Extreme Team News - March Issue

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2014 College Rodeo Edition 6

Taking the Next Step: Inside College Rodeo


by Holly DeLaune any THSRA and TJHRA members have aspirations of college rodeoing after their high school career. To help our members understand how the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) is structured and what our members can be doing now to prepare for that next step, we visited with Dr. Al Wagner, Faculty President of NIRA, Regional Faculty Director of the Southern Region and Texas A&M University’s Rodeo Coach. There first decision a high school Senior will make is where they want to attend college. If you are planning on attending a college or university in Texas then you will either be in the Southern or Southwest Region of the NIRA. These regions are divided by the I-35 corridor with the schools on the East belonging to the Southern Region and the schools on the West side belonging to the Southwest Region. Each rodeo year is comprised of approximately 10 rodeos that are hosted by different member schools. Member schools are designated as school that have joined the NIRA, have 5-6 competitors and pay a member fee. Students who do not attend a member school can still rodeo as an independent athlete; an example would be Blinn Junior College in Bryan. This year a NIRA membership card was $260 for a competing membership. “Everyone who buys their NIRA card can enter and go to the rodeos, but there are 6 men and 4 women that are designated as team members for their school. These team member’s points earned at rodeos will be the only points that will count towards the overall school’s team points. Any point you win at the rodeo (whether you are on the team or not) will go to your individual point standing,” says Wagner. There are a few differences from rodeoing in high school. One of the biggest differences would be the team aspect. “Students enjoy being a part of a team, it gives them a sense of belonging and community.” In a big university atmosphere you are one of thousands, but being a member of the rodeo team gives you the ability to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. “The team atmosphere is also promoted at rodeos by students wearing vests identifying their school and by team point standings,” said Wagner. As in most rodeo associations, points become very important at the end of the year. The top 3 in each event qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) and the top 2 men’s and women’s team members in the region will also qualify for nationals. Dr. Wagner says, “Travel money is different for every school. Some schools give money if you are on the designated team for that rodeo and some award money after the rodeo according to who earned the most points.” The approximate men’s entry fee is $75 for the first event and $50 for each event after. Women’s entry fees are $60 for the first event and $40 for each event after. “I always emphasize to every athlete that you are a STUDENT athlete. That is, student comes before athlete.

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You are in school to get an education and rodeo should always come second.” In the NIRA you have to maintain a 2.0 and complete 12 academic hours each semester (PE doesn’t count as an hour) to rodeo. The NIRA also has specific rules when it comes to transferring colleges that can sometimes be confusing. Dr. Wagner helped us understand the guidelines. If transferring from a junior college to a 4-year school you must have 48 hours completed, otherwise there is a transfer penalty of missing 3 rodeos. There is also an automatic 3-rodeo penalty for transferring from a 4-year school to a 4-year school. However, there is no penalty if you transfer from a nonmember school to a member school. Don’t worry if you already have college hours accrued during high school, these rules only apply to card holders. College rodeo is also different because athletes are expected to be responsible for themselves. Parents are not allowed in the arena, so athletes rely on their teammates for help. Athletes are also responsible for making sure their coach has entered them in the rodeos. The days

of dad pushing your calf and mom entering you in all your rodeos has passed once become a NIRA member. The NIRA also has a list of fines that can be given to athletes, so rodeo coaches advise each member review the rulebook to avoid getting a fine. Common fines are losing hat, parent in arena, drag rule, profanity, not wearing vest, no circle in front of the box, delay of rodeo rattling the chute and a few more. When asked what our high school students should be doing now to prepare for college and college rodeo, Dr. Wagner said, “It is very important if you are taking college courses as high school student, that you make sure you get an original transcript (not a copy) and bring with you when you come to school in the Fall. The NIRA office requires an original transcript from any place you took a course for credit (if your college credit came from multiple schools you will need one from each of them). Another idea to avoid problems is to send the transcript directly to the coach as soon as you receive it, so you do not have to keep up with it.”

“Dr. Wagner suggests that if you are enrolling into college in the Fall, then make an appointment to visit the rodeo coach and the school the Fall before your Freshman year. Make sure you are aware of admission application deadlines so that you have everything in on time. Ultimately, it is never too early to start inquiring with rodeo coaches about their programs!” Thank you to Dr. Al Wagner for taking the time to share this important information with our high school and junior high members as they prepare for their next step. For more information on the NIRA go to collegerodeo.com.

College Rodeo Team Standings southern & southwestern regions



Men’s Team 1. Sam Houston State University 2. McNeese State University 3. hill college

Men’s Team 1. Tarleton State University 2. Odessa College 3. weatherford college

Women’s Team 1. McNeese State University 2. Southwest Texas Junior College 3. sam houston state university

Women’s Team 1. eastern new mexico university 2. Texas Tech UniversityLubbock 3. tarleton state university

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Standings as of Oct 28, 2013

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National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Region Locations BIG SKY REGION

Montana; and also Northwest Community College - Powell, WY.


Kansas; Oklahoma; and also Northwest Missouri State University - Maryville, MO.


Wyoming; Colorado; and also Chadrom State College Chadron NE.


Arizona; and also New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, NM; San Juan College - Farmington, NM.; Western New Mexico University - Silvercity, NM.


North Dakota; South Dakota; Nebraska; Minnesota; Iowa; Wisconsin

NORTHWEST REGION Washington; Oregon; Northern Idaho


Missouri; Arkansas; Kentucky; Tennessee; Mississippi; Alabama; Indiana; Eastern; Louisiana; Michigan; Ohio; Illinois; Georgia; and Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI.


SOUTHERN REGION Eastern Texas; Western Louisiana

SOUTHWEST REGION New Mexico: Western Texas

WEST COAST REGION California; Nevada

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esident of Hondo Texas, executive board member Alan Bohlen has been an active leader in THSRA for the past seven years and was a state director for three years. Although Alan did not rodeo, he became a part of region 8 when his oldest daughter Juliana was a freshman. All three of his daughters grew up to rodeo at region 8; Juliana, Kelsey, and Brooke. Not only were the Bohlen’s members of region 8, but active members at that. All three girls competed in many events at the region level, state level, and national level, competed in the queen competitions and wrote the Ariat reports for region 8. Mrs. Linda Bohlen was always helping with something, whether she was in the box keeping times, or running the silent auction. Aside from rodeo, Alan proves to be a real businessman not only as Second Vice President of the board of directors but also owns car washes, ranches, and self storages, which are only just parts of his busy day to day life. But Mr. Bohlen also loves to hunt and finds enjoyment in horses and of course, rodeo. After a while of being involved in rodeo, Mr. Bohlen decided to be on the board and a part of making decisions, enhancing the quality of rodeo, and being involved in a great organization, helping to make it better and to help it grow. Bohlen is what some would describe as a people person. Having

to be at meetings, conferences, and answering questions are just a minimal of his responsibilities. Being a part of THSRA and NHSRA have really been an amazing part of the Bohlen’s lives and they have really helped make it grow and been a big part of it, From hanging banners at


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by Katie Whitaker midnight the night before the first region rodeo, to being the first one at the mandatory meeting at state. In the next several years Alan would like to see more scholarship opportunities and the membership continue to grow. The ever growing rodeo scene, especially in Texas and the surrounding neighbor states is not much of an issue, nor are the great funds raised for scholarships, but even so, the more members THSRA gains or NHSRA for that matter, the more scholarship funds we will be able to make and raise money for. Even though money and membership may not be an issue, Mr. Bohlen believes that an ever growing challenge in the rodeo world are, “The ever increasing cost to compete and the continuing demographic shift of the population from rural to urban.” Alan puts forth some of his favorite memories as, “Watching my children compete at the Region, State, and National level.” I think most parents would definitely agree with some of their favorite memories being very similar to Alan’s. In the next year or so Mr. Alan Bohlen plans to continue being an active executive board member of THSRA, with the ever increasing membership and great years to come Bohlen expresses his advice as, “cherishing the time you spend doing it, and the family and friends you have with you”, which seems like very good advice to all members and parents in NHSRA, because “they will last a lifetime.”

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Meet the Official Sports Injury Doctor of Texas High School Rodeo

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r. Tandy Freeman is a well renowned athletic trainer in the Rodeo Industry. He is the head of the Justin Sports Medicine team, and is also a sponsor of the Texas High School Rodeo Association. Tandy Freeman has treated some of the toughest and most severely injured cowboys and cowgirls in the world. Originally from west Texas, Dr. Freeman has travelled all over the world treating patients in


Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia as well as patients all over the United States. Dr. Tandy’s healing hands go much farther than the Rodeo World. He was also the team physician for the Dallas Mavericks, was orthopedic consultant to the Dallas Burn, team physician of the Dallas Freeze of the Central Hockey League, and has served as a member of the physician pool to the U.S. Ski Team. At the Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo, Dr. Bill Ziegler was taping up the bullfighters making sure that they were prepared and properly stretched before performing, asking questions as he proceeded to be sure the athlete was comfortable and that everything was precise and correct. Along with taping the bullfighters “Zig” was also treating a rough stock rider who had been injured in a previous event. Rodeo athletes are very lucky to have athletic trainers such as these as sponsors of the Texas High School Rodeo Association. Not only do the athletic trainers treat the athletes when they’re hurt, they prepare athletes for an event properly to prevent injury. When asked what it takes to be an athletic trainer, Dr. Tandy replied replied honestly that it was a lot of work and you had to have some pretty high credentials to be able to serve with him, saying that there weren’t many employees on the team but many volunteers who are a big help. This should make us feel more comfortable that he was our state sponsor, especially with the history he has. Dr. Freeman was one of Texas Monthly’s Super doctors in 2008 and 2009. He was also a Western Heritage award Inductee in 2008, the Texas Circuit Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association man of the year in 2004, and has been inducted in the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Not only is Dr. Tandy an amazing doctor, but an amazing down to earth man as well that we hope everyone has the opportunity to meet, with or without injury.

Mid-Winter Meeting Recap

by Mikey Duggan


attended my second NHSRA Mid-Winter Meeting in January and I enjoyed it even more than last year. National President, Billy McCormick, hosted the meetings in his home state of West Virginia and it provided a first opportunity to travel to this state for many attendees. It also provided for some interesting travel thanks to the winter storm that settled in early in the week. TJHRA Princess, Aubrie Fields, and I were on a plane that was diverted to Columbus, Ohio because the conditions at the airport in Charlotte, WV were unsafe for us to land. Instead, we were loaded onto a bus along with the Nevada high school student officers and the representatives from Gist Silversmiths for the almost 4 hour drive back to our original destination. But that’s not all. We still had the 1 ½ hour shuttle ride to the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, WV – our home for the next 4 days of meetings. We finally arrived at midnight. (I learned a lot about how to manage my motion sickness on this trip.) Wednesday morning at 8am I was hunting some caffeine heading into my first of 12 meetings I visited throughout the week. There were 19 committees on the schedule and anyone can attend any of these meetings to listen to the discussions, or even get involved in the discussions. It is really pretty interesting and there is so much to learn. Rodeo cowboys do not bring forth visions of board meetings but we have some very intelligent and business-minded people sitting on these committees and it is evident that they take their leadership positions seriously. Something that doesn’t happen every year was the addition of a new member state to the NHSRA. Maryland was voted in at the full board meeting on Saturday joining 41 other States, 5 Canadian Provinces and the country of Australia. Our Association is growing and it was exciting to witness it! You’ve probably heard by now about the new events for next year: Reined Cow Horse for High School and the Build A Cowboy program for the Junior High where steers are used to start future bareback and saddle bronc riders. There was a lot of discussion about both of these proposals before they were voted in by the full board. The week wasn’t all about meetings. We had some social events, too. The President’s Reception on Wednesday night featured a bluegrass band that reminded me of my year of banjo lessons when I was in the 5th grade. Thursday night we took a tour of a local coal mine museum. I will take the Texas Panhandle wind over working in a coal mine any day. Those guys were (are) tough. Friday night was the NHSRA Mid-Winter Meeting Banquet and Auction where Texas purchased the autographed banner of the 2013 NFR Contestants who are NHSRA alumni. And Saturday, the entire Texas entourage (with our Canadian friend Fritz Maier, British Columbia Director) literally took the “party bus” for an outstanding dinner at a local steak house. Travel home was less eventful – especially now that I have that motion sickness issue under control. The tumbleweeds blowing across the tarmac at the Amarillo airport were a welcome sight after seeing so much snow in West Virginia. As I did last year, I want to encourage all of you to get more involved whether it is at the Region, State or National level. It is a great way to make new friends and it may surprise you to learn what it really takes to run an Association of this size.


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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!


lise Driggers is a 17-year-old senior at Sweeny High School and Region VII’s Whatakid. She has been rodeoing since the age of 6 and she says she started because her grandfather roped steers and “I was ALWAYS with him, so naturally I picked up on the sport.” Alise says that her grandpa is the person she looks up to most. “I have a very close relationship with my grandpa. Since I was born, he has been my “right hand man.” We have spent countless hours together at the arena trying to get a pole run just right or perfecting my breakaway run. Not only does he help me with rodeo, he is like my best friend. I spend almost all of my summer by his side, whether it is working or having fun. He and my grandma have taught me so many things in life and given me so many memories that I will cherish forever.” She has been to the THSRA finals in Abilene all three years of her high school career and along the way she has won 16 saddles and numerous buckles. “My


favorite association is Texas High School Rodeo because Region VII is like a family, and I have been a part of that family since 6th grade. I also love the competition and the opportunities given by the association. It has opened numerous doors to my future and I am forever thankful for that,” says Driggers. All of her success is the product of hard work that takes daily commitment. Alise gets up each morning around 7:00 to a breakfast made by her Dad, after which she gets ready for school. She arrives at school around 8:30 where she takes three college classes and one AP class. After school she goes home to cook dinner, feed her animals and wait on everyone else to get home. “We eat dinner as a family every night, then head to the practice pen. I usually get home for the night around 9:30, do my homework, and go to bed,” says Driggers. Alise also excels in academics, which is proven in her 3rd place class ranking. She is the Parliamentarian of National Honors Society and serves as the Vice President of Powerset. She says her favorite class is Calculus and her favorite teacher is my calculus teacher, Mrs. Bertsch. Alise has specific goals for her education and where that will take her. She says, “I plan to go to Sam Houston State University and double major in accounting and finance. I then want to become a Chief Financial Officer of a small company somewhere close to my hometown.” She admits that keeping up with this schedule and staying on top of her rodeo game comes with some downfalls. “I have sacrificed lots of time to rodeo and have had to give up other sports to continue to keep up with my busy schedule, but I love my life and wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Alise. Alise says that her motto is “Life is a gift and you have to take each day one at a time, enjoying every second of each of those days.” She soaks up those seconds by doing some of her favorite things, which include playing on the river, being with her friends and spending time with family.” She closes by saying, “God has blessed me far more than I deserve with a wonderful family, great parents, and some amazing friends. I want to say thank you to my Mom and Dad for all they do and to my family for all the loving support they give me. “ Congratualtions to Region VII’s Whatakid, Alise Driggers, good luck to this bright star!

THSRA State Officers Visit Fort Worth by: McKenna Greene, THSRA Queen


n February the THSRA state officers set off for Fort Worth. Our first stop was at the Resistol Hat Company. The always lovely, Kaci Riggs, Head of Product Development, gave us a grand tour of the factory and showed us exactly how our Resistol hats were made. The factory and the process of how they make the hats is very interesting and there is way more to it than you would ever think!. We then participated in a focus group about what is important to us in our hats and what styles we liked best and why. Resistol is the leading hat maker for a reason and you can tell that she does her research to make sure they always have the best products around. After our time at Resistol, we were stockyards bound. Cal White, with the Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo Social Media Director, gave us the Behind The Chutes tour of the Fort Worth coliseum. He talked to us about the history of the stockshow and how they strive to make their rodeo the most authentic rodeo in Texas, while making sure that they stay current by using video boards, smart phone apps and even a new interactive program called "Score It" (where audience members can score the ride themselves and their score appears after the ride). The Ft. Worth Stock Show really gave us the royal treatment

by providing us a great dinner on the grounds. Later that night we got to experience one of the best rodeos in Texas. To top off our exciting weekend we were also able to visit many of our amazing sponsors such as/ Kubota, Preifert, Farm Bureau, NRS and McCoys. We had lunch with David Murry, Regional Sales Associate for Kubota, and got to learn more about our newest sponsor. Mr. Murry also took us to the Kubota booth and talked to us about how their products are produced and a little about each product. Being able to see the people who make our rodeo possible was really a privilege. All of the sponsors are greatly appreciated and Texas High School Rodeo would not be possible without them!

PHOTOS (LEFT TO RIGHT): Student Officers pose with Lindsey Jenkins, NRS representative at the stock show exhibit hall; Kaci Riggs, Product Development for Reistol Hats, gives a tour of the Resistol Hat Factory




student officers President - austin vincent vice president 1- klancy best vice president 2- aaron macy Secretary/historian - brent ivy


state directors / region officers kirt espenson 1750 CR 628 • Hart, Texas 79043 806.240.0432 • e6calfranch@aol.com

steve mcconnell 425 CR 510 • Hereford, Texas 79045 806.276.5671 • lindam@wtrt.net secretary - Mikey Duggan PO Box 1414 • Canyon, Texas 79015 806.655.9910 • m.j.duggan@att.net

joel kirkpatrick 2388 HWY 82 • Crosbyton, Texas 79322 806.697.2336 • jrtzkirkpatrick@hotmail.com President- Steve Mcconnell 425 CR 510 • Hereford, Texas 79045 806.276.4571 • lindam@wtrt.net


By Kennady Johnson


– ARIAT Performance Reporter

iving without aspirations is like having a pencil without lead. Pointless. Do you have dreams and goals? Do you want to go further in life? Are you just here, or are you truly living? These are the questions you need to ask yourself to determine what kind of life you are living, or more so the life you aren’t living. You were created to do amazing things, but sometimes we don’t fully reach our full potential because we don’t have a plan. It’s never too late to have a dream and go out and pursue it. No matter how far out there it seems, if you were meant to do it will come to pass. There are all kinds of different people that bring so many different things to the table. What will you bring? It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something. This world is like a puzzle, we are each a piece to the bigger picture. If a piece is missing the

picture won’t make sense. Do you truly believe you have a purpose in life? It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to someone it’s big and important. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”- Walt Disney. Courage is one of the hardest things to find, and once you find it it’s ever harder to use. But the payoff is greater than you could ever imagine. It only takes one brave and courageous step to completely change your life for the better. You have a purpose here on this Earth, make sure you fulfill it. You were not born just to take up space or be another statistic. You were born to change the world. What if nobody thought that they could do it? Where would this world be today? I’m sure they had doubts and fears, but they knew what they were doing was far greater. Don’t be afraid to live or dream. Because those are they people that change the world, one person at a time. Don’t live a pointless life. Live a life full of purpose.

Region I 2013-2014 High School & Junior High Rodeo Schedule March 8 & 9 - Vernon March 16 - Hereford March 22 - Lubbock Club @ Levelland March 29 & 30 - Altus - Rumble on the Red April 5 & 6 - available for weather make-up May 2, 3 & 4 - Tri-State Finals in Vernon

Farm & Ranch Family The folks at McCoy’s Building Supply understand that it takes a lot of hard work and the whole family pitching in to get things done on a farm or ranch. That’s why we’d like to take some time out to salute Texas High School Rodeo Association families who are farmers and ranchers. In our monthly Farm & Ranch Family Spotlight, we’ll feature one family, sharing their story of how they work together as a family to make their farm or ranch successful. The spotlight will run for 10 months; each month will feature a different region. Each Regional McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family will receive a $100 McCoy’s Gift Card. The McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Year will receive a $500 McCoy’s Gift Card and will be announced at the 2014 THSRA State Finals.

The Boettcher Family of Region VIII by Holly DeLaune

The Boettcher family is honored to be Region VIII’s McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family. Harlan and Nena Boettcher have two sons that are involved in THSRA and TJHRA. Mason is an 18-year-old team roper and Cade is 13 and competes in Breakaway, Ribbon Roping and Team Roping in Junior High Rodeo. They run Prairie Waterfowl Hunts out of their hometown of East Bernard, but host the hunts in Eagle Lake and Saskatchewan, Canada. Waterfowl (which is considered duck and geese) season means that Harlan is on the job guiding and overseeing guided hunts from when the first season starts in September till the end of February. He got started in the business out of a pure enjoyment of hunting waterfowl, which lead to him working for a friend as a guide. In 1993 he purchased the business from his friends and today he books all of the hunts and makes sure his clients have the best hunting experience around. They lease over 22,000 acres of hunting land in Eagle Lake alone to make sure their hunters have the best ground to hunt on. “Some weekends we have have 6-8 groups and up to 60 people hunting,” says Boettcher. Guiding both corporate and individual trips, Boettcher has a lot of repeat clientele and gets to know his hunters personally after years of hunting alongside each other. Harlan laughs a little when he says, “I guess I broke the mold, because all my family are bankers. I love being outside and in the country and I don’t care much about wearing a suit and being in the city working with a bunch of people in cubicles. I like wide-open spaces.” The family loves to spend their free time together enjoying the wideopen spaces of Texas. You would think that they would do that hunting every weekend, but this family is busy pursuing other hobbies they love. The Boettcher boys both love team roping and they compete at tons of USTRC ropings along with their THSRA / TJHRA rodeos, it keeps them on the road a lot. In addition to rodeo they are very involved in showing lambs at all of the major stock shows across Texas.

“My father-in-law was an Ag teacher for many years and got us involved in showing lambs,” said Boettcher. Attending 15-20 shows a year they have won classes at SALE and placed at Houston and many other shows. This year they both made the sale at San Antonio. Harlan admits that it is a great accomplishment to make the sale at a large show. He also said that showing animals teaches responsibility and gives great opportunity to save money for college. “Whatever money they make goes towards their scholarship fund,” says Boettcher. Keeping up with this family is a job in itself! “Every week we are so busy, just this week we were showing at San Antonio from Tuesday through Friday and then went to the USTRC Friday, two high school rodeos on Saturday and two junior high rodeos on Sunday. We pretty much go from project to project!.” The Boettcher Family says that their local McCoy’s store in El Campo has something for all of their family projects, whether it is fencing materials for their place in East Bernard or supplies for their business and hobbies. “In fact, we just bought a Priefert Air Chute from McCoy’s just the other day,” says Harlan. Congratulations to the Boettcher Family on receiving the great honor of being the Region VIII’s McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family! To learn more about their family business, go to Prairiewaterfowlhunts.com



5455 SE 1800 • Andrews, Texas 79718 432.661.9389 • cfalcon@andrews.esc18.net

student officers President - kynzie rae mcneill vice president - macie friess Secretary - lori hill state directors / region officers charlie falcon


secretary - jody mcelroy Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.940.0385 • secretary@thsra2.com

PO Box 673 • Eldorado, Texas 76936 325.853.2811 • m.mertz@wcc.net kenny stewart 2347 FM 829 • Stanton, Texas 79782 432.458.3439 • kwstewart93@gmail.com

michael mertz

President- dale roberts PO Box 1536 • Seminole, Texas 79360 432.209.4225 • dalrob12@yahoo.com


The Next Step He has made it to state every year in his events of team roping and tie down roping. Last year he ended up third in the overall standings for Region II. “My plans after high school are to attend A&M University and major in aerospace engineering,” said Cody Wes Davis has been rodeoing in Region II since junior high. He joined By raelyn hill – ARIAT Performance Reporter in 2008 and never left. Wes has rodeod s the season ending with only for six years starting in 2008 of his three weekends left in Region seventh grade year. He participates in JR HIGH SCHEDULE: II, we start to say good-bye calf roping and team roping. A few to a few senior boys. Cody Barber, of his rodeo accomplishments include Rodeo 7 & 8 Wes Davis, Trey Grimmes, and Kyle winning the calf roping at the Crider’s March 15 & 16 | Odessa Outback Journey are a few of the senior boys Summer Rodeo during the summer who will be off to the next step of of 2013. After graduating high school Region Finals their life after this rodeo season. this spring, Wes plans on going off to March 29 & 30 | Odessa Outback Cody Barber is a senior who has college to study to become a registered rodeod for six years and has been a nurse. member of Region II for five years. “My rodeo accomplishments would HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Cody stated, “My favorite thing have to be just how far I actually came Rodeo 11 & 12 about Region II is all the friends that in the amount of time I’ve been ridMarch 15 & 16 | Odessa I have accumulated over the years!” ing bulls,” were the words of Trey Grimmes, a senior of Region Rodeo 13 & 14 II. He has rodeod for two years March 22&23 | Andrews and has been a member of Region Finals Region II for one year. Trey’s April 4 & 5 | Andrews favorite thing about Region II are the bulls compared to any Cutting other Region. After graduatAugust 30 & 31 | Sweetwater ing, he plans to go on to receive his Journeymen’s license and become an electrician at a company he has worked at since he was 16. Kyle Journey a senior who came from New Mexico High School Rodeo has now been a member of Region II for one year. He has always participated in tie down jackpots and team roping. He has many accomplishments consisting of winning all around reserve in the High Plains Rodeo Association, winning the all around in the Lea County Rodeo Association, and winning multiple events in the Eddy County Rodeo Association. After finishing his senior year, Kyle plans on going to Mesa Lands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico, to continue his rodeo career in college. As these four go on to the next step of their life, Region II would like wish kyle journey them good luck!


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

THSRA Announces New Partnership with Kubota


e are excited to announce a new partnership with Kubota Tractors. Kubota came on board last month as a corporate sponsor of both Texas High School Rodeo and Junior High Rodeo. A big thank you goes out to the over 80 Texas Kubota Dealers who came together to invest individually into our association. “We feel what THSRA and TJHRA does in furthering education through scholarships and preserving our western heritage is important and we are excited to be a part of this great association. We are also looking forward to having our local dealers get to know the members and their families in their areas. We hope that through this sponsorship your families will get a chance to know more about the quality and products behind the Kubota name,” said David Murry, Kubota Regional Sales Manager. Holly DeLaune, THSRA Marketing Director said, "We want to make sure that our members and their families seek out their local Kubota dealer and let them know how thankful we are that they have

For More Information Contact Rodeo Coach Jake Mitchell at (806)683-6990 or at jkmitchell@fpctx.edu

Kubota regional sales manager, david murry, pictured with student officer team at fort worth stockshow and rodeo.

decided to invest in our members. We will be excited to see those "Kubota Orange" tractors working the arenas at both the state finals this year!" The Kubota Corporation of Japan was established in 1890 and has become an international brand leader with a focus on contributing to society by offering environmentally compatible equipment designed to improve quality of life. Kubota Corporation has subsidiaries and affiliates that manufacture and/or market products that are sold in more than 130 countries. Murry adds to that saying, "Kubota's product line is a leader all of the world, with our mini excavators being the #1 selling excavator in the world for each of the last 12 years." The Kubota tractor might have its roots on the Japanese farm where farms are traditionally smaller than those in America, but the need for high performance and powerful maneuverability is the same. Kubota Corporation introduced its first tractor to the United States in 1969. Filling a product void in the American marketplace, the Kubota 21 horsepower L200 was an overnight success. As a result, Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) was formed in 1972 and the company introduced its first 12 h.p. four-wheel drive tractor in 1974. Although four-wheel drive was common among larger American tractors, it was unheard of in the compact sector and became a benchmark for the industry. Over the past four decades, KTC has continued to expand its product line, with four lines of tractors, the BX, B, L and M Series. Kubota has successfully introduced compact construction equipment, compact track loaders, turf equipment, lawn and garden equipment, utility vehicles and a variety of Performance-Matched implements and attachments. KTC is now a leading marketer and distributor of under 120-h.p. tractors in the United States, offering more than 80 tractor models. Murry says, "Kubota is producing more and more models here in the United States and that we are the largest private sector employer in the state of Georgia." Kubota equipment is sold and serviced in the United States through a nationwide network of more than 1,100 authorized Kubota dealers supported by the company’s corporate headquarters in Torrance, California and four division offices and warehouses located in Lodi, California; Fort Worth, Texas; Groveport, Ohio; and Suwanee, Georgia.




WCJC has an outstanding rodeo program that is dedicated to ensuring our students success both academically and athletically. WCJC has a winning tradition and has claimed numerous individual and team titles on both the regional and national level. In the past twelve years, we have had seven teams (five men’s, 2 women’s) finish in the top ten in the nation, including our 2006 Reserve National Champion Men’s Team. Individual awards include three national titles, a national Rookie of the Year, the Walt Garrison Top Hand Award recipient, as well as many other individuals finishing in the top ten in the final national rankings. Many of our students have also gone on to successful careers in the PRCA, WPRA, and PBR.

• On-campus arena with horse stalls • Practice stock for timed events and rough stock • Indoor arena access • State-of-the-art weightroom facility • Average team size: 40 • Central location for college, youth, amateur and pro rodeos • Travel money available • Academic transfer and vocational programs • On-campus dorms for men & women • Large scholarship base

WCJC Distinguished Rodeo Alumni Trey Benton -Bull Riding 2012, 2013 PRCA WNFR Quaiifier 2012 PRCA Bull Riding Rookie of the Year 2012 NIRA Southern Region Bull Riding Champion 2012 NIRA CNFR - 4th in Buil Riding Caleb Smidt- Calf Roping & Team Roping 2013 PRCA All Around & Calf Roping Rookie of the Year 2013 PRCA WNFR Qualifier 2010 NIRA National All Around Champion 2010 NIRA National Reserve Calf Roping Champion 2010 NIRA Southern Region Champion All Around Cowboy, Champion Tiedown Roper, Champion Team Roping Header Douglas Duncan - Bull Riding 4-time PBR World Finals Qualifier 2-time PRCA WNFR Qualifier 2008 PRCA Rookie of the Year 2007 NIRA Southern Region Champion/CNFR Qualifier

Each year, WCJC sends teams to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

Justin Hendrick - Team Roping Heeler 2009 PRCA Rookie of the Year 2006 NIRA Southern Region Champion/CNFR Qualifier Matt Prichard - Calf Roping 2006 NIRA National Champion • CNFR Qualifier D.J. Domangue - Bull Riding 3-time PRCA WNFR Qualifier/CNFR Qualifier Stephanie Jacks - Goat Tying 2005 NIRA National Champion 2004 Southern Region Champion/CNFR Qualifier Bradley Harter - Saddle Bronc Riding 8-time PRCA WNFR Qualifier/ CNFR Qualifier 2-time NIRA Southern Region All-Around Champion Justin Maas - Calf Roping 8-time PRCA WNFR Qualifier/CNFR Qualifier Clay Cerny - Calf Roping 2-time PRCA WNFR Qualifier NIRA Southern Region Champion/CNFR Qualifier

Visit our website: wcjc.edu Texas Campus Locations: Wharton • Sugar Land • Richmond • Bay City Contact Coach Sean Amestoy: 979-532-6453 or email: seana@wcjc.edu


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mike Britain 645 CR 393 • Stephenville, Texas 76401 254.595.0563 • mjbfarmsinc@aol.com

student officers President - Allison danley vice president - Cheyenne Britain Secretary - dakota allen


state directors / region officers

fulton murray 7 Westover Road • Fort Worth, Texas 76107 214.789.4884 • jfmurray3@mac.com

940.365.1548 • mhairford@matadorresources.com

matt hairford 6464 Paradise Drive • Aubrey, Texas 76227

president - mike Britain 645 CR 393 • Stephenville, Texas 76401 254.595.0563 • mjbfarmsinc@aol.com secretary - Kelley Williams 8853 Greenhaven Dr. • Fort Worth, Texas 76179 817.706.8236• kelley.williams@thsra3.com


For the Love of the Game


– ARIAT Performance Reporter


hy do you rodeo?” This is a question I have heard on numerous occasions from people who are not familiar with the sport. After hearing about the hours spent with livestock and dirt, many people wonder what cowboys and cowgirls could possibly find appealing about the sport of rodeo; much less why they would be willing to sacrifice so much for it. So why do you rodeo? The answer is the reason you keep telling your parents, “Just one more.” It’s why you keep watching that rodeo run over and over and over. It’s why hearing the announcer call out “New leader” over the loud-

speaker is music to your ears. It’s the blood, the sweat, and the tears. It’s the countless hours of practice in weather so cold you can’t feel your hands or so hot you are about to pass out. It’s saying “No” so you can be the best. It’s for the love of the game. It comes as no surprise then that rodeo people are willing to make sacrifices to do what they love. Like any other serious sport, rodeo requires lots of time and dedication to become the best. Unlike other high school kids, THSRA contestants can be found feeding instead of sleeping in and practicing instead of going to the movies. Many high school cowboys and cowgirls decide to quit competing in other sports so that they can spend more time focusing on their rodeo. Some have even chosen the home school route, giving them the chance to personalize their education and have a flexible practice and rodeo schedule. While THSRA members are the ones gunning for glory in the arena, it’s the parents working behind the scenes who got them there. Whether they are opening the chute or paying for feed, vet bills, diesel, and entry fees, parents are constantly investing their time and money in their child’s rodeo career. From taking us to rodeos every weekend to helping us practice every night, our parents sacrifice to help us become the best we can be. For THSRA members and their families rodeo is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle.

For THSRA members and their families rodeo is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle.


student officers President - Mackenzie Roberts vice president - lainey cooper Secretary - courtney gardner


state directors / region officers jeff Roberts PO Box 158 • Wills Point, Texas 75169 972.742.6593 • droberts@teconcorp.com

jerry wade 9129 FM 2578 • Terrell, Texas 75160 214.663.4977• raelyn.wade@kbm1.com

chuck sinks 555 Sinks Road • Rockwall, Texas 75032 214.869.4719 • ssbarexcavating@aol.com

President- jerry wade 9129 FM 2578• Terrell, Texas 75160 972.524.6880 • raelyn.wade@kbm1.com secretary - debby roberts PO Box 158• Wills Point, Texas 75169 972.742.6405 • droberts@teconcorp.com



Sensational Seniors


By kailey toal– ARIAT Performance Reporter

t is time for another round of senior spotlights! This month we will get to look at two of our Region IV seniors and get to learn more about them and what makes them great. Taylor Rich is a 17 year old, born in Dallas and now residing in Gunther, Texas. She is homeschooled, and her parents are Angie and Phil Rich. She tells that her parents are the ones who have influenced and helped her the most in rodeo, and that “They are always there when I need them and supply me with everything I need to be successful.” She furthermore says that her idol is Lyndee Stairs. She says that she bought her horse, Diesel, from her and “made a lasting friendship.” Taylor goes on to say that she hopes, “someday I can be the rider she was,” and that she wants to send her a big thanks for all the help! In addition to Sippin Diesel, or Diesel, Taylor has FN Fast Firewater, also known as, Burney. She has competed in rodeo for ten years and her favorite and only event to compete in is barrels. Some of her biggest accomplishments in rodeo would be qualifying for the AQHYA World Show, various money wins at big barrel races and qualifying for state her 8th grade year, which is also her favorite

high school rodeo memory. Taylor has enjoyed the competiveness and friendships the most during her two years spent with Region IV. She has told that, “Rodeo definitely teaches a person to mature and responsibility. You are caring for a 1,000 pound animal.” The most embarrassing thing in her rodeo career so far is that, “I always put my knee in my horses pee or poop while putting my horse’s polo wraps on. And I always go to run with a stain on my knee!” She enjoys rodeo and barrels races, and says that she will miss competing the most when she graduates. After she graduates, she plans to attend Tarleton State University, major in animal science and hopefully get admitted to Texas A&M vet school. She will continue to ride and rodeo as well. Her piece of advice for everyone at Region is, “Do not wish away high school! Cherish every moment and make lots of memories!” In addition to this piece of advice, Taylor shares a few of her favorite quotes. The first is, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!” another of her favorite would be: “Don’t mistake Gods patience for His absence. His timing is perfect and His presence is constant. He is always with you!” Lastly, she would like to share Deuteronomy 31:6 which tells, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Taylor Rich is one great cowgirl that never gives up, sets goals and works to achieve them. Dylan Potts is our next senior to be put in the spotlight. He is 17, born in Denison, and lives in Ivanhoe, Texas, where he attends Sam Rayburn high school. His family consists of his grandparents, Cindy and Mike Mahoney, and his brother, Taylor. He tells that his grandmother, Cindy, is his rodeo idol because, “she has hauled to rodeos all these years, paid entry fees, sat in the E.R. several times and is my biggest supporter in everything I do.” He says the person who has influenced and helped him the

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most in rodeo is, “Jackie Gibbs (who) helped me learn to ride calves when I was 7 years old.” Dylan’s rodeo career started when he was seven and he is in the middle of his first year at Region IV. In the time that he has been rodeoing, he has learned that, “you need to practice, practice, practice.” He has also won two saddles and numerous buckles through his career, which are a result of his dedication to practice. His favorite thing about Region IV is that he only has to haul to five rodeos because he rides two bulls each time. In addition to bull riding, he competes in chute-dogging, however, bull riding is his favorite. His horse’s names are Dolly, Miss Busy Bugs and Oatmeal. His most embarrassing moment includes his horse, Dolly, “bucking down the arena in goat tying.” He could not pick a favorite high school rodeo memory because, “They are all my favorite and it’s ending way too soon.” He also states that he will miss seeing his friends and wants to tell the members of Region IV to “enjoy it while it lasts!” After high school, he plans to go to college and continue rodeoing. His favorite quote is “Champions are not those who never fail but those who never quit.” Outside of rodeo and his strive to be a champion, Dylan has played basketball and run track for three years. He is also a member of Sam Rayburn FFA, on the livestock and horse judging teams. He furthermore has raised and shown commercial heifers at the county fair for six years. Dylan Potts definitely works hard and gives everything his all. Region IV is blessed to have such driven and hardworking seniors representing us. Good luck to all our seniors and competitors. Remember to take our seniors advice and “Cherish every moment” and “Enjoy it while it lasts.”

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Finishing the Race

President - kacie lummis vice president - jayce young Secretary - kallie wisener

student officers


state directors / region officers Gene Arceneaux 13448 Coon Road • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.296.3818 • garceneaux@sigindserv.com

jeff lummus PO Box 646 • Orangefield, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • jhlummus@yahoo.com

carter elliott 17125 FM 850 • Arp, Texas 75750 903.521.2034 • candjcattle@gmail.com

President- gene arceneaux 13448 Coon Rd • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.296.3818 • garceneaux@sigindserv.com secretary - phyllis arceneaux 13448 Coon Rd • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.296.2014• regionvsecretary@gmail.com


By Kallie


wisener – ARIAT Performance Reporter

ife is all about what you make of it. Whether in school or in the practice pen it’s all about doing your best, and with it comes improvement. Here in Region V, it’s all about the fight and sacrifice every competitor makes once they enter the arena. With the hard work every competitor makes, of each show that comes around, it makes each rodeo a tough place to compete. For everyone the regional competition is winding down and with that comes "Goodbye". Region V will be saying "Goodbye" to 43 seniors. But they mustn’t go unrecognized. Senior of Neches High School, Brad Lovelady, has been in Region V for four years now. In Region V Brad competes in calf-roping and team roping. In the 2013, Brad finished top 5 in calf roping, sending him to state. Brad is also a Region V director over team roping (head side). Not only is Brad an active member of Region V but Little Britches as well. Brad holds the 2011 All-around Cowboy Champion and the 2013 Reserve All Around Cowboy Champion. After graduation, Brad plans to continue rodeoing in college or open rodeos,

but more importantly he plans to attend college at Sam Houston University to major in chemical engineering. Aside from rodeo, brad enjoys hanging out with his friends. Another favorite past time hobby for brad is hunting and fishing. For Brad, cowboying is an everyday job. Brad works at the Butler Ranch, where he spends most of his days. At the end of the day he is grateful to be a part of Region V. He says "Without the competition, he wouldn’t be pushed to be a better competitor." As for another senior, Justin Locke, this is his first year. Justin has always loved riding bulls and he decided to make his senior year and join Region V. The passion of rodeo has always been in Justin’s heart. At the age of 3 Justin can remember riding the arm of the couch while watching the PBR, but little did he know he would base his life around the passion that started when he was young. Coming into high school rodeo, he has one thing on his mind and that’s being in the top ten and qualifying for state. The competition in Region V challenges him to preform to his best. As Justin leaves region V he will miss the competition with his friends, but doesn’t plan on stopping there. After graduation Justin plans on going to college to become a process operator and continue riding bulls as long as he can. When Justin isn’t riding he enjoys riding four-wheelers, hunting, and hanging out with friends. The adrenaline rush that Justin gets when he rides keeps his competitive spirit alive. Senior of West Sabine High, Sarah Ferguson, has been a region v competitor since the 7th grade. Sarah bends poles, chases cans, and breakaway ropes for her region. At her high school, Sarah is a FFA officer. Sarah is also this

2013-2014 Region V High School Rodeo Schedule March 1-2, 2013 Marshall City Arena -Marshall TX April 5-6, 2013 Nacogdoches County Expo Center-Nacogdoches TX

year’s Region V pole bending director. Throughout her years competing in Region V, Sarah has enjoyed the friendly competition and atmosphere of every rodeo. When Sarah graduates her plans are to attend Lamar University were she will start to study Pre-dental. Outside of high school rodeo, Sarah enjoys hunting and hanging out with friends. Sarah is a member of 4H where she shows hogs at all the major shows. Region V is no doubt home to the cowgirl. Rodeoing most of her life, Karlie Steadham is glad she choose Region V. Moving from Region 7, Karlie feels she made the right choice. She is grateful from all the new people she has meet throughout the years. Looking back throughout the years, Karlie has realized that her experience in Region V has made her a better competitor and helped her

karlie steadham photo by Jennings

through personal challenges that helped her over the mind game of rodeo. Karlie states “Being in high school rodeo, it’s definitely you against the clock!” Karlie competes in Barrels, Poles, and goat tying. After graduation, Karlie plans on studying to become a nurse and continue rodeoing in college. When Karlie isn’t in the saddle, she likes to travel to the beach and San Marcus. Karlie also enjoys reading and hanging out with friends in her free time.But when Karlie is competing her is hard to beat. Her freshman year she qualified in five events, along with winning the Rookie all around cowgirl. At state Karlie won 2nd in the go around. Her sophomore year she qualified in two events and she also was the pole pending champion in region V. Her junior year she qualified for three events in Region V. There is no way she won’t keep her qualifying streak. Senior from Alto, Logan Smith has competed a long time in high school rodeo. Logan has been a member of Region V ever since the

6th grade. Throughout his rodeo experience Logan has won several belt buckles. Logan’s event is team roping, where he ropes with his younger sister Emily Smith. When he isn’t rodeoing, he is riding his four wheeler and hanging out with friends. While Logan has been in high school rodeo he has enjoyed being around his friends and family. After graduation he plans to play college football and attend Sam Houston University where he will major in diesel mechanics. Chance Holcombe, senior of Silverton High School, has been in Region V ever since the 6th grade. Chance competes in team roping along with his partner Logan Cook. Chances 8th grade year he was the Team Roping Champion. Not only was he a region champion, but he has been a state qualifier every year in high school. Chance has enjoyed

chance holcombe photo by Jennings

brad lovelady photo by Jennings

meeting new people and hanging out with friends in Region V. When Chance graduates he wants to just cowboy and go around working for ranches. Emily Wright, soon to be graduate East Beauregard High, has competed in Region V her whole high school career. Emily is a contender in goat tying, breakaway, and team roping. Emily feeds of the competition only to improve herself and be the best she can be. After graduation wants to go to McNeese and major in Pre-vet and continue to rodeo on their rodeo team. After that she plans to apply for the LSU vet school and become a vet and specialize in equine. Emily has been around horses her whole life and plans to continue to be around them in her future career. For the rest of the year Emily’s goals are to qualify in all her events, which seem very promising for her this year. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.


President - kalli davis vice president - kendra dracoulis Secretary - katie boyd state directors wesley caldwell 3918 Kerr Creek Drive • Gonzales, TX 78629 830.672.3902 • wcaldwell@gvec.org

student officers


secretary - Laura Goodman 4896 Windmill Cove • Waelder, Texas 78959 830.839.4206 • lgoodman4206@gmail.com

pat davis 3833 CR 284 • Hardwood, Texas 78632 830.540.4312 • Patrick.Davis@dps.texas.gov president - bubba bennight 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • bubbabennight@yahoo.com




– ARIAT Performance Reporter

I am so proud of everyone and who they have become. I talked to some of the seniors about what their plans are after high school. I plan to study nursing in college at the University of the Incarnate Word. My goal is to obtain a Doctorate degree, and become a Nurse Practitioner. I hope one day to have the opportunity to work as a pediatric or trauma nurse. Nurses truly are the heart of the hospital and that inspires me every

ooking back it’s hard to believe how fast the years have gone. Starting out in 6th grade in the TJHRA and now we are all seniors. We have grown in friendship and skill, and we have learned lessons that made us who we are today. Some things have gone our way while others haven’t, but through it all we wouldn’t trade these years for anything! We are a family, we have all had our disputes but in the end nothing has changed. We have supported each other from day one, and I know we will all continue to do so as we move on to college! Region VI has taught us all so much, we have learned to never give up and always persevere. Rodeo isn’t an easy sport, there are times when you are tried and tired but we know to never give up. Each and every one of us chases our dreams, and I can’t wait to see where this next chapter takes us all.

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

March 8 & 9, 2014

day to go forth and pursue a career, full of compassion, and dedicate my life to helping others. After gaining experience in the field of nursing I hope to one day be a professor and teach others who aspire to become a nurse. I am going to play collegiate golf at UIW and continue to haul to open rodeos while in college. Suade Furr plans to attend Hill Jr. College and rodeo on the rodeo team. She wants to get her degree in Fashion Design/Marketing. Suade wants to make CNFR and win the barrel racing in her college region. Suade chose fashion design and marketing because she enjoys fashion and knows she will enjoy that as her profession. After college she wants to train and ride futurity horses and pro rodeo in hopes of making the NFR one day. Whitney Thurmond is going to attend Texas A&M University on a rodeo scholarship. She plans to major in business. She chose A&M because she wants to receive the best education possible and it is a great school! Reid Zapalac is going to attend Wharton Junior College on a rodeo scholarship. Reid plans to study Ag Business at Wharton and then transfer to A&M to study ranch management. Reid has chosen this profession because “cattle and cowboying is all he knows how to do.” Katie Boyd plans to attend Texas A&M or Sam Houston University on a rodeo scholarship. She wants to follow in her family’s footsteps and major in business so that one day she can take over and run her mothers Civil Marine Construction Company! I would like to congratulate all of our Region VI members who did an amazing job at San Antonio Youth Rodeo! In the 16-18 division Morgan Brown took home the $10,000 scholarship as well as a first place in the pole bending and goat tying! Katie Boyd placed second in the barrel racing. In the 13-15 age group Cullen Upright won the tiedown roping. Neilon Reitz was second in the ribbon roping. Colt Richards was second in the team roping. Lindsei Harvey took first in the barrels. In the 9-12 division Wells Mitchell won the ribbon roping! Way to go Region VI members! I would like to say a special thank you to Kevin Johnson who donated a beautiful pair of spurs to benefit our region! The raffle raised $1,230 that will go to year-end prizes!

Photos (left to right): The beautiful spurs donated by Kevin Johnson, thank you so much for supporting our region; Morgan Brown with her $10,000 scholarship; Cullen Upright at the San Antonio Youth Rodeo with his tie down buckle; Lindsei Harvey with her horse Trav after winning the barrels in her age group at the San Antonio Youth Rodeo; Suade Furr modeling for Buck Furgeson!

Next months rodeo dates are March 8th & 9th hope to see each and every one of you there! Remember to cherish your years in the THSRA, I promise these are memories that will last a lifetime!



Shining Stars

President - will byler vice president - kary ann keaton Secretary - marci raley

student officers

state directors / region officers brandon bratton 7245 S FM 2038 • Bryan, Texas 77808 979.324.5294 • bratton1974@yahoo.com

melissa raley 6100 Hoddeville School Rd • Brenham, Texas 77823 979.830.0878 • melissaraley@texasbb.com


secretary - anne dollery PO Box 886 • Caldwell, Texas 77836 979.272.2249 • texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

randy halbert 18710 FM 442 • Needville, Texas 77461 979.793.6414 • rbhalbert@yahoo.com President- robert sbrusch 821 Manor Drive • Angleton, Texas 77515 979.848.3805 • sbrusch@sbcglobal.net


in San Antonio By SYDNEY GOLBOW


– ARIAT Performance Reporter

n February 10 and February 11, 25 of Region 7’s Junior High and High School members competed at the first annual San Antonio Youth Rodeo and left their mark in the Horse Show Arena. In the 9-12 events, Conner Atkinson won the breakaway with a 2.67. The 13-15 events were full of winners from the Whataregion. Haley Allison won the Pole Bending with a 20.813 with Kaila Ducharme coming in right behind her with a 21.328. Tanner Green was the Reserve Champion Tie Down roper with a 12.87 as well as the Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper with a 2.31. The 16-18 age group was tough group to compete against, but Region 7 came out on top. Loni Kay Lester was the Reserve Champion Goat Tier with a 7.84 and the Barrel Racing Champion with a 15.984. Jaylon Lindsey won the Tie Down with a 10.57 and came second in the Breakaway with a 1.91. Reid Halbert was the Champion Breakaway Roper with a 1.00, Reserve Champion Ribbon Roper with a 4.15, And Reserve Champion Team RoperHeeler with a 6.29. In addition to all of this, two of our

members also received some scholarships. Bailey Reina received a combined score of 293, securing her second place in the NCHA Senior Cutting and earning her a $10,000 scholarship. As a junior in high school, she is very active in rodeo and softball. Reid Halbert also wrangled his way to a $10,000 scholarship. Halbert stated, “I am truly honored to have won this scholarship. I am still in shock! It will truly be helpful as I pursue my dreams.” Halbert wanted to thank Needville ISD and Needville FFA for their support, Mark Atkinson for helping him improve his calf roping skills, his dad for all the long hours spent in the arena, his mom for her video skills, and his entire family for their support. With triumph also comes tragedy. Our prayers go out to Jasmine Humphrey and her family over the loss of their beloved Brownie. As you can see, Region 7 put everyone in their place at the San Antonio Youth Rodeo and is ready to show what they got at the state finals in June. Keep up the work Region 7.

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state directors / region officers

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secretary - Nena Boettcher


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lori herrmann 12614 FM 70 • Sandia, Texas 78383 361.510.8775 • lori_herrmann@yahoo.com leslie pullin 969 S FM631 • Taft, TX 78390 ldpullin@aol.com • 361.528.3140 PO Box 293• Sinton, Texas 78387

President- lonnie brown



See You at State!


WHITAKER – ARIAT Performance Reporter


wonderful season finally comes to an end at region 8. And what a wonderful season it was! As the seniors ran at their very last high school rodeo, they looked back on years past with happiness and a proud heart. For some, this was their first year to be a member of region 8 and they cant wait for state and next season. In the midst of the rodeo, a break was held to honor the seniors and have them ride around the arena and meet with

their parents with heart felt speeches and pictures. As state approaches in the upcoming months, kids are eagerly preparing. Logan Quinn, a freshman this year at region 8 is preparing for her first state finals, “My plans are to just do as good as possible and God will lead me and my horses in the right direction. I will prepare for state by practicing everyday and making sure my horses are healthy, and my trailer is functioning properly.” Quinn expresses her feelings that her freshman year was nothing short of great and looks forward to next year. As for some competitors, this summer will be their very last trip to Abilene as a high school student. Being a member of Texas High School Rodeo Association has made a great impact on many cowboys and cowgirls. Courtney Myers, a senior from region 8 tells of her wonderful experiences, “Region 8 has impacted my life so much by teaching me to be more responsible. My leadership skills have flourished and I have made so many friends!” Not only has being a member of high school rodeo taught not only Courtney a lot, as well as many other kids, it has given her some unforgettable memories. “This year at the last region rodeo of my senior year, it came down to the last breakaway calf

photos (left to right): Sissy Winn and BradforD Loeffler, the All around champs. Photos by Jennings

to see who would come out on top in the breakaway.” Myers had won the breakaway in 2013 and wanted to repeat herself for her final year. With hard work she came out on top, well fought and well deserved. Another senior, Kristin Conway, tells of how region 8 has taught her to reach for her goals and to get back up after trials, and to always drive to succeed. After the season seemed to fly by, it was time to crown our region champions. Sissy Winn and Bradford Loeffler came out on top in the all around race. As for the all round rookies this year, Davette Stegman and Justin Dela Garza took an exciting first place. Shelby Herrmann - barrels. Sissy Winn - girls cutting and pole bending. Wesley Vickers - steer wrestling. West Henderson - boys cutting. Greg Cordova and Justin Dela Garza - team roping. Davette Stegman - Goat Tying. Cameron Loveday - calf roping. And Courtney Myers - breakaway. What a wonderful season it has been here at region 8. A large growth in the region this year came out with a lot of freshman, new friendships, and new experiences. As we look towards June and every student practices hard with the dream of nationals, we keep our focus on God knowing he will lead us down our own paths. Good luck to all the region 8 members! See you at state!

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his year, we will be utilizing our THSRA Facebook page more than one on your friend list! Our goal is to reach not only current members, but ever to bring you insider information into what is going on across alumni and those that love rodeo. each Region in the great state of Texas. Make sure that you and your family have all LIKED us on facebook so all of this information appears in TAG US IN YOUR RODEO PICTURES / VIDEOS your news feed and so you can view our pictures. We want to see your rodeo pictures and videos from your latest region rodeo and your behind the scenes pictures at the State Finals! Upload your HELP US MAKE NEW FRIENDS pictures and video and then “tag” THSRA, so all our friends can see you in If you are already one of our friends please suggest our page to every- action.




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President - jake hughes vice president - riley hooks secretary - kelsey thompson

student officers

state directors / region officers john hooks

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chris starns

secretary - kim ackel 19885 Burrell Wingate Rd • Beaumont 77705


409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

119 CR 451 • Buffalo, Texas 75831 903.388.6164 • j_w_westbrook@yahoo.com

President- eddie dyson

julie jordan

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


By Natalie swenson– ARIAT Performance Reporter

egion 9 rodeo number 8 and 9 were smooth and quick. As the season is progressing but soon coming to an end with only 3 rodeos left competitors are really putting on the heat to make it to state. Also with the season coming to an end the position of Ariat Reporter is soon to be open for reelection. So what does it take to be your region reporter? It takes dedication. This means that you have to stay from start to finish talking to members, watching all of the rodeos looking for what's going to be in your next article. You have to be involved. Get into the arena and help where ever you can. This not only is good for you but as a reporter you are a role model for all of the members of your region. This should not be required of you but it should be already done. From experience being involved improves your overall High School Rodeo experience. So go get involved!

Next you have to be disciplined. Writing an article one time a month might seem easy. But if you're not thinking about what you're gonna write and have a plan for each article it will sneak up on you before you know it. I am so glad that I took on this position and encourage everyone to consider doing it. Because with a little work this is an easy job that is very rewarding. You get to have YOUR writing in the state paper that is read all over Texas. You're the voice of your region. You have two pages to brag about how awesome your region is, how its going to dominate state, and Texas is going to take home a 6th consecutive national title. Even more exciting you get a $500 scholarship! So get involved and be the next Ariat Reporter! So something that seems to be coming out of every rodeo competitors mouth is The American. The worlds highest paying one day rodeo paying out 1 million dollars! A rodeo of this stature has never happened before. Open to all ages a variety of competitors have been trying to get there hands on the money. Many are wondering what this will do to rodeo and most are very excited that something like this has finally happened. By looking at the qualifications thus far a few of the competitors are either current Texas High School Rodeo members or are alumni! The American will take place in Arlington, TX March 6. Seniors be looking at filling out scholarship applications soon. The deadlines for thoughs are soon approaching and you don't want to miss out on that opportunity. Region 9 members remember that everything should be turned in at this point and if you have not done so talk to Mrs. Kim ASAP!

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student officers President - maverick harper vice president - parker cudd secretary/tres. - lydia bierschwale vanessa halford 1817 CR 177 • Stephenville, TX 76401 254.595.1211 • vanessa.halford@sville.us

jerry wright 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net secretary - leigh ann flores PO Box 243 • McGregor, Texas 76657 254.722.0795 • region10rodeo@att.net

state directors / region officers

marty mcfall 1701 CR 135 • Brownwood, Texas 76801 325.642.4108 • mdmac76801@yahoo.com president - jerry wright 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net




BOILES– ARIAT Performance Reporter

declare I am grateful for who God is in my life and for what He's done. I will not take for granted the people, the opportunities, and the favor He has blessed me with. I will look at what is right and not what is wrong. I will thank Him for what I have and not complain about what I don't have. I will see each day as a gift from God. My heart will overflow with praise and gratitude for all of His goodness. This is my declaration." -Joel Osteen. Within this life of rodeo that we live, we are often faced with times of defeat and question. When we are torn between being the careless teen society makes out to be so glorious, and doing something towards moving in the direction of a goal, character, and the amount

of crave for the sport a contestant beholds is revealed. Rodeo stands for so many things for so many people, and an unbelievable amount of people would do almost anything to get just the chance we receive twice a month in Salado. When you look back on your life, wether you make it to the NFR, or just fulfilled your high school days with rodeoing, I hope you are able to reflect on the many qualities being taught, and lessons learned. Many of us have given up our sports we play, our hard earned money, time with friends and often even time with family. Nobody guaranteed this road to success would be easy, they just said it would be worth it. Muhammad Ali once said, "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." Missing out on certain things in life isn't always a walk in the park, especially when countless hours are spent practicing only to fall short, because losing is NEVER fun, but it's part of rodeo. It's part of making you into who you are, but most of all it's part of life. So, take these failures as a gift, and appreciate the chance you have been given. Region X is especially thankful for all of those who come and participate in the jackpot roping to benefit both Jr high and High school rodeos. February 15 we had a turn out of 245 teams, and hope to Increase that number at the very last Roping in March! Wishing everyone safe travels and many blessings to seize the day!

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Texas Junior High Rodeo Association News Letter from the TJHRA Secretary


unior High Rodeo Contestants and Families: Where does the time go, when we are having so much fun? As you are reading this month’s article many of the regions are finishing up their seasons, I hope you all have done your best and are ready to be signing up for state! Just because the region rodeos are coming to an end keep practicing so you will be on top of your game when the finals roll around. Before we know it we will be in Gonzales for the state finals. If you are wondering how you can get more involved with the TJHRA, make sure you look through your state package and fill out the application for running for a student election. At state this year we will be electing our new student officer team. The application must be in the state office by May 1, 2014 so make sure you get yours in. Also, don’t forget to enter the light rifle contest. If you did not qualify for state you are still eligible to come to the light rifle contest. We are seeking all shooting activist to come shoot in Gonzales at our qualifying contest. We will take the top four to Nationals with us this summer. The awards they receive in shooting are something to brag about! I hope that everyone is getting excited about this summer. As usual we are planning some new and exciting things going on during the finals. I have a couple of vendor spots open in the vendor tent if anyone knows of someone interested. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. See you soon, Anne Dollery TJHRA State Secretary

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Texas Junior High Rodeo Association News

a race for the championship titles

By catherine clayton – Reg III Jr. High Vice President


his year’s rodeo season for Region III has been amazing. We have been blessed with great weather, and we are thankful to have many new members this year. With the first half of our rodeos being held in Graham, TX, our Junior High group has been competing in a fast pace race for the championship titles. Our last rodeos are being held at Lone Star Arena, in Stephenville, TX, and the fight for the All-Around cowboy and cowgirl will come down to those last few points. Going into rodeos #9 & 10 and before our Region finals, Jordi Edens, of Gatesville, TX is currently in the lead for the Junior High Girls All-Around title with 4,150 points. Trailing close behind in second is Catherine Clayton, of Dublin, TX, with 3,935 points. In third is Presli Bray of Stephenville, TX with 3,725 points. With just a few points separating these cowgirls, they will need to keep fighting until the last run is made. It will prove to be an interesting race to see who wins the coveted All-

jordi edens

Around title. Leading the Junior High Boys All-Around race is Holden Myers of Van, TX with 4,430 points. Not too far behind is, Tanner Baker, of Alvord, TX with 3,630 points, and close in third is Grant Carter, of Santo, TX with 3,210 points. With so many points still up for grabs, these competitors must make the most of every run they have left. This is no time to let up or relax. Clearly, nobody can call the All-Around title theirs just yet. Sixth grader Jordi Edens is not only holding the All-Around title, but also the Junior High Girls Rookie of the Year title. It takes a cowgirl with a lot of talent to be holding both titles. Jordi competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway, ribbon roping, and team roping. Jordi’s favorite event is goat tying. “This event is my favorite because the responsibility of how I do mostly lies within me.” says Jordi. “The more I practice the better I get.” She also likes this event most because it has blessed her with great people that are willing to help her improve. She says, “They make all the time I spend practicing more enjoyable.” Jordi says her goat tying horse, Pokey, is another reason that goat tying is her favorite event. “Pokey is honest and always gives me her very best every time we compete.” Rodeo is important to Jordi because it is a huge part of her life. “My parents were always involved in rodeo and now I get to carry on their legacy.” Jordi says “Rodeo has allowed me to meet people that I will be lifelong friends with.” Jordi’s friends and family mean everything to her, and she enjoys the fact that rodeo allows her to spend time with them. “I also love that rodeo lets me have a partnership with my horses. I enjoy spending time with them whether it’s competing or just practicing.” This is Jordi’s first year as a member of TJHRA and we are thankful to have her as a member of Region III. Jordi’s most memorable moment competing at region III is when she was a 20.1 in the pole bending. “That’s the fastest time I’ve ever ran before.” she says. “It was very exciting.” We certainly expect her to have many more personal best times before the year comes to an end. Sixth grader, Chisum Allen, is currently in the lead for Junior High Boys Rookie of the Year. Chisum says, “Competing with all the tough junior high cowboys in Region III has really pushed me to improve.” While Chisum has been a member of Region III for several years as a Youth competitor, his most memorable moment this year is when he and Zant Lewis were a 7 in the team roping. Chisum is passionate about roping; he says “I love any event that involves a rope.” This is no surprise to anyone in Region III. We look forward to watching as his passions become World Titles. Good luck to every Region III member competing in this year’s region finals! Remember; Go confidently in the directions of your dreams. ~ Henry David Thoreau











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Texas Junior High Rodeo Association News What an Amazing Experience! By Brendon strickland– Reg VI Jr. High President


ello Rodeo fans! I am Brendon Strickland, your Region 4 Junior High President and team roper. As a 6th grader from Princeton, Texas, I can only say what an amazing experience my first year at Junior High Rodeo Association, Region 4 has been. Every rodeo Sunday I can't wait to get out of church and head to Terrell to see the other events and the tight point races of such a competitive group. It wouldn't be right if I didn't give a special thanks to my partner, Riley Rieken and his family, as well as my jackpot partner, Cayl Sieber.

Some kids love to play football, baseball, cheerleading, or other extracurricular activities. But there is no doubt that rodeo is a way of life, and it gets in your blood. As I watch Region 4 and the commitment from contestants and parents, I realize just how amazing it is to be around the sport of rodeo. I know each of us spend several hours working with our horses and practicing on our events just to be able to compete at this level. As we go down the stretch in Region 4, Savannah Waller and Tatum Wharton will battle it out for the Girls All-Around title. For the boys all-around race, we will see who comes out on top between Cutter Carpenter, TC Gunter, and Ty Rhodes. To all the contestants of Region 4, it has been really fun to compete with each other but let's get ready to make sure this year, we bring home several titles in Gonzales. Let represent Region 4 as the best region in the state. Good luck to everyone!

savannah waller photo by Jennings


tatum Wharton photo by Jennings

Caly Sieber photo by Jennings

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By aubrie fields – TJHRA Princess

he Jr High officers have been very busy the last couple of months and our latest trip was to the San Antonio Livestock Exposotion (SALE). Our President Cullen Epright and myself were in attendance with the high school officers. We met up Friday afternoon and our first activity was to assist with the SALE Exceptional Kids Rodeo, sponsored by Whataburger. We met with children from Respite Care, an organization that provides services to enhance the stability and the nurturing opportunities of families caring for a loved one with a developmental disability.. We each were paired with a special child and took them through the rodeo experience. Our events included roping the steer head, running barrels on stick horses, bull dogging on stick horses and ribbon running with a goat just to name a

few. We then attended the photo booth to take pictures. We signed a card with our picture and we exchanged to those cards with our new rodeo partner. I will have to say that this is my most treasured souvenir. We then headed to the SALE Rodeo Experience exhibit that is opened to the public. This brand new exhibit invites families to walk through and learn more about each rodeo event on a hands on environment. Our officer team invited the children to learn to rope, run barrels or ride rough stock (a saw horse with bronc gear on it). We all worked one on one with kids of all ages teaching them the finer points of rodeo and encouraging them in their efforts. It was so much fun that we got to play rodeo; no barriers or clocks -- just the pure enjoyment of teaching others about the sport we love. We then were off to eat at the contestants hospitality room. There we saw Miss Rodeo Texas Stephanie Revels, NFR saddle bronc qualifier Isaac Diez and his wife Brittany who was up in the barrels that night. We were very lucky to take a picture with "rodeo's number 1 fan" Hayleigh Lansford. After visiting and a great meal it was off to the rodeo. San Antonio Stockshow and Alan Bohlen were very gracious to provide our group wonderful seats. I felt like Joe Beaver at the finals, right there at the roping boxes. The night ended with a concert by the band Heart, they were hit artist in the 80's. Our trip did not end Friday; after quick donuts and kolaches we were back to the grounds for some media interviews Saturday morning. We ran into Ty McClary who is one of the commentators for Cinch High School Rodeo on RFDTV. We went back to the Rodeo Experience exhibit to teach others about rodeo again. I personally worked with a little girl who, I will be honest I didn't think she was ever going to get the hang of roping. She finally caught two horns and she was so excited. Well her parents had to make her leave; but a little while later she came back. She had bought a rope and wanted to show me how she could rope. I don't know if she will continue to rope, but that day she was a champion! Who knows, maybe we will see her at a Junior High Rodeo one day? Our weekend ended with lunch with SALE Chairman of the Board, Joe Soules; Joe E. Hutchison SALE President and Cody Davenport, SALE Vice President . These gentlemen are very important to THSRA as they have great influence on the sport of rodeo, advancing youth

programs and in particular to us they head the organization that gives the largest scholarships to THSRA members. ($10,000 to top boy and girl). We were able to share with them how rodeo has improved our lives and discuss our plans to attend college with assistance from scholarships and how important the assistance that we receive from them is. We had a lot of fun in San Antonio but it was a very important trip for all Texas rodeo members. It is about time to get back in the arena for our last drive to state and nationals. I wish everyone fasts times, safe travels and good luck. Always remember do your best and leave the rest to God.

PHOTOS (CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT): TJHRA President, Cullen Eppright, showing a little boy how to hold his rope while working “the Rodeo Experience” booth at the San Antonio Rodeo; Aubrey pictured with her buddy from the SALE Exceptional Kids Rodeo; What-A-Guy, Miss Rodeo Texas, Cullen Eppright and his exceptional kid receiving his trophy at the SALE Exceptional Kids Rodeo; Student Officers with SALE Chairman of the Board, Joe Soules; Keith Martin, Executive Director and CEO; Joe E. Hutchison President at San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; Student Officers visit with Tom Dobson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Whataburger and Jeff Altman, Whataburger Marketing Manager at SALE Exceptional Kids Rodeo sponsored by Whataburger; Student Officers with "rodeo's number 1 fan" Hayleigh Lansford



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