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

PO Box 862, Centerville, TX 75833 903.536.4098 (home) steve@txriatarealty.com

HOLLY DeLAUNE Marketing Director

1ST VICE PRESIDENT MIKE COOK

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LAUREN TUTTLE STUMBERG Graphics/Layout Director lauren@distinct-graphics.com 830.249.8020

2ND VICE PRESIDENT ALAN BOHLEN

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SECRETARY/TREASURER SUSAN BALDWIN

704 1/2 Southview Circle • Center, TX 75935 936.590.4447 texashighschoolrodeo@gmail.com

NATIONAL DIRECTOR COTTON GEORGE

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JUNIOR HIGH NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN BLAND

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2016 THSRA State Finals results All-Around Cowboy – Tanner Green Rookie Cowboy

All-Around Cowgirl – Kasey Kretzschmar Rookie Cowgirl

Jake Baca

Allison Spiers

2016 Miss Texas High School Rodeo Bailey Grace Snyder

Winning Region - Region VII Ariat Best Boot Forward Tyler Minx (boy) and Maison Davis (girl)

Teskey's Top Hand Scholarship Winner

TANNER GREEN photo by Jennings

Leighton Berry

KASEY KRETZSCHMAR

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NHSRA Spirit Award - Samray Hooper

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GOAT TYING Kenna McNeill* Mayce Marek* Sonora Schueneman* Sayer Senter* Madisen Goforth Tera Arledge Tacy Webb Whitley Whitewood Katie Stewart Kelsey Espenson

REIGNED COW HORSE Josh Briggs* Zac O’Neal* Colleen Bridges* Will Eddleman* Kora Kneip Molly Jacobs Jake Baca Bryce Briggs Whitney Anderson Samray Hooper

TIEDOWN Cooper Matthews* Tanner Green* Dakota Felton* Austin Atkinson* Charlie Gibson Hagen Houck Weston Greener Sy Felton Zane Patterson Logan Cook

BULL RIDING Dalton Grimes* Boudreaux Campbell* Parker McCown* Keyshawn Whitehorse* Dalton Kasel Drake York Brett Custer Robert Zapata Jr. Cimarron Rucker Falcon McConnell

POLE BENDING Pamela Henderson* Lyndie Dunn* Kyson Buckner* Reagan Davis* Sissy Winn Swaize Tate Lee Tieren Gates Chloe Costello Shelby Curry Kayden Frazier

STEER WRESTLING Jay Terrell* Brett Stuart* Mitchell Hutto* Ryan Nettle* Luke Yargo* Cody Harter Tanner Green Wyatt Sbrusch Walker Harris Kuy Rippstein

LIGHT RIFLE Madison Myers* Sissy Winn* Katy Davis* Will Wright Kaycee Cones Trent Wisian*

GIRLS CUTTING Tristan Bowen* Paige Dawson* Kasey Kretzschmar* Allison Spiers* Sadye Simpson Jenna Bratton Annie Metcalfe Hadley Clearman Annabeth Peeler Hayley Novak

SADDLE BRONC Logan Cook* Parker Fleet* Lane Oles* Brandon Lansford George Wright* Samray Hooper Dusty Frazier Logan Decker Cody Gibson Gus Bazar

TEAM ROPING Tanner Green/Coleby Payne* Caleb Butler/Weston Podzemny* Brett Stuart/Tyson Thompson* Clayton Lowry/Cayl Sieber* Bryce Belknap/Jaydon Greak Blake Bentley/Cuyler Winters Ranger Hill/Ryne Hutton Sage Good/Truman Mangus Ty Toddy/Casey Whited Paden Bray/Ty Harris

BAREBACK Clint Mayo* Lane McGehee* Layton Hibler* Tyler Handley* Leighton Berry Travis Chapman Trey Thomas Tyler Johnson Colby Fedor Jared Strawser

BREAKAWAY Taylor Lawson* Skylar Southerland* Jayden Gould* Avery Sulak* Jaeleigh Holder Tacy Webb Shelby Domingue Tristan Lewis Hannah Martin Madisen Goforth

BARREL RACING Holly Wright* Danielle Harmon* Amie Hennon* Addey Small* Sadye Simpson Lindsei Harvey Kasey Kretzschmar Kelsie Winfrey Paige Dawson Shaylee Hindman BOYS CUTTING Samray Hooper* West Henderson* Chaser Crouch* Grant Valdez* Skyler Woolls Cash Fretwell Ty Eason Jake Baca Bryce Briggs Colton Currie

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TOP 10 IN EACH EVENT: Indicates National Team Member

TRAP Bret Barnard* Brady Hooks Easton Power Will Black* Will Wright Gabe Brunson* Tell Pinner*


WHAT HAPPENED AT THE RODEO! Photos courtesy of Jennings Photography and Holly DeLaune

SATURDAY: SUNDAY:

LIGHT RIFLE AND TRAP SHOOTERS KICKED OFF THE FINALS WITH THE SHOOTING COMPETITION. MADISON MYERS, SISSY WINN, KATY DAVIS AND WILL WRIGHT WERE THE NATIONAL QUALIFIERS FOR LIGHT RIFLE.

23-TIME WORLD CHAMPION COWBOY AND RESISTOL ENDORSEE, TREVOR BRAZILE , TALKED TO STATE FINALISTS ON SUNDAY DURING THE CONTESTANT MEETING.

BAILEY GRACE SNYDER 2016 MISS THSRA WAS CROWNED DURING THE SUNDAY OPENING CEREMONIES. PICTURED WITH MISS TJHRA, KENDRA MOBBS AND MISS NHSRA, CHLOE COSTELLO

OVER $300,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED STATE-WIDE!

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SUNDAY: (CONTINUED)

ARIAT OLYMPICS:

AMERICAN FELLOWSHIP OF COWBOY CHURCHES PRESENTED THE DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT

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REGION 7 HENSON MOTORS TRUCK PUSH CHAMPS US ARMY WAS ON HAND TO WARM UP EVERYONE BEFORE THE TRUCK PUSH

ABILENE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTING

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TUESDAY: LARI DEE GUY ADDRESSED THE CROWD IN THE ARENA AND THEN HELP A FREE GROUND CLINIC LATER THAT DAY.

REGION 10 HENSON MOTORS PARENT TRUCK PUSH CHAMPS


WEDNESDAY: TEAM CINCH MEMBERS INTRODUCED

4X WORLD CHAMPION BAREBACK RIDER AND PRIEFERT ATHLETE, BOBBY MOTE, VISITS THE CAVENDER’S SPECIAL KIDS RODEO

WINNER OF THE 50 FT. PRIEFERT UTILITY ROUND PEN, JOHN NIALS FROM DALHART, TEXAS!

THURSDAY: MCCOY'S MUTTON BUSTING

EASON FAMILY NAMED MCCOY’S RANCH FAMILY OF THE YEAR

FRIDAY: WHATARODEO NIGHT FEATURING THE WHATABURGER BALL TOSS

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State Finals Wrap Up!

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by Kadie Beth Wisener, THSRA Student President

he 2016 Texas High School Rodeo Association State finals, hosted in Abilene, has come and gone but the memories made at the Taylor County Expo Center will last forever. Over 650 dedicated rodeo athletes traveled from all parts of the Lone Star state to compete for state champion titles and to earn a qualifying spot on the Texas team headed north for nationals. With Texas being the largest and most prestigious state in high school rodeo, making nationals is a huge accomplishment. The first events to kick off the competitive week was the light riffle shooting, trap shooting, and queen’s contest. Hosted the Saturday before check in. The light raffle competition was fierce this year, and the young lady earning the state champ title is Madison Myers. Another great shooter, Bret Barnard, shot a 46 out of 50 birds in the trap shooting, earning him the number one spot heading to nationals. While the shooting events were going on at the gun range, back at the coliseum the queen’s contest was well underway. The horsemanship started that morning followed by a queen banquet later that evening. At the queen’s banquet, the three young ladies competed for the honor of 2016 THSRA Queen; having to give introductions, answer impromptu questions, model there Cruel Girl apparel, and finally give a speech. After check-in, the scholarship recipient presentation was held, with a record breaking year with over $300,000 given in scholarships to Texas high school rodeo athletes. When the introduction and safety briefing was finished at the mandatory meeting we heard encouraging word from this year’s Resistol Hat celebrity,Trevor Brazile. Trevor is such a class act, we were very fortunate to be in the midst of one of the greats. At this same meeting the beautiful Bailey Grace Snyder was named Miss THSRA.That evening, to relieve the competitors from stress and ancientness, we had our annual Ariat Olympics. This is always fun for the competitors! The Ariat Olympics consist of tug of war, unscramble your shoe, and the queens contest. The region that brought their A game and took home the bragging rights of the Ariat Olympics was region 7. Way to go region 7! The next morning is when the perfs started. The Texas High School Rodeo competitors came to compete and show their talent in all performances. If you knock one pole, throw your rope to late, or broke the barrier you were out of the standings. Each contestant competing in Abilene gave it their all, but the cards only folded right for some. After a week of hard work, and sleepless night the state champions were named.The state Champions crowned were: Reining cow horse, Josh Briggs of Pilot Point; Boys cutting, Samray Hooper of Andrews; Girls cutting, Tristan Bowen of Brenham; Bareback riding, Clint Mayo of Stephenville; Steer Wrestling, Jay Terrel of Magnolia; Barrel racing, Holly Wright of Canadian; Breakaway roping, Taylor Lawson of New Waverly; Calf roping, Cooper Mathews of Cleburne; Saddle bronc, Logan Cook of Alto; Goat tying, Kenna Mcneill of Hobbs, NM.; Team roping, Tanner Green of Cotulla and Coleby Payne of Kemp; Pole bending, Pamela Henderson of Streetman; and Bull riding, Dalton Grimes of Conroe.

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Our All-Arounds were Tanner Green and Kasey Kretzschmar and receiving Rookie All-Around were Allison Spiers and Jake Baca. All these competitors listed above worked hard for their state championship title, it just didn’t happen by chance, but through hard work and dedication. Winning the Henson Family motors THSRA/ TJHRA giveaway truck was Chastidy and Steve Love from college station. The winning ticket was sold by region 9’s very own Miss Haley Mason. Winning the Bloomer trailer this year was Troy Arlege. Theses raffles raise so much for our state and we couldn’t do it without our wonderful sponsors like Bloomer Trailer and The Henson Family. In addition to Bloomer trailer and the Henson family, THSRA has amazing and faithful sponsors, and without them we wouldn’t be a force to be reckoned with. Cactus Ropes endorsee Lari Dee Guy put on a free ground clinic. McCoy’s sponsored our mutton busting, with the young buckaroo Dal Pinner from region 5 held on tight and scored 88 point for the win. American Hat Company brought in 3x World Champion Calf roper, Tuf Cooper to come and hang out with the contestants. Cinch Jeans asked 3x NFR qualifier Marty Yates to come encourage and inspire contestants during the events. Cavender’s sponsors my personal favorite event the Special kids rodeo. This event touches the lives of each rodeo contestant; it reminds us to never take the ability’s we have for granted. During this annual event we also had the one and only Four-time World Champion Bareback Rider, Bobby Mote, to come a help out. Mr. Mote is a Priefert endorsee and he was on hand to talk about Priefert product and encourage our finalist. Henson Motors also sponsored our truck push. Region 7 worked together and won the contestant truck push. Region 7 also won steak dinner from Joe Allen’s for their entire region. This year we had our very first parent push. The parents really surprised me and did exceptionally well, and the winner of the 1st annual parent truck push was none other than region 10. You can see that our state finals were filled with exciting events, exceptional sponsors, and lasting memories. In and among the festivities THSRA received word that our faithful and dedicated President, Steve Dickey, is stepping down from his position. We are thankful for his 14 years of service and have been blessed by his leadership. We will truly miss him and Mrs. Carole.They have done such a great job! THSRA would not be where it is today without them. We love the Dickey family and they will always hold a special place in the THSRA contestant’s hearts. We now welcome Chris Wolfe as our new President for THSRA along with our student officers and queen; Kadie Beth Wisener as President, Ima Champion as Vice President, Sailor Schara as secretary and Bailey Grace Snyder as queen. We are excited about working together for the 2016-2017 rodeo season. Now we wait to see how the Texas team competes up in Gillette, Wyoming. I have full confidence in each of the contestant going.The other states and provinces better watch out because Texas is coming to bring the National title back home, were it belongs’. Sending up prayers for each contest headed to Nationals..


2016-2017 THSRA Student Officers

CONGRATULATIONS TO REGION VII FOR BRINGING HOME THE W!

President Kadie Beth Wisener Secretary Ima champion Vice President sailor schara Miss THSRA bailey-grace Snyder Pictured with whatAguy

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Ft. Worth Stockshow & Rodeo Scholarship

Thank you to the Ft. Worth Stockshow and Rodeo for coming to present their FIFTH annual scholarship to these deserving students. Ft. Worth will be providing 4 - $4,000 scholarships! Thank you FT. Worth Stockshow and Rodeo for investing in rodeo’s future! Scholarship Recipients: Swaize Lee, Raelee Self, Corley Sirman and Clint Mayo

dickson-allen foundation leadership scholarship

A $1,500 Dickson-Allen Foundation Leadership Scholarship was awarded to President - Cullen Eppright, Queen - Chloe Costello, Vice President - Raelee Self and Secretary - Ima Champion

San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo Scholarships

Congratulations to these winners who received the top boy and girl scholarships. For the past 5 years, San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo has invested directly into THSRA Seniors by providing $20,000 in scholarships. This year they increased their commitment in order to award 2 additional $5,000 scholarships making their total investment $30,0000. SALE emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas. They believe by investing in our THSRA youth today they will be the leaders of tomorrow.

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Chloe Costello Whitley Whitewood

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Jhett Jackson Luke Yargo

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THANK YOU TO STEVE DICKEY AND HIS WIFE CAROLE FOR 14 YEARS OF SERVING AS THE THSRA STATE PRESIDENT! SATURDAY DURING THE FINALS 10 THSRA MEMBERS REPRESENTING ALL 10 THSRA REGIONS HANDED MRS. DICKEY A ROSE AND THANKED THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATION, TIME AND LOVE OF THSRA. WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR MR. DICKEY AND THE WAY HE GREW THE ORGANIZATION OVER THE PAST 14 YEARS. WHEN HE CAME INTO OFFICE HE DECLARED THAT IS GOAL WAS TO ONE DAY GIVE MORE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT NHSRA AND THIS YEAR, WE SURPASSED THAT GOAL BY GIVING $300,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS STATEWIDE. MR. DICKEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED WITH THSRA IN THE PAST PRESIDENT ROLE ON THE BOARD.

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Special Note: This will be a special July / August Edition, your next Extreme team news will be the September Issue. Have a great summer!

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ruck Winners Chastidy & Steven Love and family of College Station, TX along with Haley Mason of Region 9 winning ticket seller!

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - SHELBY SPIELMAN VICE PRESIDENT 1- KORY MCCONNELL VICE PRESIDENT 2- DYLAN MYERS SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - SIERRA WHITE

SECRETARY - BRANDY WRIGHT 11555 US HWY 83 • Canadian, Texas 79014 806.255.0034 • tristaterodeo@yahoo.com

JOEL KIRKPATRICK 2388 HWY 82 • Crosbyton, Texas 79322 806.697.2336 • jrtzkirkpatrick@hotmail.com

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STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

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PERFORMANCE REPORT REGION I’S NATIONAL QUALIFIERS

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By Jadyn Duggan

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i, I’m Jadyn Duggan your 20162017 Region 1 Ariat Reporter! First I would like to give a big congrats to all of you qualified for state, our new state officers, the short-go finalist, the national qualifiers, and of course those of you who didn't quite make it, but were always there not only supporting your friends and region, but pushing them to go above and beyond to stay at the top of their game throughout the year! Region 1 is proud to say we have five great contenders on their way to Gillette Wyoming to go up against some of the best in the nation. I spoke to Holly Wright, a national qualifier in three of her four events! As an out going senior Holly said, “ It was really cool to come back to state and finally feel good about myself, because in the past I’ve had some trouble and it feels good to know my hard work paid off.” When

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asked what she thought has been the hardest thing she had to overcome in order to make it to the short-go and nationals she replied, “Trying to keep my horses healthy, I’ve had a lot of trouble with that in the past, and it's really nice to have both my barrel horses up and running again!” Lastly I asked Holly what JAKE BACA she was looking forward to the most at nationphoto by Jennings als, she joyfully answered, “Barrels!” Next I spoke to Layton Hibler, a national qualifier in bareback. Layton says the only thing he was worried about was not knowing any of the horses or the stock contractors. I asked Layton if he was worried about anyone going into the shortgo, “ No, I’m just gonna go try to do my thing and LAYTON HIBLER hope for the best.” Also Layton says he is really photo by Jennings looking forward to a national title! Lane Oles a national qualifier in saddle bronc said he really enjoyed getting to see different and new stock and he really liked the way they bucked! Lastly I spoke to Zack O’Neal an outgoing senior and a national qualifier in the Reining Cow Horse! When asked what he thought was the hardLANE OLES est part about qualifying for nationals was, he photo by Jennings replied, “To have three great rounds along with going against top competitors!” Then when asked what he thought he was going to really have to focus on at nationals, he said, “Just focusing on me and not worrying about anybody else.” Lastly Zack said he looks forward and is just a little bit nervous about going up against the top 4 in each state! Region 1’s fifth national qualifier and may I add your 2015-2016 state trap champion, Bret Barnard! Also region 1 is glad to say we are home to your rookie of the year boy, Jake Baca! Now I would like to give a big thank you to the city of Abilene, and the Taylor County Expo Center for allowing us to come each year to use their facilities to host our THSRA State Finals! To Steve Dickey, thank you so much for everything that you have done the last 14 years, and happy retirement, we are so sad to see you go and we wish you all the best! To Rochelle Johnson, thank you for all that you do, the “behind the scene” action at the Expo Center, keeping everything lined out there for us, and for allowing us to have fun and use your very well kept Expo Center! Thank you to our region, state, and national sponsor and directors that have supported us in our long journey this year and may it continue to be successful! Also a big thank you to our families, friends, and everyone who supported us throughout the year! Finally good luck to all you headed to nationals, and good job to you who were state qualifiers!


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PRESIDENT- CLINT GRIFFIN PO Box 460 • Eldorado, Texas 76936 325.226.0434 • cgriffin@kgelaw.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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nother year of rodeo has come and gone with the completion of the 2016 THSRA State Finals in Abilene, Texas. The competition was tough this year in Abilene, but Region II dominated the state finals, having two state champions and five national qualifiers! Not only were the state finals filled with fierce rodeo competition, but they were also filled with lots of fun, excitement, special guests, and memories made. The competition at state finals was demanding, but Region II was able to keep up. Sayer Senter, only a freshman in Region II, gave the older competitors a run for their money by qualifying to the NHSRA National Finals Rodeo in Gilette, Wyoming in the goat tying. When Senter was asked how it felt to qualify as a freshman she responded, “Exciting and a little bit unreal.” Senter’s game plan going into this competition is to make smooth and consistent runs just like she did at the state finals. Senter qualified last year to the Junior High National Finals Rodeo. When asked if she felt like this would help her be more prepared going into nationals this year she said, “Yes definitely. I know high school can be a change, but now I know SAMRAY HOOPERat how to handle such a big experience photo by Jennings the national level. I think that will help

me knowing how big it can be and how to handle my nerves and energy.” Senter is a talented athlete with a bright future in front of her. Kenna Hayes McNeill set the goat tying event on fire with two six second runs which helped her capture the title of 2016 THSRA State Champion Goat Tyer! Region II senior Samray Hooper also had a successful week in Abilene, coming home with his second consecutive THSRA Boys Cutting Championship and fourth qualification to the national competition. Tyler SAYER SENTER Handley, another competitor from Region II, earned photo by Jennings his spot at nationals in the bareback riding by riding all three of his broncs. The last qualifier from our region was Dakota Felton in the calf roping. When Felton was asked how it felt to make nationals he responded, “It’s awesome. It’s good to know all the blood, sweat, and tears do pay off. What means the most about it to me is all DAKOTA FELTON the people that should make it every year that never photo by Jennings make it because I’ve been on that end. Texas leaves a lot of great people behind and I am honored to have made it this year.” Felton has won the Region II Champion Calf Roper title five times, but this is his first year to qualify to the national competition. Felton’s game plan going in is to win first when given the opportunity and rely on all of the work he has put in and let it pay off at the end. Felton is a great competitor who we expect to see success from in the future. Region II is definitely full of some tough competitors and we wish them all the best of luck this year in Gillette. Not only were the finals filled with lots of rodeo action, but also lots of fun, memories, and special guests! Legends such as Trevor Brazile, Lari Dee Guy, and Tuf Cooper where kind enough to stop by during the week. Region II contestants found many ways to occupy themselves while there was no rodeo going on. PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center was a very popular spot during the week. The bowling, go karts, and arcade games they offered served as fun pastimes during down time! The Cowboy Mall was also something fun to do during the week. There were lots of interesting clothing, jewelry, and equestrian type booths and shops. Overall, there was so much more fun to be had than just in the rodeo arena. During finals week, the rodeo competition was fierce, but there was lots of fun and excitement to be found outside the arena as well. Region II was able to keep up with the tough competition, yielding two state champions and five national qualifiers. We are excited to see our Region II competitors dominate the national competition, and we wish them the best of luck in Gillette this summer! So with that being said, good luck Region II, in all that you do.


MIKE BRITAIN 645 CR 393 • Stephenville, Texas 76401 254.485.1170 • mjbfarmsinc@aol.com

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Region III

SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS 6328 Malvey Avenue • Fort Worth, Texas 76116 817.706.8236• kelley.williams@thsra3.com STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com KEVIN PRZILAS PO Box 167 • Bowie, Texas 76230 940.872.3748 • kprzilas@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

RED HOT REGION III By BRITTANY GATES

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-year-old Caleb Butler out of Decatur, Texas has had many highs and lows on his way to the top of the High School Rodeo world. Butler says “Dashin Oaky or as I call him “Joe” was a track horse till he was 5 years old, my dad trained him to be a head horse when he was 3 years old and once I turned 10 I took him over as my own.” Little did Butler know that’s when dreams started happening. Butler says “Joe has always been a quick solid sound horse; I’ve rode him in everything from the American qualifiers down.” “A week before Region Finals (2 months before State Finals) while I was in the practice pen I had a horse flip over on me, I dislocated my left shoulder, tore my labrum, and messed up my collar bone.” Although Butler was injured that wasn’t going to stop him from doing what he loves, Butler cowboyed up and ended up placing 5th at his region finals that next week qualifying him for the 2016 Texas High School State Finals. “My parents have been

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my biggest inspiration and motivation down the rodeo road, we may not look at things the same way but in the end it all works out” “Weston Podzemny and I have been best friends since junior high and have always roped together. We have both had good and bad days but has never turned out to be on the same days, but on the week of June, CLINT MAYO 5th-13th in Abilene, Texas we finally had some good days.” -Butler says. Butler and Podzemny scored an 8.25 in the first round, 4.73 in the second round and a 5.22 in the short go giving them an average of 18.2, making them the 2nd best 2016 High School Rodeo team roping duo in the state of Texas. Clint Mayo, 2016 graduating senior of Stephenville, Texas ends his CALEB BUTLER high school rodeo career leaving a big statement on the 2016 High School Rodeo world. Mayo qualified for the 2015 Texas High School Rodeo State Finals for the first time, he also went on to qualify for 2015 National High School Rodeo Finals for the first time as well. Mayo racked up another big win as the 2016 Texas High School Bareback riding champion, scoring a 74 in the first round, 74 in the second round, and a 71 in the short go, giving him an average of 219! Mayo says “I was very excited to find that I had won the 2016 High School Rodeo State Finals Bareback riding. I was even more excited to find out I had qualified for the 2016 Nationals High School Rodeo Finals again for the 2nd year!” “I have to thank my dad and his old traveling partners the most for helping me tune up before the 2016 state finals.” -Mayo says. Just because something tries to stand in the way of your biggest dream doesn’t mean you should give up just like that. 15-year-old Kylee Scribner out of Azle, Texas says “2016 State Finals did not go as planned with having my good horse injured a few weeks before state.” “First Fire Frost” or as I call him “Billy” is my top barrel and pole horse, my parents and I were devastated to find out that I was going to be unable to compete on him at the 2016 Texas High School Rodeo Finals.” “We ended up getting to lease a horse named “Turtle” for barrels, and I ran my mom’s horse (my last resort back up horse) “Peppy” in Poles. In barrels Scribner ran an 18.344 in the first round, and a 15.977 in the second round but “Turtle” slipped on the third and caught it coming out. Scribner and “Peppy” didn’t have much luck in the 2016 Texas High School Rodeo Pole Bending Championship. “With the sudden change of plans it was a rough week at the 2016 Texas State Finals, I plan on returning on my good horse “Billy” for my following three years of high-school” “Even though the 2016 Texas State Finals didn’t go as planned, I still thank everyone who has helped me down the rough rodeo road” Region 3 wishes all National High School Rodeo Qualifiers Good Luck but we want to send a little extra Good Luck to the THSRA Region 3 members! Caleb Butler & Weston Podzemny and Brett Stuart & Tyson Thompson in the Team Roping, Brett Stuart in the Steer Wrestling, Clint Mayo in the Bareback Riding, and Addey Small in the Barrel Racing! Good Luck!!!!! Our 2016-2017 Red Hot Region 3 Schedule Is posted on our website! www.thsra3.com

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CAL WOLFE VICE PRESIDENT - CHEYENNE SWOOPE SECRETARY - KOLTON WHITE STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS BILL CHINNERS 740 Jim Jones Rd • Van Alstyne, Texas 75495 903.482.0544 • wchhinners@aol.com

CHUCK SINKS 555 Sinks Road • Rockwall, Texas 75032 214.869.4719 • ssbarexcavating@aol.com

Region IV

SECRETARY - JULIE WHITE 2469 CR 33100 • Sumner, Texas 75486 903.737.7750 • julzjo66@yahoo.com

CHAD FOLMAR 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • cwfolmar@gmail.com PRESIDENT- CHRIS WOLFE 630 E FM 813 • Palmer, Texas 75152 214.403.4638 • chris.wolfe@bldr.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

A Once In A Life Time Chance By HALEY NOVAK– ARIAT Performance Reporter

irst off, a huge congratulations is in order for our Region IV National Qualifiers, Josh Briggs (Reined Cow Horse State Champion) and Amie Hennon (Barrel Racing). State Finals is the most exciting time of the year for most of us in high school rodeo. It has the best competitors from each region, and it’s one of the most fun experiences of our high school careers. There are many ups and downs and twists and turns on the road to getting there, but once you roll through that gate towards the expo center, all the hard work, the long nights, and the dedication become worth it. Over the course

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of a week, those things not only become worth it, they begin to pay off. But for a few, they pay off in big ways. Not only does State offer a high level of competition, it offers a lot of other things as well. From the Ariat RAELEE SELF Olympics, to the photo by Jennings Truck Push, to the Special Kids Rodeo, Abilene has a way of keeping you busy all week long. “My favorite part of State was seeing all of my friends that I don’t get to see very often,” said Josh Briggs. That’s yet another thing that Abilene is great for; seeing all of your far away friends from other Regions, all in one place. A large part of the State experience for many people, is making memories. Over the 4 years that one is able to go, there is a lifetime of memories to be made. For Pole Bending and Girl’s Cutting qualifier, Raelee Self, her favorite memory from this year was, “Making my last high school pole run inside the coliseum, when in all reality it wasn’t in my favor to even make it there this year.” Raelee, like so many others, is a senior this year, and made her final ride in Abilene. Raelee was also our THSRA Student Vice President, and she said that, “Getting to see the ‘behind the scenes’ and have a helping hand in the ground work of putting on such a large rodeo.” Was also a fond memory of hers. All in all, State is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a weeklong journey, that only a select few each year get to make, and I think Daniel Dunham said it best when he described it in one word – “Exciting!” JOSH BRIGGS

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2016 Whatakid of the Year Kadie Beth Wisener by Catelyn Felts

Congratulations to Whatakid, Kadie Beth Wisener! The Region V junior resides in Lufkin, Texas and attends Crimson Christian Academy. She has been involved in the THSRA for the past three years and competes in the barrel racing and pole bending. Her horses take up most of her time and she said she wouldn’t have it any other way! Wisener began her rodeo career at the age of 10, when she received her first barrel horse, Misty. “The only kind of horse I was used to riding before Misty was an old roping horse, so a barrel horse was a huge step up,” Wisener said. She described Misty as an honest horse that loved her job, and taught her the basics of horsemanship, as well as barrel racing. Growing up, Wisener watched her older sister compete in high school rodeos, and she knew she wanted to compete in the THSRA as well. She also knew the competition was tough and she was going to have to work hard. “I knew in order to place good I would have to be the best of the best, so two years before I became a freshman, I started working hard toward being the best barrel racer I could be.” By the time her freshman year came along, Wisener was riding her barrel horse in both the barrel racing and the pole bending. Her first year of high school rodeos did not go exactly as she had hoped considering she did not make it to state in the barrel racing; however, she was extremely pleased with her horse for placing her fourth overall in her region. During state Wisener was elected the THSRA student secretary. The following year she was able to represent the THSRA at various events. This experience motivated her to run for office on the National level, where she now serves as your current NHSRA student vice president.

On the rare occasion Wisener is not at a rodeo, barrel race, or some event that has to do with the THSRA or NHSRA; she can be found hunting, shooting skeet, or hanging out with friends and family. She explained how “there is no such thing as a normal day for [her]. Every day comes with new adventures, plans and lots of chores.” Though she does not have much time outside of the arena, Wisener does not mind the sacrifices she has to make. “If you rodeo, you have to make sacrifices in order to be on top. You can’t slack off, if you want to be the best, you have to train the best.” She does however, make time to stay on top of her school work as she has had the highest GPA in her class her entire high school career. Though she has not decided where she would like to attend college she does know she wants to be a chiropractor, and she is faithful in knowing “God has a plan.” She said things might not always go her way, but her God always has a plan. She also takes this motto into consideration when talking about her hero. Ernie, Wisener’s best friend and the person she looks up to the most, has undergone four different types of cancers and has lost her husband. Wisener says through it all, “Ernie still manages to stay strong. She has taught me how to not take life for granted and she trusts in the The Lord in every situation.” In addition, Wisener said she is extremely honored to have been selected as this year’s Whatakid of the Year. “I am so glad that the THSRA has a sponsor as good as Whataburger!” We want to wish Kadie Beth the best of luck in the rest of this rodeo season as well as all of her future endeavors!

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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PRESIDENT - SHELLIE LUMMUS VICE PRESIDENT - CK WRIGHT SECRETARY - SHAYLON ELMS

JEFF LUMMUS PO Box 646 • Orangefield, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • jhlummus@yahoo.com

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

Region V

CARTER ELLIOTT 17125 FM 850 • Arp, Texas 75750 903.521.2034 • candjcattle@gmail.com

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Don’t Blink! By TAYLIN ANTONICK – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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on’t blink!” How often do we hear this term? Those older than us constantly remind us that time moves much faster than we expect it to- and it’s safe to say that for many of us state finals came before we knew it and went in the blink of an eye. For some, new buckles and saddles verified that the countless hours and hard work competitors went through were all worth it. For others, injuries, nerves, or lack of preparation left them emptyhanded for the drive home. However, this second week of June had more than just competition. Many contestants had the opportunity to serve the Abilene community in the Special Kids rodeo, and make new, lasting friendships. First and foremost, Abilene and the state finals are primarily about the competition. Region V wants to congratulate six of our members for excelling in Abilene and wish them the best of luck in Gillette! Freshmen Reagan Davis and Jaiden Goule had an awesome introduction to the High School Finals- with Reagan headed to nationals in the Pole Bending and Jaiden in the Breakaway Roping. Two of our roughstock riders won STATE TITLES! Logan Cook took home the Saddle Bronc championship while Dalton Grimes won the Bull Riding. Keshawn Whitehorse will be making another trip to

FRIENDS MAKENZIE FOLEY AND IMA CHAMPION WARM UP TOGETHER BEFORE THEIR SECOND GO RUNS.

Gillette, and team ropers Cayl Sieber and Clayton Lowery will be representing Region V and Texas in the team roping. As all competitors know, state finals are nerve wracking. There is a lot of pressure on athlete’s shoulders. Makenzie Foley, an upcoming junior, said that she had to learn to shake off a bad first go and get ready for her next run. She was constantly reminding herself that she had worked hard and was capable. Now it was time to go have THIS SPECIAL COWBOY SHOWED ALL THE GUYS HOW IT WAS DONE. fun! Reagan Davis remembers how nervous she was before her runs. “The chance to compete with the best girls in the state was an amazing experience!” she says, but she got to a point where she had to relax and simply trust in the Lord. Her mindset surely paid off, and we are wishing her and our other athletes tons of luck in Gillette! We also want to congratulate the new THSRA President Katie Beth Wisener and Vice President Ima Champion for their accomplishment! HANNAH HEMPHILL AND HER BUDDY JOSELYN WERE ALL SMILES AT THE There was another rodeo that took place at SPECIAL KIDS RODEO. finals, and it’s an event that everyone holds near and dear to their hearts. This rodeo was not about competition, and outgoing senior Hannah Hemphill knows this all too well. She, along with various contestants from across the state, had the opportunity to help out at the THSRA annual Special Kids Rodeo on Wednesday afternoon. The Special Kids Rodeo was always her favorite part of state finals, and the special cowboys and cowgirls never failed to touch her heart. She says that she will miss helping out the kids dearly, but the impact they made on her heart will last for the rest of her life. Mersadie Martin and her buddy for the day can attest to this. JoeJoe was confined to a wheelchair, but this didn’t stop him. With the help of two strong cowboys, JoeJoe got to ride a horse for the first time, and boy did he love it. Mersadie says that the rodeo reminded her how truly blessed she was, and that she was so humbled. Now what is state finals without new friendships? All week cowboys and cowgirls could be seen shaking hands, introducing themselves, and hanging out between performances. Jack Wright said that State is a great place to make new friends because although everyone is competitive, they build each other up and cheer one another on. He says he met people who he will be friends with for a very long time. That’s a quality we enjoy here in the BIGGEST, BADDEST, and BEST region in Texas. That’s a wrap on the 2016 State Finals. For those of you who aren’t national bound, we’ll see you on the road getting ready for the 2016-2017 season!


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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

MIKE ISELT 1656 E. CR 327 • Lincoln, Texas 78948 979.540.8863 • iseltpaint@aol.com

Region VI

SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com

WESLEY CALDWELL 3918 Kerr Creek Drive • Gonzales, TX 78629 830.672.3902 • wcaldwell@gvec.org PRESIDENT - BUBBA BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • bubbabennight@yahoo.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Region VI Sizzles at State

By PAIGE DAWSON

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big congratulations to everyone who made state this year! Region VI had a very tough group of contestants competing this year, a total of 19 made the short go; Kuy Rippstein, Mitchell Hutto, and Ryan Nettle in Steer Wrestling; Bryana Lehrmann, Lindsei Harvey, and Paige Dawson in Barrel Racing; Levi Boatright and Janson Dawson in Calf Roping; Tera Arledge, Lindsei Harvey and Mayce Marek in Goat Tying; Neilon Reitz and Logan Shelton, and Ranger Hill and Ty Toddy and Casey Whited in the Team Roping; Kysan Buckner and Shelby Curry in Pole Bending; Chaser Crouch in Boys Cutting; and Annabeth Peeler and Paige Dawson in Girls Cutting; Region VI also had two queens win at the State level this year, Bailey Grace Snyder was Miss

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THSRA and Neilon Reitz was the Ariat Olympics Queen. From inside the rodeo arena to outside of it, Region VI showed how amazingly talented and good hearted everyone in our region is, from Ariat Olympics to the Dodgeball tournament, the Truck MITCHELL HUTTO Push, and the Special Kids Rodeo, each Region VI member shined. When asked, Kacey Deckert said she enjoyed getting to be with all of the kids at the Special Kids Rodeo, interacting and helping them with their interest in the sport of rodeo. Calli Montague said her favorite part about State Finals was getting MAYCE MAREK TRENT WISIAN to compete against the toughest girls in Texas High School rodeo, and seeing all of her friends from other regions and making new friends. When asked what his game plan heading into State this year was, Mitchell Hutto said his plan was to do what he’s been doing all year, catch his first two steers giving himself a good opportunity to make the short go. “I definitely felt pressure this year at State but I knew if I just backed in the box and imagined I was running one in the practice pen everything would be alright” said Hutto. I was very happy with my last State Finals, of course I was disappointed I didn’t win State, but I was very happy I walked away with my second NHSFR qualification. As the 2015-2016 rodeo season comes to an end congratulations again to everyone that qualified for State Finals and to our National qualifiers – good luck and safe travels! NATIONAL QUALIFIERS Bailey Grace Snyder – Miss THSRA Mitchell Hutto – Steer Wrestling Ryan Nettle- Steer Wrestling Mayce Marek – Goat Tying Kysan Buckner – Pole Bending Chaser Crouch – Boys Cutting Paige Dawson – Girls Cutting Trent Wisian – Light Rifle NEILON REITZ THE NEW ARIAT OLYMPIC QUEEN & ESCORT MASON MOORE


Farm & Ranch Family of the year!

The Eason Family of Region IV by Catelyn Felts

Congratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the year: The Eason family of Region IV! Mike and Jana, and their two kids, Ty and Allie Eason, own and operate Eason Cattle Company in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The family ranch was founded by Mike and Jana 21 years ago. While the ranch work calls for a helping hand from each family member, Mike and Ty are considered the main operators. The main part of the family business is “growing yearlings,” which requires “constant care, a good feeding program and prayer for good weather,” the family said. In addition to the cattle operation, Mike and

Ty both train ranch and roping horses. Though running a ranch takes a lot of hard work, the family explained how “it’s who we are, it is our purpose and it is what we do.” Each family member plays a large role in the business and “if someone doesn’t do their part, then it is up to everyone else to pull the weight.” The ranching lifestyle helps the kids “learn how to care for all animals, teaches them responsibility, hard work, and a sense of achievement,” Jana said. The skills the kids learn on the ranch benefits them in the rodeo arena as well. Before Ty and Allie competed in rodeos, Mike competed in adult ranch rodeos. Ty and Allie followed in their dad’s footsteps by starting their rodeo career in youth ranch rodeo. Jana said this developed proper horsemanship that gives them a “competitive edge in all rodeo events.” Ty (16 years old and THSRA member) currently competes in tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, cutting and reining, while Allie (12 years old and TJHSRA member) competes in the barrel racing and pole bending. “We use our skills that are learned on the ranch such as horsemanship, roping and work ethic,” Jana said. The skills needed to run a successful ranch and the skills needed for seeing success in the rodeo arena go hand in hand as Jana also explained how “the practice it

takes to be successful in rodeo, has made better hands of us on the ranch.” “It takes a lot of hours of practice to prepare for competition, which gives us time together as a family,” Jana said. “Mike works hard to make sure our kids have the means and cattle to practice with, but he has also coached many kids the last 10 years in youth rodeo and ranch rodeo events.” In the midst of ranching and rodeo, the family said their faith in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ holds top priority. In addition to growing their cattle, Mike is a full-time pastor of Cross Spur Cowboy Church in Sulphur Springs. Mike and Ty work to serve the community every day as they day labor for all of their neighboring ranches. They also work for the Sulphur Springs Livestock where they are actively involved in all phases of cattle marketing, while Jana works full-time as a labor and delivery nurse. “We are blessed to live the dream and the lifestyle of a cowboy!” the family said. They said they are very honored to be chosen as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month, and they shop at the McCoy’s in Paris for all of their fencing, barn needs and everyday maintenance necessities for the ranch. “It is a sense of achievement to be acknowledged in our ranching heritage as well as to be honored in the rodeo profession,” Jana said.

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PRESIDENT - KASSIE KERSH VICE PRESIDENT - BRADY BARHAM SECRETARY - MARCI RALEY

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS JOHN ATKINSON PO Box 540 • Anderson, Texas 77830 979.482.2018 • johnstephenatkinson@hotmail.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 ANIMAL ATHLETES AND THEIR WELLNESS

By VICTORIA PINEDA

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lot of the spotlight falls on the rodeo contestant, but not a lot of attention is given to the amazing animals that we compete on at every rodeo. It is important to know the facts when it comes to the sport that we love, so that participants can answer any questions about animal wellness as it pertains to rodeo. Rodeo animals are well cared for because the animals are fed and put under protection every day, given advantages and head starts, and rodeo even adds more years to animals lives. In rodeo, the way any animal is treated is very serious and is always watched to make sure the animals are being protected. “For example the American Humane Association states that the treatment of rodeo animals in the United States follows their rules”(Rodeo). With this being said, there are rules that contestants and contractors have to follow in order to participate in the sport of rodeo. For example, spurs that look sharp- aren’t; they are dull with free-rolling rowels(Friends). When people watch some events like bull riding and bareback riding it seems like the strap around the animal's flank is hurting them, but it really isn’t. The strap used to make the animals buck, doesn't hurts them, and only makes them buck because it’s natural for them to try and

get it off of them (Martinez). Surprisingly, “Straps have to have a quick release buckle and have to be lined in sheepskin. Sharp or cutting objects are never placed or used in the strap’s construction”(Martinez). There are many different steps taken to protect all the animals in rodeo. Not following rules has consequences and different punishments. There are fines for unnecessary roughness, maybe even penalties(Martinez). In many of the events, the animals that are used are given advantages and even head starts in the calf and steer roping.That being said, all the animals are chosen carefully. In the calf and steer roping, if you don’t give the calf or steer their head start, or “break the barrier” the contestant gets a ten second penalty added to his time. “The performance of rodeo animals is a matter of pride to the owners and riders”(Friends). Experts pick and choose only healthy animals for the job. If the animal becomes injured or sick before the rodeo performance, it will not be used and it will be sent to a veterinarian or somewhere else to get attention and help(Martinez). To improve the animal’s health, stock contractors are usually up before anybody, feeding and checking their stock, and maintaining premium health of all their animals(Martinez). Rodeo is like having a job and animals are healthier because of the stimulus and daily interaction. Rodeo adds more life years to animals like the bucking horses and bulls, rather than being sent to slaughter. Since, “More cattle are born than are needed for breeding purposes” bull riding serves the bull population, and gives the animal more life years(Friends). “The average bucking horse or bull works less than five minutes per year in the arena(Friends).” So these animals aren’t worked to death and aren’t hurt by anything that is put around them or near them, those things are simply for protection. “...injury rates are less than five-hundredths of one percent or less than one animal in 2,000 are injured”(Martinez). There has been many surveys to prove that rodeo animals are well taken care of, many confirm that injury rates are extremely low”(Martinez). “According to the PRCA, a 1993-94 survey conducted at 28 PRCA rodeos indicated that the injury rate was so low as to be statistically negligible. Of the 33,991 animals entering the arena, only 16 were injured, according to data compiled by on-site vets”(Martinez). Thus proving that the sport of rodeo is not cruel to any animals. “Rodeo is a sport that combines the riding and roping skills of cowboy and cowgirls with the color and spirit of the Old West. In addition, the word rodeo refers to a rodeo contest(World). Rodeo really treats all the animals well, does not abuse any animal, and can even save some of their lives. “Rodeo associations throughout the country have rules that dictate how contest will be conducted and animals will be handled”(Friends). Animals are well taken care of in the sport of rodeo because they are fed and put under protection every day, given advantages and head starts, and live healthier lives. Works Cited “Friends of Rodeo- About the Rodeo.” Friends of Rodeo- About the Rodeo. Interactive Marketing Technologies, 2005 Web. 13 Apr. 2015. Martinez, Diana Rowe. “Rodeo Animals Are Not Abused.” The Rights of Animals. Ed. Aurians Ojeda. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004. Current Controversies. Rpt. from “Animals in Rodeo,” www.suite101.com.2001. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.9 Apr. 2015. “Rodeo.” The World Book Encyclopedia 2012. Chicago, IL: World Book, 2012. 397-98. Print.


STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - ABBY SLAGLE VICE PRESIDENT - MORGAN ARNOLD SECRETARY - MONTANA COX KELLIE BEALL PO Box 1107 • Woodsboro, Texas 78393 361.220.2533 • cowgirlkellie@gmail.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

KEN SLAGLE 954 CR 140 • Floresville, Texas 78114 254.424.5833 • slaglekl@yahoo.com 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 830.281.8728 • cashf@msn.com PO Box 1379 • Edinburg, Texas 78540 956.778.0202 • jeff@jaeconcrete.com

PRESIDENT- JEFF ELSWORTH

PERFORMANCE REPORT

T.H.S.R.A. State Finals

So Much More Than Just a Rodeo

By Mollee

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Herrmann – ARIAT Performance Reporter

he Texas High School Rodeo Finals are in the books! Each contestant worked hard all year at region rodeos to earn a spot to go to the state finals. Of course rodeo is our top priority but, it seems that each year, the state finals have offered so many more activities to make our state finals experience one to remember. Before the rodeo even started our Region 8 parents were there in full fiesta attire to decorate our section of the stands. Sticking with our fiesta theme, we had serapes, sombreros and even a few piñatas to get our region in the rodeo spirit! It seemed that this year our stands were even more festive than usual and really helped spotlight our awesome sponsor, Cactus Ropes. On Sunday morning at check in, regions 6,7, and 8 came together in a food sale to benefit the Mitchell family who lost their mom in a terrible accident just weeks before the finals. The food sale was a huge success thanks to the help of so many that brought food items and those that came to support the benefit! It was so great to see so many Region 8 parents there to help! We were able raise over $3,200 for the family. The money was presented to the family shortly after the finals. One of the favorite activities of the week is the Ariat Olympics. We didn’t

have a winning run in the boot race, but Montana Cox entertained the entire coliseum with her very graceful performance, or should I say her very graceful recovery from a very funny face plant! Montana, along with myself and the rest of our team were able to come back and tug our way to the championship in the tug of war as Region 8 was the last team pulling in the tug of war! Sweet victory! (insert picture of Reg. 8 during tug-of-war) On Monday, it was time for the Henson Dodge truck push. Region 8 pushed their way all the way into the championship round, but just fell short of the win. The parent round was a really exciting addition to this fun event! I think we will need to do some workouts and practice before next year! Wednesday afternoon was the Cavender’s Special Kids Rodeo. I always love seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces when they get to ride the horses or rope the dummies. Region 8 seems to enjoy this tradition. It is really something to see these kids come out of their comfort zones and do something they don’t get to do very often. Toward the end of the week, you can always tell who is trying to play it safe and who is going all in hoping they’ll make it to the short-go. As the results came in we were ready to see how Region 8 measured up against such fierce competition. Right off the bat, we qualified two shooters for Nationals in the light rifle contest as Sissy Winn and Will Wright shot their way onto this sharp shooting team! This duo has seen much success in the shooting arena qualifying and competing in multiple national finals! West Henderson cut his way to success as the boys reserve cutting champion! This cowboy is also a veteran to the National Finals and we look forward to him and his horse Exzackarey making a great showing this year in Gilette! Rookie cowboy Cash Fretwell ended up 5th in the short go and right on the outside as 6th in the cutting average. In girl’s cutting, Brittany Mckinney placed 2nd in the 2nd round, and Hannah Allison made the short go, just falling short of making the national team. In pole bending, Sissy Winn and her trusty horse, Biscuit, raced their way into yet another short go as she placed 6th in the fist round, made the cut for the short go and placed 2nd in the short amongst some great competition and finished her senior year in 7th in the average! Brandon Landsford placed 3rd in the first round of saddle bronc but unfortunately was bucked off of his second ride and broke his collarbone and had to medically withdraw from the round. He made it to the short go on one and qualified for nationals; however, he will not be able to compete due to his injuries. Veteran Team Ropers, Logan Weeks and Greg Cordova placed 5th in the second round for their final year at the THSRA finals! (Insert picture of national qualifiers West Henderson in cutting and picture of national qualifier Brandon Lansford in Saddle Bronc.) Although our region didn’t have the showing we might have dreamed of in the rodeo, we sure did do all we could to make our week in Abilene one to remember. The THSRA is an amazing association, not only giving high school students a chance to rodeo but a chance to make a change for themselves and others! Now, get out there and out work em!

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STUDENT OFFICERS

204 CR 6763 • Dayton, Texas 77535 936.258.4884 • eddiedyson@thsra9.com

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Region IX

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

CHRIS STARNS

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

3951 CR 3385 • Lovelady, Texas 75851 936.348.0220 • starnsranch@windstream.net

6717 FM 1452 • W. Madisonville, Texas 77864 979.268.4994 • john.schueneman@gmail.com

JOHN SCHUENEMAN

936.258.4884 • Dayton, Texas 77535 713.553.6421 • eddiedyson@thsra9.com

PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

PERFORMANCE REPORT

WHAT A YEAR FOR REGION IX! their skills, but the girls really stepped up their game. In the Barrels we had three short go qualifiers: Landri Brown, Kelsie Winfrey, and Tacy Webb; Breakaway: Jessica Garrett, Taylor Lawson, and Tacy By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter Webb; Goat Tying, all he Texas High School Rodeo State top five region girls qualFinals 2016 are over and in the ified: Hailey Bruening, SONORA SCHUENEMAN books! What an exciting week for Jessica Garrett, Aly photo by Jennings many of our Region IX contestants, Ghormley, Sonora especially those that are preparing for Schueneman, and an even greater journey to the National Tacy Webb; Poles: Lyndie Dunn, Pamela Henderson, Kenna Kaminski, and Stevey High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Payne; Reining Cow Horse: Whitney Anderson and Molly Jacobs. Additionally, our boys who qualified for the short go in Bull Riding: Boudreaux Campbell, Falcon Wyoming. What a great year it was for the McConnell, and Parker McCown; Cutting: Colton Currie and Grant Valdez; Steer Region IX crew. The boys showed Wrestling: Luke Yargo; Team Roping: Lane Ardoin and Hayden Rasco. From these short go qualifiers we had three boys and four girls advance to Nationals. In the breakaway, freshman, Taylor Lawson, won the short go with a 2.49, which secured her spot as overall average winner and the Texas High School Rodeo Breakaway Champion. This being her first year in THSRA, moving up from TJHRA, she was very excited. When asked on a scale of one to ten how excited she was she said, “It’s a 20 and I can’t sit still! Coming back from missing so many region rodeos because of my accident feels so amazing. I didn’t think I would ever be able to get back to winning especially here at the finals. It feels great to be able to catch three calves back to back here at state and I’m so blessed with an amazing horse that gave me his all every run. I couldn’t have done a thing without him.” LUKE YARGO A junior and the 2015-2016 Region IX Student Secretary, Sonora photo by Jennings Schueneman, will be representing team Texas at Nationals in goat tying. She came into the short go in the top 15 and tied a 6.570 to put her second in the short go round. This moved her up to third overall in standings and made her one of the four ladies traveling to Wyoming. Region IX is so proud and the home of the 2016 Texas Champion pole benders. Last year Pamela Henderson was the Reserve State Champion and took a trip to Wyoming and this year she will be doing the same, but with the title of the Texas High School Rodeo State Pole Bending Champion. Pamela ran 20’s all three rounds and won the second go round with a 20.125, her fastest time of the week. Lyndie Dunn, a freshman, will also be accompanying her to Gillette, holding the title of Reserve State Champion. Lyndie also ran 20’s BOUDREAUX CAMPBELL all three rounds with her fastest time being a 20.382, which placed her third in photo by Jennings

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In the Boys Cutting Grant Valdez placed fourth overall and will make the trip to Nationals. This year we also had a National Qualifier in Shooting Sports. Congratulations to Brady Hooks, a freshman, who placed in Shooting and will represent Team Texas at Nationals. Region IX showed what they were made of this year in Abilene. Each and every contestant should be proud of all they have accomplished this year at region and at state, and those competitors moving up to the next level should carry this on to Nationals. Thank you to everyone at THSRA who made state finals so amazing and run smoothly. Without the ones who put this rodeo together none of us would be able to do what we love, the sport we call Rodeo! Safe travels and best of luck to our Texas Team heading to Wyoming! “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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the second round. A big congratulations to Luke Yargo, who will be representing Region IX in the steer wrestling. He came in fourth overall and won the second go round with a 5.190. He is a senior this year and what a better way to end his high school rodeo career, than to represent Region IX and Texas at the National Finals. In Bull Riding we had three short go qualifiers and two of our boys will be competing at Nationals. Boudreaux Campbell was the Reserve State Champion followed by the Region IX bull riding Champion, Parker McCown, in third. This was Parkers first year in High School Rodeo and he really showed his skills. “Making Nationals my first year in high school rodeo is a great feeling. I worked hard for it all year and it finally paid off. To prepare for state I did a lot of working, stretching, and yoga. Before I got on I was just thinking to myself that it was no different than any other rodeo. In my mind I told myself that it’s just like I’m at home getting on practice bulls and just having fun.”

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CLINT WEBSTER VICE PRESIDENT - KATIE KEITH SECRETARY/TRES. - KAMBRIA MCDOUGAL LARRY CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 larrycudd@yahoo.com • 254.394.3885

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

JAMIE MCDOUGAL 3046 Dusk Drive • Weatherford, Tx 76088 817.598.9560 • jamiewmcdougal@yahoo.com SECRETARY - ANGELIA CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 254.394.3888• cuddranch@yahoo.com

VANESSA HALFORD 1817 CR 177 • Stephenville, TX 76401 254.595.1211 • vanessa.halford@sville.us PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Region X Takes on Abilene, Texas

By TATUM

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NELSON– ARIAT Performance Reporter

s we have concluded the 2016 THSRA State Finals, Region X has dominated once again. During a very tough week of rodeo, our Region X contestants handled the pressure like the pros would. Our seniors also went out with a bang at their last THSRA State Finals. I am proud to congratulate, Skylar Southerland (senior) on her back to back reserve champion breakaway roping title, and trip to nationals. I would also like to congratulate, Cooper Mathews (senior) on not only his second go round win, but also his State Championship title in the Calf Roping, trip to nationals, and also his and Leighton Berry’s 1st runner up win in the Queens Contest at State. Katie Keith (senior) on her second round win splitting 3rd/4th in the Breakaway Roping. Madisen Goforth (senior) winning 2nd in the second go round in the Breakaway and splitting 4th/5th in the Goat Tying of the second round. Katie Stewart (senior) on her go round win in the Goat Tying of the second round. Sadye Simpson (senior) winning 4th in the average in the Girls Cutting and 4th in the Average of the Barrel Racing.

After visiting with many of our Region X members, I asked them what they enjoyed the most, other than the actual rodeo of course, at this years State Finals. Many enjoyed being able to rope in all of the jackpots, including the High Stakes Team Roping and Calf Roping jackpots. Many of our contestants did well in these jackpots and won some extra cash to spend throughout the week. Another big hit was Prime Time of Abilene, Texas. On a day where there weren’t any jackpots or dummy ropings, Prime Time was a huge hit. Contestants were able to play mini golf, bowl, play bumper cars, and many different activities. I would like to say thank you to Region X’s support for providing us with the opportunity to get away from the arena and have some fun. Another big hit was the Special Kids Rodeo held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 during State Finals. Seeing the smiles on all of these kids’ faces would have to be the highlight of the week. After this experience, I talked to many different contestants from many regions, and they all agreed that we should all be thankful to do what we love everyday and not take any run we make for granite. We realized getting mad or upset after a bad run is unnecessary when we have the privilege to do this on a daily bases. As we go on down the road, State Finals is just the beginning of the summer run. If State didn’t go how you had planned, remember you have a full summer ahead to make up for it. Stay Hungry. “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” –Psalm 107:9

REGION X MEMBERS AT THE SPECIAL KIDS RODEO


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2016 State Junior High Division Finals Results All-Around Cowboy TITAN QUIGG

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WINNING REGION – Region II

BAREBACK STEER RIDING: 1 Kolt Dement* 2 John Jackson* 3 Levi Ltham* 4 Michael Tupper* 5 Riggen Huges 6 Gus Gaillard 7 Tyge Flowers 8 Travis Handley 9 Wyatt Girouard POLE BENDING 1 Jayci Byler* 2 Madalyn Richards* 3 Logan Moore* 4 Saige Sealy* 5 Ryle Hardin 6/7 Kennidy Nicholson 6/7 Kylie Mask 8 Rose Small 9 Jordan Driver 10 Kera Roberts CHUTE DOGGING 1 McKade Hartmann* 2 Ky Thomas* 3 Kolt Dement* 4 Cade Cogbill* 5 Kagan Pillars 6 Braedon Weaver 7 Bill Sciba 8 Quinten Freeman 9 Blayz Ingle

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10 Thomas Wallace TIE DOWN 1 Colton Greene* 2 Carsyn Sunvison* 3 Kincade Henry* 4 JB Collins, IV* 5 Joel Braden Harris 6 Ty Roach 7 Luke Williams 8 Tyrell Pinner 9 Owen Archibald 10 Jacob Walters GIRLS BREAKAWAY 1 Bradi Good* 2 Robbin Rice* 3 Jordi Edens* 4 Saige Sealy* 6/7 Kennidy Nicholson 6/7 Brooke Dunlap 7 Rylee Dodson 8 Lacy Bruening 9 Laney Harper 10/11/12 Madison Bean 10/11/12 Makenna Shook 10/11/12 Cheyenne Gubert BOYS BREAKAWAY 1 Riley Rieken* 2 Rance Imhoff* 3/4 Titan Quigg* 3/4 Cameron Suehs*

5 Kolton Green 6 Spencer Clements 7 Carson Emmons 8 Riley Webb 9/10 Billy Mason Ortiz 9/10 Jack Kahla GIRLS GOAT TYING 1 Makenna Shook* 2 Lacy Brueing * 3 Kenzi Burleson* 4 Madalyn Richards* 5 Brentley Blalock 6/7/8 Harley Jo Chaffin 6/7/8 Caroline Mc Claugherty 6/7/8 Rylie Smith 9 Keylee Crowder 10 Saige Sealy BOYS GOAT TYING 1 Carsyn Sunvison* 2 Thomas Wallace* 3 Jacob Walters* 4 Lane Reed* 6/7 Cade Cogbill 6/7 Kreese Milligan 7 Spencer Clements 8 Colton Greene 9 Kyle Coward 10 Nick Achille BARREL RACING 1 Jayci Byler*

2 Emma Smith* 3 Reagan Goudeau* 4 Gracie Tucker* 5 Zoey Korenek 6 Acey Pinkston 7/8 Jordi Edens 7/8 Jordan Driver 9 Saige Sealy 10 Madison Outhier TEAM ROPING 1 Mason Rust & Kutter Johnson* 2 Blayz Ingle & Titan Quigg* 3 Slade Wood & Cash Duty* 4 Logan Moore & Caleb Green* 5/6 Kallen Johnson & Wyatt Mask 5/6 Gus Gaillard & Josh Mardis 7 Parker Parish & Tegan Stewart 8 Riley Rieken & Kaden Profili 9 Luke Williams & Tristan Sullivan 10/11 Thomas Wallace & Cooper Parsley 10/11 Taylet Rademacher & Catcher Gasperson RIBBON ROPING 1 Titan Quigg & Tegan Dickson* 2 Kaden Profili & Kyla Ingle* 3 Colton Greene & Bradi Good* 4 Kincade Henry & Makenzie Mayes* 5 Korbin Rice & Kate Johnson 6 Jacob Walters & Jordan Driver 7 Rance Imhoff & Haley Mason

8 Tyler Bell & Lacy Bruening 9 Connor Atkinson & Makenna Shook 10 Stetson Schuster & Rylie Smith SADDLE BRONC 1 Cale Newman* 2 Gus Gaillard* 3 Ty Roach* BULL RIDING 1 Chris Villanueva* 2 Cole Yelverton* 3 Brandon Rhodes* 4 Levi Latham* 5 Chalon Pratt 6 Canyon Bass 7 Billy Stephenson LIGHT RIFLE 1 Kaitlyn Kindt* 2 Jake Kahla* 3 Kate McNeill* 4 Cheyenne Gubert* 5 Jordan Driver 6 Sage Spivey 7 Carmen Allen 8 Sally Love 9 Jack Kahla 10 Kade Berry


LETTER FROM TJHRA STATE SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY

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he Texas Junior High State Finals are going in the books as one of the best yet! The weather was perfect and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I know some went home disappointed that they did not do exactly what they came for, but others went home knowing there was a next step! WE are headed to Lebanon, Tennessee, it is a brand new venue that we are looking forward to going to. The 2016 National team is going to go to Tennessee hoping to bring the trophy back to Texas. This is the first time the Junior High has traveled south and we can not wait to enjoy the drive! I know several are taking advantage of being so near Nashville that some have day trips planned for the Grand Ole Opry. So make sure you tune into the live feed on the NHSRA website to cheer Texas on to the National Championship. Until next month…..see you down the cowboy road!

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

940-537-1354

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT TONY LACINA

806-676-1042

nobaro@sbcglobal.net

VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH DELEGATE CINDY CLAYTON 254-485-9466 DELEGATE DAVID FREEMAN DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM

830-676-3373

gypsydoll75@yahoo.com

DELEGATE JEFF PARSLEY DELEGATE JOE RICHARDS SECRETARY SCOTT SHOOK

STATE DIRECTORS

TJHRA 2016-2017 STUDENT OFFICERS

clayton@our-town.com

Region I GARY CLEMENTS CHAD HIATT QUENTIN HARPER

806-676-4402

Region II CASEY BAIZE 512-618-9233 KEITH KENT JOE RICHARDS Region III TRACI ROSS KEVIN STEWART DUANE OVERTON Region IV BRENT CHADWICK MATT INGLE

903-355-8318

chad.hiatt@yahoo.com

csbaize@yahoo.com

ingleropehorses@gmail.com

Region V CLAYTON DRAKE VERN KAYLOR JODIE MORIAN Region VI DAVID FREEMAN TOMMY OHRT JASON UNDERBRINK Region VII CHAD CHANDLER CRAIG MILLER CORY PIERCE Region VIII JOHN DODSON MATT SCIBA 361-571-7888 matt@lifepointevictoria.com BRANDON SMITH Region IX STAN MCDONALD JOHN SCHUENEMAN 979-268-4994 jschueneman@shorthornres.com LYLE SMITH Region X JIMMY BALDWIN THOMAS BROCKWAY BRANT WARD STUDENT OFFICERS

Secretary: Dugan Chandler, President: Sierra Schueneman, Princess: Taylor Mobbs, VP: Paisley Pierce

PRESIDENT SIERRA SCHUENEMAN V.PRES PAISLEY PIERCE SECRETARY DUGAN CHANDLER PRINCESS TAYLOR MOBBS

www.tjhra.net

TJHRA MARKETING DIRECTOR

MACI MEYER 281-610-7346 macikmeyer@yahoo.com

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2016 STATE FINALS WRAP UP!

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By SIERRA SCHUENEMAN– TJHRA Student President

hat was the first thought that came to your mind when you found out you'd be in Gonzales Texas the last week of May? The scorching summer sun and “unbearable” heat? Was it knowing that you have a shot to compete at the biggest rodeo of your life? Let me guess, you saw all the memories from last years state finals on social media, and you couldn't wait for that to be you? Or perhaps, you like so many others had a mindset for the mark you would leave on the J.B. Wells Arena? Whatever your thoughts were on state, I am hopeful that you achieved those goals, and hopefully earned your spot on a coveted team heading to Lebanon. This being said, my first line of business is to congratulate our 2016 Texas Junior High National Team Members on their accomplishment. As I write this letter you are each currently on your pursuits of national titles and on quest of bringing the team trophy back to its rightful

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home in the Lone-Star State. Additionally I want to personally thank each of you who took the time to cast your vote in my favor, I hope that Paisley, Dugan, Taylor and myself make decisions that light a fire inside of you. Amidst the outstanding competition inside of the arena, other events evoked fierce competition between regions, and parents alike. Sunday before check in, parents and contestants both laced up a pair of tennis shoes and ran in the inaugural 5k! The highlight of the race was when the Reina Family of Region VII crossed the finish line, one on foot and the other on bike for mutual support. Region VII dominated the game in kickball, while Region III dogged, threw and ended up taking home the coveted dodgeball buckles. Speaking of hot competition, how awesome was it to cool off with a giant pineapple in the new expo center? I know that if your friends are anything like mine, you visited the shopping area more than once a day to buy one of these tasty treats. Maybe next year, we should create a new region competition, of who consumes the most fruity treats. Region II and Region VII took home the most coveted titles of all, along with multiple other State Championships. Titan Quigg and Jayci Byler, congrats on your All-Around titles! Jaycee additionally won the barrels and poles and the Rookie All Around Cowgirl for the week as well. While Titan took home a state championship in the Ribbon Roping with Tegan Dickson, and National Qualifications in the boys breakaway and in the team roping with Blayz Ingle. Region VII also took home the goat tying title, our past president put on a show! Mckenna Shook, Kenzi Burleson, Saige Sealy and Lacy Bruening talk about some fast hands! Four six second runs, two of which broke the arena record! Speaking of records and goat tying, Carsyn Sunvision also took home a Best Ever Pad for the fastest time in the boys goats, along with a state championship! Riley Webb of Region IV also was awarded a Best Ever Pad for his run in the breakaway. Ribbon Team Colton Greene and

Bradi Good dominated the field as well. By taking the Tie Down Roping and Breakaway Roping title back home to Region II as well as earning a trip to Lebanon as a team in the ribbons! Region II took home the W for the week as they collectively earned more points than another region. I would like to thank each of you personally, for being a member of the greatest youth rodeo organization that one could be involved in! Mrs. Anne Dollery, Mr. Brad Crone, Mr. John Bland and the countless number of volunteers that help make Texas Junior High Rodeo the organization that it is, each member owes you a thank you for your stellar contributions to our junior high rodeo experience. Jennings Rodeo Photography, thank you for your continued support of Texas Junior High and High School Rodeo, you contribute so much to our organization and capture some of the best moments of our lives on camera. J&J Rodeo Company, thank you for having spectacular stock during the finals so each contestants natural abilities were able to shine through. Lastly, to the eighth graders that are entering high school, good luck. Please do not forget the lessons and memories Gonzales left you with over the years, as you reflect back on the moments that helped shape you, I hope that the three long weeks spent in Gonzales year after year were the best time of your life. To the incoming sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, get your mindset on being a part of the National Team next summer! Thank you for allowing me to serve you one last time, Texas Junior High Rodeo, it has the been ride of a lifetime, and one that is quite full of memories! Just know, while you are reading this, National Champions have been crowned and region rodeos will be back in full swing before you know it. Don't take advantage of this summer, use it to become a better version of you! Until Next Time, Sierra Schueneman TJHRA STUDENT PRESIDENT


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2016 TJHRA FINALS FUN

The Fun R success a un at Independ en nd held o n Sunday ce Park was a check-in , May 22 . We kic y Lee earl nd befor k m e m d i J o d f n y f a e t a e h n o e r d n f i u h n a a M d l s s i r a b h r b C i g l , a 2 h n st! We c nd Annu lle an't wait t and al Fun R Hunter A s r e t h g i un! for the Bull F The New Junior High Princess, Taylor Mobbs, During the Grand Entry

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Trick Riders, Madison McDonald (left) and Emily Charlesworth (right) During the Rodeo


2016 TJHRA FINALS FUN

The Dodgeball Tournament held by American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches on Wednesday, May 25 was so much fun! We started off the tournament with a devotional and great music. These gorgeous buckles were awarded to the winning region! Region 10 won the Dodgeball tournament against Region 7.

The first annual Kickball Tournament sponsored by LubriSyn and Buck Fergeson Originals was held on Tuesday, May 24th! It was an intense game between Region 5 and Region 7, but Region 7 came out on top with the win!

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