd in the first round! She accomplished her goal by winning a little under $39,000 to put her #4 in the world and give her a spot at the Calgary Stampede. She won $5600 over Cowboy Christmas, which held
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LETTER FROM TJHRA SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY
ear Junior High Contestants and Families, As I write this article this month I have just finished watching the last Region 6 rodeo for the season. Things are moving along pretty quickly in this world. It is hard to believe that Dodge tickets, Bloomer tickets and state ads are due for this year. Donâ€™t forget that even though you turn these tickets and ads in you may continue to sell the ads until March 1 and the tickets up until the finals. On the state ads remember there are incentives to sell the ads to everyone you know, you could earn a commission check at your region finals that could help pay for your state finals entry. If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact me. I know that when you receive this article we will all be through with Thanksgiving and preparing for ten days of watching the NFR in Vegas. This year will be a little different in Vegas, we will miss some of the ones that have been there for years, but the new cowboys and cowgirls that have earned their spot as the top 15 will put on a show that we will not forget. Good luck to all of them that are headed into the Thomas and Mack! Also, this year they are also having the JR NFR, there are many junior high contestants that are involved in this. I want to wish them all good luck as they ride in Vegas. What an experience for these young contestants. Hopefully this will be their first trip to Vegas and in years to come we will see them in the Thomas and Mack. The Junior High State Board of Directors would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Anne Dollery TJHRA State Secretary
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1st VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH
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DELEGATE DAVID FREEMAN
DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM
DELEGATE JEFF PARSLEY
DELEGATE JOE RICHARDS
DELEGATE SCOTT SHOOK
SECRETARY ANNE DOLLERY
MARKETING DIRECTOR MACI MEYER
Region I GARY CLEMENTS CHAD HIATT LANCE GAILLARD
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Region II CASEY BAIZE KEITH KENT DANE DRIVER
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Region III TRACI ROSS KEVIN STEWART DUANE OVERTON Region IV JASON MCDANIEL JAMES TETTENHORST Region V CLAYTON DRAKE VERN KAYLOR JODIE MORIAN
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Region VI TOMMY OHRT JASON UNDERBRINK
Region VII CHAD CHANDLER CRAIG MILLER CORY PIERCE
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Region VIII JOHN DODSON MATT SCIBA BRANDON SMITH
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Region IX STAN MCDONALD JOHN SCHUENEMAN LYLE SMITH
Region X JIMMY BALDWIN THOMAS BROCKWAY BRANT WARD
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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS
PIERCE– TJHRA Vice President
WHAT A ROLLER COASTER RIDE!
fast! It could be a bad loop, a hit barrel, or not riding that bull for a complete 8 seconds. You have to learn to pick yourself back up again and get ready for the next run. At the end of the day, the work is not over. We hit the practice pen again to try to correct any and all mistakes that we may have previously made. We practice correct, just like a roller coaster has to be correctly assembled. Rodeo is like a roller coaster ride in that you can have the best season ever, and at the drop of the hat, it all is gone. Sometimes, I hear people talking about “ruts” they’re in, or that their horse got injured. I continue to think about one of my favorite all time words that I strive to live by daily; perseverance. It is a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. We push ourselves to be at the top of our game. My parents have always told me, rodeo is 90% mental and 10% physical. Boy, do we each have to learn this through all the ups, downs, twists, and turns in our sport of rodeo! And yet again we learn to persevere and keep pushing forward, even when you’re in a slump or luck has not gone your way. Our roller coaster ride, that we call “rodeo”, is the most thrilling ride we all take. I know that each of us would not change that for the world. It makes us who we are; good hard working people that can handle the feeling of your stomach dropping, the ups, down, twists, and turns. We could draw the toughest horse or bull, the fastest calf out of the herd, or last on the ground, but we always deal with it with great sportsmanship and continue to ride. Some things we have no control over, and a lot can go wrong, but again that’s where the sport of rodeo comes in like the roller coaster ride. Despite the bumps in the road, you can’t give up on your dreams; God never wants you to fail as long as you trust in Him, he’s going to lead you to success. I challenge you all to keep persevering! Because remember, our roller coaster ride is never over! I will leave you with this quote that is inspiring to me: “They were the most humble competitors. They ran because they had a gift from God, not for fame or glory.” ~Jordon Briggs~
t’s not the thrill of riding in a 3 person cart, soaring along a track, winding around, up and down. It’s not the feeling you get when your stomach drops, hearing screams from fellow passengers, and when the ride is over, it’s over. This roller coaster ride is the sport of rodeo! It’s the thrill of running a horse full speed down the alley way. It’s the feel of the horse beneath you while it’s bucking up and down; its feeling your stomach drop when you enter the roping box, and it’s hearing the cheers from the grand stands. And when the run is over, the time you put in to this sport is never over! Rodeo…the sport we all hold dear to our hearts! Rodeo is much like a roller coaster ride. It’s the hustle, bustle, and grind of practicing all week. For most of us, its school, church activities, saddling horses, and practicing for multiple events. Horses are shod; they’re in great shape, and ready to perform. Then, it’s the day of the Happy Holidays and God Bless! rodeo. The first event could be great, the next Paisley Pierce event not so much. It’s ups and downs of winTJHRA Vice-President ning a check, placing in the round, and then in just a few seconds all could go downhill. That
TJHRA VICE PRESIDENT
Region: VII Age: 13
Events: Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Breakaway, Ribbons, Goat Tying Who is your favorite horse and why? Jlo my roping horse, because I can always count on her to do her job and she always gives 110% every time. What has been your biggest accomplishment in rodeo? My biggest accomplishment is winning my All-Around horse trailer in 2012 in the Youth Rodeo Association. Who is your role-model? My role model is Charmayne James, because no matter if there is a bit in her horse’s mouth or not she is not scared to go for her dreams in barrel racing. I look up to her training style and kind heart. Do you have any superstitions? Yes! My boots on my horses have to be prefect before I run. The top of my bridle by my horse’s ear has to lay perfect where their mane is not tangled and lays flat. And last my saddle pad cannot be crooked under my saddle. What are your hobbies? My hobbies are rodeo, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with my friends. Do you play any other sports? I play volleyball and Basketball Favorite Movie: 8 seconds Favorite Singer/Band: Cody Johnson Favorite TV Show: Rodeo Girls Favorite Food: Ribeye Steak (Medium Rare)
I THSRA Queen Contestants I
ear Prospective Miss THSRA Contestants: I am so very excited to be the interim Queen Coordinator for 2017. I am looking forward to an exciting year and awesome contest! Coming in at this point of the year, I am making a few changes which I hope will benefit you as a contestant and the program as a whole. The first change is that there will NOT be a qualifying contest in December. Instead, we will be having a clinic January 28-29. This will eliminate the need for a wardrobe this early in the year and give each of you a chance to have all your questions answered. I will have the location finalized in a few weeks. But at this time, I am looking at Waco. You will be expected to be in dress code for the clinic, but will not need a dress or anything leather. Jeans, long sleeve shirts, hat and boots will be the dress for the weekend. My objective is for every contestant to have the same opportunity to have all your questions answered and receive all the information to help you be as competitive as possible for the contest in June. I hope to have several former Miss THSRA and NHSRA Queens at the clinic to give you tips and advice on being your best. We will have a raffle. I am getting that nailed down and should have the details and tickets ready to send out by the end of December. I am also thinking about having the contestants from each region to collaborate on a region
basket to auction during the contest as well. I would like to have your request for an entry packet and have them mailed to you no later than December 15. Entries for state will be due February 1, 2017. Once your entry form is received, I will mail your contestant packet with all deadlines, schedule and other information you will need to be ready for state. Again, I am so very excited for the year ahead. I look forward to meeting and working with each one of you. I will be available to assist you in any way I can. My every day job is as an elected official of the county. An elected official’s priority is “transparency”. This is the way I intend to run the Miss THSRA contest. I don’t want there to be any questions about any portion of the contest. So if you have ever thought you might want to run for Miss THSRA – this is the year! Let’s do this!! You may contact me at the following numbers: Home – 936-590-9126 Cell – 936-590-1855 (at night, please use home #) Work – 936-598-3581 Mailing address – 4017 State Highway 7E Center, TX 75935 Sincerely, Ann Blackwell
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ear THSRA/TJHRA Member: The Miss THSRA/TJHRA clinic is all set!! The clinic will be held in Waco on January 28-29, 2017. The location is the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2501 Market Place Drive, Waco, TX 76711. A block of rooms has been set aside for your reservations. When you call, please tell them you are with THSRA. Room rates are $119 +tax per night. Please complete the attached registration form and return to me with your $50 registration fee by January 5, 2017. Please make your reservations early. The hotel offers free breakfast every morning. Presenters for the clinic will be Miss THSRA/Miss NHSRA 2001-2002, Joanna (Blackwell) Huckabee; Miss THSRA/Miss NHSRA 2015-2016, Chloe Costello; Miss THSRA 2016-2017 Bailey Grace Snyder; TJHRA Princess 2016-2017 Taylor Mobbs; THSRA Queen Coordinator, Ann Blackwell; and TJHRA Princess Coordinator, Dawn Tripp. Every category of the Queen/Princess contest will be covered with a fine tooth comb. No question will go unanswered. You will not bring a horse, but every detail of the horsemanship will be covered. There will be a practice Rule Book test. We will have some clothing, lots of jeans various sizes and colors. If you have something you want to sell or an outfit you want to have critiqued, please feel free to bring it. If you have a speech already prepared, we can work on it, or if you have one you just want to practice with, we can do that as well. We will have mock interviews and impromptu questions. The clinic will begin at 8:30am on Saturday until around 5:00pm. Lunch will be provided. You are free to explore Waco Saturday evening on your own. We will resume the clinic on Sunday morning at 8:30am and conclude no later than noon so that everyone can get headed home. Please come in dress code for the weekend. This means jeans, long sleeve shirts, hat, boots and belt. If you have any questions, please call Dawn or myself. You care encouraged to come even if you may not run this year. You canâ€™t start preparing too early. I hope to see you all in January! Ann Blackwell Dawn Tripp 4017 State Highway 7 E 936-399-2072 (H) Center, TX 75935 936-590-9126 (H) 936-590-1855 (C)
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PLEASE RETURN FORM AND $50 REGISTRATION FEE BY JANUARY 5, 2017 TO: Ann Blackwell 4017 State Highway 7 E | Center, TX 75935 936-590-9126 (H) | 936-590-1855 (C)
TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS REGION VIII: PREPARING FOR A NEW AND CHALLENGING YEAR
egion 8 Junior High Rodeo started another great season at Sinton. Everyone was excited to see each other and start preparing for a new and challenging year. Just like any other sport everyone will work By VICTORIA VELA– TJHRA Region VIII Secretary extremely hard. This year, the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association and the High School Rodeo Association Region 8 came together to compete in one weekend. Both rodeos will alternate between Saturday and Sunday. Participants are also looking forward to traveling to other arenas in Uvalde and Robstown as well. We’re all excited to see the Junior High and High School contestants’ battle for the top ten spots. In September, we elected new officers for the 2016-2017 season. Rylee Dodson of Sabinal, Texas is our president and is currently an 8th grader. As of Rodeo 5, Rylee is leading the girls all around. Kennidy Nicholson is from Goliad, Texas and is our vice-president. She is also in the 8th grade and is sitting third in the girls all around. Finally, I, Victoria Vela am secretary for the region. I live in Zapata and I am an 8th grader at Zapata Middle School. This will be my last year competing in the Texas Junior High Rodeo. I have really enjoyed spending time with all the friends I’ve made since I began the Junior High Rodeo in 6th grade. Region 8 is very grateful to have dedicated parents, volunteers and direc-
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tors that always go the extra mile to ensure that every rodeo runs smoothly. We all greatly appreciate all the donations for the silent auction and prize donors for our award ceremony at the end of the season. Special thanks to Jenny Posas for all the hard work she does for our Region. We are all anxious to see the results of the season and start preparing for state finals. Good luck to all the contestants, be safe and have a great year.
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