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Kellie Collier:

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By Jadyn Duggan

– Performance Reporter

he biggest rodeo of the year, it’s the one that cowboys and cowgirls of all ages dream of making it to, it is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Kids dream of qualifying for the WNFR their entire lives, but so few will make it so quickly. Kellie Collier is one of these few to achieve their life goal so young. Kellie got her start in rodeo from her mother. “Since I was old enough to walk even my mom put me on a horse,” says Kellie. Growing up in the Region One family, Kellie has competed in every event, from Barrel Racing, and Pole Bending to Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping and Team Roping. Despite popular opinion within Region One, Kellie says her favorite high school memory has to be a Gruver rodeo. “So everyone hates this rodeo in Region One, but my favorite rodeo ever is in Gruver, Texas, because it seemed like I always won and did good there.” Having grown up in Region One, and working her way up the region and state rankings, Kellie says her favorite thing about Region One was the closeness of the people, and that everyone was treated like family. Within Region One she learned how to win and lose. “I learned how to win and that's definitely a great aspect to have out here, even though now I’ve had to learn how to lose. But to just have the rodeo family and to meet so many people through high school rodeo and Texas State

Rodeos and stuff like that, I really think it helped me a lot.” Before taking time at home to prepare for the WNFR, Kellie traveled to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Though she may not have done as well she would have hoped to, Kellie says she viewed it as a mini WNFR and also added, “I’m excited to go to the NFR with what I’ve learned from the CFR.” As she prepares for the WNFR, Kellie says she will work on getting herself together while maintaining the health of her horses. On her journey to the WNFR, she says her mental game was her biggest obstacle. “The mental game is really tough out here and learning that you're not gonna win every rodeo you go to, you're gonna lose as many as you win, and then learning how to deal with that as well and not getting down on yourself, and you have to take it day by day and run by run.” Aside from the WNFR, Kellie says she is looking forward to meeting new people, and seeing those that have followed her journey. When asked how it feels to qualify for the WNFR at such a young age Kellie says, “It’s so real, like you know a lot of people don't get the opportunity to make at this age, it's an amazing feeling and I’m to carry it on as well.” To her Region One family, and all the kids with dreams of making it in the PRCA “I just have to say Thank You first of all for giving me my foundation and starting me off rodeoing and being such a close family and a great region and taking care of me when I was younger. And for anybody that does want to go pro I would say get a mentor, get somebody that's been there done that, and that's traveled the roads that we've traveled and talk to them and ask questions and go from there.” – Kellie Collier, Region One Alum and WNFR Qualifier


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hen Region 2 contestants finish with the semester in October some slow down for a while, others speed up their schedule, but not necessarily with Rodeo filled weekends. Many of our Region 2 family members shift their focus to stock show or other agricultural hobbies until around the end of February. Many of our members “slowdown” from the fast-paced rodeo life to the sometimes faster paced stock show life during the winter months. Whether they show sheep, goats, cattle, or pigs many of our contestants speed up their schedule with stock shows until possibly the weekend before our first spring semester rodeo. A lot of region 2 members even go back-to-back weekends with rodeo and stock shows. Whether they are at a show or at home making preparations they have a packed schedule. I personally have been around stock show since I was little, and I know that it takes a very generous amount of time to get your animals show ready. The fact that many of our region 2 members spend so much time to do something else agriculture related in their time off makes you think that agriculture is truly great.

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FFA Leadership development events and Ag Mechanics projects are another time-consuming pastime that many of us tougher than ever region two members take up. I talked to Aubrie Fields, who competes in Barrels, Poles, Breakaway, and Reined Cow Horse; and she said “I slow down rodeoing a lot to give me time to compete in FFA contests as well as dedicate time to getting stock show animals fit for shows. Time gets short and I always feel behind but I will rotate horses that I ride every day. On weekends that I’m not busy I go to jackpots and rodeos”. So, you see as the days get shorter and things get tough, Region 2 gets tougher. We have to multi-task, but it always seems like when everybody shows up in the spring our contestants are stronger and faster than they were in the fall. There is a quote that I have seen before and it goes “Nobody can want it for you. You have to want it yourself, so get busy getting it done”, and that is exactly what region 2 members do when transitioning from rodeo to any of their winter hobbies. When we get the break off high school rodeos at the end of the first semester, you can 2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region II either slow down and take that 12/28 thru 12/31/2017 Abilene 8 cuttings break or follow in the footsteps 1/26 thru 1/28/2018 Sweetwater 2 cuttings of our oh so many region two 1/26 thru 1/28/2018 Sweetwater cutting finals members who speed up their 3/3 & 3/4/2018 Abilene schedule in the winter months 3/10 & 3/11/2018 Midland for stock show, FFA, or even 3/23 & 3/24/2018 Midland more rodeos. 4/13 thru 4/15/2018 Midland

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KEVIN PRZILAS PO Box 167 • Bowie, Texas 76230 940.841.1090 • kprzilas@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

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Working on Real Goals By SAWYER PRZILAS

– Performance Reporter

egion III has a two-month break, and while the holidays are coming up and spending time with your family is important, it is equally important to set goals. Just because you haven’t performed at the level you desired these first few rodeos, this is a good time to set goals. This two month period is a window to address why you have not had success. This goes for any event, watch your videos. Highlight your mistakes, not with disappointment, but to have a realization. Look at two or three key things you are missing. Maybe it’s the scoring aspect of roping, maybe you are turning in too soon for the barrels, getting off too early in the goats. Any of this plethora of mistakes can be acknowledged and broken down mentally. Take those mistakes, and work through them slowly. There is no mistake on going back to the fundamentals on the dummies, the sleds,

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walking through the barrel pattern instead of running. Even sky scrapers need foundation repair occasionally. Methodically fix that mistake mentally while going slowly on your fundamentals. Then work your way back up to a normal run at whatever speed is necessary to remain cognizant of what you are doing. It is easy to go through the motions and just make practice pen runs. Odds are, they are going to be good runs. It is very easy to rely on muscle memory in an environment with no stress. Obviously, when relying on muscle memory in a place where there is stress and adrenaline, what happens? You make mistakes, because you have not trained and prepared yourself for stress. Your muscle memory comes from relaxed practice pen runs. You have to mentally amp the process up. Think about being at rodeos, large ones, one’s past where mistakes were made. Try to get yourself nervous or excited, impress upon yourself how important this run is. Then go execute, with mental dexterity, to realize each and every part of the run in the practice pen. There is no time limit, no money up in the practice pen. Yes, you have to work on being fast, but in order to be fast, you have to limit your mistakes. Go slower in the practice pen, not to sandbag and go through the motions, but to truly understand where you are and what you are supposed to accomplish in that run. Without a goal, you will continue to rope very well in the practice pen, but your performance will continue to be poor in competition. Slow cognizant practice is detrimental to success, I preach about the mental game, but these conclusions and these stratagems are not my inventions. These realizations and techniques are given, used, and preached about from professionals in every aspect of life. They would agree with me in saying, take your time these next few months. Set your goals, and work slowly and methodically to achieve them. “All who are prudent 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Graham act with knowledge, but 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Graham fools expose their folly.” 4/7 & 4/8/2018 Graham –Proverbs 16:3

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SAWYER PRZILAS OF REGION III by Aisling Ayers

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, Sawyer Przilas! The senior at Bowie High School is proud to call Region III home, and wouldn’t want it any other way. Przilas competes in team roping and calf roping and has been a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association for four years. He believes that a weekend spent at a Region rodeo with his short grey mare named Opossum is a weekend well spent, but also enjoys the occasional Ultimate Calf Roping competition. After all of his years spent in the arena, Przilas knows that the lessons rodeo have taught him go beyond the awards and recognition. Rodeo has taught him the value of hard work and dedication, and that not everything in life is going to be easy. “If you really want to be good at something, you actually have to devote yourself and put in more work than you probably first thought that you would need to.” The award that Przilas is most proud of is a true reflection of his own character. The Jordan Freeman Memorial Sportsmanship Award holds a special place in his heart because of the family it comes from and the impact that it has made on him. Prizilas reflects that even though you might not think anyone is watching, someone always is, and the restraint and good deeds that you do, don’t go unnoticed. Przilas has found that this mindset not only applies to inside the arena, but to his school life as well. A National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars member, with awards in biology, computer science, and chemistry, he carries out this attitude every day in school and rodeo. “You get what you put in, whether that has to do with grades, school, or life in

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general,” Przilas said. An average day for Przilas includes waking up with the help of a few sips of coffee, feeding the horses, and heading to Bowie High School until lunchtime. After lunch with some friends, he saddles up to rope before heading home, reading a bit, and then getting ready to start the day all over again. Well rounded is an understatement for Przilas, and outside of the rodeo, he is in the process of becoming a member at the Bowie volunteer fire department. He enjoys fishing, shooting, and spending time with friends on the occasional weekends off. Przilas also participates in power lifting at the school, and his favorite subjects are chemistry and physics. Przilas hopes to attend college and receive a Masters degree in both computer science, and engineering or cyber security. With those degrees, he hopes to travel the world, working as a network penetration tester. Of course, Sawyer would love to rodeo in college as well, but stresses the importance of his studies. “Maybe when I’m older I would be able to pick up team roping like every old cowboy does, but college is very important to me and I want to make sure that I get the level of education that I wish to pursue.” Przilas’ biggest role model has been his cousin, who became an international penetration tester at an early age. He hopes to follow in his cousin’s shoes one day, using determination, temerity, and grit, just like his cousin did. With his busy life now, and an even busier life ahead of him, Przilas lives life by a quote he came up with one day, that has been his motto ever since. “Unless you are hungry or you aren’t breathing, there as no problems in your life: merely inconveniences.” He believes in the mindset of positivity and success, and cannot wait to see what’s to come. Przilas wanted to expresses his appreciation for the recognition he has received for his hard work and success. “It is pretty incredible that someone would even consider me for this,” he said. He owes his current success to his parents, who have gotten him to the place he is today. “They work as hard as they can to keep me going every day, and make sacrifices just like everyone else does” said Przilas. We want to congratulate Sawyer on being chosen as Whatakid of the month, and want to wish him the best of luck in all of his future plans and endeavors!


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Where It All Began

time of 4.19 to put him first in the average making him the 2017 Founder's Invitational Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion! Daniel was not 1/6 & 1/7/2018 Sulphur Springs the only Region 4 steer wrestler to do well, Ray Martin 2/17 & 2/18/2018 Sulphur Springs was a 6.820 taking 8th in the long go. Ray would end up 3/23 & 3/24/2018 Sulphur Springs 5th in the average after a 4.19 second run in the short go. In the Barrell Racing, we had Jesse Young and Savanna Waller both qualify for the short round. In the long go, Jesse Young was a quick time of 15.988 sending her into the short go round sitting 6th in the average. In the short round Young turned in a time of 16.102 to end up 4th in the overall average. In the long go round Savanna Waller ran a time of 16.040 placing her in the 8th place spot; she then went into the short go and layed down a fast time time of 15.79 which bumped her up to third in the overall average. Then in the Breakaway we had Peyton Cooper stop the clock with a 3.060 to head to the short go 5th in the average. In the short go she roped fast to be 2.582, but unfortunately she got the +10 from the rope barrier (which was first put into use when this rodeo first began 70 years ago!); even with the extra time added Peyton held her spot and stayed 5th in the overall average. Next, in the Calf Roping we had our “young gun” freshman, Max Mathis who turned in a time of 10.330 in the long go to send him into the short round sitting 7th in the average. In the short round Max would climb to 3rd in the overall average after a fast time of 9.010. In the Goat Tying, both Harley Jo Chaffin and Alexandria Cawthon made it back to the short go neck and neck! In the long go round Harley Jo tied in a time of 7.850 and Alexandria was not too far behind her tying a 7.860; which sent them into the short round sitting 4th and 5th. In the short go round Harley Jo was a quick time of 7.31 on her goat, putting her 3rd in the overall average. Alexandria tied a 7.85 in the short round bumping her to 4th the average. Then the team roping came around, and Region 4 had the only all girl team to make it back to the short round! Harley Jo Chaffin and Peyton Cooper went into the short go round 7th in the average with a clean time of 8.70. They had a little tough luck in the short go but we are still proud of our girls! Each and every competitor from Region 4 gave it all their all, most just slightly missing the shortround. Nevertheless, each and everyone of the contestants entered at the Founder's Invitational had a great time being able to rodeo in the very town where our association first began many years ago!

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By HALEY NOVAK– Performance Reporter

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n October 21, 2017 the top high school rodeo athletes from all ten regions of Texas traveled to a little town in south Texas, to compete where high school rodeo as we know it began in 1946. Hallettsville, Texas to the average person is a small, quiet town, and most do not know the deep history hidden underneath the surface; but a visit to the town’s museum where the ‘Texas High School Rodeo Hall of Fame’ is displayed for all to see will definitely change one’s perspective. For instance, did you know that Hallettsville is where the ‘Rope Barrier’ as we know it was invented and first put into use? The museum is full of information such as the first high school rodeo was held in Hallettsville in 1946 and the following year the first Texas High School State Championship Rodeo was also hosted by the town. Quickly after Texas having their own high school rodeos, many other states followed our lead and came to Hallettsville to compete in the first National High School Finals in 1949. For competitors today to be able to walk through the Hall of Fame and seeing the buckles, saddles, and other trophies from the past; it is truly a special feeling to be able to see where it all began 70 years ago. This year Region IV was well represented in all the events at the Founder's Invitational! In the Steer Wrestling event, Daniel Dunham kicked us off with a quick time of 4.140 in the long go round sitting him second in the average. Dunham came back to the short round with the first place title in sight, and turned in a

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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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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS BRAD CRONE 2410 McBride Devillier • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.351.1983 • dps2422@aol.com

PRESIDENT - IMA CHAMPION VICE PRESIDENT - MACKENZIE FOLEY SECRETARY - HELENA COLLMORGEN

JEFF LUMMUS PO Box 646 • Orangefield, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • jeff.t.lummus-1@dupont.com

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

Region V

JASON KEY 17547 N Hwy 59 • Garrison, TX 75946 936.564.0668 • key.jason@ymail.com

PRESIDENT- JASON KEY 17547 N Hwy 59 • Garrison, Texas 75946 936.564.0668 • key.jason@ymail.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT Pushi ng Through the Highs and Lows

her strategy in the arena and how she keeps moving forward. Hailey says that she trys to stay away from think1/20 & 1/21/2018 Lufkin ing she has it all together. 2/17 & 2/18/2018 Nacogdoches She also said that to stay on 3/3 & 3/4/2018 DeRidder top, it requires talent and 4/7 & 4/8/2018 Nacogdoches preparation. If you are win1/27 & 1/28/2018 Center 4 cuttings ning and being consistent in 2/24 & 2/25/2018 Center 4 cuttings your runs, keep preparing 3/24 & 3/25/2018 Center Cutting Finals yourself in the same way. But if you’re struggling to make a clean pole run or catch a calf, go back and analyze your runs to find the problem. “What I do when I am in a slump is I try hard to find the problems in my runs and then I ask the ones that are close to me for some advice.” After Hailey examines the problem, she backs BOBBY MOTE off and relaxes about it, not to make it a serious issue. “If I can adjust to it, then I will. But if not, I remind myself that there’s a light at the end of this tunnel. I just have to find it and keep pushing to it.” Hailey also said that when she is in a slump, she thinks of the past problems she’s had and remembers of how they always came to an end. Bobby Mote, 4-time World Champion Bareback Rider, stated in his blog about his rodeo career, “The road to success is a narrow road with a ditch on each side. Most people that start out on that road end up in the ditch before they get to the end.” On one side of the ditch is complacency while on the other is hypercriticism. Complacency occurs when you become okay with your mistakes in the arena and don’t work to overcome them. While complacency is the result of laziness, hypercriticism is when you make rodeo all about your faults with only a judgmental attitude and no enjoyment. There should be an equal balance between these two; a willingness to critic yourself without tearing your confidence down. We must stay away from both hazards if we are to succeed in the arena and in life. Hebrews 12: 1 Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region V

By HARLEY JO PERKINS – Performance Reporter

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s 2017 is closing out, the rodeo season for THSRA members is only half way over. With half the rodeo season out of the way, it’s a good time to come to a stop and evaluate your progress in the arena. Have you set goals for yourself this season? Are you preparing yourself in the best way to accomplish those goals? For those of you that are climbing to the top quickly and reaching your goals, I congratulate you on your many hours of hard work that are paying off. When your name is at the top of the leader board, we all know that it is a time to celebrate your success, but also you must continue to stay focused and not slack off in the practice pen. I recently had the honor of interviewing 2017 NFR Qualifier and THSRA Alumni, Hailey Kinsel, about

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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS DAVID FREEMAN 1039 Mockingbird Lane • Eagle Lake, TX 77434 832.221.1253 • chlfreeman@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT - BAILEY BENNIGHT VICE PRESIDENT - RYAN NETTLE SECRETARY - BRYANJNA LEHRMANN

SHANNA NETTLE LOGAN PO Box 1882 • Brenham, TX 77834 979.421.2912 • samlogan89@yahoo.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com

Region VI

LEE ANN ISLET 1656 E CR327 • Lincoln, Texas 78948 979.540.0955 • isletpaint@aol.com PRESIDENT - DAVID FREEMAN 1039 Mockingbird Lane • Eagle Lake, TX 77434 832.221.1253 • chlfreeman@yahoo.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

A Year to Reflect On

to be able to help take care of some of the displaced horses that were brought to Byler Performance Equine/ Horseswim.com. It was an 1/13 & 1/14/2018 Gonzales amazing experience to wit2/10 & 2/11/2018 Gonzales ness the outpouring of generosity from people all over 3/10 & 3/11/2018 Gonzales Texas and even other states – 12/29 thru 12/31/2017 Gonzales 3 cuttings sending feed, hay, water and 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings food, clothing, cleaning supplies, donating their time and 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings skills to help those in need, both human and animal. The village of volunteers that rallied around Kimmi Byler as she brought this rescue effort to fruition was astonishing! And then on October 1st, the massacre in Las Vegas where 58 people lost their lives and hundreds of others injured while attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival; and most recently, the tragic and senseless mass shooting in Sutherland Springs - there are just no words to express the heartfelt sadness we feel for everyone that was involved in or connected to these atrocities in any way. I don’t JOHN MICHAEL ELLIOTT know about you all, but reflecting back over 2017 leaves DANCING WITH A MARIACHI MEMBER me with the burning question – Why? I realize that more than likely I will never get an answer to that question. And because of this, I will continue to pray and ask God to guide me, our leaders and the world in the direction that He would have us go – for through Him is the only way to peace and joy. Remember to express your love and gratitude to those who are important in your life, give thanks for the blessings you have and those to come, do what you can to help those in need – sometimes that’s just a smile or kind word, forgive those who have wronged you, always ask God forgiveness and praise Him for everything! Thank you to everyone who participated in the November fundraiser for Region VI – it was a huge success and I believe all who attended had fun! Special thanks to Leslie Crews for getting the Mariachi Band (so much fun), Tina Seeker for setting up the hall and donating decorations, Tonya Eppright for organizing all of the auction items, and Shanna Logan for collecting the money – job well done! Don’t forget that you will need to turn in your 1st Semester report card at the January 13th rodeo. Wishing everyone a very Merry & Blessed Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region VI

By PAIGE DAWSON

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s the season settles down for the month of December two things are upon us, Christmas and of course, the WNFR! This is everyone’s favorite time of year; we get a break as well as an excuse to go to Vegas! This year Region VI has several members attending the Jr. NFR - we couldn’t be more proud of them and wish them the very best of luck in Vegas! They are… Barrel Racing- Baylee Burleson, Hailey Haass, & Amy Ohrt Team Roping- Logan Moore Steer Wrestling- Ryan Nettle, Clay Iselt & Garrett Oates Calf Roping- Cullen Eppright And Good Luck to any of our members competing in the All In Barrel Race, The Team Roping World Series Finals, and anything else that may be going on. It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks we will be welcoming in 2018 and saying goodbye to 2017. This year has definitely presented a lot of people with dilemmas they probably never anticipated and I’m just referring to the events we all hear about through the media. For instance in August, Hurricane Harvey – a horrific storm that affected and devastated so many. I’m sure each and every one of us knows a family or families that lost something during or after Harvey. That was over three months ago and many are still struggling to regain some sense of “normal” to their lives. After Hurricane Harvey, I was blessed

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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 2018 THSRA State Finals.

The Shepherd Family of Region III

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ongratulations to this month’s Farm and Ranch Family, the Shepherds! Matt and Heidi Shepherd work alongside their children, Mattie (19), Tucker (17), Presley (14), Gracie (14), Charlie (11), Jack (9), and Whitney (7) in order to make their business, Shepherd Ranch Cattle Company, a success. Since the Shepherds have no hired help, the company is strictly a family affair. The Shepherd’s ranch home base is located in Milford, TX (Region 3) but they also contain landholdings in Italy, Itasca and Maypearl. The company is mainly a working cow calf operation. However, the Shepherds do also have a full-scale hay operation in order to feed all of their livestock. “Our life really revolves around the ranch. It is what we love to do and we are lucky enough to live the life we love,” said Heidi. Every day, the livestock have to be fed, doctored, and checked. “All of the kids really know what to look for when we are checking cattle. They know what has to be done to remedy the situation,”

said Heidi. The fences all have to be checked as well, along with checking water and rotating pastures. Seasonally, the family also has to harvest their crops and manage livestock breeding. Even though the family originally lived in the city, Matt and Heidi believed that the farm lifestyle was the best way to raise their children. “It is hard to teach the values and things we want them to lean while growing up in an environment that is so focused on materialistic things, so we moved out of the city and started our farm lifestyle,” said Heidi. “We would not trade it for the world and we would not go back to the city, we really love this lifestyle.” Because of this way of life, the Shepherds have become such a tight knit family since they work side by side each other every day. “Farmers and ranchers represent the hardest working, best hearted, God fearing, just all around good people and I feel privileged to count myself in that class of people. They are the people that will help you in the drop of a hat and in the pouring rain. They have pride in their land, animals, family and the work that they do,” said Heidi. Since all of the children are homeschooled, they help out on the ranch everyday. “There is a lot of stuff we need them side by side with us to learn,” said Heidi. Tucker, Gracie, Charlie and Matt are in charge of most of the day to day work and Mattie is responsible for all of the paperwork and the website. Presley is the families’ personal chef as she makes dinner for the entire family almost every night and brings everyone lunch in the field. Jack and Whitney are Heidi’s sidekicks because they are still learning how to do most of the ranch work. All of the kids are also responsible for making sure their own horses are fed, watered and have clean stalls. However, when the family is not working, “rodeo is the absolute favorite thing to do,” said Heidi. While Mattie is a former THSRA contestant, Tucker currently competes in steer wrestling. In fact, he is currently sitting in 1st place in steer wrestling. Presley and Gracie compete in TJHRA. Both girls compete in barrels and poles, but Gracie also does goats. Charlie works on the arena team at the rodeos as well. “The kids pay their own rodeo fees. THSRA has given us the interesting opportunity to switch the kids to a work for pay set up. It has turned our ranch into more of a business minded operation because the kids want to make money in order to pay their entrance fees,” said Heidi. The family explained how honored they are to be chosen as this months McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family, “It is an honor because we take so much pride in our ranch. It is a pat on the back that we are getting the things done that we have been working so hard to achieve.”

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PRESIDENT - HALEY PHILLIPS VICE PRESIDENT - HANNAH PHILLIPS SECRETARY - NIKI CARTER

STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS DEE RAWLINSON 12432 N SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.543.8906 • drawlinson@reatarealty.com

RORY KOEHN 1669 CR 230 • Weimar, Texas 78962 koehnranch@cvctx.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • region7thsra@gmail.com

Region VII

SCOTT SHOOK 5750 FM 360 • Needville, Texas 77461 713.851.9553 • scotctshook@yahoo.com PRESIDENT- CLINT RAWLINSON 12432 N. SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.637.0500 • rawlinsonclint@gmail.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT CARING FOR YOUR HORSE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS

By CARSON WETSEL

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ith the arrival of the winter months, the needs of horses vary from the periods of time with warmer temperatures. Most horse caregivers can expect to see a change in feed and water consumption, along with needs for shelter and be faced with tasks that would not be required in summer months. It is the responsibility of the caretaker to provide and accommodate for these needs. With the well being of the horse at hand, a person must be ready to make changes to a horse’s water, feed, access to shelter, and caring for their other winter needs. In winter months a horse needs to increase their intake of forage. The digestion of fibers is what keeps a horse warm, and during winter it’s important that a horse receives enough grass or hay to digest for body heat. In points of bad weather, a horse may need to be fed larger amounts of hay to ensure there is enough fiber intake. The easiest way to be sure that a horse receives enough forage is to feed a low nutrient grass hay that will not add many calories to their diet. However, the older the horse, the higher in nutrition the hay should be for better management. Along with

increased hay intake, a horse will need to up their water intake as well. Without higher volumes of water, a horse taking in larger amounts of hay could easily suffer impaction colic. A horse will optimally drink water that is between 45 and 65 degrees (Fahrenheit). If accessible water is not within that temperature range, horses will decrease their drinking habits. As long as water is kept de-iced and available, a horse should continue to drink. Adding trace amounts of to feed or providing a mineral salt lick will also help to promote drinking. During the cold months, as well as any other month, a horse needs access to shelter. Trees and other low places can act as barriers from wind and rain, but a three-sided shelter with a roof is the perfect structure to provide shelter from rain and wind. It is important that the shelter can accommodate all horses without disrupting the hierarchy (pecking order) and cause problems for certain horses. If a horse is being worked during the cold months while it still has a thicker, winter coat, it is important to make sure the horse is dried throughout before putting him or turning him out. A thick coat can hold moisture in for long periods of time which can make drying a time-consuming process. Horses can be dried by rubbing them down towel, keeping them under cover, or putting a water-wicking cooler on them. Once dried, the cooler needs removed, and the coat can be fluffed to help the effectiveness of the insulation of the coat. Trace-clipping horses that are going to be worked over winter months can help to reduce areas of hair that would trap moisture. However if this route is taken, drying is still necessary to remove excess moisture, and blanketing should be considered to accommodate the missing winter layer. Blanketing can help to keep horses that don’t have or grow a thick coat warm, as well as provide a form of protection if shelter isn’t available during inclement weather. (Information provided by TheHorse.com)

Throughout cold months, the ability to provide for the needs of a horse must adapt to suit the conditions of lower temperatures. A mindful caretaker will be sure to ensure the horse is taking in the correct amount of nutrients and fibers along with water, 1/14/2018 Edna 2 rodeos is properly sheltered, and 2/11/2018 Edna 2 rodeos dried/blanketed adequately. As long as these needs 2/17/2018 Edna are met, there is no reason 12/29 thru 12/31/2017 Gonzales 3 cuttings to worry that a horse may 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings not be comfy during the cold days of winter.

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PAIGE DAWSON OF REGION VI by Catelyn Felts

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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 Paige Dawson, the Whatakid of the month! The region six competitor is currently a senior residing in Burton, Texas. She has been a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association four years now, and she explained how tough competition and a Christcentered community of friends and family are her favorite parts of the organization. "It's a blessing to be surrounded by such amazingly talented and Christ-loving rodeo athletes," Paige said. Throughout her time spent as a member of the THSRA, Paige said she has learned quite a bit about responsibility, as well as, developed her ability to have a good mentality and positive attitude about things. "I feel like being a member of THSRA sets me apart from other kids my age because of the responsibility that comes along with the rodeo lifestyle," Paige said. "We have to wake up extra early to feed and take care of our horses. We have to manage our time so we can get all of our stuff done in one day and keep ourselves and our horses in healthy condition; having to care for my animals and handle my school on top has taught me a ton." Paige started homeschooling halfway through her 8thgrade year of school allowing her to dedicate her time to her studies, her horses, and her practices. She is an all-around competitor as she competes in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and the cutting. Her dedication to the sport has paid off as she has claimed multiple titles. She was the Region 6

Rookie All-Around competitor her freshmen year, national barrel racing qualifier, all around region champion her sophomore and junior years, barrel racing champion and girls' cutting champion, and the reserve state champion in the girls cutting. She has also held a handful of leadership positions as she was selected to be on Team Cinch during her junior year, and she currently serves as the Region 6 president, Ariat reporter, and the girls' cutting event director. A fruitful resume is typically accompanied by quite a bit of hard work, and Paige is delighted with working hard and letting go of some things in the pursuit of her passions. "There isn't one thing I regret giving up to be able to rodeo," Paige said. "I gave up club sports, I gave up going to school and seeing some of my friends daily, and I have definitely sacrificed a lot of sleep to be able to do what I love." A regular day for Paige consists of waking up at 7 in the morning, feeding her horses, cattle, and goats, going home to eat breakfast and either exercising her horses swimming them at Byler Performance Equine. She said she also sets aside an hour and a half a day to go to the gym and work out. She does school or runs errands, and then takes care of her chores around the house. She said she practices several times a week; however, her schedule varies. In the pursuit of her passions and goals, Paige has a few thoughts she dwells on during her day to day routine. "The way I see things, you have one life to live, so just take all of the chances the Lord gives you and go for it," she said. "Don't

safety up because that's when you make mistakes. Go for it, and give it your best all the time. If you fail, let it be a learning experience for you. Always grow on your mistakes and learn from it, always try and better yourself and always go for every go-round win!" Though Paige has some wise insight on competition and life in general, she has had some inspiration along the way. "I have many people I look up to," Paige said. "One person I look up to the most, aside from my parents, would be Kimmi Byler. She is one of the most hardworking ladies I have ever met, and she pushes me to be the best I can be." In addition to Byler, Paige wanted to thank her parents, her grandparents, and her Uncle Paul for always coming to rodeos and supporting her in her endeavors. "I couldn't do it with y'all," Paige said. It is no secret Paige has quite a bit to be proud of, yet in the midst of her accomplishments, she remains humble. "I am so grateful to be selected as the Whatakid of the month," she said. "I have always dreamed of being a Whatakid, and I feel so honored to be chosen. I love rodeoing, I love my region and I love Whataburger so have an award like this is just the best of both worlds." In the future, Paige said she would like to become a registered nurse and get a degree in either business, biology or forensic sciences. Until then, she will be enjoying one final year of THSRA competition. Congratulations to Paige Dawson for being chosen as the Whatakid of the month from Region 6. We wish her the best of luck as she finishes her senior year!

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Jack Wright

ack Dalton Wright is a 11th grade student at East Beauregard High School in DeRidder, Louisiana. Jack is a 4 year member of THSRA and 11 year member of the NLBRA. He competes in Region V of Texas and he is currently the Region V Champion Saddle Bronc Rider. In the inaugural year when the NJHRA added steer saddle bronc riding, Jack was the first Region V champion and the first Texas State Champion Steer Saddle Bronc Rider. Jack is also an avid team roper and competes in high school, but his one true love is riding bucking horses. He is a fourth generation cowboy. His great-grandfather worked ranches all over the Texas/New Mexico area, and retired after breaking his last colt at age 68, for the infamous Bell Ranch. Jack’s grandfather and brothers also worked the ranches along with their dad, breaking colts and rodeoing whenever they could sneak away from work. Jack was seemingly destined for bronc riding. His dad was the Texas High School State Champion Saddle Bronc rider and also the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Champion Saddle Bronc Rider. Jack grew up on the PRCA circuit, traveling and watching as his dad competed day in and day out and eventually retired from the PRCA with his Gold Card, after winning the Southeastern Circuit. Jack’s dad resides and works on the largest ranch in Louisiana, the Gray Ranch located in south Louisana. In true fashion, Jack has followed in the ranching footsteps, and is now helps oversee his mom’s family ranch, Fontenot Farms. In addition to school, practice, and rodeo, Jack oversees 150 or so momma cows, calves, and pasture on a day to day basis. Outside of rodeo and ranching he enjoys: Duck, squirrel and dove hunting and learning to play the French accordion. He also enjoys day-working and working out. At school, Jack is the vice-president of the student council, President of FBLA, Reporter for FFA, and competes on the FFA and 4-H horse judging, livestock judging, and forestry teams. Jack has a work ethic like no other, and is fiercely loyal to God, his family and the occasional Underdog. After graduation, he plans to attend Clarendon Junior College, then Oklahoma Panhandle State University and continue his rodeo career.


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Six ways to feed performance horses for greater achievement

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Katie Young, Ph.D., Senior Equine Nutritionist, Purina Animal Nutrition

uch like human athletes, performance horses have special nutritional needs. For all athletes, it’s important diets match activity and athletic level to reach the highest level of achievement. These six tips may help supply your horse with adequate energy to support optimal performance. 1. KNOW IF IT’S ANAEROBIC OR AEROBIC EXERCISE Physical activity is broken into general categories, aerobic and anaerobic, and it can be helpful to understand the science. Anaerobic exercise, characterized by short bursts of maximum effort, is primarily fueled by glycogen, a polysaccharide which is composed of sugars and stored in muscle fibers. Soluble carbohydrates from your horse’s diet provide the building blocks for glycogen. Imagine a competitive cutting horse with its incredible agility, quick reactions and strength. A horse like this would be primarily engaged in anaerobic exercise while they’re working a cow. Race horses and even Thoroughbreds running a mile and a half are also highly anaerobic while they’re running the race. Such activity depends on a diet providing adequate soluble carbohydrates to store and replenish muscle glycogen needed to fuel these short, intense exercise bouts. Aerobic exercise, characterized by low to moderate-intensity activity lasting from several minutes to several hours, is primarily fueled by fat. A slow burning fuel, fat can be perfect for keeping the horse going for the long haul. Three-day eventing, polo, dressage, and endurance riding are all examples of activities that are primarily aerobic. Performance horses engaged in this type of exercise may benefit from high-fat horse feeds. Keep in mind, no performance activity is either

all anaerobic or all aerobic; each athletic activity has components of both types of work, especially considering the warm-up period before competition. However, fueling the horse with the dietary energy source to draw the most fuel is a targeted way to optimize the horse’s ability to perform. 2. DON’T LET FORAGES FALL FLAT While horses in nature may live entirely on forage, equestrians typically demand more from their horses than would ever be required in nature. Therefore, supplemental nutrients and energy are needed to sustain top-level performance in working horses. Forage can provide adequate fuel for maintenance or very low-level activity, but does not supply enough sugar and starch to maintain the glycogen stores required for a hard-working performance horse to succeed. For horses working at a high level, a feed designed to support that workload will provide adequate soluble carbohydrates and fats to maintain the needed fuel storage for performance. 3. ELECTROLYTES ARE ESSENTIAL Horses generally need free choice salt, but performance horses have additional mineral requirements. Any time a horse is working and sweating, consider an electrolyte supplement and feed as directed. Check the ingredients on electrolytes in your horse feed. They should include primarily sodium, potassium and chloride. Always ensure your performance horse has adequate access to fresh, clean water and is well hydrated. Do not give electrolyte supplementation to a dehydrated horse. 4. TIME THE FEED Horses should not be fed a large meal 3-4 hours before an extensive performance event. Feeding any closer to the exercise can have an adverse effect on the horse’s performance, as the blood used for digestion isn’t readily available to the

muscle tissue. If a horse usually has hay available, consider feeding small amounts of hay throughout the day. Generally speaking, feeding small meals more often is better for the performance horse than one or two large meals a day. After the event, let the horse cool down before feeding and then consider feeding a small carbohydrate-rich meal 30-120 minutes after exercise to help replace the glycogen used during the event. 5. FOCUS ON RECOVERY Recovery from exercise requires the replenishment of glycogen stores as well of the repair of muscle cells damaged during exercise. Research in humans and horses has shown that ingesting specific amino acids after exercise can decrease muscle recovery time. Horses performing intense, repetitive work have been shown to benefit from a very specific amino acid profile available in a dietary supplement. 6. RETHINK TOP-DRESSING Horse owners often try to provide additional fat to their performance horses. However, simply top-dressing with oil or an unfortified fat supplement increases the fat and calorie content of the ration, but doesn’t provide protein, vitamins or minerals to maintain the nutritional balance of the total diet. The best option is to feed a nutritionally balanced feed with a high fat content as well as the proper amount of protein, amino acids, and other nutrients essential to support optimal performance. Consider feeding a high-fat supplement formulated for horses needing extra calories from fat for weight gain, conditioning, competition or sales preparation. Paying attention to these six areas may help your working horse achieve its true performance potential.

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The Annual Equine Professionals Issue

exas High School and Junior High members own an estimated 12,000 horses. Each member shares the same commitment to provide the best care for their equine partners. Horses are not only a partner in contestant’s success in the rodeo arena, but they are part of the family and each have their own unique personalities. At some point, each horse will need care from an equine professional either to aid in their wellness plan or to help them recover from an injury. The best way to select a professional to care for a horse is by word of mouth. Contestants that ask around are quick to sing the praises of providers who have helped their animals. We surveyed members and ask them to provide a few names of equine professionals they would recommend to their fellow competitors and the list below represents a sampling of those answers. Rodeo competitors in Texas are lucky in that there are many well qualified equine professionals across the state — way more than we could ever fit on our list. Find a equine professional that will partner with you in caring for your equine family. THESE 5 QUALITIES WILL HELP OWNERS FIND THE RIGHT EQUINE PROFESSIONAL FOR THEM. 1: Good Communication - Equine providers should not only express themselves clearly in a way that an owner can understand, but they need to take time to listen to your to concerns. 2: Education and Experience - How long have they been doing this, where did they receive their training.

Are they specialized in the field of study that the horse needs? 3: Good Horsemanship - Owners should watch to see how equine professionals handle a horse. They should be able to stay calm and get the horse to comply in a non stressful way. 4: Availability - This is very important to owners, because rarely do horses need emergent care between the hours of 8-5 on a Wednesday. 5: The Facilities - Owners should inspect the facilities to see what type of equipment they have to provide the best care possible. (The Horse.com )

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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 Whata-Cowboy, Kolton Mazoch, winner of the 2017 Invitational High School Rodeo All-Around Cowboy and Calf Roping Champion. Kolton not only excels in the sport of rodeo, but he’s an academic achiever as well. This aspiring senior attends El Campo High School, in El Campo, Texas. Mazoch is also a recipient of NHS excellence awards, and is an active member of FFA and FCA. Kolton happily recalls his early years on the rodeo trail. At the young age of nine years old, Kolton started out with TYRA, as well as with Chute and Barrel; and then advanced on to the junior ropings up in North

Texas to Oklahoma. He further attributes his winnings and rodeo career to his active years competing as a member with the Texas Junior High and High School Rodeo Associations. Kolton considers his family and his elders to be his heroes, and would like thank his entire family by recognizing them for their many years of sacrifices and for affording him the opportunity to be able to compete throughout his childhood and teen years. In addition, he would like to thank the Steve Dollery family, for giving him the ability to add steer wrestling to his rodeo competitions. Last, but not least, he would like to recognize his sorrel horse named Anne, a family ranch horse turned rodeo calf horse. Mazoch realizes that the sport of rodeo requires extreme dedication and a lot of personal sacrifices on his part too. However, one of his greatest regrets is not playing high school baseball to better himself at rodeo, but his time schedule was an issue in his decision not to pursue baseball while competing on the rodeo circuit. Kolton’s time schedule has been stretched to the limit between attending classes at the high school, plus a college course twice a week at a local college. In addition, he has his after-school work and his daily chores at the family ranch. During the summer months, Kolton works cattle from daylight until dark with his cousin, plus he has a herd of goats that he must tend to on a daily basis so he rarely has any spare time, but nonetheless. he has a few favorite hobbies such as trading goats and braiding ropes. Some other favorite past-times include roping, hunting, and fishing. The Mazoch family’s strong work ethics, has contributed to Kolton’s motto on life, which is “work hard, make money, more money, and more money, and become successful in everything while giving back to others”. As we wrap of this interview with Kolton, he would sincerely like to thank his fans and many supporters including, THSRA and his colleagues in the world of rodeo for being nominated as Region VII Whatakid! Although, Kolton realizes that competing in the sport of rodeo may not immediately provide him with his dream of big money and more money, his plans after graduation from high school, is to pursue a rodeo career at the college level and perhaps on to the pro rodeo circuit. Whataburger, THSRA, and rodeo fans alike, would like to wish Whatakid Kolton Mazoch, many years of success in his rodeo pursuits and other business 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 2018 THSRA State Finals.

The Eppright Family of Region VI

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ongratulations to the Eppright's, the McCoy's Farm and Ranch Family of the month from Region VI. David, Tonya and Cullen Eppright began ranching in Gonzales and Atascosa counties in 1983; however, their ranch located in Atascosa County has been in operation since the 1880s. All three of the family members actively participate in operating and managing the ranches today. Their operations mostly consist of running steers year-round. Each family member has responsibilities of their own; however, the family said they come together when needed. Even though ranch work can be quite tasking, Tonya is a math teacher at Gonzales High School while David takes on the full-time position as ranch manager. Cullen tends to livestock at their home place in Gonzales allowing a little bit of freedom for his dad to focus on the ranching operations. When the family is not ranching, they said their favorite

past time is traveling, whether to a rodeo or even a Texas Aggie football game. They also said they enjoy the time they spend high school rodeoing. "We have enjoyed getting to know other ranching families from across Texas and learning about their operations as well," the family said. Cullen is currently a calf roping competitor at region six. He is also the former national student president, former state student president, Jr. high national and state president, Jr. high state vice president and is the only student in the 70-year history of the association who has served as national president at both the Jr. high and high school divisions. The family said they are honored to be chosen as the McCoy's Farm and Ranch Family of the month, and they are loyal customers to the corporation. "We are very pleased to be selected as the McCoy's Farm and Ranch Family," the family said. "We are also very appreciative of the support of Cliff Mulanax, and the farm and ranch team, for all they do to benefit the youth of the Texas High School Rodeo Association." They also explained how they are frequent customers at the McCoy's in Gonzales, Texas and have even had the opportunity to build relationships with some of the McCoy's managers. During Cullen's time as a junior high state officer, he had the chance to participate in the McCoy's photo shoot during the tour of the McCoy's headquarters in San Marcos, Texas. Cullen expressed how this experience was one of his favorites during his role as an officer. On a regular basis, the family purchases all of their fencing, plumbing, electrical, paint and Priefert product needs from McCoy's. We would like to congratulate the Eppright family for all of their accomplishments and successes in addition to being selected as the McCoy's Farm and Ranch Family of the Month!

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - MARY GRACE BLUNTZER VICE PRESIDENT - ZOEY WIATREK SECRETARY - MORGAN ARNOLD CHUCK FRETWELL 655 PR A81 • Pleasanton, Texas 78064 830.534.6295 • cashf@msn.com

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RODEO PARENTS By Claire

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hether it's the stern eyes of a father, peering out from under his cowboy hat, or the shaky hands of a mother as she videos a run, rodeo parents all share a common interest… The want for us to succeed. As high school students, I think we offer under-appreciate the large part our parents play in our rodeo career. The hours spent hauling horses, the words of encouragement said before we ride, and the meal set before us as we stumble into the trailer at the end of the day. As THSRA contestants, we have so much to be thankful for. Though rodeo is more expensive than most sports, and quite time consuming, our parents still choose to support us with their time and finances. Region VIII mom, Tracey Aasbo spoke to me on this subject. I asked "Why rodeo? Why not another sport?" Her answer was one I'm sure speaks for many parents. "It is a reflection of real life circumstances. It takes hard work and comes with a lot of responsibilities. You experience victory and defeat, and not everyone gets a buckle. We also love the western lifestyle

and culture. There is a true and deep love for God, country, and traditional principles. We are honored to be a part of that community. We can rodeo as a family, and we all get to participate and help in the sport." Some of the contestants as well shared SHYANNE BAUERLE with me the things they most appreciate about their parents' support in rodeo. Kalista Figuerova, a freshman in the region, 1/13 & 1/14/2018 Uvalde explained how her par2/10 & 2/11/2018 Uvalde ents take the time to take her to lessons 3 12/29 & 12/30/2017 Gonzales 2 cuttings times a week, giving 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings her the opportunity to learn and improve. Shyanne Bauerle, our 2017 THSRA Goat Tying State Champ, said that her mom and dad are always willing to haul her where she needs to go, supplying her with the things she needs to be on top of her game. "The fact that my parents are always in the practice pen with me, and giving me tips, means a lot," Region VIII contestant Taryl Toepperwein said. I was also able to interview Region VIII's secretary of three years, Mrs. Celina Fetty, and she agreed that parent's help, both in and out of the arena, is crucial for our success. She went on to explain that a simple "thank you" to a parent or officer can go a long way. Those two words take next to no effort, and when in regards to something specific, can mean a lot. Mrs. Fetty, along with the other parents in Region VIII, puts a tremendous amount of time into helping our rodeo run smoothly. Her hard work is greatly appreciated, and I encourage all contestants from all regions to reach out and show your gratitude to those allowing us to compete in this sport we so dearly love. Viva el Ocho! "Let all that I am praise the LORD." - Psalm 103:1

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Reaching for Your Dreams

national championship, qualifying for state, or just to make a clean run, while others may By ALY GHORMLEY– Performance Reporter have nothing to do with ost people have had some rodeo. Whatever they dream they aspired to may involve, dreams achieve. According to can be on a grand scale Merriam-Webster a dream is a strong- or something simple. ly desired purpose or goal. Goals Whatever the size of might be rodeo driven like winning a your dream, it is important to work hard for it and have a plan for reaching it. Region IX’s Tyler Bell has clear goals for LACEY BRUENING the future and is working hard to develop the skills to make these goals a reality. Tyler’s rich deep voice makes his goals of working as an auctioneer or professional rodeo announcer a natural fit. His desires to use his voice professionally stem from his admiration of Bob Tallman and Greg Goudeau. Tyler looked to Mr. Tallman as a good role model for himself, and was amazed at how fast talkers like Mr. Goudeau calmed him down. Tyler began to put his dream into action last year as a freshman, by announcing basketball games for Anderson-Shiro CISD and working a local cattle auction. This year he is continuing to work at his craft by announcing a Region IX Junior High Rodeo TYLER BELL and auctioneering items for a recent Region IX High School fundraiser. In May, Tyler will attend an auctioneering school in St. Louis, Missouri where he will earn his auctioneering license. Tyler is looking forward to this step toward his dream and even stated that the Missouri Auction School is 1/6 & 1/7/2018 Bryan fondly nicknamed “The Harvard of Auctioneering.” Region IX is very proud of Tyler Bell, and wish him well as he 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Bryan works to achieve his present and future dreams. 2/24 & 2/25/2018 Bryan Even though the Region IX rodeo season has just begun 3/10/2018 Bryan with only four rodeos in the books, many dreams are begin-

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ning to take shape. The second set of rodeos for the season started with bull riding as Parker McCown took the winning ride with a score of 78 in rodeo one, while Falcon McConnell took rodeo two with a 72. In the barrel racing two seniors shined, Darcy Taylor took the first win of the weekend with a 15.803, and Ashley Castleberry came out strong in rodeo two with a smoking 15.550. The York brothers once again made some impressive throws in the steer wrestling, but Joe came out on top with a 6.02, however in rodeo two it was Ky Thomas with a 7.070. The goats were up next and two longtime

friends took top honors here, as Lacey Bruening continued to amaze the crowd with a 6.71, and in rodeo two Aly Ghormley earned top points with a 7.090. Sometimes friends must compete against each other, but in the team roping they must work together. Seniors Brad Roundtree and Dylan Hoffman are friends in and out of the rodeo pen, and they put together a great run of 7.3 to win rodeo one. That was quite an impressive run, but Colby Boettcher and Jordan Lewis worked together to create two speedy quick loops in only 6.1. Poles were up next, and the spotlight for the weekend was on Carly Staggs who is working hard to repeat her Region IX Championship Pole Bending title; Carly won both rodeos with two amazing runs of 20.203 and 19.990. The rodeo was quickly winding down with the two roping events left. Boys were up first as Gatlin Peck and Tanner Woodard, two juniors, took home the top money. Gatlin was a 9.37 in rodeo one, while Tanner was a 12.75 in rodeo two. For the girl’s loops, Macey Zboril was a 2.98 to win rodeo one. Stormy Stokes roped great in rodeo one with a 3.40 to take second, and proved consistency pays off and won rodeo two with a 3.05 to move her closer to her dream of winning the breakaway roping. Big or little, set your dream and work for it! Practice makes perfect and perfect practice makes your dreams come true. Stay true to your course and work hard. Put your faith in 2 Chronicles 15:7 which says, “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed!”

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PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - KAMBRIA MCDOUGAL VICE PRESIDENT - HANNAH HAMMOND SECRETARY/TRES.

PERFORMANCE REPORT

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By LANEY

FOWLER – Performance Reporter

ctober was a big, exciting month with lots of opportunities to bring home big titles! Our Team Ropers showed up and showed out at the 2017 USTRC Finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Leander Williams and Ross Ashford teamed up together to split $36,900 in the #15 Shootout! Leander is a Junior from Thorndale, Texas. Ross Ashford is a Freshman at Hill College, the entire Ashford family has been a huge part of Region X through the years. JW Allen from Goldthwaite, Tx and Wyatt Lloyd took home the win in the #8 Shootout splitting $54,200. True Lacina and younger brother Tyce Lacina split $59,500 for second place in the #10

HALI WILLIAMS & GARETT CHICK

MASON RUST & WHIT KITCHENS

Shootout! The #10 Qualifier was good to Region X boys. Kutter Kortis placed 1st to split $20,000 with Mason Gaston. JW Allen and Clayton Downing teamed up to place 4th, Garret Chick and Amber Sohrt placed 7th. The #12 US Junior Championship was won by Region X’s, Whit Kitchens and partner Mason Rust, Whit also placing second with partner Ruby Magnus! The #11 Shootout was won by Garett Chick with partner Hali Williams, they split $75k! Danielle Harmon took the win on her great horse, Cashin On The Bayou at the 2017 Founders Invitational held in Halletsville, Tx for Region X! We want to wish all THSRA & TJHRA members a great fall break! Region X is excited to start out the 2018 rodeo season!

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region X LEANDER WILLIAMS & ROSS ASHFORD

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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 2018 THSRA State Finals.

The Pineda Family of Region VII

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by Ava Anderson

ongratulations to McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of Region VII, the Pineda family, Victor and his wife, Margaret, and four-children Gideon, Woodrow, Cassidy, and Victoria. The family’s commercial cattle business has operated for the past twenty years under the name of Circle P, and is located in Caldwell, Texas. Their overall ranching outfit has been entrusted to care for over 3,000 acres, over 900 head of cows, and sell over 75 heard bulls a year. Additionally, their two daughters, Cassidy and Victoria, work at Keith Weber’s ranch doing custom hay baling and tending cattle, while their two brothers, Gideon and Woodrow enjoy doing most of their cattle work at home on the range with their parents. Their father, Victor operates a farrier business, which keeps him busy year round as well. Most importantly though, it takes everyone doing their part, from showing bulls, to the feeding of livestock, to pulling calves, and delivering hay, and of course, they wouldn’t have it any other way. The Pineda’s have chosen this lifestyle because Victor and Margaret grew up this way and this is all their kids have ever known. Margaret quipped, “If you were to set all the Pineda

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kids in an office and require them to wear business clothes they would be lost and miserable.” As technology remains an important part of the farming and ranching industries, the Pineda family strives to keep growing and to stay current with modern day advances; but they strongly believe it is also important to “stay true to the cowboy way of life” and not allow technology to completely take over their lifestyle, which they’re committed to preserving for their four-children and future generations. Over the past twenty years, the Pineda’s have committed to work alongside each other, but the nature of working together as a family can be very intense at times since they never know when something will go wrong or what will cause the siblings to start squabbling among themselves - especially if the tractor or hauling truck breaks down or if any equipment malfunctions while working cattle or custom hay bailing. Yet, the girls in the family take pride in the fact, that they have been able to fix many a problem with the tractors and can repair just about anything that is tractor related. The Pineda family is certainly grateful for McCoy’s partnership with the Texas High School Rodeo Association. They also feel very honored to be selected as McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family for Region 7. Cassidy and Victoria are active members of THSRA, and both sisters compete in breakaway roping and team roping as well as goat tying at other rodeo events. The whole family is well known for their system in the roping box and for working together to make sure everything is right and above board. The Pineda’s laugh about the fact, that they could tell many funny stories about their ‘cowboying’ lifestyle, but they get a kick out of how Cassidy, can attract any cow or bull like a magnet and then turn the gentlest animal in the entire heard into a raging bull, while she runs and screams for her mom to come and rescue her. The Pineda sister’s are gearing up for college and are thankful for the scholarship programs and other contributions offered through Texas High School Rodeo Association. We join in with McCoy’s Building Supply in honoring the Pineda family, as well as the many other farm and ranch families throughout the state of Texas.


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JUNIOR HIGH

LETTER FROM TJHRA STATE SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY

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ear Junior High Contestants and Families, As I write this article this month all the regions have completed their rodeos for 2017. It seems like we just got started The sales of the Dodge tickets, Bloomer tickets and state ads were all turned in at your last rodeo, don’t forget that you may continue selling ads until February 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. With all the added money in Vegas now days, it is fun to watch to see who ends up on top. Just like when you come to the Junior High finals, you have to be on top of your game to get to win the State Championship and go to Nationals, these pro cowgirls and cowboys must be on their game too, things change fast in Vegas with the money they can win. If you are headed to Vegas to run or rope in the Jr NFR, we wish you the very best of luck. If you have pictures, tag us on Facebook. We would love to see you out in Vegas! 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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REGION VII UPDATE

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By NICK ACHILLE– TJHRA Reg VII Student President

egion 7 just wrapped up its November rodeos along with our silent auction and dinner fundraiser. This year we closed out our rodeo’s for 2017 with a delicious turkey and dressing dinner. The months of November and December have to be my favorite time of year. In November, you get to gather with family and feast on some great food and just spend quality time together. It really is a time to think about all of the things you are thankful for. This year I can think of lots of things to be thankful for; my family, friends,

and my animals. Over the past few months, there has been so much devastation that has happened throughout not only Texas, but also the entire United States. Many folks suffered devastation in our area with Hurricane Harvey destroying their homes, killing livestock, and, in some cases, loved ones. I know that some parts of our area received over 50 inches of rain and my family, along with many other Region VII families, had to evacuate our home. Thankfully, my house made it through the storm with only minor damage. Seeing all of the people in my area lose their homes to flooding really made me see how fortunate I am. This devastation pulled numerous rodeo families closer together by hosting other families and animals who were seeking dry ground. Because of Harvey, Region VII had a late start on our rodeo season; however I am proud to say that all contestants had a great showing this fall season and I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in January. I hope that everyone has a safe holiday season and has the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Region VII.

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2017-2018 TJHRA STUDENT SECRETARY

Brandi Freeman

2017-2018 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN E. BLAND

806-679-2037

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT SCOTT SHOOK

281-437-8214

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1st VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH

432-386-6214

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DELEGATE DAVID FREEMAN

832-221-1253

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DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM

830-676-3373

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DELEGATE SHANE HANCOCK

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DELEGATE JEFF PARSLEY

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DELEGATE JOE RICHARDS

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DELEGATE MARIE SMITH 830-570-7058 bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net SECRETARY ANNE DOLLERY 979-412-2551 texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com MARKETING DIRECTOR KRIES VAUGHAN

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y name is Bradi Freeman and this year I am the TJHRA Secretary. I am in the 7th grade at Rice Junior High School. I am currently in the 2nd year of Jr. High Rodeo at Region 6. I have been rodeoing for the past 6 years, and my favorite events are poles and breakaway. This year I am competing in those events and also barrels, goat tying, and ribbon running. I have loved being secretary so far. It has been fun to meet new people and we had a lot of fun at the summer meetings in Dallas. I wanted to be secretary because I wanted to represent the sport that I love in the best way possible. Other than rodoe, my hobbies include volleyball, cheerleading, band and gymnastics. My favorite subject in school is science. My rodeo career has had its ups and downs. I’ve gone through more horses than you can imagine because of injuries. But I’m not giving up on this great sport because I know God has a plan for me and I know it involves rodeo! When I get older, I’m hoping to attend Texas A&M and become a doctor. I’ve always wanted to do something special to help other people. I’m looking forward to an Awesome year as your secretary!

830-279-8590

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STATE DIRECTORS

Region I GARY CLEMENTS GUY ELLIOTT LANCE GAILLARD

gclements@farmersagent.com glelliott@wilbargercscd.com lsgaillard@yahoo.com

806-346-5217 940-839-6354 806-898-3748

Region II CASEY BAIZE 512-618-9233 KEITH KENT 325-665-8100 SHANE HANCOCK 254-379-3516 Region III VENITA DEARING 817-223-5355 KEVIN STEWART 817-307-7303 ERIC HUSTON 817-368-0159

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Region IV AMY BEAM SEAN SUNDBERG JAMES TETTENHORST

LJRanchGRL@aol.com sundberg.sean@yahoo.com JamesTettenhorst@gmail.com

214-435-1579 919-518-6690 903-521-1511

csbaize@yahoo.com keith@johnroleylevelland.com shanehancock74@yahoo.com

Region V RICHARD BALDWIN 936-332-5466 JODIE MORIAN 409-384-5552 BILL WHITE 337-304-0748 Region VI CLAY OHRT 361-571-1040 GARRET OHRT 361-649-4060 TOMMY OHRT 361-550-5202

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Region VII BUBBA ACHILLE KIMMI BYLER KELLY REINA

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832-250-4628 979-472-0034 979-799-5474

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Region VIII BEN ELLIS 361-701-1886 ben_ellis78@yahoo.com MATT SCIBA 361-571-7888 scibaadjuster@gmail.com MARIE SMITH 830-570-7058 bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net Region IX STAN MCDONALD 979-229-5963 stanmcdranch@aol.com JOHN SCHUENEMAN 979-268-4994 john.schueneman@gmail.com LYLE SMITH 936-581-4255 lyle.smith74@gmail.com Region X JAMES KOONSMAN 254-717-6211 jamesk74@yahoo.com BRANT WARD 325-895-1662 ward23@gte.net RENEE WEITZ 512-217-8165 weitzrr@gmail.com STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT QUAY LLOYD V.PRES BRAEDON SCOTT SECRETARY BRANDI FREEMAN PRINCESS LARAMIE DEARING

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