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

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:

THSRA and TJHRA is proud to have Kubota as a State Sponsor. In our partnership we have learned more about what makes Kubota products the best and how they value relationships with their customers and their own employees. Last month, the student officers had the great opportunity of getting to tour the Central Division office on a tour led by Kubota Representative, Marcos De Souza. It was evident how much pride Mr. De Souza has in being a Kubota employee and after our tour we too are proud to have them as a partner. Kubota is a Japanese tractor company based in Osaka, Japan. Kubota began selling tractors in the US in 1972.They are now the largest private employer in the State of Georgia. They just opened a new facility in the Ft. Worth area which brought 300 jobs to the area. Kubota’s slogan is “For Earth, For Life” and we learned that they are a company with an unshakable will to support and solve problems related to food, water, and the environment.Through proactive management, user-friendly products, and stable support, Kubota has been a leader in the global agriculture and water-related industries. Kubota Tractor Corp (KTC) is the United States company of KBT (Kubota Japan).The Kubota company is very loyal to their customers and their employees. They hire and train individuals to work for Kubota planning on them retiring there. One fact that we found interesting is that if you ever leave Kubota’s employment you can never work for them again, which makes a lot of sense from the business side. At Kubota they invest in their employees Mr. De Souza said despite other job offers that come up they know they will never be able to work for a company that is so loyal to their employees and customers. They say the mentality of loyalty makes it a great place to work, but that customers notice the Kubota difference too. The Kubota difference is evident in all areas of their operation, but a good example was seen throughout their entire shipping department, which runs like a well oiled machine. Saying that is was a huge building really doesn’t do it any justice. With acres of warehouse under one roof, Kubota ships parts and equipment out to Dealers all over the Central Division. It is also where the tractors are shipped into and assembled. From huge equipment right down to the tiniest bolt can be found in that warehouse. We learned how they organize and catalogue everything to be efficient. Texas High School and Junior High Rodeo They even keep parts to tractors they don’t even make anymore because they want to service the customer well. If you Association is proud and very fortunate to have have a 1974 Kubota and need a part for it … they have it. They feel it is their customer service and quality of product that Kubota as a sponsor of their association. Every makes their tractor the best on the market. Kubota dealer in Texas gives money to sponsor our association, so if you own or want to own a Kubota please tell them thanks for all they do — stop in and say hi, it really does mean a lot.To find a Kubota dealer that has directly supported THSRA/ TJHRAQ see the list on this page. PHOTOS (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT): THSRA AND TJHRA STUDENT OFFICERS AND KUBOTA REPRESENTATIVES UNDER THE KUBOTA MISSION — FOR EARTH, FOR LIFE DURING A RECENT TOUR OF THE KUBOTA CENTRAL DIVISION; EVERY PART IN THE KUBOTA WAREHOUSE HAS A SPECIFIC PLACE RIGHT DOWN TO THE SMALLEST BOLT. ITS LIKE A LIBRARY FOR ALL THINGS EQUIPMENT; MR. DE SOUZA LED THE OFFICER GROUP ON A TOUR OF THE HUGE KUBOTA WAREHOUSE; MR. DE SOUZA, KUBOTA REPRESENTATIVE, AND STUDENT OFFICERS TOOK A PICTURE IN FRONT OF KUBOTA’S NEWEST ATV.

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his month in the Extreme Team News you will read about our many impressive Seniors. You will learn more about who they are and where they are going. Most of those Seniors are focused on their next step past high school rodeo, which for many will include their membership into the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Much like THSRA, the NIRA has seen steady growth since its inception. Today, a Senior can choose from many College Rodeo Programs across the country. We encourage you to check out their website and learn more about their association, scholarships they offer and to see current standings.

THE FIRST 50 YEARS OF THE NIRA

As we embark on the next 50 years of college rodeo, it is appropriate to take a look at the 50 that have brought us to where we are now. Sort of a History 101 lesson, without a final. Let us take you back to the days of horned rim glasses, Pearl Harbor, and college rodeos earliest beginnings... With World War II coming to an end, and college rodeo popularity on the rise, the need for a sanctioning body was upon us. At a meeting on November 6th, 1948, in Alpine, Texas, twelve schools came together to discuss the creation of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Decided at that meeting was the need for a constitution, which was then established at a second meeting held in February 1949. Hank Finger, then Sul Ross State Universities Rodeo Club President and chairman of the constitutional committee, worked with that committee on developing eligibility guidelines, scholastic standards, and rodeo structure. The committee created a format for intercollegiate rodeo that would remain consistent throughout the country and provide national recognition for their constituents. August 1949 marked the official, legal birth of NIRA when they filed for non-profit status. The first College National Finals Rodeo was held the same year in San Francisco, California. The first NIRA All Around Champion crowned that year was Harley May of Sul Ross State University. The next decade, the era of bobby socks and poodle skirts, was one of difficulty for the NIRA. The 1950s brought problems with structure and finance for college rodeo. The 1956 National Convention addressed these problems by creating a Secretary/Manager position within the NIRA. Alvin G. Davis of Bownfield, Texas, was hired to fill that position. Entering into the 60s, the Sonny Sikes family led college rodeo into consistent membership growth and the television boom. The 1962 College National Finals Rodeo appeared on ABC's Wide World of Sports. NBC aired the 1965 finals, and ABC, again aired the event in 1967. Rodeo at this time was experiencing a huge growth in several arenas, professional and college, the television airtime was a welcomed partner in the growth. Member schools totaled 97 in 1966. Vietnam, and computers, were the topics of the 70s in college rodeo. National sponsors began joining the college rodeo forces. Vietnam didn't slow the growth of NIRA. Member schools totaled 116 in 1970 with 41of those two-year institutions. The first national sponsor was the U.S. Tobacco Co. Scholarship Awards Program which was created in 1975, offering $70,000 in scholarships to regional and national champions.

If you are interested in learning more about the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, email us at nira@bmi.net or visit our website:

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In 1979, Miller Brewing Company offered scholarships to the ten winning teams in NIRA's regions, as well as the CNFR winning teams. In 1970 the NIRA Public Relations Director, Del Higham, predicted further NIRA growth in the Southeast, which at that time included McNeese State University and Northwestern State University. This was a prediction that proved true as an eighth region joined that year, the Ozark region, including Arkansas, Northern Mississippi, and Southern Missouri. With dedicated forces behind the NIRA, growth was still apparent. Higher enrollments at colleges and universities was also an asset in the 70s. During the silver anniversary year of the NIRA, Tim Corfield, Northwest Faculty Director, joined the Board of Directors. Corfield, a coach at Walla Walla Community College, accepted the Executive Secretary position in 1979, when Sonny and Joanne Sikes retired from their long held posts. The office

then moved from Texas to Washington state. By the 80s college rodeo was at an all time high, with member schools totaling 155. Wrangler Jeans & Shirts signed on as a national sponsor in 1982. The inception of the Wrangler Officials Program was created. NIRA officials now received payment from an official's judging fund. Feathered hair and bell bottoms behind us, the 90s has been a time of change for the NIRA. The college finals moved in 1997 from a 24-year home in Bozeman, Montana, to Rapid City, South Dakota. New national sponsors have allied, and continue to do so. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Foundation was created, offering relief for injured athletes, scholarships, historical preservation, and the wellness program “RAWHIDE.” Over the years, NIRA's history has read like a Who's Who in the sport of rodeo. Roy Cooper, Chris LeDoux, Ty Murray, Tuff Hedeman, Dan Mortensen, and many more, are all

champions in college rodeo, as well as professional rodeo. They have added to the success of college rodeo, and created some of it's rich western history. “Preserving Western heritage through collegiate rodeo”, has been a theme repeated over the course of fifty years. Today these efforts are being made through over 100 college rodeos a year, over 3,500 student members annually and 137 member schools and universities. College rodeo has yet to its peak. What will the next fifty years offer? - Article provided by NIRA Website

COLLEGE RODEO TEAM STANDINGS southern & southwestern regions

SOUTHERN REGION

Standings as of Feb 13, 2017 MEN’S TEAM 1.SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY 2. HILL COLLEGE 3. MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S TEAM 1. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY 2. SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY 3. MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

SOUTHWEST REGION Standings as of Oct 31, 2016

MEN’S TEAM 1. TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY 2. WESTERN TEXAS COLLEGE 3. NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

WOMEN’S TEAM 1. TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY 2. EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY 3. TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY - LUBBOCK

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National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Region Locations BIG SKY REGION Montana; and also Northwest Community College - Powell, WY.

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

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

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

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

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RODEO COACH Q&A

Top rodeo coaches give advice on what high school rodeo members need to know about college rodeo 1. WHAT ARE THE 3 BIGGEST FACTORS A HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ATHLETE SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SCHOOL WITH A RODEO PROGRAM?

-- Paul Brown, Hill College, Rodeo Coach / Athletic Director The collegiate level of competition is tougher, think about all the really good people you compete against and add athletes from around the world and those are your competitors. There - Dr. Al Wagner, Texas A&M University Rodeo Coach will be students that are successful at the PRCA They should consider: academics, reputation of level and some have already competed at the the program, scholarship help available and the NFR. If you can step it up a notch then you will facilities. be successful! - Mark Eakin, Tarleton State University Head Rodeo Coach -- Dr. Al Wagner, Texas A&M University Rodeo Coach Find a school that they truly love, find the The competition level is stepped up. Mom's and coaching staff that will take them to whatever Dad's are still their coaches but cannot be in the level they want to go to, and find one that has a arena roping boxes etc. coach that will be as passionate as they are about the event they compete in. 2. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE AT YOUR SCHOOL OF BEING ON THE RODEO TEAM AND “BEING ON THE TEAM (WHERE IT COUNTS FOR POINTS)” — IS THERE A DIFFERENCE FINANCIALLY IN SUPPORT FOR THE ATHLETE? - Paul Brown, Hill College, Rodeo Coach / Athletic Director The only difference from being on the team (10 members) and not on the team is that team members are given travel money to attend the college rodeos, this could change at every rodeo. -- Mark Eakin, Tarleton State University Head Rodeo Coach The four women and the six men with the most points receive travel money for the next rodeo. Every athlete gets to compete but the points determine who gets the travel money. 3. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPETING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL AND AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL?

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4. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE STUDENTS WHEN LEARNING HOW TO PRIORITIZE THE RESPONSIBILITIES (SCHOOL, PRACTICE AND RODEOS).

-- Dr. Al Wagner, Texas A&M University Rodeo Coach Academics comes first at Texas A&M. If you do not take of your academic work first, you will not be around to college rodeo. 5. WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD STUDENTS AND PARENTS BE ASKING NOW? -- Mark Eakin, Tarleton State University Head Rodeo Coach Student athletes should contact the University or school they are interested in, and they need to find out if they have the programs and degree they are wanting. They also need to contact the rodeo coach and let them know they are wanting to be a part of their team.

-- Dr. Al Wagner, Texas A&M University Rodeo Coach They should ask when is the deadline to apply for admission, is the major they want offered at --- Paul Brown, Hill College, Rodeo Coach / Athletic the school and how is the scholarship program Director structured. First and for most you are getting a scholarship to be a student athlete, so grades are important. --- Paul Brown, Hill College, Rodeo Coach / Athletic You are not going to do the institution any good Director competing one semester then flunking out of The student athlete should be checking out school. The NIRA requires you to be a full time every institution that they might be interested in. student maintaining a 2.0 GPA passing 24 hours Compare facilities and practice arrangements, per year, this is the minimum - don’t make this location of school to other activities (remember your goal. You should give your studies whatever there are only ten college rodeos), and cost of time it takes to make you successful. Practice is attendance. Some students jump at the first important but it should be second to your classes. school that offers them a scholarship and if that Some institutions work with you as an athletic is where you are dreaming on attending then program allowing you to make up work that is great. The cost of attendance is dramatically missed, some don’t and you have to stay on top of different at schools even across Texas. The twoyour school work. We practice every evening to year institutions are approved by SACS and allow each student athlete the opportunity to hone offer the exact same courses that you will take their skills. Some athletes necessitate a job which at an university at about half the cost, and then cuts into both school and practice but a student you can transfer to any 4-year institution that athlete has do whatever it takes to be successful you want to finish your degree. The next few years will be a time that will impact the rest of and enjoy the sport that they love. your life!


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family affair that has been going on for three generations. Brenda Crowder and Shawna Ray, a mother-daughter duo, work fifteen rodeos year round together. Brenda got her start in rodeo by helping her mom when she was just ten years old. From goat tying, running barrels, and breakaway to gaining her timer card in 1972 and her secretary card in 1999, Brenda has been on both sides of the rodeo industry. Getting to travel the country and met amazing people are Brenda’s favorite things about rodeo, “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Brenda has worked the NFR several times, timed the ERA, and even been nominated for Secretary of the Year. Shawna got her start in rodeo the same as her mother. She grew up rodeoing in high school and college rodeos, competing in barrels, poles, and goat tying. Also at the age of ten she began to help her mother out in the secretary's office. Shawna gained her timer card in 1999 and has been working rodeos with her mom for around eighteen years. Getting to meet great people and getting to work a lot of big rodeos are Shawna’s favorite thing about rodeo. Shawna says her favorite thing about the THSRA, “Is

the scholarship program they have. It gets kids to go to college and it pays for their school.” Shawna has worked the Texas Circuit Finals many times, the Ram Circuit Finals of 2011 and 2014, the Steer Roping Finals of 2008 and 2011, and every American that has been hosted. When asked what their favorite rodeo to work is both Shawna and Brenda said; “Definitely the American and Houston.” To all the kids in rodeo from Brenda and Shawna: “Enjoy it first of all, don’t make it a job. Just enjoy it and to show respect to your elders at the rodeos and to realize that that's who's been doing it for them and that they couldn't have a rodeo without the people putting it on. SO right off the start they need to show the working people and the committee a lot of respect and it’s always good to go up and say thank you. And when you win an award to find your sponsor and thank them.” - Brenda Crowder “Enjoy it because it goes by fast. I know a lot of high school kids want to grow up and be adults, but then they have to get out in the real world and find out it's not so fun and they need to enjoy all the friends they make because they never know when things may change. We have way too many kids that BRENDA AND SHAWNA TIMING THE die way too young.” SOUTHERN MISS COKE-COLA CLASSIC RODEO - Shawna Ray


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• 14 Rodeos using the best 12 results to carry into the NFR. • 8 Bull Riding events at 4 rodeo weekends. • Boys 16-19 Ribbon Roping replaced with Optional Tie-Down Calf Roping event. • Paid out over $107,000 at the 2016 NFR. • Awarded over $100,000 in Lazy L Saddles, Tres Rios buckles and prizes through 6th place, $8,000 in scholarships!

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JULY 25-29, 2017 65TH AJRA NFR – SWEETWATER, TX

$35,000 ADDED MONEY AT THE 65TH AJRA NFR SPONSORS FOR 2017: Hooey Brands, American Hats, Justin Boots, Cinch/Cruel Girl (more to come)

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Fast Feet

38 West Hwy 302 • Notrees, TX 79759 432.770.6087 • tkevin.bennett@gmail.com

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

2522 CR C3500 • Stanton, Texas 79782 432.940.1136 • woodrodeogirls@yahoo.com

KELLY WOOD

Region II

SECRETARY - JODY MCELROY Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.940.0385 • secretary@thsra2.com

3709 S. Eunice Hwy • Hobbs, NM 88240 575.631.3719 • lisa@mcneill-ranch.com

LISA MCNEILL

PRESIDENT- KENNY STEWART 2347 FM 829 • Stanton, Texas 79782 432.661.5084 • kstewart93@gmail.om

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By BLISS BOLTON – Performance Reporter

ne thing that can improve a horse’s performance drastically in the rodeo arena is having a good shoeing job. Having your horse’s feet in good condition, whether they are shod or barefoot, helps ensure they are able to move correctly and well. It is important when you are thinking about having your horse’s feet done, that you choose a good farrier to get the job done. A good farrier can make a world of difference in the way your horse performs, but a less skilled farrier can worsen your horse’s performance or even injure them. Horses’ feet are an important aspect of how they move and on what level they are able to compete. Horses need to be trimmed and shaped properly in order for them to break over well when they are moving, especially at a run, which is pretty key in rodeo. Each horse needs their own personal type and size of shoe that fits perfectly. Some horses even need special devices like wedges or pads. There are many different types of horseshoes and each has its own individual purpose, some types are better for one discipline over another. Other horses are better off trimmed and left barefoot.

I had the chance to talk to two professional farriers on the issue, Casey Terry and Same Espe. Espe and Terry both work in and around the Region II area and shoe multiple Region II horses. Both Terry and Espe specialize in performance horseshoeing. Terry is a farrier from Loraine, TX who was trained at Cowtown Horseshoeing School in Miles City, MT. It is one of only two horseshoeing schools in the country that teaches the type of horseshoeing Terry uses. He spoke a little bit about the process he uses when shoeing a horse, “I use a form of natural balance shoeing. I find a horse’s break over point and back the shoe and foot up. As for what shoes I put on horses, I usually put rims on the front and plains on the back, but it really depends on each horse’s needs and if they have anything wrong that needs correcting.” Terry believes the most important part of performance horseshoeing is getting each horse as level as possible and getting as much of the toe off as possible, also to shoe each foot individually because every foot is different. Terry also added that a good shoeing is everything to a horse’s overall performance and health, “If their feet are off then everything is off. It’s like if your feet hurt you don’t feel like running or doing anything.” Terry is knowledgeable about his profession and is very good at what he does. Sam Espe, a farrier out of Gardendale, TX, was trained at the Oklahoma horseshoeing school. Espe, like Terry, has an individual style when it comes to his horseshoeing. Espe said about his style, “I don’t have a particular style or method of horseshoeing I use. I try to shoe the leg not the foot, meaning I like to look at the whole leg to determine how I need to shoe a horse. I keep my shoeing very individual to each horse.” When it comes to his equipment, he has specific shoes and nails he uses. He uses the Kirk Hart shoes and K12 nails. Espe shoes mostly western event and ranch type horses so he shoes to the needs of each horse’s job, “I shoe each horse according to their event or what they are being used for. For instance I wouldn’t put rims on a heel horse’s back feet because they need to slide and stop, but I’m going to put rims all the way around on a barrel horse to give them the traction needed. I also make sure on horses who would be prone to pull a shoe, like a head horse on their left front or a barrel horse, I will make sure and get that fit of that shoe as tight and close as I can.” Espe also stressed the importance of a good shoeing saying, “I try to keep the horses I do as level and sound as possible because without feet you don’t have a horse. A horse’s feet are everything to them, if their feet aren’t sound their legs and whole body won’t be either.” Espe is also very knowledgeable and good at his job! Terry and Espe are both great farriers with many years of experience. As you can tell from the wise words straight from the professionals’ mouths, having your horses feet cared for properly is so important! There are many different styles of horseshoeing and different types of shoes to be used, it’s just important to find the right combination for your horse! So with that, good luck Region II, in all that you do.


THSRA STUDENT OFFICERS VISIT THE SAN ANTONIO STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

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By THSRA Student Secretary, Sailor Schara

very year the San Antonio Rodeo Association does an amazing job keeping their guests entertained. There is always something going on; by the time the rodeo is packed up you probably wouldn’t have been able to see and experience everything. From the shopping, to the youth rodeo, to the carnival then all the way over to the professional rodeo there is so much to do when the SA Rodeo comes to town. We, the THSRA student officers, were so incredibly blessed to have gotten the chance to visit the rodeo this year. First we got to shop and walk around the grounds and see all of the different events going on. That night we had tickets for the professional rodeo and after the rodeo ended Willie Nelson preformed. We had an awesome time getting to watch the professional competitors in action. The next morning we got to help with school tours and teach kids about rodeo and how to mount a horse. I think that it is very important for kids to know a little bit about rodeo life because it can teach hard work and responsibility and just like in any sport it takes dedication. After the school tours we got the chance to volunteer at the Exceptional Kids Rodeo, where children with disabilities were able to come and hangout and participate in rodeo activities. All of the kids were apart of the Ronald McDonald foundation. This was a special moment for the officers because we got to play and interact with children who don't get that chance very often. I really enjoyed seeing the excitement on the kids faces when they walked out into the arena and saw all of the games that were set up just for them.

Overall our time at the San Antonio Rodeo was so much fun and I can’t wait for it to come back next year. Thank you to everyone who helped sponsor the THSRA and thank you for having us, student officers.

PHOTOS (Clockwise): THSRA Officers help Whataburger representatives and What A Guy welcome the San Antonio Rodeo Exception Kids; THSRA Officers, Sailor Schara, Kadie Beth Wisener and Bailey Grace Snyder show Lincoln the ropes on the floor of the AT&T Center; Bailey Grace Snyder and her Exceptional friends pause for a photo opp; THSRA Officers work the SALE Rodeo Experience Booth and introduce young students to the sport of rodeo.

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

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - HAYLEY DANLEY VICE PRESIDENT - KODY CRISWELL SECRETARY - PRESLI BRAY

Region III

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

KEVIN PRZILAS PO Box 167 • Bowie, Texas 76230 940.872.3748 • kprzilas@yahoo.com PO Box 122448 • Fort Worth, Texas 76121

SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS

817.228.5781 • duaneoverton6113@gmail.com

DUANE OVERTON 2110 FM 3027 • Mineral Wells, TX 76067

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

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Hard Work or Hardly Working By BRITTANY GATES

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any rodeo athletes can agree that Rodeo is not an easy sport. You can’t wake up and expect to go do the best you hope to do without putting in a little hard work in the practice pen. Many believe that they should try their hardest to get to the point they want to be at. Eventually the hard work will pay off. Sometimes we end up making mistakes, but that’s why we keep striving to be the best.

A fellow well known rodeo athlete, Ty Murray say’s “My childhood goal was to be the best cowboy ever and to be the first cowboy to beat the record of six world all around titles set by Larry Mahan and matches by Tom Ferguson.” His path to rough stock greatness began at the age of 2, riding calves. He progressed through Little Britches, High School Rodeo Association, and the Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Early on he competed in all events, but discovered his true ability lay with saddle broncs, bareback horses, and bulls. Murrays dominance on the professional circuit began in 1988 when he won bareback riding and overall Rookie of the year awards. The next year he took home his first allaround world champion buckle. In route to seven all around titles and two bull riding championships. Murray, born Oct. 11, 1969, in Phoenix, Ariz. Rewrote the record books: most money won in a year, $297,896, in 1993: most money won at one rodeo, $124,821 at the 1993 National Finals Rodeo: and one of the highest scored bareback rides, 92 points on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Bordertown in San Francisco in 1991. The dominant cowboy in his ear, Murray is recognized by his peers as a great all-around champion, who made his mark through perseverance, hard work and a positive attitude.


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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CHEYANNE SWOOPE VICE PRESIDENT - LARAMIE WEDEMEYER SECRETARY - HAYLEY NOVAK STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS MIMI BARKER 10678 FM 757 • Winona, Texas 75792 903.987.9246 • mimi–cbarker@yahoo.com

DR. TANDY FREEMAN

CHAD FOLMAR 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • cwfolmar@gmail.com SECRETARY - TINA BRADEN PO Box 549 • Horatio, AR 71842 870.832.3149 • tbbraden@earthlink.net

Region IV

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

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The Key of Success

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By HALEY NOVAK– Performance Reporter

n the sport of rodeo the people we compete against are not only our opponents but some of our closest friends. In this sport some of our biggest competitors are the ones we just practiced with the day before. Many times we’ll cheer for the person who is up before us and then make ourselves a run of our own. The relationships that we are building now in high school rodeo are the relationships that will last a life time. The uniqueness of these friendships are found only in this sport. I asked a fellow Region 4 member, Tieren Gates about her friendships she’s made over the years and she said, “Rodeo is one of those sports that you build a circle of friends and it just keeps getting bigger. You go to the same places week after week, month after month, year after year, and you see the same sweet faces every time! It's kind of like having a next door neighbor. You end up forming friendships that last over all those years and will last forever on. Your truck breaks down? No problem! Rodeo people will drive however far is needed to get you and your horse to the rodeo on time. If your horse gets

hurt you don't have to worry about turning out because someone will tell you to ride theirs so you don't get behind in points. Rodeo friends are real, and they are forever” Tieren really explained our friendships well…because there is no family like a rodeo family. I met up with another Region 4 member Molly Wagner about her friendships throughout the years in high school rodeo and she said, “I have met so many inspiring people through the rodeo world. Everyone's supportive of each other while still remaining competitive, no matter how bad or good we do, we're still each other's biggest fans! We don't try to bring each other down, but simply build each other up. I don't have rodeo friends…I have a rodeo family” In no other sport will you find people like you do in rodeo. We are always there for each other and can count on anybody for a little help. On other member, Ty Eason talked about how his friendships keep him together, “I have some pretty good friends that I rodeo with, and I know I can always count on them no matter what. They help me get through a rodeo whether it's pushing my calf or just being there to have a good laugh. I would do anything for them and it's safe to say they'd do the same for me.” I have to agree with Ty on that because without my friends I would be all over the place trying to focus on too many things. The friendships that we have will impact our lives more than we think whether they are the kind of friends you can laugh all night with, focus on your goals with, or are so close that they feel like family. Without a good support group on your side life is much harder and I don't want to find out what it would be like without the wonderful rodeo community we have! “The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume…” Proverbs 27:9

TY EASON

photo by Jennings


2017 NHSRA MID-WINTER MEETING RECAP

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Mikey Duggan THSRA – 2nd Vice President

uring the last week of January, the leaders of the National High School Rodeo Association came together in Phoenix, AZ for the annual midwinter meetings. NHSRA National President, Don Nahrgang, resides in Buckeye on the West side of Phoenix, but he chose to host this year’s meetings on the other side of Phoenix in Gilbert where the attendees would have easy access to a nearby outdoor mall for restaurants or shopping and were walking distance from Thursday night’s activity at Top Golf. There are 23 committee meetings held Tuesday through Friday but there is still time to catch up with friends from across the United States and Canada in between meetings and while enjoying some of the extra activities in the evenings. The President’s Reception on Wednesday night served a delicious steak dinner with live music performed by the Curt n Rod Band. It is always fun to see both students and adults out on the dance floor. Thursday night was Top Golf night. This is like no other golf experience I’ve seen. To really understand it, you will have to ask one of the Student Officers to explain it to you. Friday night at the NHSRA Annual Banquet, National Directors were recognized for their years of service. There were several that received their First Year / New Director Pins, seven received their 5-Year Pins, three received their 10-Year Pins and Jim Kite, of Wisconsin, received a plaque for THIRTY YEARS of service to NHSRA. That is two years in a row that a Director was recognized for 30 years of service. Pretty impressive. Saturday is when everything comes together for the full board meeting. Each committee reviews what was discussed and voted on in their individual meetings throughout the week and the full board votes on whether to accept their recommendations, or not. Anyone is welcome to attend the mid-winter meetings and participate in the discussions so I try to attend as many of the committee meetings as I can. This also makes it easier to understand what is going on in Saturday’s full board meeting. THSRA President, Chris Wolfe, also made the trip to Arizona. I think the National Directors were pretty excited to meet him and visit with him for a few days. He did a good job of speaking up when he had something to contribute and represented Texas well. Even when things aren’t voted on, you can usually learn things in committee meetings just from the discussion. Animal Welfare, Safety and Livestock Inspection are always good meetings. Two of my favorite ones are the Rules Committee and Sites Committee. The Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday morning was not

as long as usual since we are one year into the newest rulebook. (Rulebooks are printed every two years.) Rule proposals are still considered but will not be approved until next year unless they involve a safety issue. This is also where specific rules can be discussed if a State/Province needs clarification on its interpretation. Texas submitted two rule proposals this year: using a straightaway chute instead of a bucking chute in the junior high chute dogging event and creating an additional governing body allowing a vote for every 100 members in your State/Province. The chute dogging proposal was approved. It will be optional at qualifying rodeos beginning immediately. A bucking chute will still be used at the 2017 State and National Finals Rodeos but in 2018, it will be changed to the straightaway chute. The second proposal was dismissed. The Sites Committee meeting is always an interesting meeting. It is where you get to witness some of the long-term planning that goes on with an Association of our size. Dates for this summer’s National Junior High Finals in Lebanon, TN will be June 18-24, 2017 and the National High School Finals in Gillette, WY will be July 16-22, 2017. Future locations for the National Junior High Finals are: 2018-2019 in Huron, SD. Future locations for the National High School Finals are: 2018-2019 in Rock Springs, WY, 2020-2021 in Lincoln, NE; 2022-2023 in Gillette, WY; 2024-2025 in Rock Springs, WY; 2026-2027 in Lincoln, NE. Both Junior High and High School are working to schedule dates that will alleviate conflicts with the end of school. This is hard to do because the facilities we use have other events scheduled preventing our desired date changes. By committing to dates farther into the future, it creates an opportunity to make those changes and provide enough time for the other events to adjust their schedules accordingly. Keep your fingers crossed that this can happen. It won’t help our current members but it will benefit our future members if it can be done. I say this each year in my recap of the mid-winter meetings, but it is still true: I encourage all of you to get more involved at the Region, State or National level. If you are able, try to attend next year’s NHSRA mid-winter meeting. This is my fifth year to attend and I continue to learn things that make it a worthwhile trip. Plus, I love the friends I have made over the years. Susan and Anne can get you the information if you are interested. You don’t have to attend the entire week. Even coming for one or two days can be beneficial – and fun.

Top: Student Secretary, Sailor Schara; Student President, Kadie Beth Wisener; THSRA State Secretary, Susan Baldwin; Student Vice President, Ima Champion; THSRA National Director, Cotton George. Middle: THSRA Officers, Kadie Beth Wisener, Bailey Grace Snyer and Ima Champion take an afternoon to tour the sights of Arizona. Bottom: Ima Champion and Kadie Beth Wisener prepare to attend a NHSRA meeting.

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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

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

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

Region V

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

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

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P ERF ORM A NC E R E PORT The Unsung Heroes of Rodeo

By TAYLIN ANTONICK – Performance Reporter

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major component at any successful rodeo is the stock contractor. This component is rarely spoken of, but it is vital to our game. In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. Shane Young decided that it was about time for them to start up a new family business. This business would thrive and not only benefit the Young family, but it would also help young rodeo competitors continually up their game and perform at a higher level. For nine years, Region V has had the opportunity to work with the SYJ Productions stock contracting company, and the quality of our competitors reflects the quality of Mr. Young’s stock. When a rodeo weekend is drawing near, Mr. Shane Young begins to gather bucking horses, bulls, calves, and goats that come with challenges for rodeo kids to overcome. “The first few rodeos of the year, the stock I bring may be pretty easy to work with, whether it is a slow bucking bull or gentle breaking calves. However, the closer we get to state finals, the tougher the stock I bring.” When I asked Mr. Shane why he had this technique, he began to explain that he does not want to break kid’s confidence at the first of the year, but he also does not want

them to be unprepared for the level of stock that will perform at the Texas High School Rodeo State Finals. That being said, he brings stock to each rodeo that will prepare the competitors for things they may see at the state level. In his words, it would be unfair if he brought lower quality animals that just anyone could ride. When kids got to Abilene they would have no idea what hit them! Instead, Mr. Young progressively brings more difficult bucking horses and bulls to each region rodeo. This gives kids the ability to continually get used to tougher and tougher stock while helping them learn what they need to do to get better. “This process has worked many times before, as Region V has been state and national champions in rough stock events.” In fact, Cody Teel and Cooper Davis both began riding bulls in Region V that Mr. Shane handpicked to help their bull riding. Today they flash across the top of our leaderboards all the time!


When asked what his favorite thing about Region V was, his response mirrored his everyday actions. “I love getting to push kids to be the best they can be by presenting them with quality animals and stock. Getting to do my job and help them at the same time makes my job worth it!” Region V isn’t the only organization that appreciates the Young’s hard work and dedication. SYJ Productions also carries stock to UPRAs and other pro rodeos. Mr. Young’s team of bullfighters, pickup

men, and labor goes along with him, helping him get the best out of his stock while keeping the rodeo going along smoothly. Without SYJ Productions, the BIGGEST, BADDEST, and BEST region in the state of Texas would be at a disadvantage on the state level. Mr. Young and his team keep our competitors at the peak of their performances and constantly throw new obstacles for them to encounter and overcome so that they can perform at their best when they get to the expo center in Abilene each June. From Region V to SYJ, we say thank you- we could not go on this journey without you!

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

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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

Region VI

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

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Thanks for the Years. . .

By PAIGE DAWSON

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veryone knows how hard our Region VI volunteers work to make our rodeos run smoothly, whether it’s working the chute, the back gate, setting up barrels and poles, switching out goats, picking our prizes out, etc. – the list goes on and on and on… But two people in particular really deserve a huge round of applause and a great big ‘Thank You’ for all they have done and the time they have devoted to the contestants and families of Region VI – Bubba Bennight, President of Region VI High School and Executive Board member of THSRA and his wife, Natalie Bennight, State Director for Region VI and our awesome High School announcer! Bubba provides most of the stock for our rodeos. He provides us with great calves to rope and goats to tie, as well as great steer wrestling steers. Bubba grew up in Bastrop, Texas and his wife was right down the road in Smithville. Their three children Peyton, Bailey and Brody all have been competitors in TJHRA and THSRA. Bailey is currently a THSRA Senior and attends Smithville HS and was recently crowned Region

VI Cowboy Prom Queen – Congrats Bailey! The Bennight family has been involved in TJHRA and THSRA for 11 years and sadly, this will be their last. We will all miss them! Thankfully, Bubba plans to continue providing the stock, and more than likely help haze in the steer wrestling. When I spoke with Bubba, he said the things he will miss most about no longer being a part of the operations of Region 6 is not being able to watch his kids compete and getting to visit with and see friends. I know all of us kids will for sure miss Natalie’s announcing - she always makes it fun and keeps us laughing. We will miss the Bennights greatly, so when you see either Bubba or Natalie, tell them thank you. They have been a tremendous help in making Region VI the best region to High School Rodeo in – words alone cannot express our gratitude! Thank you and God Bless! To all of our region members who participated at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Youth Rodeo, which immediately followed our February High School rodeo – Congratulations! Region VI was on fire – awesome job! Also, the awards ceremony will be after the rodeo on Sunday, we will also be signing up for state then as well.

BENNIGHT FAMILY


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

by Catelyn Felts

Congratulations to the Whatakid of the month, Sterling White! The Happy, Texas native is a competitor in the tiedown roping and team roping in Region 1. He has been a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association all four years of his high school career, and he competed in the junior high division three years before that. Throughout his time competing in rodeos and being a member of the THSRA, Sterling said he has learned to better manage his time and improve his self-motivation. “The rodeo atmosphere has taught me responsibility with

my livestock, hard work in my events, and the value of upholding my word.” Rodeo tends to be a generational event, and for the White family it is no different. Sterling expressed how his grandfather, Tuffy Thompson is a two-time world steer roping champion as well as the person Sterling looks up to most. “He has always taught me to help others and honor your word.” In addition to positive character traits a relevant life lessons, Sterling also acquired his calf roping horse, Catdaddy from his grandfather. Outside of the rodeo arena Sterling is a member of student council, FCCLA, NHS and FCA, as well as a Varsity basketball and Varsity golf team member. He has proven both his academic and athletic talents as he is an A-Honor Roll student, NHS member, 2-time All State Golfer, All state Basketball player, State semi-final basketball team, 2015 Runner-up Golf team, 2016 State Champion Golf team and 3rd place Individual Medalist 2016. He also expressed his ability “to dunk a basketball.” Though his extracurricular activities take up quite a bit of time, Sterling still manages to stay on top of his practices in the arena as he strives to live his life by the motto of “work hard and give all of the glory to God.” Sacrifice often accompanies hard work and dedication. However, Sterling explained how his sacrifices include going home and practicing rather than hanging out with his peers. He also keeps a close eye on his finances as he tries to save his money for entry fees. The sacrifices do not seem to be too much as Sterling explained his favorite part of the THSRA organization is the lifetime friendships he has acquired and the willingness of everyone to help each other. Sterling expressed his gratitude toward Whataburger for their sponsorship of the THSRA and how blessed he feels to be selected as the Whatakid of the month. “It is an honor to be selected from a group of many other deserving competitors,” Sterling said. Once he graduates, Sterling plans to further his education and participation in sports on the collegiate level. We wish the best for Sterling the rest of his THSRA career and in all of his future endeavors!

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PRESIDENT - HALEY PHILLIPS VICE PRESIDENT - HANNAH PHILLIPS SECRETARY - NIKI CARTER

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS AMY KRETZSCHMAR 903 CR 214 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.794.0239 • amy.kretzschmar@yahoo.com

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

Region VII

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

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

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By KASEY KRETZSCHMAR

– Performance Reporter

t’s that time of year again when many of the major rodeos are in full swing. Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio are just a few of the places where all the PRCA cowboys are starting off their new season. At many of these pro rodeos there are events THSRA members can compete in. One of the best in the area is the San Antonio livestock Show and Rodeo Youth Rodeo. Many region VII members go there to compete and if you in the 16-18 age group you are eligible for one of the ten thousand dollar scholarships. This year Weston Livanec of El

WESTON LIVANEC

HALEY PHILLIPS

Campo was able to win one of those great scholarships. Weston competed in breakaway, team roping and, ribbon roping. He came back to the short round in breakaway and ribbon roping and it was the ribbon roping that earned him the scholarship. Weston won the long go with a 5.360 and came back to win the short round with a 4.870. In addition to winning the scholarship Weston brought home a belt buckle and a couple other prizes. Congratulations go out to Weston on a great week at the San Antonio Youth Rodeo. This months senior spotlight is Haley Phillips. She has been rodeoing since she was 10 years old. Haley attends Katy high school where she is involved in FFA she shows goats for their district livestock show. She is also on the Senior Skills team and the horse judging team. Last year their horse judging team made it to state. Haley also has an internship at the Katy Equine Veterinary Clinic and, she also fosters dogs for a rescue group called Dream. Bo is her favorite horse’s name She competes in the barrels and poles. Since she is so active; she tries to practice as much as she can but, her practice schedule usually consists of riding her horses every other day depending on how the weather is. The only time she works the pattern is the day before the rodeo. When she graduates from Katy High School she plans to go to Wharton County Junior College for two years then transfer to A&M to finish out her bachelor’s degree. She would like to major in animal science or some type of pre-vet major or even poultry science. The person she looks up to the most is her vet med mentor Dr. Lykos. Dr. Lykos means everything to Haley and she hopes to be just like her one day. She has taught her so much about being an equine vet.


Farm & Ranch Family The folks at McCoy’s Building Supply understand that it takes a lot of hard work and the whole family pitching in to get things done on a farm or ranch. That’s why we’d like to take some time out to salute Texas High School Rodeo Association families who are farmers and ranchers. In our monthly Farm & Ranch Family Spotlight, we’ll feature one family, sharing their story of how they work together as a family to make their farm or ranch successful.The spotlight will run for 10 months; each month will feature a different Region. Each Regional McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family will receive a $100 McCoy’s Gift Card. The McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Year will receive a $500 McCoy’s Gift Card and will be announced at the 2017 THSRA State Finals.

The Rawlinson/Mazoch Family of Region VII C by Catelyn Felts

ongratulations to this month’s Farm and Ranch Family, the Rawlinson’s/Mazoch’s! Clint and Dee Rawlinson and their children Emorie, Kolton, Kirby and Kuade Mazoch own and operate a few businesses including Rocking 7 Cattle, LLC; Rawlinson Cattle Company, LLC; Pyramid Cattle and IU Cattle. With so much going on, its obvious all hands must be on deck. “You could say everyone in our family and extended family has their part in this business,” Dee explained. In addition to the immediate family, Clint’s brother, Garet Rawlinson, his wife Stephanie and their two kids Carli and Layni, along with Clint and Garet’s parents Ricky and Joan Rawlinson all play a large role in running the ranch as well. On a daily basis, Ricky, Clint and Garet are responsible for the day to day labor, while Dee takes care of the books, and the rest of the family helps out wherever help is needed. The main part of their business is a cow/calf operation which spreads across many counties. The family also trades cattle and builds fence when time allows. Dee explained how the family typically does fall and spring work which turns into year round cattle work involving working and shipping cattle. “The cattle business does require you to be up and ready to work seven days a week,” the family said. Obviously it is very important that everyone step up and do their part on a day to day basis, but its more than just getting the work done. “The ranching lifestyle is very appealing to our family because we all love to be outdoors, care for animals, see a lot of nature, and most of all we all have the opportunity to work together,” Dee said. “It also really teaches

you work ethic.” The kids in the family take on the responsibilities of feeding, doctoring and hauling cattle, shredding, baling hay and working cattle when they are not in school. Each of the kids also have a handful of their own cattle they use as an investment that goes toward secondary education. “Our family has to work very close together, and most of the time we take on more responsibility than we think we can handle to fill all of the shoes that have to be filled daily,” Dee said. However, when the family is not tending to ranch work, they say their favorite things to do are rodeo and eat! “We not only all enjoy the sport of rodeo, but we also enjoy the closeness of rodeo friends who become rodeo family for the rest of our lives,” the family said. They also explained how the THSRA keeps their family together on the weekends aside from working in their everyday ranching environment. “We bring the work ethic along with us to the rodeo,” Dee said. “We can honestly say everyone in the family works their part or more at the rodeos, and we enjoy every minute of it!” According to Dee, their family has often been known as the Brady Bunch when they pull into the rodeo because most of the time they are hauling more kids than just their own. While Emorie is a former THSRA contestant, Kolton competes in the tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping and is also the stock contractor for the goats this year for Region 7, Kirby competes in the the breakaway and team roping, along with Dee’s nephew, Weston Livanec, who competes in the team roping, and Carlie Rawlinson a TJHSRA competitor. Any outing to the Region VII rodeos is a family affair for the Rawlinson’s/Mazoch’s for sure. “It would be very challenging to make it in the ranching or rodeo environment without the hard work every family member and extended family member puts into everyday life,” Dee said. “We are pretty fortunate to have family who provides when needed… It takes an entire village to make things happen and we are truly blessed by all!” The family explained how honored they are to be selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month and how thankful for they are for McCoy’s partnership with the THSRA. “We will definitely continue to work hard and hopefully continue our ranching venture for many years to come!”

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

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

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

Region VIII

SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY

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

PRESIDENT- MIKE SOLOMON

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Region VIII Giving Back! By Mollee

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Herrmann – Performance Reporter

ne of my favorite things to do is to give back to people in need! Through THSRA, I have been able to participate in so many different community service activities each year. This year our region stepped out of the box and found a few new projects to take on! Our first community service activity included collecting all kinds of books to give to kids in a children’s shelter and to people in the local detention center. The Region VIII members really stepped up for this project! Over 300 books were collected for these two facilities! Mary Grace Bluntzer, Mckayla Berry, and Scott Myer dropped off over 250 of the books to the Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for children in Corpus Christi. The Ark is a temporary home for children who have been taken from their homes by Child Protective Services. They stay at the Ark until foster families can be lined out. I would imagine that these kids are really scared during their stay there. Mary Grace Bluntzer, our student president, said “We chose to take the books to the Ark because we know it must be hard on these kids and we hoped that the donation of the books would show the kids that there are still people out there

thinking of them.” She went on to say that “the Ark representative was super sweet and when she saw all the books we had brought, her face lit up and you could tell how grateful she was for them”. Our entire region should be really proud for their work in this worthwhile service project. After talking with the board and student officers, Mackenzie Bryce got the green light to take part of the books to the Brooks County Detention Center in Falfurrias, Texas. This is a facility where criminals are detained while waiting for their sentence. She said that her family member was just hired as the new librarian at the detention center. She was talking one day about how she has been trying to apply for grants to buy new books for the center. Mackenzie knew exactly what to do….donate some of the Region VIII books! Mackenzie said that knowing that Region VIII was able to help two different groups with the book collection was very rewarding. “We gave them something that could possibly help them turn their lives around. Helping these people was an amazing experience that I won’t forget” said Ms. Bryce when asked how she felt about delivering these books. Our region participated in another community service activity in early February.

REGION VIII MEMBERS DRESSED AS OUTLAWS


BOOK DRIVE AT BROOKS COUNTY DETENTION CENTER

REGION VIII MEMBERS AT MUSEUM

They went to the Corpus Christi History and Science Museum to help with the Family Day on The Chisom Trail Event. The museum puts on this family fun day every year to show local children “the cowboy way of life.” Ten of our members including Hunter and Fisher Underbrink, MacKenzie Bryce, Tilman and Sarah Haby, Brittany Henderson, Will Pollock, Ana Casas, Cash Fretwell and Mary Grace Bluntzer, went and gave the children a look into what real cowboys and cowgirls do on a daily basis. They brought calf and goat dummies to show the kids how to rope and tie. They got to do hands-on activities with all of the kids and had a great time being kids themselves. They were dressed in full rodeo dress code and the kids, and the adults, alike, were very excited that they were there. We are proud of these student members on their dedication to helping the community. They were great role models for these young children! We hope that our service activities will continue to impact the community. It is always great to see young involved in positive activities. I think that Region VIII’s project this year were top notch and I’m proud of the entire region for their work! Thank you to everyone that helped make these projects possible! #outworkem BOOK DRIVE AT THE ARK

REGION VIII MEMBERS WITH KIDS AND ROPES

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

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

Region IX

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

MIKE GHORMLEY

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

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

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

DON EDWARDS

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

PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

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By EMALEE HOFFMANN– Performance Reporter

Region 9 has had a great year so far. With only three rodeos left, this season is coming to a close. We’ve had a lot going on with trying to perform our best to get to state and striving for our personal best as well. This is no easy task. The competition gets tougher and tougher each rodeo with contestants performing their best of the season. We saw many of these personal bests at our past rodeo held in Bryan on February 4th. In breakaway, Carly Staggs won with a time of 2.760 and she also won the poles running a smoking time of 20.003. In goat tying, Kenzi Burleson tied a fast time of 7.010 and Jared Strawster won the bareback with a score of 62. Ashlyn Wright won the barrels with a winning time of 16.683, while John and William Lindsey came away

RILEY WEBB

with a winning team roping time of 7.750. In steer wrestling, Ethan Campbell from Lovelady threw a steer down in 14.350 and Riley Webb won the tie down with a 10.460. There is always an opportunity to do better inside the rodeo arena, as well as in our personal lives. Whether ASHLYN WRIGHT it’s practicing on our horses getting them just right or working on our own rodeo skills off the horse, we always have room to improve. Our situations do change however; some of us have encountered some difficulties with our horses getting hurt or just being out of tune with our horses. You will find a way through perseverance and pracJOHN & WILLIAM LINDSEY tice. Never give up on yourself even through these challenging times. As they say it’s not how you begin the season, but it’s how you finish. One person who has who has been showing greatness and whole-hearted desire for rodeo this season is Ashlyn Wright. She is a sophomore from Dayton who competes in poles and barrels, which she is taking by storm. She told us how she strives to become her greatest. “I keep my game plan simple, I put all my faith in God. I ride form barrel to barrel, trusting unconditionally in the athlete that lies beneath me. I strive to be the greatest by spending endless hours practicing, not only on my horse, but on myself, and rewatching my videos countless times to fix


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my flaws.” With the ending of a season, it’s time to show what you can do. The goal is to make it to state, but even if you don’t secure a spot at finals, making sure you make your personal best is the ultimate prize. Be the best you can be for yourself and everything else will fall into place. Continue to work for your goals because bad situations work themselves out and everyone is heading towards the best times of their lives. Make sure you are preparing for the next rodeo, with your horse and yourself, and make sure you’re striving to be your greatest. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

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Region X Rocks at San Antonio Youth Rodeo By LANEY

FOWLER– Performance Reporter

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egion X finished strong at the San Antonio Youth Rodeo that was held February 13th-15th during the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Kirby Blankenship, Senior from Lampasas, Tx who will be attending Weatherford College in the fall and his partner Garett Chick, from Salado, Tx entered up and back in the 16-18 Team Roping on Wednesday morning. They took the top 10 back, Kirby and Garett placed 4th and 7th in the long go. They came back to a clean slate short round just a few hours

LEIGHTON BERRY

later and took the win with a 6.46, with Kirby on the head side and Garett heeling. They each won $10,000 scholarships. Freshman, Londyn Ross took the 13-15 Barrel Racing title with a 16.0 on her horse Joker. In the 13-15 Tiedown, Cinch Moody placed 1st with CHET WEITZ LONDYN ROSS a 8.9. Chet Weitz also placed 3rd with a time of 9.6. Chet also placed 5th in the Ribbon Roping and won the Team Roping with Tristen Sullivan with a time of 6.2. Only a day after Kirby Blankenship and Garett Chick's success at the youth event at the San Antonio Rodeo they went on to rope at the #15 Heartland Team Roping in Stephenville, Tx held at Lone Star Arena. The Heartland consisted of three rounds and a short round. Garett on the head side and Kirby on the heel side finished with a 30.02. They split $20,040 for the second place win. Leighton Berry, Senior from Weatherford, Tx qualiCINCH MOODY fied for a spot at the American Semi Finals in Ft Worth, Tx at the Historic Stockyards! We're so proud of Region X and all the hard work they have put in! We hope they all have a successful summer rodeoing!

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JUNIOR HIGH

LETTER FROM TJHRA SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY

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ear JH Contestants and Families, I don’t know about you, but this year like in the past is just flying by. When you get this article this month some of you will be finished or finishing up the 2016-17 Region Rodeo season, it seems like we just started yesterday! The officers and myself attended the Midwinter conference in Arizona at the end of January, we all were able to bond as a working officer team. We were all looking forward to enjoying the fair temperatures in Arizona in the winter, but it was fairly brisk the whole time we were there. The student officers attended meetings that involved youth activities at the National Finals they also listened to a motivational speech from Jake Barnes, what a guy! It is great for the officers to see how much goes into planning the finals, lots of meetings. On Saturday morning, it was down to Dugan and myself left so we went to the final board meeting, this is where all the little meetings come together and have the vote on the new rules and ideas that have been talked about all week. There were many decisions voted including the one that Texas had submitted regarding the chute dogging was up for vote, it was passed that anyone may begin running chute dogging in a straight away chute and will be done that way at the National Jr. High Finals in 2018, so Texas will begin running chute dogging in a straight away chute in 2018 at the finals as well. We heard many changes are being made in Tennessee for the National Junior High Finals that will be most beneficial for the contestants. I actually had the privilege to sit at the table with the Tennessee committee and they are very excited about having their expo built and with that being built the vendors will be able to move from the tent that way the congestion of moving people will be much better. The temporary stalls that were in the low area last year will be moved to where the golf carts were last year. They are to have sand in the arena a full week before the finals this year so that should help with all the troubles in that arena. The ribbon roping is being worked on, and they are hoping to move that event to the other side (the rough stock side of the arena). I am happy to announce that our own John Bland will be the arena director on the rough stock side. I want to believe that some of our concerns are being taken care of and that this year will be a great time in Tennessee. As I always remind you – don’t wait until the last minute to talk to your school about attending the state finals. More than likely you will still be in school when the finals roll around, start talking to your school now. If you need a letter for your school do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to the spring days ahead, see you all soon. Anne Dollery TJHRA Secretary

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

806-679-2037

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT TONY LACINA

806-676-1042

tglacina@gmail.com

1st VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH

432-386-6214

brent@paisanocattle.com

DELEGATE CINDY CLAYTON

254-485-9466

clayton@our-town.com

DELEGATE DAVID FREEMAN

832-221-1253

police@coeltx.net

DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM

830-676-3373

gypsydoll75@yahoo.com

DELEGATE JEFF PARSLEY

903-842-4720

jparsleygeraniums@earthlink.net

DELEGATE JOE RICHARDS

806-676-5970

joe@diamondcattlefeeders.com

DELEGATE SCOTT SHOOK

281-437-8214

scottshook@yahoo.com

SECRETARY ANNE DOLLERY

979-412-2551

texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

MARKETING DIRECTOR MACI MEYER

281-610-7349

macikmeyer@yahoo.com

Region I GARY CLEMENTS CHAD HIATT LANCE GAILLARD

806-676-4402 806-898-3748

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Region II CASEY BAIZE KEITH KENT DANE DRIVER

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

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Region V CLAYTON DRAKE VERN KAYLOR JODIE MORIAN

409-920-3678 409-384-5552

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

Region VI TOMMY OHRT JASON UNDERBRINK

361-550-5202 210-854-7718

t107cattle@yahoo.com twou20@yahoo.com

Region VII CHAD CHANDLER CRAIG MILLER CORY PIERCE

361-935-2417 979-417-6723

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V.PRES PAISLEY PIERCE

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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2ND ANNUAL 2017 TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION 5K COLOR FUN RUN/WALK AND KIDS K SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

Runners/Walkers: Get ready to kick off the 2017 Texas Junior High Rodeo Association State Finals with a 5K Color Fun Run! The 5K will start at 7:30 AM at Independence Park. The Kids K will follow suit. Kids are welcome to bring their bicycles for the race. Each early regsitrant will receive a free T-Shirt! Deadline to receive a shirt is April 21, 2017. Awards will be awarded to the top Male and Female runner of each standard age division. The age divisions are 10 & under, 11-13 years old, 14-18 years old, and adults.

You may register online at www.athleteguild.com, by mail or at the event until 7:15 AM. Registration fee for 5K Color Fun Run/Walk: $25.00 Kids K, 10 & under: $15.00 Register after 4/21/17 or at the event: $30.00 Texas Junior High Rodeo Association Mail entry and registration fee to: PO BOX 1818, Gonzales, TX 78629 FMI: Maci Meyer 281-610-7346 macikmeyer@yahoo.com

THE 2ND ANNUAL TJHRA 5K COLOR FUN RUN/WALK AND KIDS K IS A ROAD RACE, BE PREPARED TO HAVE FUN! I, the undersigned, agree to release and discharge the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association, the organizers of said Run/Walk, the participants of said Run/Walk, and any other persons connected with this Run/Walk, from any liability from any accident and/or injury that might occur to me as a result of my participation in this Run/Walk. Name (Please Print):_____________________________________________ Age on 01/01/17:_______ Sex: ______ Address: ______________________________________ City: __________________ State: _______ Zip: __________ Cell # ___________________ Runner/Walker or Guardian’s Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ____________ T-Shirt (circle one): Adult- S M L XL Child- S M L

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS REGION IV UPDATE

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By ALLIE

EASON– TJHRA Reg IV Jr. High Secretary

egion IV Junior High Rodeo moved to Sulphur Springs this year. A big thanks to the city of Sulphur Springs for their sponsorship and making us feel welcome. The facilities are great no matter what the weather. The junior high membership has increased to over 50 members this year. With the increase in competitors, we are also seeing a narrowing of the points between places, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top at the finals. Currently, the event leaders are Tie Down – Max Mathis, Team Roping – Max Mathis and Jayse Tettenhorst, Ribbon Roping – Max Mathis and Harley Jo Chaffin, Poles – Gracey Brockway, Girls Goats – Harley Jo Chaffin, Girls Breakaway – Harley Jo Chaffin, Chute Dogging – Max Mathis, Bull Riding – Dakota Hill, Boys Goats – Caden West, Boys Breakaway – Carson Emmons, Barrels – Manuela Marchi, All Around Boys – Max Mathis, All Around Girls – Makenzie Mayes, Rookie Boy – Brennen Wilson, and Rookie Girl – Mary Beth Beam. Good luck to all the contestants. Region IV will be well represented this year at the State Finals in Gonzales. We have just completed the regular season and will have the region finals March 24-26 in Athens. The competition will begin on Friday night, with Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, at 6:45 pm with finalist recognition and grand entry. The 2nd round will start on Saturday at 10 am following Senior recognition. Following the 2nd round, we will celebrate the end of the year with a Cowboy Dance from 8-12.

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