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STATE PRESIDENT STEVE DICKEY

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NATIONAL DIRECTOR COTTON GEORGE

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hen McCoy’s first opened for business as McCoy Roofing Company in Galveston in 1927, a Farm & Ranch product line wasn’t in the mix. Today, it’s one of many vital product lines in an 85-store chain that continues to expand throughout 5 states with our newest McCoy’s Building Supply opening its doors in Floresville, Texas this past August. Our selection of products has steadily grown as well into a strong offering of fencing, squeeze chutes, horse stalls, corral panels, gates, rodeo equipment, wood shavings, and many other key items. Each year, our farm and ranch buyer searches, field tests, and listens to customer requests for new products and equipment to add to the category. With strong ties to the agricultural community, McCoy’s has a special interest in selling farm and ranch materials. The McCoy family, partnered with the Remme family, has maintained cattle ranches in Central and West

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Texas for many years, and is proud of its longstanding ranching history. It’s important to note that many of our buyers, managers, and field representatives are farmers and ranchers themselves and not only know the equipment they sell, but understand the complexities of running a successful farm & ranch operation. The Farm & Ranch products we offer come from some of the most trusted and respected names in the industry, such as Priefert, Oklahoma Steel, Stay-Tuff, Tru-Test, and Red Brand. As our farm & ranch product line developed over time, it became a force

all its own: we call it McCoy’s Farm & Ranch Outfitters. Tuf-Mac, the McCoy’s house brand, initially began with a line of premium barbed wire in the 1980’s. Name recognition grew and in 2003 we revamped our farm & ranch business plan to add more products under the TufMac name. The line now includes premium field fencing, corral panels, and gates. Today, our Tuf-Mac brand continues to offer quality products at great values, and all of them are proudly made in the U.S.A. In addition to our ever-expanding


selection of Farm & Ranch products, McCoy’s appreciates the importance of agriculture and honors its contribution to our nation’s past, present and future by sponsoring Ag organizations including the THSRA, TJHRA, Texas FFA, and the Texas 4H.

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information on any of our products, please contact Cliff on his direct line at (512) 757-4741, or at mccoys.com/farmandranch, where you’ll also find our current sales and promotions, and information about our FFA Discount Pricing program. Or just stop by your neighborhood McCoy’s and pay us a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Photos: Top center: Mutton busting in Boerne, Texas Top Right: First McCoy’s Store in Galveston, TX, circa 1927 Middle Right: Member of THSRA practices roping Bottom Right: The McCoy’s Farm & Ranch Outfitters Truck

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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!

helby Herrmann is the definition of an All-American Texas Cowgirl and Region VIII is proud to name her as their Whatakid! She loves her family, the Lord, volunteers extensively in her community, and she has a passion for rodeo. Shelby lives her life by this verse 1 Corinthians 9:24 – 27 , “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” This quote has helped me through every day of my life. No matter what happens, whether I have a bad day or make a bad run or even win the rodeo, I know that I compete and live for God and whatever happens, in or out of the arena, he has a plan for me. Attending Orange Grove High School, she is involved in FCCLA, FCA, FFA, NHS and Spirit Club. Shelby can also claim academic achievement to her list of accomplishments as she has also received the Gold Presidential Academic Award for her test

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scores in the past four years. Shelby rose to the Region V Vice President of FCCLA, which gave her the opportunity to travel around the State and even the Nation. Shelby says, ”I helped plan the Region and State meetings for FCCLA. I presented at workshops and at the meetings. My platform while in FCCLA was about the dangers of texting and driving. “ Shelby is very involved in her community. “My involvement with the OG FCCLA has allowed me the opportunity to participate in so many service activities, such as the Walk for a Fine Cause that raised over $25,000 for MD Anderson Cancer Research, No Kid Hungry fundraiser aimed at ending childhood hunger in the US, local Food Pantry work, and many more,” said Shelby. One of her most rewarding experiences through FCCLA was when she had the opportunity to help her school custodian whose home burned down a few years ago. “Her husband lost his life in the fire and it was a terrible tragedy. FCCLA teamed together with Neighbors In Need Ministry Team and we were able to raise enough money and get enough sponsors to purchase a used mobile home, completely furnished, for the family,” said Shelby. Shelby values the service that she has been able to do through the many organizations she is involved in , “Although I have spent most of my life competing in rodeos, I would like everyone to know how much community service has played a role in my life. I have spent countless hours planning and implementing different service projects. I believe that giving back to the community is VERY important and I plan to continue to be involved in service activities throughout my life! “ For most teenagers the list of above accomplishments would be enough to call them a Whatakid, but Shelby has a whole other side of her life that she is very accomplished in … and that is the sport of rodeo. She has participated in youth rodeo since she was 7 years old, in fact she comes from a long family history of youth rodeo. “My dad and his three sisters were very involved with youth rodeo throughout their lives, competing in THSRA Region VIII back in the 60s-80s,” said Shelby. Shelby is the 2013 THSRA Region VIII Student President, Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Champion, 4th Place National Qualifier in the Barrels, 2nd place round winner at the NHSRA Finals, and 6th place Average winner at the NHSRA. She has also won the $10,0000 San Antonio Barrel Racing Scholarship. At the past finals, she was elected as the THSRA State Student President and represents THSRA membership at meetings and events across Texas. In the Texas Youth Rodeo Association she won the Year End Barrel Racing and Pole Bending and was the Red Feather Award recipient. At the IFYR in Shawnee, Oklahoma she was one of only 3 contestants that came back to the short round in both Poles and Barrels and ended up 8th in poles and 14th in barrels. Recently she qualified to compete at RF-TV’s, The American Semi-Finals, which take place March 2, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. THE AMERICAN is the richest one-day rodeo in history, with a payout of $2 million. “It was a very special summer for me for many reasons. Making it the National High School Rodeo Finals was a dream come true! I was so honored to be part of the Texas Team in barrels. What made it even more special was that my entire family was able to travel to Rock Springs, Wyoming and experience it with me. Placing 2nd in the round at the NHSRA Finals was pretty incredible! Another special award from the summer was being chosen to receive the Red Feather Award at the Texas Youth Rodeo Finals. I was chosen to receive this award by my friend and fellow competitor, Klaudia Carrillo. It was extra special to me because my Aunt Donna was the very first recipient of this award in the 70s,” said Shelby. Shelby says that growing up in the rodeo world, requires you to make many decisions on what to do with your weekends. She says that every time that she missed an extracurricular school activity to go to a rodeo it made her a stronger competitor. “Although I may have missed a volleyball game or an FCCLA convention, I know that the lessons and experiences I have had while participating in youth rodeo can never be taken from me. My family has sacrificed so much for me and my sister to be able to participate in the best sport ever. Rodeo helps to make me more responsible and helps me to keep my goals in check,” says Shelby. This Whatakid will be graduating in January from High School and plans on moving to Stephenville to continue to rodeo throughout the season. She has been accepted to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas in the Fall of 2014. Shelby dreams to one day be one of the lucky 15 that get to run at the NFR!


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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 2014 THSRA State Finals.

The Britain Family of Region III by Ava Anderson

Congratulations to this month’s McCoy’s Farm & Ranch Family: Mike and Jolonda Britain, along with their two children Cheyenne and Chance. The Britain family is well-known, in and out of many arenas around the country, and their name most likely sounds familiar amongst THSRA readership, as they are very involved members of multiple youth rodeo organizations. Mike currently serves as a THSRA State Director for Region 3, and daughter Cheyenne is a Region 3, Student Officer, and their son Chance is a member of TJHSRA. For the past seven years, the Britain’s have resided on their family farm, MJB Farms. This is a working cattle and farming outfit located out of Stephenville, Texas. They were in business in Arizona for twenty-four years before moving to Texas. The family farm consists of 20 acres of owned land, and they lease an additional, 30 to 200 acres of land. The statistics of livestock on MJB Farms consists of fourteen horses for roping, and the number of cattle ranges from 10 to 50 head for beef production. They also raise some beef cattle for the purpose of providing a natural source of beef, for individual families; but basically, the nature of their family business is primarily in haying and farming, raising oats, wheat, sundangrass and coastal hay. Mr. Britain elaborates on the family owned operation, “We enjoy farming and producing good quality crops and beef to sell or provide to other families. Plus, we feel it’s important to understand what it takes to produce a high quality product.” Mike further weighs in on his views of commercialization, “I, chose the Ag lifestyle from being raised up in it in Arizona. I’ve always preferred performing various duties on a daily basis, and being able to do it as a family unit. We prefer the family lifestyle, instead of all the corporate-style operations. We believe that running a family business helps to instill and keep family values intact.” Along with the desire to be able to work outside and work with livestock, the family is blessed as they agree in unison, “We love the early morning hours of a beautiful sunrise, and the cool fresh morning air.” Of course, the time commitment is taken into consideration, “We spend a lot of time and dedication to get it all done, especially, in today’s changing world and lifestyles, but this is what is important to our family”, says Mike. Family values and memorable times, include some funny family stories, as

Mike shares, “We were hauling a load of feeder steers to the feed yard and we were slowing down at an intersection, when all of a sudden, the back gate came open and the cattle started falling out like dominos and scattering in all directions. So we called up some friends to bring some horses over to help us get this under control. At first all seemed to be okay, as we gathered up the cattle by reloading them up in our friend’s trailer. Lo and behold, then the Sheriff and a TV reporter showed up and wanted to know whose cattle.” My wife, Jolonda, proceeded to tell them, “I guess it’s the people there with that truck and trailer that has their name on it.” Mike quips, “Since then, it’s become a family joke that they “used to be” our friends until Jolanda told the TV reporter that! Seriously, we’ve remained friends but we still laugh about it!” The nature of the Britain family business entails a diversity of day-to-day duties such as feeding, checking crops and checking the health of livestock, plus working on equipment just to mention a few. The family shares different duties, as their son Chance helps take care of the cattle, plus he’s responsible for taking care of his goats, and helps out with hay and farm work. His sister, Cheyenne pitches in with baling hay when needed. She also takes care of feeding the horses, making sure their conditioned and further oversees their health program. The Britain family policy; “We always, remain willing to help each other out no matter what, and to follow-through with any extra type work or jobs, to keep things running smoothly around here.” Other kinds of multiple tasks include purchasing fencing and building materials and/or plumbing and electrical supplies, along with purchasing Preifert products, and an ongoing list of other such purchases. Mike states, “We are thankful, that there is McCoy’s Building Supply, in close vicinity of our farm, as we frequent that store on a regular basis. We’re also grateful, for McCoy’s ongoing support of THSRA and other youth organizations.” Both of the Britain siblings are actively involved in youth rodeo organizations and compete in multiple events such as team roping, breakaway, goat tying, ribbon roping, barrels, poles, and cutting horse events. Moreover, their dad, Mike has been personally involved in serving on the state boards with THSRA and TJHSRA. In Mike’s own words, he states, “I’ve enjoyed being involved at the leadership level and getting to meet many people through serving with the state board for four years.” Britain further states, “Our family has always looked forward to the state finals and the friendships we’ve made over the years. Being involved has brought us in contact with many families that we may not have met without being in the rodeo world,” says Mike, “We’ve formed many new friendships, as well as gained valuable business associates. And we’re looking forward to many more years of the same.” Mike wraps up this interview by stating, “ I would personally, like to thank everyone for their support and backing for both organizations. The Britain family feels very honored to represent Region III, and to be highlighted in this month’s McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family!”

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PRESIDENT - AUSTIN VINCENT VICE PRESIDENT 1- KLANCY BEST VICE PRESIDENT 2- AARON MACY SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - BRENT IVY

STUDENT OFFICERS

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STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS KIRT ESPENSON

STEVE MCCONNELL SECRETARY - MIKEY DUGGAN

PRESIDENT- STEVE MCCONNELL

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PERFORMANCE REPORT other to be better and faster than ever before. Because having a good support system is what will keep you out of that 92%. And remember, good things happen to those who hustle. Happy New Year and resolve to win!

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t’s 2014! A new year! A new you!” How many times do you think you’ll be hearing this original little saying come January? It comes with the territory I guess. Every New Year people clean off the slate and set goals to make this year even better than the last. Only 8% of those people actually keep and fulfill their resolutions. That leaves the other 92% falling back into their old habits and living this year the same as the last. What are your rodeo resolutions for 2014? Maybe you are going to rope the dummy more, work on your tie, or even hit the gym. You have the ability to be in that 8% that’s committed to their goals and will do anything to make them come to fruition. It’ll take hard work and dedication, but those two things are what make winners. Eighteen time world champion cowboy Trevor Brazile said, “Most competitors never realize what their true potential is. Don’t sell yourself short.” One thing’s for sure, gold buckles don’t lie. He knows what it takes to make it to the top, so maybe we should listen. No matter how hard it seems at the time keep pushing through. You may not see immediate results, but in the end, it will pay off and you will be better because of it. Practice with people who want to win just as badly as you do. Push each

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THSRA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, MIKE COOK by Brooke Boiles venthough Thanksgiving has now past, that does not mean a month or even day should go by without us being appreciative of the work our high school rodeo executive board members do! Mike Cook, one of region X’s own past cowboys, who now serves as the First Vice President has been a member of the board for twenty years now. In his own high school experience, Mike was a "shoe in" for the All Around title, competing in calf roping, team roping, bull riding and saddle bronc riding. Excelling in so many different events earned him many buckles, saddles, and trophies to show for his hard work and the many hours spent in and out of the arena. One of Mike's favorite memories through high school rodeo is how it never seems to fail that the storms roll in to Abilene just in time to hit the state finals rodeo. Despite the seemingly annual storms, the state finals along with the national finals are still an all time favorite thing in high school rodeo for Mr. Cook. Outside of his rodeo career, he was able to pass his love of rodeo on to his children. His son Cody, and daughter Nikki also participated within the organization and helped to keep him along with his wife; Joy, very busy. Nikki even earned the title of Region X's Rookie of the year in 1995. Along with everything else, Mr. Cook enjoys hunting, long range shooting, and old west reenactments in his free time. A favorite American icon of Mr. Cook’s, John Wayne, said “Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.” I believe that this quote along with the things John Wayne has showed many of us, sums up Mr. Cook. I believe Mr. Cook has served as a remarkable icon as well. Getting involved to him was to insure that The National High School Rodeo Association will be the best in the United States. When asked where he thinks we could improve he said he sees a weak point in contestant decline within some events, but still has bright ideas for the future. Mr. Cook has a vision that within the next five years he would like to see the state finals move to Waco, Texas. (Wouldn’t that be convenient for many of us in region X?) MIKE COOK All of us high school rodeo members and parents can learn some-

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - KYNzIE RAE MCNEILL VICE PRESIDENT - MACIE FRIESS SECRETARY - LORI HILL STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS CHARLIE FALCON

KENNY STEWART

SECRETARY - JODY MCELROY

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PRESIDENT- DALE ROBERTS

MICHAEL MERTz

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new year means more opportunities, more surprises, more laughter, and of course more blessings. 2013, was an amazing year for Region II and was filled with new friends and more memories. Region II had a great year and ended

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state finals strong. We are all excited for the things God has in store for all of us individually and as a region. For 2014, we have two more rodeos and region finals left before the top 10 go to state finals. This past year has flown by so fast and doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down. The New Year means we are going to grow as a region and our friendships will expand. Region II grew tremendously in 2013 and hopefully does the same with the New Year. The New Year will bring tougher competitors and new ways to win. Things will improve, things will end, and new things will begin. Region II has hopes of becoming stronger then we already are and winning more than we’ve already won. We have been blessed a lot this year with more than we can count. We are a very thankful region and will continue to be thankful for everything that happens in 2014. Jody, the secretary of region II said her expectations were, “to just keep getting better and better like we have been!” With all the new members and tougher competition there is no doubt that region II will be “tougher than ever” in 2014.


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MIKE BRITAIN

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

FULTON MURRAY SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS

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MATT HAIRFORD PRESIDENT - MIKE BRITAIN

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ith the start of a new year comes new beginnings, goals, expectations, and dreams. This is especially true for Region III’s seniors as they wrap up their high school careers and transition into their lives as independent young adults. Since this is their year, I thought it would be neat to hear some of the Class of 2014’s resolutions, advice and future plans. What is your NeW year’s resolutioN? “My New Year’s resolution is to start back at tying goats.” - Caitlin Eakin “To get better at heading and to try to take it to the next level.” - Twister Vinson “My New Year’s resolution is to run a half marathon.” - Catherine Murray “To further my roping abilities.” - Jacob Lewis “I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, I believe you can make a goal for yourself at any time!” - Carli Maxwell What are your plaNs after high school? “I want to college rodeo for my dad at Tarleton and also compete in the WPRA.” Caitlin Eakin “I plan to go to college at Western Texas College in Snyder, TX. I want to college rodeo and then see if I can make it pro.” Twister Vinson “After high school, I hope to attend the University of Texas or the University of Virginia. I am waiting to hear back from

both. I hope I can continue to rodeo, but it depends on where I go to college and if there are rodeos in the area.” - Catherine Murray “I plan on graduating and maybe looking at Tarleton State University. I plan to college rodeo and get a degree and then try myself on the professional circuit.” - Jacob Lewis “I plan to attend Texas A&M or Vernon College to pursue a career in agriculture. I plan to rodeo throughout the rest of my life! I hope to college rodeo and then see where I go from there! I would love to be a part of the WPRA.” - Carli Maxwell What advice do you have for the uNderclassmeN? “Take care of all business in all areas of life.” - Caitlin Eakin “Don’t give up on your dreams no matter what.” - Twister Vinson “My advice for underclassmen is to do your best in everything: school and rodeo. It all pays off in the end. You’ll never regret working too hard to reach your goals.” - Catherine Murray “Have fun because it goes fast.” - Jacob Lewis “My advice to the underclassmen is to follow your dreams and set big goals for yourself!” - Carli Maxwell Here’s wishing all of Region III’s cowboys and cowgirls a successful 2014! In addition, a huge congratulations goes out to former Region III member Chace Thompson for winning the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rookie of the Year award in the Heading.

Region III 2013-2014 High School & Junior High Rodeo Schedule Rodeo #7 - Saturday, January 25, 2014 Rodeo #8 - Sunday, January 26, 2014 Rodeo #9 - Saturday, February 15, 2014 Rodeo #10 - Sunday, February 16, 2014 Rodeos and Finals will be held at Lone Star Arena, Stephenville, Texas

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - MACKENzIE ROBERTS VICE PRESIDENT - LAINEY COOPER SECRETARY - COURTNEY GARDNER

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STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS JEFF ROBERTS

REGION IV

CHUCK SINKS PRESIDENT- JERRY WADE

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t’s a brand new year and we are getting closer and closer to the end of this rodeo season and school year. As we enter this time, we remember the great seniors we have blessed with, and know will continue to succeed after they graduate. One of our seniors is, clay sieber. Clay is an 18 year old senior who was born in Tyler, Texas, to Levi and Amy. Clay now resides is Arp, Texas, where he attends Arp high school. He has been rodeoing all of his life, and three years of his rodeo career have been spent at Region IV. He competes in calf roping and team roping, with team roping being his favorite, on his horses, Mufasa and Lil Wayne. Clay has been extremely successful so far with his achievements in rodeo. His top rodeo wins so far include winning the USTRC finals multiple times, a truck at OTRA at only 14 years old, Shawnee his junior year, which is also his favorite high school rodeo memory, tons of buckles, saddles, and two trailers! He also was a national high school finals qualifier in 2012. However, as we all know, not everything goes perfectly in rodeo and we often have embarrassing moments. Clay’s most embarrassing rodeo memory would be when his keeper between the front and his back girth

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broke while he was roping, and his horse bucked all the way down the pen while his partner continued to head and go left! Through his entire career, the triumphant and the embarrassing, Clay has learned that rodeo is a business. A couple of quotes he uses to enforce this are, “Catch cow… draw check,” and, “Gotta win to eat.” He has also learned that you need to, “Enjoy every second.” A couple of things that he has enjoyed every second are his friends and family. He has enjoyed his dad especially, as he gives him credit for helping and influencing him the most in rodeo. Outside of rodeo, Clay enjoys playing basketball, and has been the class clown at his high school for three years running! After high school, he plans to continue on rodeoing in college. With his impressive resume, he will surely continue to be successful and make us proud. summer gay is another one of our great seniors. Summer is 17 years old, and lives in Terrell, Texas. She attends Rafter G Rodeo Academy (meaning she’s homeschooled). She has grown up rodeoing, and has spent 7 years in Region IV! Her favorite thing about Region IV is, “Going and being able to do what I love and have tough competition.” She enjoys the how fun it is to work hard and fight to make state. She also loves seeing her friends and being able to compete against them. That is also what she’ll miss most; her friends and going to state. She competes in poles, breakaway and barrels, with barrels being her favorite event. Her favorite quote, said by Rocky Balboa, is, “It ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” Her idol is barrel racer, Sherry Cervi, “Because she is such a good horse trainer and rides so well and has won world championships on different horses.” Her parents are Jim and Brenda Gay, and she has one sister, Megan. Summer has lots of people who have helped her with her rodeo career: “My whole family has. My grandma and my mom taught me how to run barrels. And my dad is always there helping me with advice and whatever I need. And also my sister.” She further states that, “My dad has taught me the most.” She has a great support system and team backing her

REGION IV RODEO SCHEDULE 2013 – 2014 All Rodeos at Wade Arena - Terrell January 12

RODEO #6

All events except Cutting & Rough Stock

January 26

RODEO #7

All events except Cutting

February 9

RODEO #8

All events except Rough Stock

February 23

RODEO #9

All events except Cutting

March 9

RODEO #10 All events except Cutting & Rough Stock

March 2

Weather/Cancellation Make-up Date

March 28-30 FINALS

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up. Through rodeo, she has learned countless valuable lessons and, “Probably the most important thing is to take the good with the bad. Everyone has bad days, you just gotta get through them.” The equine teammates Summer has by her side are TC, her pole horse, Chico, her breakaway horse, and Joe and Conner, the barrel horses. Her favorite high school rodeo memory would be, “Winning the year in barrels in 2012 on my horse Joe. My family raised him and I trained him myself and he’s the thing I’m most proud of in life.” She also won reserve champion last year on him. However, he had surgery this year and she is sadly not able to compete on him. She is instead riding William Henson’s stud horse, “Connagher So High,” or, Connor, this year. She says, “He’s awesome and I’d like to thank William for letting me ride him.” In addition to winning champion and reserve champion at Region IV, Summer was a TWJHD national qualifier in breakaway and ribbon roping in 2010, placed sixth in the second round of state, and was a THSRA state short go qualifier in barrels in 2013. Summer isn’t sure about college yet, but she hopes to chase her dreams by going pro and trying to make it to the NFR. Lastly, Summer would like to give a shout out to her best friend, Lindsey McLeod, the, “person who’s always been there for me in and out of high school rodeo.” Summer will certainly continue to succeed, and work hard to win. tanner Boles is a 17 year old who was born in Longview, Texas. She lives in Pittsburg, Texas, with her parents and two brothers, where she attends Pittsburgh high school. She recognizes her dad as the person who has influenced and helped her the most because, “He always pushes me to do my best.” She has rodeoed 6 years, and spent 2 with Region IV. She competes in barrels and poles, with poles being her favorite, on her horses Ellie, Dixie and Blue. Her favorite thing about rodeo and the thing that she will miss most is getting to see her friends. She will also miss getting to see her idol, Harley Sieber, who she says is, “So awesome.” Her most embarrassing memory was, “When my shirt came unbuttoned in the goats.” Her favorite high school rodeo memory would be when she won reserve in barrels. In addition to winning reserve in barrels, Tanner has won the all-around at 4SHSRA, and she was the pole bending champion in 2010. One piece of advice Tanner would like to give the remaining members of Region IV is, “Never say you want to quit because you did bad that day at a rodeo. It all ends too soon.” Tanner’s favorite quote is, “Winners never quit,” and one good lesson she has learned from rodeo is, “If you don’t practice you won’t win.” Outside of rodeo, she enjoys playing varsity volleyball and basketball. After she graduates, she will attend Blinn College, where she wants to get a four year nursing degree. One last thing she would like to say is, “This has been the funnest year of my life!” Tanner is an ambitious girl, who will definitely continue to triumph. courtney ann gardner, our Region IV secretary, was born in Dallas, Texas, seventeen years ago. She now lives in Leonard, with her parents Joni and Chad Brewer, where she attends Trenton High School. She has rodeoed for ten years, and has spent six of them in Region IV. She competes in goats, breakaway, barrels, and her favorite event, poles. Her equine partners are Scout, Goldie, Sadie and Tamale. Her rodeo idol is Charmayne James and she lives by her motto, “Never run timid.” Her hero is her mom, Joni, because, “She has always fought for me. She takes care of me 100 percent of the time no matter how much I deserve it.” Her idol is her stepdad, Chad, because, “He has pushed me to become the rider and competitor I am today. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him.” She also gives credit to her stepdad for having the biggest influence on her in rodeo because, “If I am having a problem with my horse he always figures something out to try and help me overcome it. He won’t let me

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give up no matter how much I want to.” Her favorite thing about Region IV is the people. She says, “I have made so many friends because of this organization and my friends I have made will always be in my life.” Her favorite memory was when she ran her first 20 second pole run: “I think I could have cried because my horse had accomplished such a difficult task.” With rodeo and life, you have to take the good with the bad, or embarrassing, and Courtney’s most embarrassing moment was, “The first year I ran goats I fell on my face and literally rolled up on my face and just slumped down. It was hilarious.” Through the good and the bad, she has learned from rodeo, “to never give up, you have got to be mentally tough.” A few quotes she loves are, “Turn like a twister in a trailer park,” and “If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.” When asked what she will miss most about high school and high school rodeo, she replied, “All of it. It will all be just as sad to not be a part of anymore.” Outside of rodeo, Courtney was the FFA secretary 2012-2013, the Jr. Advisor 2013-2014, in the F.O.R. club for 2 years, FCA for 4 years, in the Leadership Team, and the Beta Club. After she graduates, she plans on attending college and majoring in political science. She also wants to eventually train horses and maybe make it to the NFR. The piece of advice she would like to leave Region IV members would be to, “Put a smile on your face, because one day you will look back and these will just be memories. One day you wanna look back and smile so that you can go forward with a smile.” Courtney has a bright future and will continue on, working hard to get her shining moment! Region IV is proud to call these seniors ours, and we wish them, and the rest of y’all, good luck through the rest of this season and school year.

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Senior Spotlights

STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS GENE ARCENEAUX

PRESIDENT - KACIE LUMMIS VICE PRESIDENT - JAYCE YOUNG SECRETARY - KALLIE WISENER

JEFF LUMMUS

SECRETARY - PHYLLIS ARCENEAUX

REGION V

PRESIDENT- GENE ARCENEAUX

CARTER ELLIOTT

PERFORMANCE REPORT

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egion V is no doubt the Biggest, the Baddest and the Best that is knit together like a big family. Most Region V members start in Jr. Rodeo and finish out there high school career in THSRA together. On the other hand, some have started in the middle of high school, and have not only become a Region V member but a new member of the family, that makes up Region V. But the hardest time of the year is moving on. As a senior it’s the best year but also the saddest. It’s sad to move on, but it fun because your life is only beginning, a life to fulfill dreams. As for Region V seniors we have some big shoes to fill. lauranne carter is one of our many dedicated member of Region V. She has competed in Region V her whole high school career including 7th and 8th grade in Jr. High Rodeo. Lauranne is a cowgirl from Frierson, LA. that enjoys doing Barrels and Poles in Region V. Lauranne says “My favorite thing about high school rodeo is getting to meet new people that are from a different state than me. Everybody is so nice and I love the competition.” Lauranne believes high rodeo has made her a better rider because you’re only good as your competition. When Lauranne is not in the saddle she enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the movies, and traveling to new places. One year Lauranne went into the finals 18th and finished 9th because of her dedication to the sport and the drive to be better. With everything she does she gives God the glory, because she lives by faith and trusts in the Lord for her success. She plans to make it to state her senior year “By the Grace of God!” Lauranne has been riding ever since the age of 5 and she doesn’t plan one ending the love for horses when she graduates. When Lauranne graduates she plans to attend Louisiana State University where study to become an Equine Specialist. hagen Brown a cowboy from Port Neches

Groves High School is a senior of Region V. Hagen competes in the tough event of Bull Riding. Although he has only been riding for two years it doesn’t show. Bull riding comes natural to Hagen. In his first year in Region V, Hagen made it to state as a “Top 5 Qualifier”. Hagen started riding bulls the summer before his junior year, trying to follow in the footsteps of his dad, PBR competitor, John Brown. Hagen was raised up going to bull riding and rodeos and decide to try it out. Outside of rodeoing he likes to hunt and fish. He enjoys hanging out with his friends at the rodeos and will miss that once he graduates. Hagen has won the Buna Open Rodeos put on by Shane Young. Once Hagen graduates he plans on attending Lamar University, and continue rodeoing. Region V very own Stu. Vice President, Jaycie young, is also a 2014 senior. Jaycie has been Stu. Vice President for three years. She has competed in Region V since the 7th grade. This all around cowgirl does it all from Barrels, Poles to Goat tying and Breakaway. And it shows by being a State Qualifier multiple times. Jaycie is also the Stu. Vice President for Buna High. She also competed on the Buna varsity track team for the 4 years. When Jaycie isn’t rodeoing she loves to shop and hang out with friends and family. After Jaycie graduates she plans to become an occupational therapist and continue to rodeo which will hopefully lead her to the NFR. In high school rodeo has made any of friends and many of memories. Jaycie said “I will be extremely sad to leave but it has been a great experience!” Another senior from Central Heights is ryan Jeffcoat. Ryan has been a member

2013-2014 Region V Junior High School Rodeo Schedule January 18 & 19: Nacogdoches february 15 & 16: Nacogdoches - Finals

2013-2014 Region V High School Rodeo Schedule January 4-5, 2013 Nacogdoches County Expo Center-Nacogdoches TX february 1-2, 2013 Trinity Valley Expo- Liberty TX march 1-2, 2013 Marshall City Arena -Marshall TX april 5-6, 2013 Nacogdoches County Expo Center-Nacogdoches TX


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of Region V for 3 years. Ryan competes in Team Roping with his partner freshman, Ethan Craig. Although the Ryan himself hasn’t had much luck, he isn’t giving up. Ryan enjoys hanging out with his friends for all over the Region V area. When Ryan graduates he plans to become a fireman. Being a fireman isn’t an easy occupation, but he will put aside his own life in exchange to help others. Ryan will begin to save and change lives on a daily basis. There’s nothing more that Ryan likes than to do team rope. Ryan likes to work cows and hunt in his free time. Kayla Woodall says “Region V has to be one of the best things that I have ever experienced!” Kayla is a senior of Region V, who grateful for the time she has spent in Region V. All Kayla is a dedicated competitor whose time and effort goes into her horses and preparing for her next rodeo. Kayla has been a member of Region V ever since the 6th grade and qualified for state every year in Jr. High rodeo. Her freshman year she placed 3rd in barrels and poles making it to state in the tough high school competition. When Kayla graduates she plans to attend LSU Shreveport and get her associate degree in science then transfer to LSU Baton Rouge where she plans to study veterinary medicine. laken suggs a senior of Jaspers high school. Laken run barrels and poles in high school rodeo. She has competed in Region V since the 6th grade. When Laken isn’t running she enjoys play x-box and hanging out with friends. After graduation, she plans to attend college to become a vet tech which will increase her knowledge about animals. chase stanley is a Region V senior and will be a graduate of Rusk High. Chase has competed in Region V for three years and “And all I do is rope!” Chase and along with Connor Dixon, a junior, make up one of the many teams that compete in region V. Chase has been involved in rodeo his whole life. Growing up around it sparked a passion for him to compete. Not only does chase rodeo, but also plays football and basketball. He plays QB for the Rusk Eagles and received first team all-district last year in basketball. “My favorite memory is when I won my first rodeo.” Chase enjoys hanging out with HAGAN BROWN his friends and going to photo by Jennings the lake.

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PRESIDENT - KALLI DAVIS VICE PRESIDENT - KENDRA DRACOULIS SECRETARY - KATIE BOYD STATE DIRECTORS WESLEY CALDWELL

STUDENT OFFICERS

RESOLUTIONS

KALLI DAVIS

REGION VI

SECRETARY - LAURA GOODMAN

PAT DAVIS PRESIDENT - BUBBA BENNIGHT

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ell now that December is in the books and January rolls on in I would like to wish every one a Happy New Year and say hello to 2014! What is your New Years resolution this year? Members from Region VI have shared some of their New Years Resolutions with me, and I will share them with you. Senior reid Zapalac and sophomore ty ielt share the same goal, they want to practice hard and make the CPRA and THSRA finals. Senior taylor toddy wants to work with her new barrel horse and really start to get her going, with high hopes to start hauling to some bigger rodeos. She wants to make it to the State finals in the Team roping and breakaway this year. Junior Kendra dracoulis hopes to make the CPRA finals this year, while her mom Rhonda’s is not to go crazy during this pursuit and many miles! Junior ciera goode wants to get her pole horse back in shape and running good again, then to make it to the State finals in poles. Junior tristan sivells wants to work harder so he can come out on top! Freshman ashley huizar wants to make it to state on her young horse in barrels and get her other young horse going in the poles. She also wants to haul them to bigger rodeos. riley Barker wants to be the best he can be at whatever he does in life and have fun while doing it! erin Bernhard wants to mike it to state on her mare and finish strong this year in the arena as well as academically. logan mccasland Wants to make it to the

state finals in the calf roping. Senior cody tieken wants to make it to state in the bareback ridding and stay in shape! Brandon Bankston wants to make and win the High School Rodeo Finals! madalynn darnell wants to heel up fast and be able to ride in the February rodeo. Friends say a prayer for her speedy recovery Madalynn was kicked by a horse and we can’t wait for her to be back competing! Senior Korby halla wants to graduate High School! Senior suade furr wants to work harder to appreciate her family and friends and to slow down the rest of her senior year. She wants to focus on rodeo and accomplish making it to the state finals and doing good at other barrel races and rodeos. Senior Katie Boyd wants to practice more and become better in all of her events so she can make it to the state finals in all of them! Well Vegas 2013 was definitely one for the books, it was filled with fun and some of the toughest competition the NFR has ever seen! Congratulations to taylor Jacob on her arena record run! It was so nice seeing so many Region VI contestants and Alumni out in Vegas this year! The gorgeous Jimmie smith and I even had the opportunity to model in Vegas for the Alexis Bloomer Live talk show!!!! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and a New year full of blessings! Can’t wait to see you all on January 11th and 12th which is our January rodeo dates! REMINDER: COWBOY PROM January 11th, the theme is Cowboys and Angels and if you have any decorations you would like to donate email me at: kalli.davis14@yahoo.com also we plan to have finger foods, so members if you could bring your favorite finger food that would be wonderful! The attire is Formal to semi formal for girls, guys boots and jeans. I can’t wait to see you all there, we have a DJ and we will have a photobooth!! It will be a lot of fun, families are invited!

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

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Cowboy Prom Recap

PRESIDENT - KASSIDY PRUETT VICE PRESIDENT - DAKODA LEOPOLD SECRETARY - HALEY ELLISTON

STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS BRANDON BRATTON

MELISSA RALEY SECRETARY - ANNE DOLLERY

REGION VII

PRESIDENT- ROBERT SBRUSCH

RANDY HALBERT

PERFORMANCE REPORT

SYDNEY GOLBOW – ARIAT

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ith high winds, snow falling in the northern regions, and temperatures under 40 degrees, most of us can agree this December has been one of the coldest ones yet. This cold weather didn’t stop Region 7 from having their annual Cowboy Prom fundraiser though, it only helped with their “A Winter Night in the Country” theme. The weekend kicked off Saturday morning with the Junior High pole bending and ended with the High School team roping. With both rodeos running together,

contestants had fun interacting with each other, but the real fun wouldn’t start until later that night when everyone came together to support Region 7 at prom. The night started off with a wonderful rib-eye steak dinner which everyone enjoyed. Then parents had a bidding war against each other in a live and silent auction. They bid on various items such as a weekend hunting trip, roping clinics, and a Region 7 pendant from Broken Arrow Silver Company. Both auctions brought in a total of $11,000, which is enough to buy championship saddles for Junior High and High School event champions. Of course a prom would not be a prom without music. Members and parents spent the rest of the night talking and dancing with each other as well as supporting our Region 7 alumni who were competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The next morning both rodeos were run together once more starting with the rough stock starting us off. With a quick church service in between the barrel racing and the team roping, the Cowboy Prom weekend was definitely one all of us will remember. The Cowboy Prom weekend would not have been possible without Mrs. Anne, our region board, Mack Bradford with R&M Photos, our parents, and of course our contestants. On behalf of Region 7, we’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported us at our biggest fundraiser of the year.

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

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - LINDY SWAIM VICE PRESIDENT - SHELBY HERRMANN SECRETARY - UTAH COX

Cowboy Prom KATIE WHITAKER – ARIAT

MO COX

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

LESLIE PULLIN SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER

REGION VIII

LORI HERRMANN PRESIDENT- LONNIE BROWN

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his years annual region 8 cowboy prom was a success! The Friday night dance was filled with friends, memories, and a little cool weather. Each and every girl dressed and ready with her date or just with her girls, was ready to dance the night away. As well as each young man who was cleaned up and handsome, ready to ask girls to dance or be drug to the photo booth time and time again. Some went casual and others dressed to impress. Whether they came with a date or not everyone had a great time! Christmas decorations were on each table, chair, and the lovely set for pictures taken by the hired photographer. And of course a photo booth, food and drinks,

and the DJ. Although not every single region 8 member could make it due to horse issues, coming down the next day, or even that they were just a little to sleepy, the dance ran smoothly just like the rodeo following the next day. Each grade was awarded a “king” and “queen”. The freshman Sweetheart and Beau was LINDY SWAIM, KATIE given to ana casas and Will WHITAKER & ANA CASAS Wright, sophomore Duke and Duchess were Brett garza and rosalie dohman, junior Prince and Princess was awarded to Wesley vickers and lindy swaim, and lastly the senior prom King and Queen were utah cox and shelby herrmann. Other awards like best dancer, most friendly, and best dressed were given away as well. Even though everyone looked beautiful not everyone can be given awards like king and queen but everyone is well liked and can KATIE WOODIN AND CHANCE MAGEE dance just as good as any other. The next day the rodeo ran smooth and even though as the sun crept away and the cold set in, all cowboys and cowgirls worked hard and competed tough. Every beautiful and girl and handsome boy looked like royalty at cowboy prom and competed like Trevor and Sherri at the region 8 rodeo.

2013-2014 Region VIII High School Rodeo Schedule January 10, 2014 January 11, 2014

february 8, 2014

All Rodeos in Sinton, Texas TRISTIN ELSWORTH AND DANIEL BRAMAN


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owdy! The first half of the rodeo season is in the books and what a successful and exciting have a rodeo season it has been. The last rodeo for the 2013 year was held in New Caney, Texas and was very challenging and stressful for all competitors as the facility a very small arena. The result from rodeo 6 are. Kelsey thompson won in the Barrel Racing with a 15.454. colin sells won the Bull Riding with a 79 pt. ride. tacy Webb with a 3.33 in the Breakaway. Goat Tying was won by tacy Webb with a 7.04. Kenna Kaminski won the Pole Bending with a 21.077. colby Winfrey won the Saddle Bronc with a 71 pt. ride. riley hooks won the Steer Wrestling with a 4.69. lane ardoin and hayden rasco won the Team Roping with a 10.88. Jay terrell

TEXAS RAM DEALERS

STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS JOHN HOOKS

PRESIDENT - JAKE HUGHES VICE PRESIDENT - RILEY HOOKS SECRETARY - KELSEY THOMPSON

CHRIS STARNS

REGION IX

SECRETARY - KIM ACKEL

PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

JULIE JORDAN

PERFORMANCE REPORT won the Tie Down Roping with a 12.48. No one got a qualified ride in the Bareback Riding. Rodeo 7 results are Jordan pierce with a 15.129 in the Barrel Racing. tristan mize got a 78 pt. ride in Bull Riding. Jordan pierce got a 3.16 in the Breakaway. tacy Webb took another win in the Goat Tying. Kelsey thompson won the KELSEY THOMPSON photo by Jennings Pole Bending with a 20.274. colby Winfrey won the Saddle Bronc again with a 58 pt. ride. riley hooks won the Steer Wrestling with a 5.41. hailey Bruening and John douch won the Team Roping with a 8.06. John douch won the Tie down as well with a 9.87. There was not a qualified ride in Bareback Riding. This time of year is when Region 9 has it's longest layoff of the season and with finals and the holiday season it can be tough for the contestants to stay competitive at the next rodeo. But we all know how dedicated our contestants are in Region 9 and, everyone will be ready after this years layover working hard between now and the next rodeo in Crockett, Tx January 26, 2014. The Region 9 competitors are hard at work to bring the A game for the next rodeo. I look forward to seeing the outcome of the next rodeo and look for the next exciting rodeo news from Region 9.

2013-2014 Region IX High School Rodeo Schedule January 26, 2013

COLIN SELLS photo by Jennings

Rodeo #8 & #9

Crockett

February 23, 2013

Rodeo #10 & #11

Groesbeck

March 22, 2013

Rodeo #12 - FINALS

Huntsville

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - MAVERICK HARPER VICE PRESIDENT - PARKER CUDD

Ready to Conquer BROOKE BOILESâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; ARIAT

VANESSA HALFORD

JERRY WRIGHT SECRETARY - LEIGH ANN FLORES

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MARTY MCFALL PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT

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hat we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later." -Romans 8:18 Often God takes us into troubled waters, not to drowned us, but to cleanse us. When life throws you obstacles or you are faced with hard times, how you react to it is completely up to you. Instead of being defeated, use those troubled times to make you stronger and come out more cleansed then ever before. During this Break we have from region rodeos many are taking the time to focus on other rodeo associations, spend time with family, or do whatever else it is that makes this holiday season whole. Many though, will come back stronger than before, ready to conquer the second half of our rodeos. Those who are doing so won't be letting this break get to them, by staying on top of practice and doing what it takes to be a winner. Often contestants (even the best) get in slumps, but they don't last forever! This time is more than a blessing to prevail. If you want to accomplish something you never have, you must be willing to do what you have never done.

I believe it would be safe to say if not all, majority of you spent 10 days out of the month of December watching gold buckle dreams be chased at the 2013 Wrangler Nation Finals Rodeo. Those contestants weren't there by chance, they were there because they chose to work hard and be dedicated. I'm quite positive Region X can expect to see some of our present competitors compete in the future where only the best of the best are found. Until then, stay hooked, use your time wisely and God bless! We hope to see everyone January 25 and 26. Be sure to bring your report cards in order to compete, then we invite everyone to join us for the team roping jackpot following the rodeo Saturday!

2013-2014 REGION X HIGH SCHOOL RODEO SCHEDULE Wildfire Arena, Salado January 25-26, 2014 february 15-16, 2014 march 1-2, 2014


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TexaS JuNIOR HIGH ROdeO aSSOcIaTION NewS LETTER FROM THE TJHRA SECRETARY ear Junior High Contestants and Families: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope you all enjoyed the time with your families. Our family this year is just going to enjoy being together. After having a wedding over Thanksgiving we were just ready to relax over Christmas. I can tell you having my family home is the best gift anyone can give! I do hope you all were able to spend time with your families as well. As if the world is not going fast enough, once we hit January it is full force ahead in brining the finals together. We will be hitting the pavement this month to promote Texas Junior High for the finals. We are moving to a new web broadcast that will bring the finals to your computers in a much better way this year. After doing it last year we learned many things and are gearing up for that. Now that the second semester is starting up, remember you need to go talk to your school officials NOW, don’t wait. Let them know what you are involved with and that the finals will be during your last week or even the second to last week of school. If you do your part by letting them know and keep your grades up there should be no problem. I have found that if you let them know up front they are easier to work with. The dates for the finals are May 25 – May 31, 2014 – so check your school calendar. If you have not heard the TJHRA Officers are headed to West Virginia for Mid Winter Conference. We are looking forward to traveling together to meet others in the National Junior High Rodeo Association. Everyone stay safe and keep practicing so you will stay in the top ten or move up so we can all have fun in Gonzales. Anne Dollery P.O. Box 886 Caldwell, TX 77836 adollery@aol.com 979-272-2249 (office) 979-412-2551 (cell) 979-272-1072 (fax)

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ALY GHORMLEY– TJHRA SECRETARY REGION IX

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here is a famous quote that dates back to 1989 that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well this same concept is definitely true when it comes to rodeo because “it takes a village to run a rodeo.” Region IX is blessed with many caring and hardworking parents that go above and beyond to help our rodeos run smoothly and at the same time encourage us all to do our best. Our Officers and State Directors, Danny Taylor (President), Jim Hodges (Vice President), John Schueneman and secretary, Missy Swartz arrive early at every rodeo and are there to the very end. The adult event directors work their

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designated events to make sure everyone is given the opportunity to compete on a fair playing field, and they each have parents who volunteer to help out these directors in the arena. The concession stand is not always a popular place to spend your time, but it is a great money maker for our region. Amy Silar has done an outstanding job coordinating the concessions this year and can be found working it along with numerous moms, dads, and even grandmothers. Every CASH ENDERLI R&M Photos single parent in our region helps out by providing the items for the concession stand so we can have great prizes at the end of the year. In addition to simply working our rodeos, our parents are supportive of every competitor. It is common in Region IX for your biggest competition’s parents to be rooting for you. I know they want their contestant to win, but that doesn’t stop them for cheering everyone on to do their very best. It is a great feeling to be a part of group that is happy when you do well and is sympathetic when your day doesn’t go as you hoped. The list of parents who help run our region is lengthy, but so greatly appreciated. Region IX has great parents – you make a great “village” - thank you! Region IX also has some very competitive contestants. Last year we had 3 State Champions and 7 competitors at Nationals. This year the race to finish at the top of our region is on! Whether your goal is a Region IX Championship, state qualification, State or National Championship set them high and go for it! regioN iX leaders through rodeo #6: Team Roping – Blake Georg and Will Farris Ribbon Roping – Tater Cartwright and Darcy Taylor Pole Bending – Aly Ghormley Girls Goat Tying – Darcy Taylor Girls Breakaway Roping – Darcy Taylor Chute Dogging – Rowdy Williams/Brad Roundtree Calf Roping – Gatlin Peck Boys Goat Tying – Riley Webb Boys Breakaway Roping – Cash Enderli Barrel Racing – Carly Staggs Girls All Around – Carly Staggs Boys All Around – Cash Enderli CARLEY STAGGS Practice makes perfect, so stay in those practice pen! See you down the R&M Photos rodeo trail.


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egion X and all of TJHRA - never ever give up! No matter what your critics say, do your best and keep trying. Has anyone ever told you that you "can't" do something? That you just aren't good enough? Or old enough? Or smart enough? It's a terrible feeling if you let it bring you down. But if you can ignore those nay-sayers and go for it, then you can prove them wrong. I wonder how many people told the competitors at the NFR that they would never make it? Tuf Cooper qualified for the NFR his first time the same year he competed in high school rodeo. Scott Kormos

is not very tall. Mary Walker was in a terrible car wreck and was in a wheelchair a few years ago. It is likely that along the rodeo road someone turned to Tuf Cooper and said, "You know you don't have enough time to qualify for the NFR this year, so why are you wasting your time and money?" And someone probably told Scott Kormos that he was going to have a hard time flanking those big calves at the pro rodeos and questioned how he could compete with the 6 foot tall calf ropers. And someone probably told Mary Walker that she would never compete in barrel racing again after the car wreck left her unable to walk. Thankfully, they didn't listen to these negative people. And we need to do the same. Don't let anyone tell you what you can't accomplish. Show them what you CAN accomplish. Ride tall, be strong, and go out and make your parents proud. Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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