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In This Issue

EXTREME TEAM NEWS Official Publication of the Texas High School Rodeo Association

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Region I

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ZOEY WIATREK OF REGION VIII 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!

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his month’s Whatakid is Zoey Wiatrek, who hails from Region VIII. An All Around Cowgirl, she competes in breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping. She is a twotime state qualifier and hopes to end her high school rodeo career by again making a trip to the state finals. She is also the reigning champion breakaway roper for Region VIII. When Zoey is not busy at a rodeo, practicing for a

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rodeo, or taking care of her horses, she is involved in various other activities, which makes her an all around outside of the arena too. Zoey is currently ranked number 5 out of her Senior class of 270, which puts her at the top 2% of her class. Her current grade point average is 101.5. She is enrolled in several dual credit college courses and advanced placement classes, which require numerous study hours. Upon High School graduation in 2017, she will have accumulated an astounding 12 college hours. It is clear that Zoey is a smart and dedicated student. Zoey currently serves at the Secretary and past President of the Floresville FFA. She competed in radio broadcasting at the district level this past Fall. In the past, she has also competed in Senior Creed Speaking. Along with being an FFA officer, Zoey has been involved in many service activities including Highway Cleanup, Veterans Home/ Nursing Home activities and Sherriff’s Santa. She has raised and showed pigs for the Wilson County Stock Show as well as participated in the county Baked Foods Show. On top of all of her activities and commitments, Zoey also has a part-time job. She works at Floresville South Elementary assisting 1st grade teachers and students. She is at work by 6:45 am every morning and works until 10:15 before heading to her High School classes. She enjoys helping struggling learners and helping teachers make and plan activities. Zoey is excited that she has been accepted to Texas A&M University and will start there in the Fall of 2017. She will major in agricultural science with her sights set on becoming a livestock pharmaceutical sales representative. When asked what she enjoys about the sport of rodeo, she replied that she has made lifelong friends and feels that it has instilled the importance of responsibility and competition within her. There is no doubt that when you meet Zoey Wiatrek, you will exclaim, WOW… What A Kid!


HENSON FAMILY DEALERSHIPS AND TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH RODEO REVEALS 2017 GIVEAWAY TRUCK Announcement of Henson Truck Tour Schedule Made

Student Participants: Lyndie Dunn - Sophomore - THSRA - region 9 Secretary, Luke McDuffie - President TJHRA Region 9, Cash Forest - Region 9 TJHRA member, Kadie Beth Wisener - THSRA State President, Ima Champion - THSRA State Secretary, Bailey Grace Snyder - Miss THSRA

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enson Family Dealerships of Madisonville, Texas revealed a giveaway truck at their dealership on Thursday, December 8th that will support both Texas High School and Junior High Rodeo Associations (THSRA and TJHRA). This is the second year for the Henson dealerships to donate a 2017 RAM 1500 Crew Lone Star Edition truck valued at over $39,000. THSRA and TJHRA members and adult directors gathered at the dealership to participate in the presentation of the truck and to receive a tour of the Henson facility. Members across the state of Texas gather $5 donations for a chance to win the truck, which is given away during the 2017 THSRA State finals in June. The dollars raised from the truck giveaway are used to fund THSRA scholarships and awards and the TJHRA finals and awards, which benefits hundreds of deserving members. Last year, Henson Family Dealerships heard that THSRA and TJHRA were faced with purchasing the giveaway truck on their own for the first time in over 15 years. They came to the rescue and jumped in and sponsored the entire truck. This has never been done before by a dealership in the history of THSRA. Owners of Henson Family Dealerships, Fred and

Liz Henson, are a past THSRA rodeo family and they knew the importance of the money raised from the Ram Truck Giveaway Program and didn’t want the associations to have to use any of the money raised to pay for the truck. Along with unveiling the 2017 giveaway truck, Henson announced their 2017 Henson Truck Tour schedule. Beginning in January, Henson representatives will take the giveaway truck to each of the ten THSRA regions across Texas. Henson Family Dealerships desires to know all of the THSRA/TJHRA rodeo families and so they will be touring the State of Texas to visit a rodeo in each Region. “Their belief and support of our organization is humbling and greatly appreciated. We hope that when your family decides to purchase their next vehicle that you will give our friends at Henson Family Dealerships first opportunity and “keep it in the family,” said, Holly DeLaune, THSRA Marketing Director. Henson Motors sells new and pre-owned Ram, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Ford vehicles. Check them out online at hensonmotor.com

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LEE LOWREY PO Box 1320 • Pampa, Texas 79066 806.663.3300 • lwl.lowrey@yahoo.com

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CUTTER MCCAIN VICE PRESIDENT 1- SHELBY ESPENSON VICE PRESIDENT 2- AUBRIE FEILDS SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - JADYN DUGGAN STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

TED WHITE PO Box 341 • Happy, Texas 79042 806.764.3469 • ted.white99@yahoo.com SECRETARY - BRANDY WRIGHT 11555 US HWY 83 • Canadian, Texas 79014 806.255.0034 • tristaterodeo@yahoo.com

Region I

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Region I Alums Compete at 2016 WFNR By Jadyn Duggan

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e’ve all had dreams to one day compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Every year the best of the best make their way to Las Vegas, Nevada to fight it out for that World Champion buckle. This year Region One is extremely proud to announce that Carley Richardson and Reese Riemer, both Region One alums competed at the 2016 WFNR! Carley got her start in rodeo through her dad, and has been horseback since she was just three years old. In high school she ran barrels, poles, roped breakaway, and tied goats. Her senior year she started new, little did she know that the four year old she started that year would take her to the WNFR. Her

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and Radio have made many miles and won several rodeos including Region One and Tri-State. Carley strongly believes that high school rodeo has helped her to where she is today! Her favorite thing about growing up in Region One is all of the people. “Parents helped out so much, and I made a lot of good friends there.” She also says her favorite thing about the THSRA is the state finals. “It’s almost like a mini NFR in itself. It’s the same set up and the talent, it makes you better going up against the best.” Some of Carley’s biggest obstacles on her road to the NFR, “For sure my truck blowing up in my face and burning to the ground, having crippled horses, and definitely all the miles you have to travel. It takes a toll on both you and your horse.” To all of the kids with dreams to one day compete at the WNFR, “Work hard, it's a lot of hours people don’t see and CARLEY AND JADYN AT THE CSI BOOTH IN VEGAS sometimes it’s lonely because you don’t have time to go to all of the social stuff, but just remember your dream. Think about it everyday and work hard.” Reese got his start in rodeo through his parents. He says he was born into it and most of his earlier memories came from going to rodeos with his parents. In high school he competed in tie down roping and team roping. Reese also strongly believes that high school rodeo helped him get to where he is today. He’s favorite thing about the THSRA is all of the competition, “Texas is one of the toughest states to compete in, in my opinion. To rodeo at that level of competition in high school was amazing and I really think that helped me to this day.” One of his favorite things about growing up in Region One was all of the people. “Some of my closest friends still today came from Region One, and just the competition was just really tough all four years.” Reese’s biggest obstacle this year on his way to the WNFR was all of the traveling, “ Traveling was definitely the hardest on me. We drive all of these miles and get to a rodeo and you try your hardest, but you and your horse get really tired on the road.” To all of the kids that have dreams to one day compete at the WNFR, “Work hard, stay focused and have fun. No matter what you do in life I believe that those three things will get you there. You have to love what you do and you have to work hard, stay focused and set goals. To all of the kids that are high school rodeoing and have dreams to make it to the finals love what you're doing and keep working hard and you'll get here.”


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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - DELANI WOOD VICE PRESIDENT - HANNAH MARTIN SECRETARY - BRIKAYLI KENNEY STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS KEVIN BENNETT

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Region II

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

New Year, New You

By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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ith the new year upon us there are new opportunities, new rodeos, new goals we have set for ourselves. We all want to be better than we have been in the past, in and out of the rodeo arena. The new year is a great time for changes and new goals. Many of our Region II competitors are taking the time to set new goals and resolutions for them selves this time of year. They are looking to come back to the second half of our rodeos and be able to be stronger competitors than ever before. Region II’s Ally Kennedy has her sights set on qualifying for her first state finals. She would like to qualify for the THSRA State Finals Rodeo in the pole bending and goat tying events. Kennedy has a plan to achieve these goals, “My short term goals to achieve my ultimate goals are to make sure I ride and tie goats every day, watch my videos, run through what I need to do in my head, and try my hardest not to get lazy while it is cold outside.” With Kennedy’s hard work and determination she is sure to meet her state finals goal! Kenzee Kent another member of Region II also has some big goals for

the state finals this year. Kent says she would like to make the state finals in all of her events. These aren’t her only new year resolutions however, “I also want to improve my horsemanship with all of my horses, be more consistent in performing well in all of my events, and the always cliche resolution to get in better shape. My other big goal is to grow in my relationship with The Lord this year.” When Kent was asked what she was going to do to reach these goals she said, “It always goes back to the quote ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ So I plan to just work really hard and to stay focused. I am going to mentally prepare by trying to get all of the negative things out of my life and just focus on the positive simple things!” Kent is a great competitor and will most definitely be successful this year. When making new resolutions or goals it is important to have a plan to bring them into fruition, and these two competitors certainly have a well thought out plan. Having a goal in mind when ALLY KENNEDY competing will push you to do your best and give you something to strive for. New year resolutions are good to make for your rodeo season and your life outside of rodeo, they will set you up for a great and successful year! A good way to come up with some resolutions/goals is to sit down and take some time to think about what you most want to accomplish that year, then think about what it will take to accomplish those it, then come up with a plan about how you want to do that and who could help get to where you want to be! Being detailed about how you are going to get to where you want to be and how you want your year or season to go will help you get there! It’s a new year and its the perfect time to set some goals and resolutions for yourself. Be better than you were yesterday, last week, last month, last year. Set your goals and try your very hardest to reach them in 2017! We most definitely will here in Region II. So with that, good luck Region II, in all that you do.


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Region III

817.706.8236• kelley.williams@thsra3.com STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

KEVIN PRZILAS PO Box 167 • Bowie, Texas 76230 940.872.3748 • kprzilas@yahoo.com 2832 Forest Bend Place • Fort Worth, Texas 76112

SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS

817.228.5781 • duaneoverton6113@gmail.com

DUANE OVERTON 2110 FM 3027 • Mineral Wells, TX 76067

PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Texas High School Rodeo is in Full Swing!! By BRITTANY GATES

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any if not all THSRA Regions are half way thought/done with the 2016 THSRA season. Everyone is competing at their very best, just trying to claim their spots to move on to the THSRA State Finals in Abilene, Tx. We here at Red Hot Region III are on a Winter break. Many of us rodeo at several different associations which keep us as well as our animal athlete partners on our toes! During the Winter break everyone has their own way of keeping their animal athlete partners in shape and warm. Anywhere from heat lamps to shavings with a nice and toasty blanket on. To swimming in the pool (heat of course) and even being put on the walker to keep their legs built up, the lung spans strong, and their bellies slim. OR for the tough warrior riders, they suck it up and bundle up and get to exercising their animal rodeo athletes. We here at Red Hot Region III would like to send a Happy New Year’s out to all the Region III

family as well as all the other THSRA family’s! Always remember that good is good all the time and don’t forget to always stay humble and kind, ALWAYS! God Bless everyone and have a safe and grateful holiday!!!

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CHEYANNE SWOOPE VICE PRESIDENT - LARAMIE WEDEMEYER SECRETARY - HAYLEY NOVAK

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STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS MIMI BARKER 10678 FM 757 • Winona, Texas 75792 903.987.9246 • mimi–cbarker@yahoo.com

CHAD FOLMAR 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • cwfolmar@gmail.com

Region IV

SECRETARY - TINA BRADEN PO Box 549 • Horatio, AR 71842 870.832.3149 • tbbraden@earthlink.net

BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US HWY 69 • Mineola, TX 75773 903.569.1569 • brentchadwick87@gmail.com PRESIDENT- BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US 69 • Mineola, Texas 75773 903.569.15698 • chadbr2@aol.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Bring on the New Year!

“For I know the plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) By HALEY NOVAK– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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s we leave 2016 in the past and kick off the New Year, its fitting to think about the past achievements and future goals! A general thing to do is create a New Year’s resolution, by setting these standards for yourself you are foreshadowing the greatness that is to come in the next 365 days. Along with making these resolutions… the real struggle is keeping the resolution everyday for the rest of the year, according to the Statistic Brain New Years Resolution Statistics only 8% of the population actually completes their Resolution at the end of the year. The best thing about starting off the New Year is having a fresh slate, new memories to make, new friends to meet, and new rodeos to enter! When one of Region 4’s best, Molly Wagner was asked about her 2017 resolutions she said, “My New Year’s Resolution for 2017, is to stay focused and positive no matter what is thrown my way. I would also like to do better than I did last year and end my senior year being the best I’ve had yet! I do tend to keep my resolutions throughout the year, once I set my mind and heart on something I plan on achieving them!” Molly is one of the few 8% of the population that actually completes

their goals for themselves in the New Year. I think all of us as athletes can agree with Molly’s resolutions; being positive, focused, and achieving to better ourselves is the ultimate goal year after year. Maci Ray has similar goals, “My resolution for this year is to try my hardest and tie my first 6 in the goat tying and become more consistent! I am super excited for all the new opportunities that the New Year can bring. I know it’s a cliche but it’s true!” As I spoke to Region 4’s President, Cheyanne Swoope about the New Year she mentions, “The most exciting thing about the coming year is all the major stock shows in the spring, graduation from high school, and moving up to Kansas State University for college in the fall!” Another senior, Conner White agrees with Swoope when he says, “I’m so excited for this upcoming year mainly because I graduate! I over this year I plan to improve on my roping and be the best that I can be!” Swoope and Conner both summarize what a big part of a new year entails, which is new beginnings. College is a big step and the dawn of the adult life! A New Year entails new beginnings, new techniques, and new competition! Whether you keep your Resolutions or not, ready to head off for college or not, and even if you are scared of a new start. The New Year is the perfect time to start out fresh and become a better version of yourself! Now get ready to kick this New Year off with a bang and give it all you have got to be the best you, you can possibly be!


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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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

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

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

Region V

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

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT you’re halfway there. We spoke to competitors from every age group, and found a common thread- Region V cowboys and cowgirls are destined for success, and they are willing to put in the work to get there. Brothers Lane and Bret Shaw team rope together, and in Bret’s words, he wants to make it to state his freshman year, and have a successful year with his brother, Lane, as it is his last year in High School Rodeo. He’s ready to work hard and have a better second half of the high school rodeo season. Lane, a senior, wants to advance to state and nationals, and end his high school rodeo career with a bang. Kaitlyn Woodman, a sophomore barBy TAYLIN ANTONICK – ARIAT Performance Reporter ew year, new me!’ “Cutting out rel racer and pole bender, has recently the irrelevant.” “I’m going to switched horses in both events. For her, it start eating healthy!”We hear has been difficult to get with them, so her these phrases every day for the first two resolution for 2017 is “to be able to make weeks of January. We see memes posted solid runs on both horses in both events by on the internet about how these goals are region finals.” She also has made a goal to coming around once again, just to annoy advance to state in both events. Nacona Stone, who is halfway through the heck out of us.We prepare to see EMILY RAMSEY ROPES A CALF TO BE FAST AT THE FOUNDER’S INVITATIONAL them cover our newsfeeds on Instagram, her junior year at Joaquin, wants to study harder and become an all “A” Honor Roll Twitter, and Facebook. We laugh about New Year’s resolutions. In fact, some- Student. As Emily Ramsey approaches the 2017 year, she has a goal set to win both the breaktimes we make fun of those close to us for even setting those yearly goals. But away and team roping saddles. To do this, she plans on being more dedicated and working how often do we make joking matters harder in the practice pen, and to have the mindset that with God, all things are possible. out of New Year’s Resolutions that could She has set this goal because she has won both events, but in different years, so in 2017 make the difference in our academic, she’d like to combine the two championships. Kane Key hopes to advance to nationals, as it is a once in a lifetime experience that social, or competitive life? How many he wants to work toward. times do we give up on resolutions right Senior Skyler Wools hopes to win the THSRA finals in the calf roping or steer wresbefore we succeed? tling this year, and he wants to make the CPRA finals. This month, Region V is going behind Makenzie Foley’s 2017 resolutions include spending more time with slow work durthe curtain to hear about some of our ing practices at home, and stop focusing on bad performances and instead always moving competitor’s game plans for the following year, because when you have a plan, on to the next run. She also plans to begin preparation for college by managing her time well, keeping her grades up, and continually bettering herself as an individual. These Region V competitors have big goals, but more importantly, they have big ambition. Just like they have shown before, they have the tenacity and grit to get them to their goals. New Year’s Resolutions are nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, we should aspire to always have new and bigger goals, and plans to back them up. When our newsfeeds explode with the latest and greatest goals, maybe we should take the lesson to set some of our own, and set up a plan to make them happen! After all, “a goal without a plan, is simply a wish.” Till the next article, BRET AND LANE SHAW MAKE A RUN AT A from the BIGGEST, BADDEST, and BEST region in the state, happy holidays RODEO IN NACOGDOCHES and God Bless!

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

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

SHANNA LEHRMANN PO Box 1882 • Brenham, TX 77834 979.289.3329 • samlogan89@yahoo.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com

Region VI

DAVID FREEMAN 1039 Mockingbird Lane • Eagle Lake, TX 77434 832.221.1253 • chlfreeman@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - BUBBA BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • bubbabennight@yahoo.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

cuttings will be January 21st and 22nd in Gonzales, Tx. Seniors, the postmark date for the scholarship applications is February 1st, don’t forget to submit them. Good luck to everyone, and Happy New Year! By PAIGE DAWSON

– ARIAT Performance Reporter

he New Year is upon us and with that comes new opportunities and new goals we set to achieve – most folks call them “New Years Resolutions”. Whether your goal is to make Nationals, improve your grades, or improve yourself as a person, each is attainable and now’s the time to start! Setting a goal can be both rewarding and frustrating at the same time. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment when you achieve it, but frustrates you when you fall short. And sometimes we wind up in the middle and become complacent, losing sight of what we originally wanted to accomplish or maybe just settling for where we are. That’s when it’s time to really dig deep to find what motivates you! Always have faith that God has a greater plan for you, you will eventually achieve your goal, just continue working hard, because hard work always pays off! Our next High School Rodeo is January 14th and 15th, please don’t forget to bring your 1st semester report cards so you are able to compete. Our first two Reined Cow Horse competitions will be at our next High School rodeo on January 14th, and our next

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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 • amy.kretzschmar@yahoo.com

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

Region VII

SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • region7thsra@gmail.com

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By KASEY KRETZSCHMAR

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ts 2017! A new year! Each year people clean the slate and make New Year’s resolutions for them to achieve. Resolutions are usually set to make this year better than the last. Only 10% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions that means 90% of people fall back into their old habits. Will you? What are your rodeo resolutions for the 2017? Maybe it’s to practice every day or maybe even exercise your horses everyday. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are make sure you stay committed to them. It will take a lot of hard work to stay focused on your new goals but that is what it takes to be a winner. We only have three rodeos left in region VII for this year which means everyone is trying to make their way into the top ten or to hold on to their top ten spot so they will be making the trip to the state finals in Abilene this June. So if you haven't decided on your New Year’s resolution then maybe this will give you some ideas on how you can be better in 2017.

At our December rodeo’s Region VII had its annual fundraiser and it was a huge success. We started the night with a fajita dinner that was donated by the Sablatura’s, the Shelton’s Marisa Atkinson and Shawna Krolczyk. We appreciate all their hard work . Then we had our annual live auction to help raise money for the region. Thanks to the Stone’s for bringing the sound system for the live auction and to Jess Mcginley and Cody Kenny for being the auctioneers. Instead of a dance this year YK Communications out of Ganado donated the use of a big screen tv so we could all watch the NFR,we also had a projector donated by the Rawlinson’s so everyone had a front row seat. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way for us to all get together to close out the 2016 rodeo season. Thank you to all the parents who helped make it a success as well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - MARY GRACE BLUNTZER VICE PRESIDENT - ZOEY WIATREK SECRETARY - MORGAN ARNOLD KELLIE BEALL PO Box 1107 • Woodsboro, Texas 78393 361.220.2533 • cowgirlkellie@gmail.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

BRANDON SMITH 6800 E FM 476 • Pleasanton, TX 78064 830.570.7157 • bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net 3005 Santa Ana St. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 361.739.9858 • region8thsra@gmail.com

Region VIII

SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY

CHUCK FRETWELL 655 PR A81 • Pleasanton, Texas 78064 830.281.8728 • cashf@msn.com 385 ECR 401 • Falfurrias, Texas 78355 361.813.7078 • masolomon1962@gmail.com

PRESIDENT- MIKE SOLOMON

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

LAS VEGAS ROPING FINDS REGION VIII ALUMS CASHING IN BIG CHIPS! OVER HALF A MILLION WON!

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Herrmann – ARIAT Performance Reporter

he World Series Team Roping finals were held December 5th through the 11th at the South Point Equestrian/Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The world series roping has caught up to the NFR in money standings with a record of $10 million up for grabs. More than 3,000 teams from across the nation headed to Las Vegas for their chance at winning some of that money. Of that 10 million up for grabs, Region VIII alum and South Texas boys brought back OVER A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS!!!! They say that rodeo is in your blood – after high school, many people continue to pursue their dreams of hitting it big and the old Region VIII ropers have just hit the big time! Jon Herrmann, class of 1988 and Will Petrus, class of 1990, made their way to Vegas with the highest of hopes to bring home some big bucks. Jon is from Robstown, and owns a fish farm and private lake management business. He is a region VIII alumni who roped calves and steers in the glory days of the 80’s in THSRA. Jon was mounted on his partner’s son’s horse – William Petrus who is a current Region VIII member! The Petrus family calls Sinton home. Will was roping off of his trusty steed, Freckles. Will made it to state

JR WOOD AND SHANE BROWN

finals in his days of roping steers! As rookies to the World Series roping, this team didn’t really know what to expect at this roping; but, they had their heads high as they got there. Both of their families came out with them. Jon’s wife, Lacey, and his parents, DW and Kathy were in the audience, as well as the Herrmann cousins, the Bluntzers and the Walkers, Jon’s sister in law and her husband. Will’s wife, Kara was there cheering him on along with their son William and his dad, Bubba and brother, Matt. Will’s daughter was preparing for finals at Texas A&M and wasn’t able to make it. The team had smooth sailing through the first three rounds. They accumulated a time of 23.0 on 3 and they were the first high call back in the #10 roping! The pressure was on when it came down to the short go and the team knew exactly what they needed to do. With a standing room only crowd, energy was high as they were introduced in grand form. It was time for their run and they backed in the box and Jon nodded his head. He took a few swings and threw the rope where it landed right on top of the steers head WITHOUT going on. They say Jon is a great fisher, as evidenced by his successful fish farm business, and today was no different! With his rope balancing on the top of the steers head, Jon remained calm and was able to FISH it on in the last few feet of the arena. He turned the steer and Will got it heeled as fast as he could. They added that to the rest of their times and ended up 3rd with 35.3 on all 4 head just 0.5 second behind 1st. Both Will and Jon went home with $94,000 each and several prizes! Both men have different plans for what the money is going to be used for. Jon said the first thing he is going to do is give back to God by giving his church 10% of what


he made. He said that his wife Lacey had been shopping while they were in Vegas and that she found some furniture that she really liked. He isn’t really sure what he’s going to with rest of the money yet. Will plans on putting the money towards building a new show pig barn for his kids and he thinks he might try to find something shiny to give his wife for Christmas. The Brown brothers are big alumni supporters of THSRA and were in Vegas in true “Brown” fashion as they both made it to the pay window! Scot Brown, a 1995 grad, is no stranger to cashing out in Vegas as he hit it big in 2014 in the #11 and was back again this year in the #15 qualifier, where he and Justin Reininger split $8200 placing 8th. The younger of the Brown boys, Shane, a 1997 grad, and his partner, JR Wood from Sinton, did it up right in Vegas this year, splitting $254,000 in the big win in the #13! Electricity was in the air as this duo came back 6th in the short go. After the grand entry and introductions of teams, these South Texas boys were ready to get it done! Shane’s wife, Ravyn, felt sick to her stomach as the team entered the box and hid her head as J.R. nodded for the steer! Their combined time on four – 29.65, proved just enough to earn this HUGE win for these South Texas cowboys! J.R. rode his #1 head horse, Mickey that he started as a 4 year old and has won over $200,000 on in the past three years. J.R. was very happy with their roping on the four steers and says they drew great steers and used the steers to their advantage. He says he really enjoyed getting to celebrate with his wife and friends. Shane was mounted on Clancy, a bay horse that he raised. I spoke with Diane Brown, Shane and Scot’s mom who wasn’t able to be in Vegas, but was watching the live stream. She says that the boys probably heard her screaming all the way in Vegas, as she was elated about their win! She went on to say that they are so proud and happy for the boys and this moment brought back so many memories of the past – hours practicing, hauling to youth rodeos and team ropings, sitting in the stands….all great memories for this rodeo mom! Scot and Shane were both National High School Rodeo qualifiers! Scot represented Region VIII and Texas in both the team roping and calf roping in

Gillette, Wyoming and Shane was the 1997 Texas Champion Team Roper and competed in Pueblo, Colorado representing Texas that year! Region VIII has a rich history of winners and the Brown family certainly did their part to add to that history! Another brother team cashing in was the Petrus brothers. As mentioned, Will found his win in the #10, but don’t leave Matt out as he and his partner Todd Thompson each earned $21,000 by placing 9th in the #13 roping. He was a big threat back in his high school days roping calves, team roping and cutting! Matt also rode William Petrus’s horse, Murdoch! William should have plenty of extra money as he earned mount money in several ropings! Way to go William and Murdoch! Wesley Wright, Region VIII dad to Lynley Wright, and his partner Dillon Schulze found themselves cashing in out in Vegas, too. Lynley is a TJHRA member and competes in barrels, poles and team roping and her Dad Wesley is no stranger to a rank horse or a fast steer! Dillon is a 2003 graduate and former THSRA, Region 8 member as well as a former National High School Finals Qualifier and National Reserve Champion Calf Roper during his junior year in high school! Both of these men are old school cowboys and no stranger to winning, although this Vegas win was a little fancier! They split $10,800 in the #11. Overall, these cowboys brought back about $503,000, saddles, bronze statues, buckles and many more prizes; along with memories to last a lifetime! I have always been proud of the heritage of Region VIII and my family members who have come before me as Region VIII members, but this year, it seems a little sweeter! Viva Las Vegas! And remember….sometimes what happens in Vegas DOES NOT STAY IN VEGAS! Viva El Ocho! #outworkem

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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

204 CR 6763 • Dayton, Texas 77535 713.553.6421 • eddiedyson@thsra9.com

409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

Region IX

PRESIDENT - SPIN EDWARDS VICE PRESIDENT - JESSICA GARRETT SECRETARY - LYNDIE DUNN

MIKE GHORMLEY

SECRETARY - KIM ACKEL PO Box 67• Hamshire, Texas 77622

PO Box 1177 • Madisonville, TX 77864 281.785.0077 • mghormley@me.com

7580 FM 2158 • Midway, TX 75852 281.387.8383 • edwards_saddles@yahoo.com

DON EDWARDS

204 CR 6763 • Dayton, Texas 77535 713.553.6421 • eddiedyson@thsra9.com

PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Back in the Saddle Again!

By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season. Not only are we blessed to be living another day, but were blessed with high school rodeo season starting back up. Some of us have been busy this holiday season gearing back up and having a little fun as well. Many of our Region 9 contestants were in Las Vegas watching the pros and some even competing in the Junior NFR. Ashley Castleberry is a junior from Montgomery, and a third year member of Region 9. This past summer she qualified for the Junior NFR, on her horse, Calfee Stormy Dash, at a barrel race qualifier put on by Kelly Kaminski. She was one of 30 girls in her age group

LYNDIE DUNN & DALE BRISBY

to compete in the Jr NFR Barrel Race that was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center December 8th through the 10th. “Vegas was a great experience for me and my five year old horse Stormey,” Castleberry says. “Everything was so new for the both of us and a lot of work to prepare for, but it was fun! We didn’t do our best, but it was a lot to take in for a young horse. I won’t stop trying and working towards our dream of making the NFR!” Others, like Zandie Hodges, a junior from New Waverly, were in Vegas to have a good time and watch some good rodeo. “Going to the NFR is always a fun experience,” says Zandie. “Being able to see all the best in the business compete for the world championships and money is awesome to see. They have all worked really hard to make it to Vegas.” Zandie has been in Region 9 since her freshman year and she has some Vegas dreams just like Ashley. SPUR LUKE & BOB BERG “Someday I hope to make it to the NFR and compete for that gold buckle.” Rodeo is the sport that never stops and we saw this over the break. No matter what our contestants were doing, either staying at home, TAYLOR or traveling across the counLAWSON & try, it most likely involved CASH ENDERLI rodeo. Now that January has rolled around and we enter a new year, new experiences and expectations are sure to come our way. This could be getting a new horse or even finally getting with a horse you’ve had forever. A new year is a time to get things going our way. Make some new year’s resolutions and set big goals for yourself. Keep in mind these last few rodeos to stay positive and always give your best effort. You are what you make of yourself, so try to perfect your run, your ride, your swing and make sure to get ready for a very competitive spring rodeo season. 2017 is sure to be a good one so make the most of it. It’s time to get back in the saddle again!

STEVEY PAYNE & KENNA KAMINSKI

ASHLEY CASTLEBERRY

KELSIE WINFREY & ZANDIE HODGES

“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31


Farm & Ranch Family The folks at McCoy’s Building Supply understand that it takes a lot of hard work and the whole family pitching in to get things done on a farm or ranch. That’s why we’d like to take some time out to salute Texas High School Rodeo Association families who are farmers and ranchers. In our monthly Farm & Ranch Family Spotlight, we’ll feature one family, sharing their story of how they work together as a family to make their farm or ranch successful.The spotlight will run for 10 months; each month will feature a different Region. Each Regional McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family will receive a $100 McCoy’s Gift Card. The McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Year will receive a $500 McCoy’s Gift Card and will be announced at the 2016 THSRA State Finals.

The Smith Family by Shalene McNeill

We would like to congratulate the Smith Family as Region VIII's McCoy Farm and Ranch Family,. Brandon, Marie, Emma and Aydan epitomize a true Texas Ranch Family. Born into multigenerational ranching families, both Brandon and Marie are now creating their own unique ranching legacy to pass on to their children. They have not only committed their life’s work to protecting and preserving this way of life for their family, but also are advancing and innovating to create new opportunities for future generations. Along the way, they have generously welcomed numerous families onto their operation

to experience ranch life, share their love of horses and support the sport of youth rodeo. Brandon, a fifth generation rancher, never doubted ranching to be his life calling. As a toddler, he would travel with his Dad to the family ranch near Christine to join the operation. Even at a young age, he enjoyed all aspects of ranch life, from working cattle to learning the economics of a sustainable beef cattle operation. He also has a lifelong love of horses and early on began immersing himself in the family’s ranch horse business assisting with breeding, green-breaking and training horses. Even today, much heart

is put into the Smith’s equine operation. Brandon is a visionary and an entrepreneur, starting his own herd at 23 years of age. He has the heart and the stomach for what can often times be a volatile business. Like many respected cattlemen, he is a man of few words but always seems to be in the right place at the right time to offer a support and leadership when it seems to be needed most. Marie’s family has been in ranching since 1857. She comes from a long line of strong and smart Texas Ranching women with remarkable business savvy, who throughout history, have been a cornerstone to their families ranching success. Marie’s great, great grandmother, Ellen Campbell Tom is credited with saving their cattle operation, after her husband was gored to death by a Texas Longhorn, while raising her five children, despite the dangers and hardships. Mrs. Tom was very successful and continued purchasing land eventually acquiring a large holding of South Texas ranch land. Marie brings that heritage of resilience and fortitude to their personal operation. Since they started their own operation comprising crossbred cow-calf pairs and replacement heifers in 1996, Brandon and Marie have drawn on the rich legacy of generations before them while constantly seeking new opportunity to ensure their operation is sustainable for their children and their children’s children. Over the last 20 years, they have

grown and diversified their operation in New Mexico and Texas. They now run a commercial irrigated hay operation, background cattle on winter grazing and summer grass pastures across numerous counties, retain feeder cattle in several Texas feedyards, own and manage a trucking operation, and have built an equine operation along the way. Front and center of all their ranching endeavors are their two wonderful children Emma May Smith (age 14) and David Aydan Smith (aka Aydan or Boomer) (age 11). Brandon and Marie have instilled the ranching family values of self-reliance, integrity, generosity and kindness in these children who also share a love of the family business. At only 14, Emma has already shown strong interest in the family’s business and is currently taking coursework to help her prepare to be a good steward of their operation. You can always find Boomer enjoying ranch activities. Like his father, he listens more than talks, but it’s easy to strike up a conversation if it’s about ranch life. His passion for the ranch is evident. Both are very bright, respectful, hard-working children...a rarity in today’s culture. The Smith family also gives back. Their philanthropy has touched the lives of numerous agricultural families from 4H, FFA, rodeo, etc. They are often the first to offer a helping hand, a horse, etc. to support and encourage children who share their passion for agriculture, ranching and rodeo. They also willingly give their time and talents in numerous volunteer positions, especially in Region 8. We are happy to recognize them with the McCoy's Farm and Ranch Family Award.

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COLE SEALY PO Box 566 • San Saba, TX 76877 325.938.5504 • colesealy@yahoo.com

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

SECRETARY - ANGELIA CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 254.394.3888• cuddranch@yahoo.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

LARRY CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 larrycudd@yahoo.com • 254.394.3885

JAMIE MCDOUGAL 3046 Dusk Drive • Weatherford, Tx 76088 817.598.9560 • jamiewmcdougal@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

PERFORMANCE REPORT

REGION X TAKES VEGAS won the UPRA All Around and the Barrel Racing year end titles, along with winning the All Around at the CPRA. Congrats to all the Region X kids By LANEY FOWLER– ARIAT Performance Reporter that represented us ongrats to all the Region 10 mem- in Vegas at the Jr NFR, All In Barrel bers on a stellar week in Vegas!! Race, Roy Coopers Jr Whit Kitchens and Colton Brittain qualified for the Jr NFR Team Invitational, & all the JORDI EDENS Roping where they placed in the second awesome events Vegas pictured left and right go round and won the sixth go round had to offer! For this months Senior Spotlight, I talked with Team Roper, Ross Ashford! Ross is with a time of 4.3! 18 years old and is from Lott, Texas. Ross is the 2016 International Finals Jordi Edens qualified Youth Rodeo Heeling Champion! Ross has been a member of Region for the Jr NFR in both the 10 for seven years! He plans Barrels and the Breakaway to attend Hill College and along with qualifying for college rodeo with his sister, Roy Coopers Invitational Macy! Roping. Jordi was the I also talked with Trenton Jr NFR Breakaway Norris, he is 18 years old Champion and finished TRENTON NORRIS & from Yantis, Texas. He COLTON & WHIT out fourth in Roy Coopers by Macy Blankenship plans to attend Mt Pleasant Invitational! Jordi also Junior College his first two years, and finish his degree at Sam Houston State University.

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ROSS ASHFORD by Macy Blankenship

TRENTON NORRIS by Macy Blankenship


CHEYENNE SWOOPE OF REGION IV by Catelyn Felts

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The Whataburger Whatakid is selected due to their ability to excel both in and out of the rodeo arena. Whataburger is proud to recognize a THSRA member from each of the ten Regions who truly upholds the title “Whatakid!” One of the nominees will be chosen at the State Final Rodeo in June as the Whatakid of the Year. In recognition of this accomplishment they will receive free Whataburgers for an entire year!

ongratulations to Cheyenne Renee Swoope, the Whatakid of the month from Region IV! The Winona, Texas native attends Sabine High School in Gladewater as a senior. She has been a Texas High School Rodeo Association member all four years of of her high school career, and she was a member of the junior high division two years before that. Cheyenne is currently the Region IV President and is a competitor in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping, but she claims breakaway and poles as her favorite events. While she did not directly express the reason behind her favoritism, she did mention how special Hyype, her equine pole bending partner is. “We stumbled upon a horse for shockingly cheap in

Louisiana and made a spontaneous, last minute trip to go pick him up the day before a rodeo,” Cheyenne said. “My mom told me not to expect much considering his looks and the fact that he was out of shape, but the very first run we made placed at the top of the round; I instantly knew he and I had a special connection. He is a trooper, he has a heart of gold, and I will probably never love a teammate as much as I love that horse.” Since then, Cheyenne has won several titles including Reserve Champion Pole Bender and All Around Cowgirl for Region IV. In addition to titles, Cheyenne claims to have gained some characteristic titles throughout her time as a THSRA member as well. “I believe kids that are involved in rodeo and livestock shows are a breed entirely of their own,” Cheyenne said. “We do not have a problem with early mornings and late nights, we know the amount of determination it takes to succeed in the arena and out, and we have a serious amount of respect.” She said she has also had the opportunity to develop as a leader, winner, loser, and as a fair sport throughout her years in the THSRA, and she is thankful for the career connections she has made and the lifelong friendships she has established over the years. Outside of the arena, Cheyenne shows market lambs and Brahman heifers and is a member of the Sabine FFA chapter where she competes in ag advocacy, livestock judging, and extemporaneous speaking. She is also a part of the UIL ready writing team and a National Honor Society member at her high school. While she is still heavily involved in extracurricular activities, there were still some sacrifices that had to be made in order for her to excel in certain areas. “I gave up dancing my freshmen year to rodeo and show livestock full time,” Cheyenne said. “I had been dancing since I was about three, but I knew that I needed to make a change and focus on what was going to take me the furthest in life. I, as well as most kids in this industry give up many opportunities to be teenagers simply because we are trying to perform to the best of our abilities.” However, all of the sacrifices seem to be worth while as the hard work pays off, and success is finally obtained. “I consider it a great honor that people of Region IV have selected me to be the Whatakid,” Cheyenne said. “It shows me that all of my hard work and dedication to this association is paying off and that people appreciate what I do.” As Cheyenne is preparing to embark on the next chapter of her life, she expressed her plans of attending Kansas State University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in nutrition and genetics. She said she would like to obtain her PhD and operate her own business, eventually working her way up to retirement and becoming a professor. We want to congratulate Cheyenne on being the Whatakid of the month and we wish her nothing but the greatest of success in her future endeavors!

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JUNIOR HIGH

LETTER FROM TJHRA SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY

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ear Junior High Contestants and Families, Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is looking forward to 2017. At the beginning of the month of December I am sure everyone’s holiday is kicked off by watching the NFR, because we all love this sport so much. This year there were so many new things to focus on during that time. Although Roy Cooper had begun his invitational roping’s a couple of years ago this year they added team roping and barrel racing. Total Team Roping headed up the Jr NFR team roping and Kelly Kaminski did the Jr NFR barrel race. Many of the Junior High contestants went out to compete in all of these events. What a great experience they got to enjoy. This year the NFR was so fun to watch. With all the added money, they offer, the standings can change in a flash of an eye. In years past by the tenth round we all pretty much knew who the Champions were going to be, not this year, naming most of the Champions were in suspense until the event was over. This made great watching for all of us. Hats off to the NFR for putting on a great 2016 finals. Now back to the Junior High State Finals, we are in full force ahead in having the best state finals so far. As most of you know, the Princess contest is coming back, Dawn Brenner took this over and when she said yes her feet have not stopped. We are happy to announce the Judges for the 2017 Princess contest: Jymmy Kay Cox from Gonzales, Texas, Patti Doyle Lee from Pleasanton, Somer Scott Baburek from San Antonio, Chelsea Lind from Edinburg, Michelle Elliott from Alvin, and Tom Brockway from Royse City. There are currently eleven contestants that are signed up for the contest which is very exciting. Until next month, stay warm and keep on riding! Anne Dollery

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2016-2017 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN E. BLAND

806-679-2037

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT TONY LACINA

806-676-1042

tglacina@gmail.com

1st VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH

432-386-6214

brent@paisanocattle.com

DELEGATE CINDY CLAYTON

254-485-9466

clayton@our-town.com

DELEGATE DAVID FREEMAN

832-221-1253

police@coeltx.net

DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM

830-676-3373

gypsydoll75@yahoo.com

DELEGATE JEFF PARSLEY

903-842-4720

jparsleygeraniums@earthlink.net

DELEGATE JOE RICHARDS

806-676-5970

joe@diamondcattlefeeders.com

DELEGATE SCOTT SHOOK

281-437-8214

scottshook@yahoo.com

SECRETARY ANNE DOLLERY

979-412-2551

texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

MARKETING DIRECTOR MACI MEYER

281-610-7349

macikmeyer@yahoo.com

Region I GARY CLEMENTS CHAD HIATT LANCE GAILLARD

806-676-4402 806-898-3748

gclements@txfb-ins.com chad.hiatt@yahoo.com lsgaillard@yahoo.com

Region II CASEY BAIZE KEITH KENT DANE DRIVER

512-618-9233 325-665-8100 432-556-5530

csbaize@yahoo.com keith@johnroleylevelland.com dane@driverlandandcattle.com

325-716-9443

traci.ross@att.net meb522@yahoo.com duaneoverton6113@gmail.com

817-313-9639 903-521-1511

jmcdaniel@evlessaero.com JamesTettenhorst@gmail.com

409-920-3678

STATE DIRECTORS

Region III TRACI ROSS KEVIN STEWART DUANE OVERTON Region IV JASON MCDANIEL JAMES TETTENHORST Region V CLAYTON DRAKE VERN KAYLOR JODIE MORIAN

409-384-5552

aimee-drake@sbcglobal.net ccjordan72@yahoo.com jlkahladds@att.net

Region VI TOMMY OHRT JASON UNDERBRINK

361-550-5202 210-854-7718

t107cattle@yahoo.com twou20@yahoo.com

Region VII CHAD CHANDLER CRAIG MILLER CORY PIERCE

361-935-2417 979-417-6723

Karlissa2@aol.com randi_miller26@yahoo.com pierce2901@gmail.com

Region VIII JOHN DODSON MATT SCIBA BRANDON SMITH

361-571-7888

jpdodson1@sbcglobal.net matt@lifepointevictoria.com bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net

Region IX STAN MCDONALD JOHN SCHUENEMAN LYLE SMITH

979-268-4994 936-581-4255

Region X JIMMY BALDWIN THOMAS BROCKWAY BRANT WARD

903-391-4459

Lbaldwin_99@yahoo.com

325-895-1662

ward23@gte.net

PRESIDENT SIERRA SCHUENEMAN

936-348-4454

schuenemansierra@gmail.com

V.PRES PAISLEY PIERCE

979-482-1017

stanmcdranch@aol.com john.schueneman@gmail.com bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net

STUDENT OFFICERS

SECRETARY DUGAN CHANDLER PRINCESS TAYLOR MOBBS


TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS WHAT’S HAPPENING IN REGION IX

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By LUKE

MCDUFFIE– TJHRA Reg IX President

egion IX Junior High Rodeo started the season in Huntsville this year. We’ve had 6 rodeos so far that have ran off smooth. At our first rodeo in October we elected new student officers and directors. I, Luke McDuffie was elected President for the 2016-2017 season. I’m currently a 7th grader at Madisonville Junior High and this is my second year with region IX. Kera Roberts was elected

Vice President and Secretary went to Hagen Helmcamp. Each of us are excited to see what the rest of the season holds for everyone. We welcomed 42 new members to the region IX family this year. Jakoby Douch, a rookie, has had an awesome year so far. Koby is leading the tie down with 51 points. Bradlee Miller, also a rookie, is sitting first in bullriding. Bradlee just got home from Las Vegas where he won the Mini Bareback World Championship at the Jr NFR. He is currently sitting first for rookie all around. Rance Imhoff and Zane Moriarty are leading the team roping with 30 points each. Rance was on our Texas National Team last year. We are lucky to have these talented guys in our region. On the girls side of things, 8th grader, Katy Webb won poles at rodeo 6 with a smoking 20.7 run. Katy has been a member of Region IX since her 6th grade year. Savannah Jensen is currently

winning the girls all around. Savannah competes in barrels, poles, goats, ribbons, breakaway and team roping. Let me tell you, she gives us boys a run for our money in the team roping. She is definitely an all around cowgirl! Tylie McDonald out ran 27 girls to win the barrels at rodeo 6 in Crockett with a 16.456. Whether a rookie or returning member, each one of our athletes try their hardest to make great runs every rodeo. We all have those days where nothing seems to go our way, but I encourage you to keep pushing forward and never give up! On behalf of the Region IX members I want to thank our parents. We are blessed to have such dedicated family members that go above and beyond to help us achieve our dreams. Because we all know, RODEO is a family sport! I’ve met so many friends through the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association that I am forever

grateful for. We will get to grow up doing what we love together. I have grown so much in my efforts to be a great leader and athlete in and out of the rodeo pen because of this association. I hope you all enjoyed your break, but c’mon guys it’s almost rodeo time again. We’ve got to prepare for the rest of the season, so get your horses legged up and your tack ready for our upcoming rodeos in 2017. About Luke McDuffie, Region IX President Age: 12 Events: Tie down, breakaway, goat tying, ribbon roping and team roping What is your favorite horse and why? Easy, my heel horse. His name says it all! Favorite food: Spaghetti Favorite Subject: Math Sports: Football, basketball and track

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS REGION I: RACE FOR THE ALL AROUND

By KATIE

T

HARTER– TJHRA Reg I Secretary

he cowboys and cowgirls of Region I battled hard throughout the Fall rodeos for that ultimate title of All Around. The girl’s race for All Around is tight! There is only a 12 point spread between 1st and 5th place in the current

standings. The race is being led by Hadlee Gomez of Shamrock, Texas. Hadlee is a 7th grader and competes in Barrels, Poles, Goat Tying and Ribbon Roping. She is currently 2nd in Barrels, 9th in Poles, 1st in Goat Tying and 4th in Ribbon Roping. When Hadlee is not rodeoing, she is on the court. She enjoys playing basketball and is a successful athlete in both sports. The boy’s All Around is currently being led by Gus Gaillard, a 7th grader from Gruver, Texas. Gus rides rough stock as well as ropes and competes in 7 events. He is impressively placing high in all 7 events. He is currently winning Saddle Bronc Steer Riding, Bareback Steer Riding and Team Roping, sitting 2nd in Ribbon Roping, 4th in both Chute Dogging and Boys Goat Tying and 5th in Calf Roping. He is the true definition of an “All Around Cowboy”. In 2016, Gus was the National Champion Saddle Bronc Steer Rider and we are proud that he rodeos in Region I. The All Around race will resume with the first Spring rodeo on February 18th in Bushland, Texas and will conclude at the Region I Jr High Finals in Levelland, Texas, April 1st and 2nd. I fully expect that the competition this Spring will be just as tough. Even though our Region I members are very competitive, they are also great friends. I am looking forward to a fun and exciting Spring. Good luck to all of our Region I members throughout the Spring rodeo season! Always remember: Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard!

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Farm & Ranch Family The folks at McCoy’s Building Supply understand that it takes a lot of hard work and the whole family pitching in to get things done on a farm or ranch. That’s why we’d like to take some time out to salute Texas High School Rodeo Association families who are farmers and ranchers. In our monthly Farm & Ranch Family Spotlight, we’ll feature one family, sharing their story of how they work together as a family to make their farm or ranch successful.The spotlight will run for 10 months; each month will feature a different Region. Each Regional McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family will receive a $100 McCoy’s Gift Card. The McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Year will receive a $500 McCoy’s Gift Card and will be announced at the 2016 THSRA State Finals.

The Blackard Family by Catelyn Felts

Congratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Month; the Blackard’s! This Region IV family of seven resides in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Chad, Caroline, Ethan, Caroline, Landon, Collin and Ayden own and operate the C2 Ranch with the help of the Bradley’s; Charlie, Brittney and their 2-year-old son, Brodee as well. The main part of their family business is operating a preconditioning yard. They receive high risk cattle, and their job is to get them started on feed and treat them for any sickness for approximately 60 days before they are taken to grass. The family said their every day consists of maintaining the cattle’s health. “We have to feed them, ride through them, check them for any signs of sickness, treat any sickness we see and provide the overall care for the health of the cattle.” Not only is this operation their family business, but this is the family’s lifestyle. “We are compassionate about the ranching lifestyle,” Caroline said. “We believe in teaching our kids to work hard, and we love riding good horses everyday. It is hard work, but when you are doing what you love, you look forward to it.” In their operation, responsibility and self-discipline are crucial to the success they seek to achieve. Since they are providing care for cattle that have the risk of becoming sick, it is critical that everyone does their part. There are a lot of cattle to look at, and everyone has to feel confident that the cattle are getting the care they need. On a daily basis the family has to divide and conquer. The kids have been involved in the cattle operation since they were big enough to help, and everyone joins in to process the cattle when they arrive .“One of the first jobs each child has had is to pull the tail and hold it out of the way during castration; it can be quite comical as they are learning,” Caroline said. According to the family, some of the kids help doctor cattle and some help feed. Everyone is willing to do whatever needs to be done to make it all happen. “We have been blessed with good kids and good hired help, and that is what makes us successful,” Caroline said. Outside of ranching, all five kids in the family rodeo. The family practices as much as possible, although occasionally their prac-

tice may come in the form of pasture work. Some days there are yearlings to be doctored before leaving for a rodeo, but luckily the family is able to come together in order to get any task done that presents itself on the ranch. It is also convenient that all of their horses can be used outside in the pasture as well as in the arena. The same horses they compete on are the same horses they can go check and doctor cattle on. The family said they start young horses in the pasture working cattle, and then transition them to working in the arena. “We are riding our next rodeo prospects each day to work, and the kids are constantly swinging a rope,” Caroline shared. Between rodeoing and ranching the kids are all expected to care for their own horses and the cattle they practice on. They are also able to process cattle on their own; check, doctor, and move cattle to different pastures; and perform or assist in every aspect of the ranch work. They carry a lot of weight around the ranch and their work is very valuable to the everyday C2 practices. While ranch work can be serious, the family said they don’t ever go a day without laughter! “With five kids there is always something funny to tell,” Caroline shared. “Everything turns into a bet whether it is stripping down to your underwear and doing a belly flop off of your horse into a water trough, or attempting to chute dog fresh yearlings as they are leaving the squeeze chute!” But, all bets and jokes aside, the family said they are honored to be selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month, and they are thankful to McCoy’s for recognizing farming and ranching families throughout the THSRA. “We are excited to be chosen to represent our Region 4 as the Farm and Ranch Family,” the family said. “Our region is made up of a lot of hard-working families, in a lot of different professions, and the fact that they selected us for this opportunity is truly an honor.”

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