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utlaw Equine Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, is located at 2124 CR 4127, Decatur, Texas 76234 | 940-626-8387. Josh Harvey, DVM is the owner and founding vet of Outlaw Equine. In 2015 we started the #OETour and went nation wide with our vet services traveling to Las Vegas, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. We also started OE Gear offering a full line of adult and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat, shirts, shorts and hoodies. As if that were not enough, we also launched the supplement line OE Nutraceuticals. Dr. Harvey, originally from Florida, received his degree from Auburn University and has been practicing since 2006. Dr. Harvey established Outlaw Equine Hospital and Rehabilitation center in 2007 and has continuously developed his practice into what it is today. They offer a variety of services including: ultrasound, stem cells, stallion collection, sports medi-
cine, regenerative therapy, PRP, performance dentistry, performance based medicine, mobile services, IRAP, intra-articular therapy, hormone manipulation, in-depth lameness evaluation and diagnosis, a full service equine hospital, equine reproductive facility, digital ultrasound, digital radiography, artificial insemination, 24 hour monitored ICU, and surgery center. Outlaw Equine has three full time vets: Dr. Harvey, Dr Josh McNeil and Dr. JD Conway. Our facility is fully equipped with multiple x-ray machines, a ultrasound and shock wave machine, along with all of the medical necessities to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Harvey and the Outlaw Equine team are dedicated to helping the equine athlete perform to their best ability. Dr. Josh McNeil a graduate of Mississippi State University Vet School & Intern Equine Medicine and Surgery at MS State. Dr. McNeil spent 8 years
in practice in Jackson, MS as an Equine Veterinarian and joined Outlaw October in 2015. He has an interest in sports medicine, lameness, and surgery. Dr. McNeil is involved in extensive research on various vaccine lines for the industry. Dr. McNeil is single, 35, and when he is not working on horses he enjoys hunting and long range shooting. Dr. JD Conway received his DVM from Colorado State University. Dr. Conway has dedicated a significant amount of his time to equine research, specifically in the field of equine lameness and sports medicine. Dr. Conway interned at Copper Springs Ranch in Bozeman, MT with Dr. Chris Ray and Dr. Ty Tipton were he focused on lameness, surgery, and reproduction. Dr. Conway enhanced his lameness diagnosis and surgical skill sets utilizing the latest in diagnostic imaging and regenerative therapies. Dr. Conway and his wife Sally Long-Conway moved to Decatur, Texas last October and joined the OE family. Outlaw Equineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rehabilitation Center offers a variety of services such as swim-
ming, eurociser, cold salt chambers, exercise under saddle, TheraPlate, equine solarium, cytowave, cold laser, shockwave therapy, nebulizer/breathing treatments, equine massage, and equine chiropractic care. The goal of the Rehabilitation Center is to partner with owners and veterinarians alike to maintain the soundness of the patient. OE welcomes referrals from colleagues and corresponds throughout the length of the patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stay. Our staff takes great pride in the body condition and level of fitness of every horse that leaves our facility. Each horse is rechecked through their stay to ensure that they are healthy and on track for their rehab goals. Our rehabilitation center has been successful in treating many types of injuries and illnesses : post-surgery, sprains/strains/EPM,
neurological disorders, founder arthritis, foot abscesses, laminitis, and neuropathy. In late 2015 the equine nutraceutical company, OE Nutraceuticals, was launched. OE Nutra focuses on providing quality case studied ingredients and formulations at a fair price to our customers. OE Nutra was added to assist in the nutrition of our equine athletes. This helps complete the circle of nutrition, rehabilitation and conditioning, and performance veterinary care.
3T MRI IMAGING OF THE EQUINE
orth Texas is fortunate to have available one of the most advanced imaging systems in the world for evaluating equine and companion animal patients. 3T MR imaging is currently available in only a select few hospitals for human use. In regards to the horse, the Siemens Verio 3T MRI scanner is available in 2-3 locations world wide. What does this mean to the horse owner? The primary benefit is the acquisition of the most diagnostic images available to the veterinarian managing your horse. Magnetic resonance imaging has been used in veterinary medicine since 1998, but has become more widely utilized in the equine since 2005. MRI has been proven to be invaluable in equine medicine for obtaining an accurate diagnosis of a wide variety of musculoskeletal and neurologic injuries prior to developing a treatment plan for the horse. There are more options available now for the horse owner than ever before regarding MR imaging in the equine. There are several things to consider when deciding on MR imaging. The first consideration is the strength of the MRI. A Tesla is a measure of the magnetic strength. Why is Tesla important? The bigger the Tesla number, the faster the images can be acquired, which means less anesthesia time for the patient. The images acquired on a higher Tesla magnet are significantly improved over lower Tesla options. Animal Imaging recently installed a Siemens Verio 3 Tesla MRI in March of 2011, which replaced a GE 1.0 Tesla MRI. The most common areas of the horse to image include the feet for caudal heel pain, the fetlocks, the proximal suspensories in both the hind and fore limbs, the hocks and the knees. The equine head can also be imaged to evaluate the sinuses, the brain and the brain stem. What is learned from MRI evaluations can play a significant role in formulating a sound treatment plan. The cost of performing an MRI can be expensive, but considering the cost of some treatments and/or the expense of an equine athlete that is not able to perform, MRI can often be a good investment. Treatment plans, such as Tildren, stem cells, platelets, surgeries (such as a neurectomy), etc. can often be quite expensive; therefore, acquiring a definitive diagnosis can be helpful to achieve the most cost
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effective treatment plan. Knowing the true extent of an equine athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s injury may force us realize that certain athletes may need a less stressful job or the patient may need retirement. The more you know, the easier it may be to make an otherwise difficult decision regarding an athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. Below is an example of how your veterinarian may use MRI as an aid in managing the horse with hoof pain: The first step is to perform a thorough lameness evaluation. As an example, an equine athlete may present head bobbing lame in the right front. Your veterinarian will perform an exam, which will include flexion tests, hoof tester application and palpation of the limb. He or she may then proceed with nerve blocks. If the pain is alleviated after blocking the foot, your veterinarian may then proceed with x-rays, which may give excellent bone detail, but no soft tissue detail. If the horse does not respond to the initial therapy or the therapy is short lived, advanced imaging may then be considered to obtain a definitive diagnosis. MRI is often utilized to better understand certain bone abnormalities, such as bone bruising or bone edema, which cannot be detected on radiographic evaluation. A wide range of soft tissue disorders may also be seen on MRI evaluation. Prior to MRI evaluation, veterinarians had a difficult time evaluating these abnormalities. Abnormalities detected on MRI evaluation can include tears or desmitis in the deep digital flexor tendon, the impar ligament, the collateral ligament of P3, the suspensory ligament of the navicular, the straight distal sesamoidean ligament or the oblique distal sesamoidean ligament. Injuries to the lamellar layers of the foot and/or the articular cartilage of the coffin joint and/or the pastern joint can also be evaluated. Your veterinarian will then take the information obtained from the MRI evaluation to provide you with various treatment options that may be available. The referring veterinarian is best suited to develop a treatment plan for your horse given that they are most familiar with your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Action without information is often the least successful path to resolution of the lameness. As in human medicine, MRI is an invaluable aid in giving veterinarians the answer to many musculoskeletal injuries that may be present in the horse.
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Raising the Standard in Equine Care. Weems and Stephens Equine Hospital is a full-service equine hospital established in 1988 as a 24-hour a day referral center for horses requiring specialized medical and surgical care. We provide veterinary services for horses located in northern Texas, southern Oklahoma, and western Louisiana. The hospital facility offers a full range of services including surgery, internal medicine, reproduction, sports medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging, and podiatry. The practice also provides ambulatory services for emergencies, routine treatment, preventative care, general reproduction, and medical care without having to leave the farm. We strive to provide premier quality care to our patients and have committed our professional attention to raising the standard of equine care.
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Equine Lameness Evaluation by Wyatt W Winchell, DVM, MS Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
hat is lameness? Lameness is an abnormality in the horse’s normal gait or stance and there can be many reasons for a horse to show signs of lameness. There may be pain, a mechanical restriction or even a neuromuscular problem. Veterinarians are responsible for trying to sort through all the possible causes of lameness. This is usually done in a systematic manner and each veterinarian may have a slightly different approach. It is important to determine the cause of the lameness because this will greatly influence the treatment and prognosis for the horse’s lameness. The evaluation is usually started with a good physical examination. The horse’s temperature, heart, rate, and respiratory rate are evaluated. Then the horse’s legs are palpated and any abnormalities in conformation are noted. The horse can then be jogged in hand and may even be placed on a lunge line to evaluate the horse in a circle and at different gaits. Horses will show lameness in different ways. Maybe it is an obvious head nod, a subtle shortness in the stride, or possibly a “hip hike” when the lameness is in the hindlimbs. The lameness will many times be exaggerated or more obvious on the inside of a circle when jogged. Difficult lameness’s can be evaluated with the help of a lameness locater. The lameness locater has three inertial sensors that are placed on the horse and can help localize difficult lameness issues. This can be especially useful in horses that have lameness in multiple limbs. Once the leg or legs that are lame have been identified a more thorough examination of that limb is performed. Is there heat or swelling in the limb? Is there increased digital pulses? Are there any abnor-
malities in the horse’s conformation? Hoof testers can be used to place pressure around the foot and to help localize any areas of sensitivity that may be associated with the foot. The problem leg is then usually “blocked” (peripheral nerve block) with a local anesthetic. The local anesthetic desensitizes the region and will block the pain stimulus that is causing the lameness. Many times blocks are started in the heel region and after the block has taken effect the horse is again jogged. If the lameness has not improved the blocks are slowly moved up the leg to localize the lameness to as small an area as possible (heel region, foot, fetlock, suspensory ligament, carpus, etc.). Once the region of lameness has been localized radiographs or ultrasound are used to evaluate the region or regions of interest. Radiographs are used to evaluate the bony structures of the limb (e.g. chip fractures of the carpus) and ultrasound is used to evaluate softtissue structures of the limb such as tendons and ligaments (e.g. bowed tendon). If radiographs and ultrasound are inconclusive or if the injury is in a region that is difficult to image a MRI or CT may be needed to help evaluate the injury. Based on the examination and imaging findings a treatment plan is developed for each horse. This may be as simple as rest and antiinflammatories to recommending surgery to correct the underlying problem (such as arthroscopy to remove a chip fracture). It is important to have lameness problems evaluated early. The sooner the problem is identified and steps are taken to resolve the lameness the quicker the horse can return to competition and the less likely there will be a more chronic injury that will affect the rest of the horse’s career.
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Our goal at Equatics Fitness Center is to provide a facility for rehabilitative and rejuvenative care for horses. Although our focus is primarily medical issues and injuries most common to competitive horses, we also believe in the beneﬁts of “R&R”. We offer a wide range of treatment options that generally enhance medicinal treatments. Our programs are tailored speciﬁcally for your horse’s needs and assure that you get your horse back as quickly as possible, in good form, and without debilitating side effects. Our services complement (rather than compete with) your veterinarian, who orders the treatment regimen for us to follow. Our technicians observe all treatments and report regularly to you, or the supervising vet, on progress and problems. We look forward to having an opportunity to work with you. For further questions, or to explain our services in more detail, please feel free to get in touch with us at:
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What the Pros say about animal athletes
orse owners and competitors know how important it is to take care of their animal athletes and even the stock they compete on, but have you ever stopped to think about how big of a role they play in your success in the arena? Some of the sport’s top athletes talk about the importance of livestock and horses in their events.
Four-Time World Champion Header, Clay Tryan Q: What thoughts do you have about the livestock, both horses and cattle, used in team roping? A: Our horses are unbelievably expensive; we take better care of them than we do ourselves! They have to love what they do, or they won’t be any good at it. What a good horse does for you makes it all easier; the horses become part of our families. We also take great care of the steers; we still team rope on the ranch to doctor one or bring it back to the herd. Team roping started on the big ranches. 21-Time World Champion Trevor Brazile Q: What are your thoughts about the animal athletes used in your event? A: My horses are huge in every event I use a rope in. They are a huge part of my success and they are well taken care of. If they can’t do their job, I can’t do mine. Depending on the arena, they may do 50% of the workload in a run; it’s always a major role. Four-time World Champion Bareback Rider, Bobby Mote Q: What thoughts can you share about the equine athletes? A: They play a huge role. Each horse is an individual, and some have been around a long time—my whole career! They each have their own personality and traits; they like doing what they do or they wouldn’t do it. The fact that many have shown such longevity during my whole career says a lot about their owners and care. I look forward to drawing certain horses and knowing what to expect, or some that I struggle with I may not look forward to! Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, Bradley Harter Q: What thoughts would you like to share about the animal athletes, namely saddle broncs? A: This is also misunderstood I think. The livestock means everything. When it comes down
to the top 12 cowboys in the world who all ride great, it also comes down to what animal they are on that separates them. The great horses are what divide the best bronc riders; everybody is good so it’s about being on the right horse at the right time to win the money. They have to buck well for us to ride well. Eleven-Time World Champion Barrel Racer Charmayne James Q: What are your thoughts about the animal athletes used in barrel racing? A: I tell everybody that my horses are a blessing and gift from God. So many kids live in cities for instance and they want horses and can’t have them; I see that all the time. I have never taken for granted that I do have horses and get to do what I love and I’m just so thankful for that. Five- Time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho Q: What thoughts would you like to share about the animal athletes, like bulldogging horses and cattle? A: The livestock are the most important thing to us cowboys—not the money. Without them, there’s no chance at winning any money. So we try really hard to keep them from injury, in the way we warm them up, from the right boots, saddles and pads to feeding techniques with supplements. We do all we can to keep them healthy. LUKE BRANQUINHO
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STATE OFFICERS TOUR RESISTOL FACTORY
by Miss THSRA, Bailey Grace Snyder
he cowboy hat is recognized around the world as the iconic symbol of the western life style, rodeo and Texas. On a recent tour of the Resistol Factory, the THSRA officers gained a new respect for this essential piece of the cowboy’s equipment. Resistol felt hats are 100% made in America. Beaver, rabbit and other furs are cleaned, sorted and felted in Longview, Texas. Felting is the process where progressively more aggressive water, heat and pressure are used to interlock the fur fibers creating an extremely strong durable material. The rough hats are then sent to Garland where they are blocked, brims pressed, sanded, lacquered, shaped, sweatbands and linings added all by hand. One of the most impressive steps in this process is done by a blow torch type tool that burns off any irregularities on the hat felt. The 3000 hats made each day go through 35
steps and 200 sets of hands before being boxed and shipped to customers. Resistol also manufactures the straw hat that Texans live in during our hot summer months. These hats are beautifully hand woven in a small village in Ecuador. This is an intricate and time consuming process. A very fine woven straw hat could take weeks to complete. The rough shaped straw hats are then shipped to Garland where they undergo the same handmade detailed construction as the felt hats. After the tour of the factory we visited the Resistol showroom where all the hats made in the plant are on display for potential retailers. We all spent a few minutes trying on “our” next hat! THSRA tips our hat to Resistol for it’s outstanding cowboy hats and it's support of high school rodeo and the western lifestyle. Resistol, best all-around!
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Working the WNFR
By Jadyn Duggan
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
he WNFR is not just the biggest rodeo to compete at but also to work. Timers and secretaries work tirelessly year round to gain this job. From doing their best at each and every rodeo to putting in just as many miles as any other cowboy and cowgirl out there.
Two women in particular, Vickie Shireman and Sunni Deb Backstrom did an outstanding job this past year making sure all of the contestants stayed in line. Vickie was born into rodeo. Her great uncles and granddad got their start in rodeo in 1929, since then her family has been in the business of rodeo. “I kind of grew up in the rodeo office. I have an older brother and sister, and since my mom was a secretary and timer we kind of grew up in office.” Vickie has been a secretary for over forty years. With in those years she has worked many rodeos, some include working the Central Plains Region Collage rodeos. Vickie has been named the WPRA, PRCA and the NIRA rodeo secretary of the year, but she seems to be most proud of one rodeo job in particular; “I’m proud that one year my daughter and I timed the NFR together.” This past year Vickie was the WNFR Contestant Office Manager. “In our office we have a
VICKIE (LEFT) AND SUNNI DEB (RIGHT) IN THEIR OFFICE AT THE WNFR.
secretary, assistant secretary, and three timers.” Sunni Deb was raised in the business like Vickie. “My mother was a secretary and she was the only woman to ever serve on the PRCA board of directors, and I've been participating ever since.” Though she was raised in the business she didn’t always want to be a secretary, she ran barrels as a kid and had dreams to be a dancer. Though she did receive her secretaries card when she was thirteen and had her first secretary job that same year. Sunni Deb says she has been really fortunate with rodeo. “I’ve been named the secretary of the year ten times, I’ve met such amazing people, and I have such a vast amount of friends from coast to coast and that's more of an accomplishment to me.” Sunnie Deb has actually timed for the National High School Rodeo Finals in 1971 and 1973. “My favorite thing about high school and college rodeos is the young people that want to make a career out of this and that want to make it their dedication.” This past year Sunni Deb was the official WNFR rodeo secretary. “I keyed in all the times and scores, I drew for stock, and I said who won and who lost.” To the kids that have dreams to compete at the Wrangler National Finals from your 2016 Contestant Office Manager and Rodeo Secretary: “Keep driving and working hard to achieve your dreams. You see all of these guys out here and 90% of them come up through high school rodeo, so just keep pushing for your dreams.” - Vickie Shireman “Absolutely go for your dreams, and to get your education, you can rodeo for a long time, but get your education first. You just have to have the dedication and be willing to fail.” - Sunni Deb Backstrom
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By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter
addles, spurs, bridles, bits, breast collars, reins, boots, chaps, and belts -- these are all pieces of equipment we are required to use in the sport of rodeo. Something all of these items have in common is that they are all made of either leather or metal. These two materials are in or on practically everything we use as rodeo athletes. But who turns cow hides and lumps of metal into ornate and beautiful pieces of equipment? Silversmiths and leather workers are a dying breed of artists that have been around for hundreds of years.
CHAPS BY BRODY BOLTON
LONNIE AND PUNCHER WILLIAMSON
Not only is there less of a need in today’s world for these types of craftsmen, but much of their work is now being mass produced by machines or being ordered cheaply from factories in other countries. But if you are looking for a unique belt that no one else will have, or a cool pair of spurs engraved with your name, these are your people. Brody Bolton of Three B Leather makes all different types of leather goods, including: belts, chaps, bridles, breast collars, spur straps, saddles, and anything else you might need to compete in the arena. He’s not just limited to making leather items for the arena, though; he creates stylish purses, boots, wallets, tech cases, bags, book covers, shaving kits, and many other things. Bolton’s creations are one hundred percent handmade! From tooling to buck stitch to the cutting, gluing, and sewing, he does it all himself by hand. Bolton can make you unique items designed to fit your unique style to keep
BUCKLE BY LADDAN LEDBETTER
BANGLE BY LADDAN LEDBETTER
SADDLE BY BRODY BOLTON
you fashionable in and out of the arena. Bolton competed in Region II in the bull riding and saddle bronc riding during his high school rodeo career. Silversmiths such as Laddan Ledbetter and Lonnie Williamson create intricately designed jewelry, bits, spurs, buckles, knives, and many other items. Lonnie Williamson is a long-time silversmith
who started his work in the early nineties. He is known for his beautifully crafted bits, spurs, knives, and jewelry. Williamson is very particular to make sure all of his items are hand forged, nothing is made by assembly line. Williamson has unfortunately stopped producing his spurs and bits due to health issues that affect his hands; however; he is still creating his gorgeous wedding rings, knives, buckles, and other small pieces. Because they are no longer being made, his bits and spurs are now being highly sought after and can run a pretty high bill. Williamson is now passing his knowledge down to his son, Puncher Williamson, who is a former Region II member. Laddan Ledbetter, also a former Region II member who competed in the bull riding, creates beautiful oneof-a-kind silver work. When Ledbetter left Region II he went to Arizona where he decided to pursue a silversmith career. Ledbetter makes jewelry, buckles, and other small items. He puts a very personal touch on each one of his pieces. They are all truly one-ofa-kind. Ledbetter has produced several pieces in collaboration with Brody Bolton on things like saddles, WEDDING RINGS BY LONNIE WILLIAMSON bridles, purses, breast collars, and others. Bolton, Williamson, and Ledbetter have all had their works showcased at various western art shows including the prestigious Trappings of Texas show held at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas. If you are in need of any leather or silver goods, these three are some of the absolute best left in this dying art form. These artisans are responsible for keeping us outfitted in the highest quality and most beautiful pieces in and out of the arena. You will not be disappointed if choosing to order a unique creation from an independent artist, certainly no one else will have the same thing. So with that, good luck Region II, with all that you do.
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Red Hot Region III Vs. The RFD-TV American
By BRITTANY GATES
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
ormer Region III member’s, Kylee Scribner in the High School Division and Rylee Hardin in the Junior High Division will be running for the chance of a life time to qualify for the 2017 RFD-TV American Qualifier on January 28th in Glen Rose, Tx! Scribner say’s, “My road to the American has been a long journey, but it has been more than worth it. Last year I qualified for the semi-finals in Fort Worth, then two days before my run I was involved in a fatal head on collision. This left me with torn chest
muscles resulting in zero upper body strength. I refused to let this set back stop me though. I had several people help me out with what I needed. I was loaned a truck to get to the semi-finals, my dad threw my saddle for me, and I was picked up to get on my horse due to the fact that I could not pull myself up. We made our run and clocked a 13.8 to place second in the round, unfortunately we tipped the first barrel and pulled it over on the way out to the second barrel. Soon after I attempted to qualify for the 2017 American. However, we were a few out of qualifying after my horse, First Fire Frost (Billy), had just came off of an injury himself and was not prepared. We have been working day and night - cold and hot, harder than ever and we believe that throughout faith, dedication, and hard work we will be qualifying for the 2017 American on January 28th. We have prepared ourselves and now we are letting God take control on our road to the American.” Hardin say’s “My road to the American has been long and stressful this year. When we started this mare, Whisper Cowgirl (Peaches), she picked up barrel racing quickly and we moved fast and furious. Last year we won second at the qualifier in Glen Rose to advance to the Semi-finals in Ft. Worth. We finished 6th in the first round and qualified for the second round. Unfortunately, we tipped the second and didn’t make it to AT&T stadium. Then an injury put us out for most of the year. After lots of traveling to vets over the summer, we were finally given the go ahead at the end of December to get on. We are still having a few bumps to get over but we are headed to the last qualifier in Glen Rose hoping for redemption at the Stockyards. This past year has definitely taught me the ups and downs of rodeo life and the hardest lesson of all, patience. And now I know I have none.”
KYLEE SCRIBNER & FIRST FIRE FROST (BILLY)
RYLEE HARDIN & WHISPER COWGIRL (PEACHES)
STATE OFFICERS ATTEND FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO by THSRA Vice President, Ima Champion
pictured (L to R): President, Kadie Beth Wisener;Vice President, Ima Champion; Miss THSRA Bailey Grace Snyder; Secretary, Sailor Schara
very year the THSRA state officers travel to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo to meet with some sponsors and attend the rodeo. This year we began by having lunch with Kubota representative Markus Bokisch. After lunch Bokisch invited the officers to tour the Grapevine Factory where we learned how Kubota products are made and shipped. He informed us that one of the newest tractor to their line was sent to the 45th Presidential inaugural parade and their 65HP and under tractors are 100% American made. That evening we went and had the “behind the chutes” tour at the Will Rogers Coliseum and arena. There we learned some interesting facts about the history of the fairgrounds, we also got to meet some pretty cool people. Matt Reeves a PRCA steer wrestler came to talk to us, and teach us some useful “life lessons” and helped us to understand the real rodeo world. We later got to meet the Sports Medicine team, Dr Tandy Freeman and staff at work in the Will Rodgers Coliseum. On Friday we toured around the Resistol Hat headquarters in Garland, where we learned many interesting facts on hats. Justin Thomason explained the steps from start to finish on how to make a straw and felt hat. One interesting fact on how the straw hat is made is that they are all hand woven. Their felt hats are 100% American made and they just made our new US President Donald Trump 2 felt hats. Thanks to all of our great sponsors for taking the time to show us around and share some interesting facts and information about your companies.
STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CHEYANNE SWOOPE VICE PRESIDENT - LARAMIE WEDEMEYER SECRETARY - HAYLEY NOVAK STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS MIMI BARKER 10678 FM 757 • Winona, Texas 75792 903.987.9246 • mimi–email@example.com
DR. TANDY FREEMAN
CHAD FOLMAR 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • firstname.lastname@example.org SECRETARY - TINA BRADEN PO Box 549 • Horatio, AR 71842 870.832.3149 • email@example.com
BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US HWY 69 • Mineola, TX 75773 903.569.1569 • firstname.lastname@example.org PRESIDENT- BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US 69 • Mineola, Texas 75773 903.569.15698 • email@example.com
Every Point Counts By HALEY NOVAK– ARIAT Performance Reporter
s we at Region 4, kick off the second half of the rodeo season with 6 rodeos under our belts, it's important to hold your ground in the standings. But unfortunately, we all realize how hard that can actually be. In the sport of rodeo, we are very competitive and tend to be just a few points ahead or even behind our fellow competitors. One day you can be winning your event and the next you can be bumped down a few places. The key for many of us to not let this get to our heads; is to not even look at the points and to have fun. We need to make our runs no matter if you are winning the saddle or don't have any points. It will all count in the end … but not now. Another thing THSRA/Region members like to do is to put pressure on making the Top10, so we can make it to State in June. I have seen it time and time again, where a person puts so much pressure on themselves, making state so early on in the year, that they sike themselves out of making it in the end. We tend to take the fun out of rodeo and instead make it all about winning. Even though winning is a very important part, we still need to just go out in the pen and do what we
do best! Regardless of what no our surroundings are and the high stakes! A good way to put this all into action is your mental game! If you have your head on straight, take your rodeos day by day, and put all your practice into action; you should be set for your rodeo season! The key to success is always your mental game; you may be the best roper, rough stock rider, or barrel racer but if you don't have good mental game that will always hold you a step back from your full potential! “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
THSRA & TJHRA STUDENT OFFICERS VISIT KUBOTA HEADQUARTERS
by THSRA President, Kadie Beth Wisener
exas High School Rodeo Association grows and thrives thanks to not only the members, secretaries, volunteers, and directors but also all of our generous sponsors. Our sponsors make the THSRA what it is today. In fact, without the sponsors our youth would not have the opportunities to compete in the sport of rodeo, we are very blessed to have each and every sponsorship. While the THSRA and TJHRA student officers were in Fort Wort we had the opportunity to visit the Kubota Headquarters. Kubota has proudly been a sponsor of our organization for three years. Since touring the headquarters it is obvious that Kubota corporation is committed to engineering excellence. Kubota Corporation originated in Japan and in 1969 the corporation brought their first tractor to the United States. The tractors brought over sold very well in America. From there Kubota Tractor Corporation was formed in 1972, the company continues to expand in product line for the U.S. market daily. The expansion has continued over forty years, and Kubota now offers products which include lawn mowers, utility vehicles, construction equipment, agriculture tractors and hay equipment. The manufacture of Kubota recently moved to Texas which has created over 300 jobs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At the factory, they have invested in new production equipment which means that the assemble process is quicker. Therefore,
Kubota is selling and producing more equipment now, more than ever. Next time you’re in need of farm/ranch equipment be sure to check with the closest Kubota dealer near you. They take pride in their equipment knowing it can and will get the job done. For Earth, For Life is much more than Kubota’s brand statement; it’s a mission to which they dedicate themselves to as a global company.
STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS GENE ARCENEAUX 13448 Coon Road • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.651.5344 • firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENT - IMA CHAMPION VICE PRESIDENT - MACKENZIE FOLEY SECRETARY - HELENA COLLMORGEN
JEFF LUMMUS PO Box 646 • Orangeﬁeld, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • email@example.com
SECRETARY - SUSAN BALDWIN 704 1/2 Southview Circle • Center, Texas 75935 936.590.4330 • firstname.lastname@example.org
JASON KEY 17547 N Hwy 59 • Garrison, TX 75946 936.564.0668 • email@example.com
PRESIDENT- GENE ARCENEAUX 13448 Coon Rd • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.651.5344 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Taking Care of Teammates By TAYLIN ANTONICK – ARIAT Performance Reporter
n the sport of rodeo, if you are not consistently making yourself better, then your chances of ongoing success are little to none. Unlike other sports, there is an additional piece to the equation in addition to the athlete. While rodeo athletes continuously work on self-improvement, they also have to worry about the horse under them. Making sure equine partners are fit, healthy, and
ready to perform at the next level is an additional responsibility no
cowboy or cowgirls takes lightly. Often we see talented athletes lose or sell a teammate and then struggle to make their way back to the top while trying to get in sync with the new partner. This month, we asked a few contestants about their equine athletes, and how they make sure to get the best performance out of their equine friends.. When Ginna Cox heads to the barn, her favorite horse to pull out of the stall and saddle is her barrel horse, who is named Wins For Fun. Their personalities match, because as Ginna says, “Wins is normally pretty sweet, but can definitely catch an attitude”. Wins loves her job, and it makes running barrels that much more fun for Ginna. In order to keep this athlete in the best possible condition, she regularly exercises her in the arena, but also takes her to swim on an Aquatred at CFE. Ginna takes the care of Wins very seriously, because “she is a once in a lifetime type of horse”. Ty Roach has a very special connection with his 21 year old tie-down horse, Copper. Copper has taken cowboys like Trevor Brazil, Shane Hanchey, and Cory Solomon to the pay window, and now Ty has the opportunity to do the same. Ty usually only runs about three calves a week on him, because Copper knows the ropes so well that he doesn't require much of a tune-up. In order to keep him in shape, Ty exercises Copper every other day. When asked how special Copper is to Ty, he simply replied, “I am very blessed to own a horse like Copper”. Every time Emily Ramsey GINNA COX AND backs into the box, whether it is to WINS FOR FUN head or breakaway, she can easily put her
TY ROACH AND COPPER MAKING A NICE RUN!
full trust in her favorite horse, Bay. Bay stays in a stall with shavings that Emily cleans twice a day. He gets fed a special ration of Impact Dry Mix and alfalfa hay, and gets exercised every single day. Even if Emily can't make it out to ride every day, he will either get put on the walker or gets long trotted. Emily knows that her roping would not be so successful without her teammate Bay keeping her safe and in the right position. Former state goat tying champion Mersadie Martin knew exactly what horse she wanted to talk about when I asked about her favorite equine athlete. Possum, her goat tying horse, caught her eye when a women in Arkansas posted a video saying he was for sell. Sadie was so interested she drove to pick him up the next day! Possum gets legged up every day of the week, and Sadie ties off of him three times a week. Every other month he swims to keep him in shape, and he gets shod every six weeks. When Mersadie lifts her leg to get off of Possum, she is confident in knowing he is going to do his job! In the BIGGEST, BADDEST, and BEST region in the state, our competitors go the extra mile to make sure their horses are legged up, sound, and taken care of to insure optimal performances at each rodeo. During the coldest and wettest time of the year feeding and exercise programs are of utmost importance. Without superior equine teammates, our jobs would be much harder, and success wouldn't come as easily! Until next time, stay humble and hustle hard!
PRESIDENT - BAILEY BENNIGHT VICE PRESIDENT - RYAN NETTLE SECRETARY - BRYANJNA LEHRMANN
STATE DIRECTORS NATALIE BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.304.8587 • email@example.com
SHANNA LOGAN PO Box 1882 • Brenham, TX 77834 979.289.3329 • firstname.lastname@example.org SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com
DAVID FREEMAN 1039 Mockingbird Lane • Eagle Lake, TX 77434 832.221.1253 • email@example.com PRESIDENT - BUBBA BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • firstname.lastname@example.org
By PAIGE DAWSON
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
ow many of you are aware of what it takes to make a region like Red Hot Region VI run like a fine tuned machine? I know that I didn’t, but after talking to one of our State directors I certainly see things differently. These people put in a ton of work for all of us to have a great rodeo season and the planning starts way before we get to the arena for our first rodeo. They all have jobs and families of their own, but they still volunteer their time to see that our region is the best one out there! And to say they give 110% - well, that just goes without saying. So, next time you see one these folks, please take the time to stop and shake their hand and tell them thank you for all the hard work, effort and endless hours they contribute to help keep our rodeos running smoothly! We couldn’t do it without them! REGION ADULT OFFICERS President- Bubba Bennight Vice President- Mike Iselt Secretary- Nena Boettcher REGION STATE DIRECTORS David Freeman Natalie Bennight Shanna Nettle Logan
I got the chance to interview one of our State directors, and here is what he said. Name: David Freeman Where do you live? Eagle Lake, Texas Position held in Region VI? HS State Director, Jr. High President Family Members? Wife, Anessa Freeman, and daughters, Brinlee, Bradi, Breelyn, and Bristol Where do you Work? I have been a police officer for 18 years. Hobbies you enjoy? Hunting, though it is hard with my girls rodeoing. What made you want to get involved with being a Director in HS Rodeo? My kids rodeo, and I like to help with everything so I volunteered. What is your favorite thing about HS rodeo? Being able to watch my kids compete, getting to meet new people, and the fact that our region feels like one big giant family. Hey y’all don’t forget, at our next rodeo we have a prom that Saturday night in the Pavilion. They will be selling tickets at the door. If you have any songs you want to be added to the playlist, please get in touch with Calli Montague, she will be handling the music. Can’t wait to see y’all there!
THE FREEMAN FAMILY
HAYLEY MADISON DANLEY OF REGION III 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!
by Catelyn Felts
ongratulations to Hayley Madison Danley, the Whatakid of the month from Region 3! Hayley is a senior who resides in Graham, Texas. She competes in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping. This is her fourth year of high school rodeo competition, and she has made plans to continue her rodeo career on the collegiate level at Tarleton State University. Until then she is working toward another THSRA state qualification along with a few other things. Before she entered the high school division, Hayley was a competitor in the youth and junior high divisions as well. “I’ve really grown up in this organization, and competing here feels a bit like coming home,” Hayley said. She currently serves as the Region III President, and she is the reining goat tying champion. She has also been an event director most of her high school career. Throughout her involvement, Hayley said she has had the opportunity to pick up some valuable life lessons and character traits. “Competing has taught me to improve by
learning from my mistakes, persevering through difficulties, and developing a hard work ethic,” Hayley said. “You get out of rodeo wat you put into it. Nobody can practice for you; you have to work at it yourself.” In addition to the lessons the sport of rodeo brings in itself, the people within the industry have made a lasting impact on Hayley as well. “Being involved in rodeo, you become part of a culture larger than yourself,” she said. “The rodeo world contains a subculture of honest, hard-working people with old fashioned values.” A few of the people Hayley said she looks up to the most include Amberly Snyder, and Hayley’s coaches: Ed and Martha Wright, Lynn Smith, Jeff Copenhaver and her dad. “Without their help, I would never be where I am today.” She also mentioned how thankful she is for the sacrifices her parents have made to help her pursue her dreams. While she said there are no major sacrifices she has made herself, she explained how there are small sacrifices she makes every day. “You have to decide whether you are going to go to a goat tying clinic or stay home due to below freezing temperatures; are you going to choose to eat healthy or not….Success comes from making small sacrifices toward your goals every day,” Hayley said. While a strong support system plays an important part in just about every aspect of life, a strong team of equine athletes plays a vital role in the sport as well. Right now Hayley said she has three rodeo horses. Tamie, her barrel and pole horse; D.B., her 25-year-old goat tying horse, and Booger (AKA Boo), her calf roping and heeling horse. Each one holds a special place in Hayley’s heart, and “I am very grateful to my parents for mounting me on such highcaliber equine athletes,” she said. Outside of the rodeo arena Hayley is part of a dance company called ‘Renee’s Dance Factory’. She is in the senior company which holds multiple recitals and dance competitions, she is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and she is a 4.0 student. Through it all, Hayley explained how her goal is to stay optimistic no matter what. “Throughout live there are plenty of opportunities to become negative and upset, but it’s important to maintain a positive attitude.” Hayley said she is honored to be selected as this month’s Whatakid and she is proud to represent Region III. We hope Hayley continues to embrace the optimistic way of life as she prepares to enter the next chapter in her life, and we wish her all the best!
PRESIDENT - HALEY PHILLIPS VICE PRESIDENT - HANNAH PHILLIPS SECRETARY - NIKI CARTER
STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS AMY KRETZSCHMAR 903 CR 214 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.794.0239 • email@example.com
BRUCE SULAK PO Box 68 • Ganado, Texas 77962 361.771.5606 • firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • email@example.com
DEE RAWLINSON 12432 N SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.543.8906 • firstname.lastname@example.org PRESIDENT- CLINT RAWLINSON 12432 N. SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.637.0500 • email@example.com
Do You Have Good Sportsmanship? By KASEY KRETZSCHMAR
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
hat does “Good Sportsmanship” mean? In general “Sportsmanship” refers to the meaning of fairness, self control, courage, and persistent. Sportsmanship can also be the way one reacts to the sport, game, or player. It is about how you enjoy the sport for its own sake, and about how you respect both player and authority, and your competitors. In today’s world the pressure in winning has a big emphasis on the sport. No matter the cost to one’s personal values. Usually sportsmanship takes a back seat to greed, and jealousy as competitors become consumed with the glory of winning. The problem about that is that those individuals are seeking success in the wrong way. They lose friendships, cut out family members and become consumed in selfcentered arrogance. We usually call these kinds of people sore losers. These people may be talented, but they make excuses for their losses. A sore loser might brag about the
person they beat to their face when they win, or they may lash out when they lose. Somewhere down the line in all the pressure put on them to win it will become to much, and in most cases they will have to change their attitude to be able to reach success again. So having good sportsmanship means that you have to treat other people as you would like to be treated, and cheering others on, even if their win equals your loss. It is lifting people up if they have a bad run and not rubbing it in their face when you beat them. It is not boasting to the person you beat or bragging about how you beat them. Do not get angry when something does not go your way because we all have to ride out the lows of this amazing sport that we have dedicated our lives to. When you are a good sport and a good friend you have a better chance of having a good attitude through-out the day which means a positive attitude. Good sportsmanship will not only help you out in your rodeo career but whatever path you choose for the rest of your life. So think about this the next time you back in the box, run down the alley-way, or nod to be let out of the chute.
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 2017 THSRA State Finals.
The Eddleman Family of Region III
by Catelyn Felts
ongratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month; the Eddleman’s! Don Ed, Pam and Will own and operate the ElevenSixteen Ranch located in southern Coleman. The bulk of their family business consists of a commercial production cow/calf operation; however, in the recent years they have started breeding show calves as well. At one point they also had a quarter horse operation with ten brood mares. They raised and trained several colts; some of which made appearances in the NFR and National High School Rodeo Finals. The cattle ranch was originally owned by Will’s grandfather, but after his passing in 2005 the Eddleman family took over. Don Ed grew up rodeo-ing; however, he did not have experience running a ranch prior to Eleven-Sixteen. According to Pam, her father had a dream of one day owning a ranch in the country, but until his retirement he worked in the service station business while living in central Dallas. “My dad was a big bird hunter most of his life,” Pam said. “When
he decided to retire and move - he bought twenty head of cows and a bull, and that is what he did during his retirement.” Since then, Pam and Don Ed have managed to learn (and conquer) the ins and outs of ranching on a learn as you go basis. They are responsible for checking cattle daily, making sure everything goes smoothly during calving season, breaking ice or hauling waters and making sure everything is getting plenty to eat since they farm wheat for their cattle. Within the past few years the family has started artificial insemination and embryo transplant while breeding for show calves. Will currently has five show calves on feed. Pam explained how the whole family has completely fallen in love with the production side of raising cattle. From the genetics and embryo transplants, to watching the calves mature and seeing their potential evolve, the family says it has been really interesting to see the progress the calves make. Outside of ranching, the family enjoys travelling to rodeos and livestock shows, both of which take a lot of time dedicated toward preparation, discipline, and responsibility. “The ranch comes first, and then you just kind of work everything else in,” Pam said. The family spends a large amount of time preparing show calves for livestock shows, and practicing for rodeos. Will is a competitor in the tie-down roping, team roping and the reining cow horse competition. He even qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in the reining cow horse event his freshmen year of high school. In addition to ranching and travelling with Will to rodeos and stock shows, Don Ed is the rodeo coach at Cisco College. During the college rodeo season his career requires several late nights assisting with college practices. He spends five weekends in the fall semester travelling and helping out at the college rodeos as well as five rodeos in the spring semester. During that time, Pam explained how her and Will just pick up the pace and get things done. “It is a lifestyle that is probably not made for everyone, but it’s a rewarding lifestyle,” she explained. The family said they are honored to have been chosen as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Month, and they are thankful for McCoy’s support of the THSRA.
STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - MARY GRACE BLUNTZER VICE PRESIDENT - ZOEY WIATREK SECRETARY - MORGAN ARNOLD KELLIE BEALL PO Box 1107 • Woodsboro, Texas 78393 361.220.2533 • firstname.lastname@example.org
STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS
BRANDON SMITH 6800 E FM 476 • Pleasanton, TX 78064 830.570.7157 • email@example.com 3005 Santa Ana St. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 361.739.9858 • firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY
CHUCK FRETWELL 655 PR A81 • Pleasanton, Texas 78064 830.281.8728 • email@example.com 385 ECR 401 • Falfurrias, Texas 78355 361.813.7078 • firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENT- MIKE SOLOMON
A Great Region Starts with Great Officers! By Mollee
Herrmann – ARIAT Performance Reporter
eing Region VIII President is not a job for everyone…but leave it to Mary Grace Bluntzer to step up and not only fill the position, but to do an extraordinary job! MG, as she is fondly referred to as, is a junior at Orange Grove High School. She has been a member of Region 8 since her 6th grade year and is looking to continue her membership into her senior year next year. She ran for the role of president because she loves leadership and she has a “way” of making things happen. As an officer, she has helped alongside the adult board members picking out the year-end awards for the event winners. She has also been instrumental with trying to obtain corporate sponsors. Since she’s representing all her fellow members, she tries hard to keep everyone’s opinions in mind when making decisions. She says she is “truly honored to be a part of a wonderful region and being the student
president just makes it 10x better!” Mary Grace has worked hard in her role as president and the members appreciate her sincere efforts at making this year great! Zoey Wiatrek is the Vice president of Region VIII. She became an officer to help pursue the goals of our region and help the other members voice their opinion. She has been a part of region 8 for several years. As the VP, she assists the president in community service and voices an opinion when picking out awards. Her favorite part of being an officer is achieving anything the region throws her way. Zoey is a senior and plans
ZOEY - VICE PRESIDENT, MARY GRACE - PRESIDENT, MORGAN - SECRETARY
on going to Texas A&M next fall majoring in Animal Science. She hopes that she will set an example for her underclassmen so that officers that follow after her can be successful. Morgan Arnold was selected to be the Region VIII Secretary. She ran for this position because although she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take on the responsibilities of being president, she still wanted to help our region. She loves visiting with her fellow officers and brainstorming new ways they can raise money or improve our community service efforts. She says that she helps by hanging up the banners at every rodeo and whenever one of the other officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs help, she is always there to lend a helping hand. Morgan is graduating this May and she plans on attending Tarleton State University to study to be a History teacher. She will continue her love for rodeo by competing on the Tarleton State Rodeo Teamwhich is one of the best in the state! Go Texans! She loves being a part of a great officer team and will miss it next year. It is vital to have an outstanding student officer team and this year Region VIII hit the jackpot with these young ladies! We are thankful that they chose to step up and lead the region and wish them much success in the future! #outworkem
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By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter
ere at Region 9 hard work and dedication are a big part of making the rodeo come together. The Region 9 cutters participated in their first cutting of 2017 in Belton. The contestants did very well and showed lots of improvement from their last cutting. The next weekend was the High School Rodeo in Bryan. Our first rodeo weekend of the year could not have gone any smoother. Taking about five hours, both Saturday and Sunday, it was a quick and event filled weekend. There were amazing runs by some of the contestants, showing that 2017 was to be the year of greatness. Now that our January rodeo is under our belts, it’s time to prepare for our rodeos coming up in February. As we reflect back and prepare for our next competition, there are those who take time out of their weekend to provide support and lend a hand just out the goodness of their heart and also for their love of rodeo. There is one person who stands out for his commitment and dedication to our Region 9 Rodeo success. Aaron Sandel has been one of the biggest parts of Region 9 since I started four years ago and many years before that.
Aaron has been a part of Region 9 since he was in high school. Growing up in Huntsville, he started high school rodeoing with Region 9 and then changed to Region 7 when his family moved. In high school he participated in team roping. In both regions he was always there to help; hanging up banners and being in the arena to assist wherever needed. After high school, he was asked if he wanted to help with Region 9 and since then he has been one of the major figures at each rodeo. He has been helping with our region for close to nine years and he can always be seen helping get the barrel pattern together and helping with all the roping events. He pushes cattle into the chute and makes sure they keep their heads up for all the contestants. He watches with wonder when they do the team roping as well, because this is by far his favorite event at each rodeo. From all his hard work and dedication, the region EDDIE DYSON & AARON SANDEL has promoted him to
director of all events and an honorary board member. Besides helping at our region rodeo. Aaron also helps at the Walker County Fair every year as the Assistant Chairman of the Rodeo Committee and is the Assistant Rodeo Coach for Sam Houston State University, which is one of his greatest achievements. Some of our contestants who are continuing to rodeo in college and especially those that have chosen SHSU, still get to see Aaron and his dedication to rodeo. Life here at Region 9 would be very different without seeing Aaron each and every rodeo. He has become a prominent figure in all of our lives, always helping in the arena with a smile on his face. He is one of the nicest people and really cares about the kids and their futures. He wants to tell all the rodeo contestants “Go to school, don’t party, or drop out. Hopefully everyone will continue rodeoing, but everyone needs to focus on their dreams and take care of business.” Region 9 would like to thank Aaron for all of his service to our region and everything else he does for the contestants. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
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FOWLER– ARIAT Performance Reporter
egion X Rodeos have started up after our winter break & we're fighting the Texas weather. Whit Kitchens, Sophomore from Goldthwaite, Tx & Garett Chick, Junior from Salado, Tx fought the weather and won the #12 in Waco, Tx. For this win, Garett was heading and Whit was on the heel side. They came back high call in the short to seal the deal with a 7 second run. Whit heads for Colton Brittain & Garett heads for Kirby Blankenship at our Region Rodeos. It's awesome that all members of Region X can switch it up and win big together at other ropings! On January 15th the Chick family, Darren, Debby, Samantha, & Garett
held a small jackpot at their place in Salado, Tx. Jordi Edens, Whit Kitchens, Kirby Blankenship, Clayton Downing, & other Region X members joined in on the fun. Macy Blankenship snapped some cool pictures from the sidelines! Thankful for the relationship our Region has built together inside the arena. For this months senior spotlight I caught up with Blake Bentley. Blake is 18 years old from Joshua, Tx. Blake plans to attend and rodeo for Weatherford College. He has been a member of Region X for three years & competes in Heeling.
SAMANTHA CHICK, LORI EDENS, JORDI EDENS, KIRBY BLANKENSHIP photo by Macy Blankenship
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LETTER FROM TJHRA SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY
r High Contestants and Families The new year has began with a bang! We are off and running and getting prepared for the state finals in May. I am getting calls and messages each day on the dates of the state finals. Everyone needs to be very sensitive to the dates of the state finals, the dates are May 21 thru May 27, 2017 – yes I know school will still be in session! PREPARE NOW….get to those schools and explain what you have been working for and get your grades in order now to not have any problems. We truly wish we could change the dates of the finals but we are sort of stuck in the middle. When you think about it, just think we you leave Gonzales you have just about one month to attend the National Finals. The Junior High National Finals are June 18-24th, 2017 in Lebanon, TN, then we also have the Texas High School State Finals in Abilene during June 4 – 10, 2017 so taking this all into consideration the dates of the Junior High finals cannot change until things change above. So please bear with us and get to those schools now. I do not mind sending you a letter from our office to explain what the state finals mean either – just contact me!!! The student officers, our National Director and I are headed to Phoenix, AZ for midwinter conference. This is where everyone from each state comes together and has a weeklong meeting and the officers get to be a part of all the planning of the future of NHSRA. It is a place we get to mingle with others that are interested in the same thing we are in a relaxed atmosphere. If you are interested in becoming an officer and getting the chance of meeting others it is time to start thinking about running for a student officer position at the state finals. There will be a form in your state package when you sign up for state and if you did not make it to state and are interested we will also post it to the website. Everyone keep reaching those goals of making it to Gonzales. Happy Valentines Anne Dollery
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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS REGION II: SPRING RODEO TIME
RICHARDS– TJHRA Reg II
egion 2 is looking forward to the spring rodeo season! After a long, cold break, warmer weather and Spring rodeos are calling our names. We had a great rodeo season last year and we are ready for State and Nationals once again. But, before we can get to state we must compete in our spring rodeos in Sweetwater on March 4th, Midland on March 11th and our finals in San Angelo on March 17th – 19th. Region 2 is working hard to raise money for our year end prizes. Contact any member for a chance to win a 2016 Hughes ½ top stock trailer. Tickets are $100 and we will draw for the winner at our finals. Region 2 wishes all TJHRA contestant good luck this spring and we will see you in Gonzales.
TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS
REGION X UPDATE
egion X held their rodeos #7 and #8 on January 7th & 8th at the Circle T Arena in Hamilton. Everyone bravely endured the sub-20 degree temperatures and still competed at the highest level expected!! The All-Around race is a tight one, especially in the boys’ race. Cinch Moody is currently in the lead with 284 points, with Luke Leathers in a close 2nd with 253 points. Cinch and Luke are partners in team roping and are currently leading the event. Luke is
also winning the boys’ breakaway. Not far behind these two is Memphis Shelton, who is leading the calf roping and chute dogging and has 234 points inthe all-around. Jett Barrett is winning the boys’ goat tying, Kade Berry and runner, Brooklyn Balch are winning the ribbon roping and Ethan Lackey is winning the jr. bulls. In the girls’ all-around race, Rainey Skelton is taking a dominating lead with 219 points. Rainey is leading the pole bending and sitting in 2nd in the ribbon roping
with Cinch Moody. Not too far behind is the rookie, Makenzie Dowell at 167 points. Makenzie is leading the breakaway roping and sitting 2nd in the goat tying. In a close 3rd in the all-around is Sassy Wilson with 161 points. Laura Mote is currently winning the barrels and Ainslee Morris is winning the goat tying. With four more rodeos still to go, it is still anybody’s game. Good luck to all and God Bless!
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