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PRIEFERT WILDLIFE EQUIPMENT INTRODUCING EDDIE PRIEFERT Many people in the wildlife industry recognize me from my time with the Hunting Shows – Priefert’s Backwoods Bloodline and The Priefert’s. Interestingly enough, I had only ever shot one deer prior to filming those shows. I had grown up hunting ducks, hogs, etc, but not deer, mainly because our land just wasn’t managed for deer. Filming the show presented me the opportunity to visit a variety of ranches, similar to ours, but that included a land management plan for wildlife. I remember filming a show with Clay Forst, owner of the Stuart Ranch in Oklahoma. He and I talked at length about all the things he had done on his ranch to manage the ground not just for his ranch stock, but also for the whitetail population. That really made an
impression on me. Around that same time, I developed a friendship with Mike Ford. Mike owns Rio Rojo Rancho, a high fence deer ranch in northeast Texas. He introduced me to the concept of how deer are handled and worked. Starting with his deer chute design, I used my background with manufacturing to streamline the production process, and Priefert Mfg. became the OEM manufacturer for Mike’s deer handling equipment. Fast forward to a year later, and Mike was constantly complaining about his deer feeders. The idea is to get deer as much nutrition as possible without wasting any of the expensive feed. I asked Mike what he needed to solve his problem. He told me he wanted a trough-style feeder that incorporated a way to keep the feed dry, and that the feeder needed to be mobile. From that conversation, I started working on prototypes with my team. One of the early ones had a roof, but deer wouldn’t go under it to stick their head in the feeder. We went through several prototypes before we finally landed on the ADF prototype in 2013. I gave Mike a few to test with his deer and I put some out on the ranch to see how wild deer would react. I was feeding a mix of corn and protein feed and I was seeing a lot of deer come to the feeders, as was Mike. By 2015, testing was complete and the final design was ready to be launched. Today, we have around 700 acres of our ranch dedicated to wildlife. I have 4 boys that all love to hunt. With all the work that I’m doing to constantly learn more about wildlife management and to improve our wildlife equipment, I’m building a future for my boys to enjoy. The best part is, that I’ll get to enjoy that with them.
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to maintain a healthy balance of nutrients throughout the year. I always put a deer feeder filled with Purina feed near water and cover to make sure the deer have plenty to stay healthy. If you have water in addition to cover, you will retain and grow the herd. You can have some of the best cover, but if you don’t have water that is easily accessible, the wildlife won’t stay. They will pass through and eat what’s there, but they will keep moving. If natural water sources, such as a pond or creek, are unavailable, a good rule of thumb is to provide permanent water sources, such as a Water Guzzler or Harvesting rainwater, every ½ mile from the food plot and cover. On a side note, my grandpa and founder of Priefert Mfg., Marvin Priefert, actually moved to Mt Pleasant, Texas for that very reason. He liked having easy access to springs, rivers, and creeks. The last and most important ingredient is cover, with the key to cover being safe from predators and weather conditions. Most people look at a wide open meadow and wonder why there aren’t any deer in it. Deer, like most living things, want to be in a place that they feel comfortable and safe. White tail are not going to be seen in an open field because they like being in the woods with seclusion and cover. Being in an open field without close cover, is just not in their nature. In one of the food plots that we will discuss later, I have planted about 4,000 oak and pine trees which will provide both cover and food in the fall. As I continue learning and researching how to manage the wildlife better, feel free to leave a reply with what has or hasn’t worked for you. Check back next week as we dig deeper into my “Deer Pond” food plot and why having a food plot is important.
3 INGREDIENTS IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT Whether you have raised an animal for FFA or just livestock on the ranch, everything about wildlife management is common sense. There are 3 ingredients that all animals, including humans, need to survive and reproduce: food, water, and cover. Now that you know what is needed, lets figure out why these ingredients are needed. The first ingredient is food. In my opinion, having both natural and supplemental food is important to wildlife management. In northeast Texas, we have an abundance of natural vegetation because of the rainfall we get for the majority of the year. Natural food in our area are things like acorns, rye grass, berries, and forbs. Availability of natural vegetation often varies because of location and seasons. Having a supplemental food will help the deer
BAILEY BENNIGHT OF REGION VI by Catelyn Felts
The Whataburger Whatakid is selected due to their ability to excel both in and out of the rodeo arena. Whataburger is proud to recognize a THSRA member from each of the ten Regions who truly upholds the title “Whatakid!” One of the nominees will be chosen at the State Final Rodeo in June as the Whatakid of the Year. In recognition of this accomplishment they will receive free Whataburgers for an entire year!
ongratulations to this month’s Whatakid, Bailey Bennight! Bailey calls Smithville, Texas home, and is proud to state the fact, Smithville is also home to Miranda Lambert’s new music video “Vice.” She is a senior at Smithville High School and will be rounding out her Texas High School Rodeo Association career this year, as she has been a member of Region VI all four years of high school. She currently serves as the student president of Region VI and has been the past three years. She is a competitor in the pole bending, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and team roping. Though she currently claims breakaway to be her favorite event, she explained how she “tends to switch favorite events depending on the standings.” Her main man at the moment, goes by the name of Jimmy, as he is her breakaway and team roping equine partner. She acquired Jimmy from her younger brother, who decided to pursue other sports. Throughout her time as a THSRA member Bailey explained how leadership, responsibility and being competitive are all character traits she has been able to obtain and put into practice. Each of these being valuable traits to carry with her beyond the rodeo arena. “I’ve also
learned that you must work hard to achieve your goals,” Bailey said. In addition to growing as an individual and acquiring positive character traits, Bailey said she has also had the opportunity to meet people from all over the state and intermingle with other contestants and families she might not have had the chance to meet had she not chosen to be a THSRA member. Outside of the rodeo arena, Bailey is a varsity basketball and volleyball player, a member of Student Council, her FFA chapter’s President, National Honor Society member, an Academic All-District basketball player, and the Homecoming Queen at her high school. On an average day, Bailey explained how she wakes up, gets dressed, goes to school, attends athletic practices, goes home to practice for rodeos and exercises her horses, feeds her animals, eats, showers, goes to bed, and repeats it all over again the next day. As a pretty accomplished individual, Bailey said she strives to lead her life by the saying, “Expect nothing; appreciate everything.” In the future Bailey said she plans to attend college and “major in something related to animals.” She also expressed her gratitude toward Whataburger for their loyal partnership with the Texas High School Rodeo Association, and she said she is honored to be selected as the Whatakid for Region VI. Congratulations, Bailey! We hope you continue to expect nothing and appreciate everything while finding success in all of your future endeavors!
THSRA MEMBERS HUNTING PHOTOS! This buffalo hunt was like no other hunt I've been on because of how the hunt went. It started out by stalking it starting on a Thursday to try and find the one I wanted, all the way to a Sunday when I finally got to pull the trigger. Buffalos travel in herds. This herd was made up of 30+ and the one I wanted was one of the biggest males. When I shot the buffalo, all the others charged the one that was down trying to get it up and then charged us trying to us away from it. My heart was beating 90mph before and after and the excitement of my first buffalo kill was so real. This hunt meant so much to me because I had been wanting to kill one for a long time but didn't ever think I'd get the opportunity. This was a Christmas present from my uncle and my whole family went and was apart of this amazing kill. This kill also was special to me because in killing this beautiful animal, I got to feed a hungry family. -Bikayli Kenney, Region II This is me and my family after one of our pig hunts! -Brendan Bennett, Region II
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Sell 3 Bloomer Tickets and Get One Free That's right, if you sell 3 Bloomer Tickets, your family will get to enter one time for free! Claim this offer when your turn in your Bloomer tickets to your Region Secretary and she will give you a free ticket to put your families name on!
2016 THSRA FOUNDERS INVITATIONAL RODEO
by Kadie Beth Wisener, THSRA President
lite high school rodeo competitors from the great state of Texas, where invited to Hallettsville to compete at the 2016 Texas High School Founders Invitational Rodeo. Most people wonder why Hallettsville, of all places is a place to have a rodeo. This might be hard to believe but the little town of Hallettsville is where the idea of the National High School Rodeo Association came to be in 1946. Claude Mullins, a Texas educator who was a big fan of the sport, Alton Allen, a local attorney and cattle rancher in the area and Leon Kahanek also a cattleman and a pharmacist worked together and began conducting a youth rodeo program. The idea behind the first High School Rodeo was to encourage rural-oriented youth to stay in school and complete their studies. Their idea lives on, now over 10,500 students in the United States, Canada, and Australia are members of the NHSRA. What was once a national finals that featured 121 entries has now grown into a National High School Finals Rodeo that features over 1,500 students on a regular basis and has become known as the “World’s Largest Rodeo”. The families of these three inspiring cowboys agree to host this Invitational rodeo as a way to honor the work of Claude, Alton, and Leon. Regions were allowed to bring three of their top competitors in each event to compete inside of the Lavaca Expo Center. This invitational rodeo is said to be the next best thing to the state finals. It is truly an honor if you are asked to come and compete. On Saturday October 15th the long-go began, with a morning and evening performance. The top ten competitor that placed in the longgo advance to the short round that following Sunday.
During the short round champions where named. Kolt Dement covered two broncs to win the bareback with his average of the two scores being 136. Garrett Oats flipped two steers at 9.83 to win the steer wrestling average. In barrel racing, Kylee Scriber, ran two smoking runs which earned her first. Catherine Clayton won the breakaway with a 6.3 on two. Ty Harris tied two calves both times at 8 seconds to give him an average of 17.07 to win it. Ty Harris also won the team roping with his partner Paden Bray, with 10.38 on two. Parker Fleet, the only cowboy to cover two in the saddle bronc, won the average with 143. In the goat tying Mayce Marek tied the fastest time of the weekend with a 6.64 followed by a solid time on Sunday to win this event. Maile Sciba won the pole bending average by over a second with a 39.95. Finally in the bull riding Wyatt Culver covered two, both scores being 73, winning him the average with 146. The 2016 Founders Invitational all- around cowboy was Ty Harris and allround cowgirl was Catherine Clayton. As you can see, the high school rodeo competitors at Hallettsville brought their A game. Not only did this rodeo showcase some of the finest cowboys and cowgirls around the lone star state, it was a time for us as THSRA member to reflect back on the beginning of how this organization came to be. Remaining in a thankful state that three generous men put the future of the youth before their own life and started what is to be the greatest youth rodeo program that has ever been created. A big thank you goes out to the families in Hallettsville who devoted their time to make this invitational rodeo such a huge success.
ALL AROUND COWGIRL CATHERINE CLAYTON
TEAM ROPING CHAMPIONS TY HARRIS & PADEN BRAY
CALF ROPING CHAMPION- TY HARRIS
BULL RIDING CHAMPION WYATT CULVER-WELLS
CATHERINE CLAYTON FOUNDERS INVITATIONAL BARREL RACING CHAMPION
ALL AROUND COWGIRL CATHERINE CLAYTON
POLE BENDING CHAMPION - MAILE SCIBA
ALL AROUND COWBOY TY HARRIS & THSRA QUEEN BAILEY-GRACE SNYDER
BARREL RACING CHAMPION KYLEE SCRIBNER
STEER WRESTLING CHAMPIONGARRETT OATES
GOAT TYING CHAMPION - MAYCE MAREK
BAREBACK RIDING CHAMPION- KOLT DEMENT
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EXPERIENCING THSRA’S RICH HISTORY by Bailey-Grace Snyder
of Commerce. Their main goal, that continues to remain in the NHSRA Mission Statement, was to promote good character and sportsmanship. Photographs of past Rodeo Queens reflect a huge change in fashions. There is a display of an apple green blazer worn by Barbara Koehen in the 1970 Queens along with a pair of brown boots. Photographs of Miss THSRA in the THSRA Championship parade in Hallettsville are also on display. In the exhibit you'll find a running video of past Texas National Teams, girls performing rope tricks at Hallettsville square, and other action shots
from past rodeos. Many champion trophy saddles dating back to the 1950's have been placed on saddle racks around the room. There's a display of the Hallettsville barrier that is still used today. There are state trophies and national trophies. Newspaper clippings depicting the high school rodeo as front page news. There's also a huge quilt made up of back numbers from the high school and junior high finals in 2014. It's incredible how the inspiration gained from one man’s dream and a community came together to build what has become an international championship rodeo association!
n the little town of Hallettsville, Texas sets a small building housing the Lavaca County Historical Musuem. In the town where High School rodeo was born is where you will find the High School Rodeo Hall of fame. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to visit the museum during the Texas High School Rodeo Founders Invitational. A display of program covers begins with the first State Championship held in Hallettsville in 1947, priced at 10 cents. Another cover reads 1988 and is from the finals at the Guadalupe fair grounds in Seguin. It all started with a dream of Claude Mullins, a calf roper and the superintendent of schools in Hallettsville, after he began to notice a group of young cowboys that headed to the arena to rope everyday after school. That dream was brought to life in 1947 with the help of Alton Allèn, Leon L. Kahanek, the FFA chapter, and Hallettsville Chamber
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Women in Rodeo
By Jadyn Duggan
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et's talk about something important, Women in Rodeo. Two of the top names in rodeo are Karen and Kirsten Vold, wife and daughter to Harry Vold, the 11 time Pro Rodeo Cowboys’ Association (PRCA), and two time Women’s Pro Rodeo Association (WPRA) stock contractor of the year. These two women have dedicated their life to serving and helping others in the rodeo industry. Karen Vold says, “I guess... I started in the rodeo industry when I was ten years old. My parents were getting divorced, and they saw the divorce bothered me, so
KIRSTEN VOLD TALKING TO HER FATHER HARRY VOLD
they came together and got me a horse and a trick riding saddle to kind of give me something else to think of.” Karen picked up her tricks by going to rodeos as a kid and watching the older trick riders; then Karen would go home and practice the tricks until they were perfect. She was a trick rider for 17 years before she meet Harry. After meeting KAREN VOLD Harry, she started working for him in the Vold Rodeo Company. “Harry and I meet in the lobby of the Brown Palace. He was a stock contractor in Canada, and he hired my trick riding group to ride in one of his rodeos.” Since then Karen has handled saddle horses, wardrobe, pickup horses, and the front end horses. “Back then everyone that worked the rodeo wore something of the same color, so everybody there could identify who was working the rodeo.” Karen says she likes that all the junior and college rodeos give kids a chance to get started rodeoing at such a young age. “I think it is excellent for them to have high school rodeo, and I’m just sorry that schools have taken so much away from it. They don’t offer the kids credits in school for rodeo, and the FFA lost contact with some of those kids, but the ranch kids and smaller areas still do it, but the bigger towns don’t do it, and I think that's disappointing because I think it's a great opportunity for kids and it gives them something to do and keeps them off the streets.” Kirsten Vold says, “It was really good growing up in this business, and I was lucky enough to have a dad very well respected in this business, and he paved the way for me to stay in it and be successful, and hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.” Kirsten was home schooled as a child and was able to travel to rodeos with her dad. “My first job with the company was high walking the pickup horses for the pickup men, and I got paid one dollar a performance. I’d carry in flags in the grand openings, and I timed some rodeos, so I had my timer’s card when I was 12. I also started trick riding when I was nine years old and did that in some rodeos.” Though Kirsten was always around rodeo, she never actually rodeoed in high school. “With my mom and dad both working rodeos, I never had anyone to take me to my rodeos, but I did rodeo a little in college.” When Kirsten was little she had dreams of being a lawyer. “I actually wanted to be a lawyer at one point in my life, can you believe that? I wanted to be a lawyer and live in California and drive a sports car and come see my family every once in a while at rodeos.” A note to the girls from Karen and Kirsten. “I think girls have a great opportunity to learn and look forward towards pro rodeo, and there's more to rodeo than just competing...”, Kirsten Vold. “ Just keep hanging in there, don’t give up no matter how tough it gets, keep going after your goal, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. You just have to be determined and work at it.” Karen Vold. “My daddy always said a girl can’t get in trouble with a horse!” - Karen Vold
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By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter
n any sport, it is important to keep yourself healthy and in tip-top shape in order to perform to the best of your ability. In rodeo, not only is this important for you, but also for your horses, and even the rough stock. Elements such as diet, exercise, and things like chiropractics, shoeing, etc. are important to keeping your horses in their best condition. Rodeo athletes that compete in the speed events go to extreme lengths to make sure their equine partners are as healthy as possible; researching and trying new feeds, supplements, exercise regimens, or testing new machines to improve performance. Rodeo competitors take great care of their equine athletes. Diet is a key component for a horse to perform well. Everyone has their preferred feed and supplement combo that keeps their horse fit, happy, and healthy. Delani Wood of Region II has a very specific routine for her highly accomplished barrel horse, Ginny. “I feed Ginny grass hay and a pelleted feed. She also gets her DAC oil, OE Game Changer, and OE Align.” Wood is obviously very attentive and dedicated to her horses health. Another Region II member who shared her feeding program with me is Tristin Lewis. “My horses get a Hy-Pro pellet enhanced with specific Triangle Ranch Minerals and my breakaway horse gets a Previcox every day,” said Lewis. Lewis and her horse Whiskey did very well at this year’s state finals rodeo in
the breakaway roping. Both of these competitors have designed feeding plans that fit their horses, which is so important to be successful. Exercise is also something that is vital for keeping horses fit, happy, and healthy. Keeping your horse exercised will help to improve performance in the arena, help prevent injuries, and even help speed along the recovery if your horse does get injured. Along with the traditional methods of exercising like loping, long trotting, ponying, and lunging, there are now DELANI WOOD other options as well such as swimming, exercisers, treadmills, etc. Some horses require more exercise than others to stay in prime condition and some take less. Wood and Lewis let me in on their exercise routines along with their feeding regimens. When Wood was asked how she exercises Ginny she said she combines traditional and new methods, “I try to ride her three times a week, I do a lot of long trotting and I lope her. I also try to swim her a couple of times during the week and she usually gets turned out after I ride her.” All this helps Wood and Ginny to dominate in the rodeo arena. Lewis said her horses are turned out in a pasture 24/7 and brought up for practice. She mentioned that all of her horses are used on the ranch so they get plenty of exercise. Lewis’s routine keeps her horses in top shape to be successful in the rodeo arena. Some things that can give your horses that extra edge are extras like chiropractics, breathing treatments, massages, dentistry, and people are even using acupuncture on horses now. Wood and Lewis both said they have their horses seen by a chiropractor on a regular basis. If you go the extra mile to have any of these things done, you will most definitely see the results with your horses. Anyone could see that rodeo athletes pay special attention to make sure their equine partners are in the best shape possible to win in the arena and stay fit, happy, and healthy. Just like athletes of any sport, horses having a healthy diet and exercise routine is required for them to win. They must be in tip-top shape to do their best. So with that, good luck Region II, in all that you do.
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PERFORMANCE REPORT Red Hot Region 3 For The WIN!
By BRITTANY GATES
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
op 4 in each event went south to compete at the 2016 THSRA Founders Invitational Rodeo in Hallettsville, Texas! It was a long tough drawn out weekend for the Region 3 group! Sending a little extra congrats to the champs listed below! In the Bareback Colby Fedor spurred 2 down and went for 90! Fedor turns in a 62 point ride in the long go placing him 2nd makes short go and rides a 69 point ride to fill 3rd place and placed 3rd in the average! In the Steer Wrestling Holden Myers hooks and flips 2 without an issues! Holden throws down a 3.94 in the long go to place him in the number 1 position! He then goes on to the short go and runs a 7.79 in the short go and places 4th and places 4th in the average! In the Barrel
Racing Kylee Scribner runs a SMOKING time of 16.181 in the long go and places 1st, she then goes on to the short go and throws down ANOTHER smoking run of 16.279 and places 2nd and places 1st in the average! In the Calf Roping Ty Harris flanks and ties one in 8.84 in the long go and places 3rd, he then fights his way to the short go and runs ANOTHER 8.23 in the short go and places 3rd and places 1st in the average! Paden Bray slid his horse to a stop and flips in 10.48 in the long go placing him 8th, he then goes on to the short go and runs an 8.08 to place him 2nd and 5th in the average! In the Team Roping Ty Harris and Paden Bray went left and heeled 2 down in 5.16 in the long go and placed 1st and in the short go they do it again and run a 5.22 and place 1st AGAIN and 1st in the average! Wyatt Bray and Zant Lewis gives the chute help the A’OK; rush out of the box and turn in a time of 10.74 and places 10th in the long go, they advance to the short go and turn in a time of 28.28 and place 10th and also place 10th In the average! Ty Harris had an on outstanding and blessed weekend least to say. Harris took 1st in the Calf Roping and 1st in the Team Roping! With all the points racked up and Harris became the 2016 THSRA Founders Invitational All Around Cowboy! Congratulation to all the 2016 THSRA Founders Invitational Region 3 Qualifiers, way to represent!!!
for our members, our sponsors continue to exceed our expectations with the passion and loyalty they have for our organization. Bloomer Trailers plays a large role in the THSRA, and they are definitely not trailing behind when it comes to sponsorship support! In fact, Bloomer Trailers helped us raise $190,000 for the THSRA and TJHRA during the 2015-2016 year, and they have hauled in almost $900,000 over the past eight years for both high school and junior high divisions. “We are thrilled to have such a great partner in Bloomer Trailers. We know that they really care for our student athletes and want to help us enhance our association,” Chris Wolfe, President of the THSRA said. “Their sponsorship helps us accomplish our mission of enriching the lives of Texas student rodeo athletes by preserving our western heritage through the sport of rodeo, promoting family values, and providing future opportunities through college scholarships.” While Bloomer helps in many ways, their main form of giving is through the Bloomer Trailer Giveaway program. The company donates a trailer to our organization to be given away during our state finals each year. Through this program our members are responsible for selling raffle tickets throughout the year to family and friends. The tickets are then collected from each region secretary and placed in a drawing for a winner to be chosen during the THSRA state finals. Last year, Troy Arledge was the lucky winner of the brand new Bloomer Trailer. THE BLOOMER IMPACT While a free trailer has some definite perks, the best part of this program is that 80 percent of the money raised stays in the regions where the tickets are sold. This allows regions wanted to find a way to say THSRA is the additional funds for scholarships, awards and other special programs and events for their largest paying youth rodeo in the world! members. The remaining 20 percent goes to the state association to be used for scholarships, This is only the first step, but this is Texas awards and general operating expenses. and the parents and sponsors are the best In addition to a donated trailer, and a pocket full of money given to the organization, anywhere so I have no Bloomer’s sponsorship opens a doubt we will succeed. If promote the sport of rodeo. “ I wanted to find a way to say THSRA door“Into order an athlete has competed for the sport to grow is the largest paying youth rodeo in the and thrive it takes involvement all year with success and world! This is only the first step, but this is from many outside sources,” suffers a misstep at the finals then let’s at least Texas and the parents and sponsors are Bloomer Trailers CEO, Randy give them a chance at Bloomer said. “My goal is to prothe best anywhere so I have no doubt we vide some real money. All of a platform to let each child, will succeed. If an athlete has competed region, and the association grow the THSRA board memall year with success and suffers a misstep and thrive in a sport that is conbers have been 100% supportive of these goals. at the finals then let’s at least give them stantly coming under more scruWe are excited about the a chance at some real money. All of the tiny from outside sources. Good growth THSRA will have and sponsorships are THSRA board members have been 100% leadership over the next few years so a must to create education, comsupportive of these goals. We are excited munity awareness, and represent get ready to set the bar for the rest of the country!” about the growth THSRA will have over rodeo in a more professional light THE BLOOMER the next few years so get ready to set the to attract sponsors that are not curPARTNERSHIP rently involved.” bar for the rest of the country!” As a non-profit orgaThe Texas High School Rodeo nization, the Texas High Association is a 501-C non-profit School Rodeo and Junior High Division organization that is the largest, most prestigious state junior high and high school rodeo assoAssociation relies heavily on the help and ciation in the nation. When you get involved with THSRA and TJHRA, you are supporting support of our sponsors to ensure all parts family values, dedicated young people and scholarships, and we are so thankful for Bloomer of our organization are funded and running Trailers assistance in that, and the sponsorship they so graciously provide year after year. smoothly. From the state finals, to monthly For more information about Bloomer Trailers, visit www.BloomerTrailers.com and region rodeos, to providing scholarships Facebook.com/Bloomer-Trailers.com.
BLOOMER TRAILERS AND THSRA ANNOUNCE $50,000 IN ADDED MONEY TO THE 2017 THSRA STATE FINALS IN ABILENE, TEXAS
ith a passion to continually improve the Texas High School Rodeo Association, Bloomer Trailers and THSRA are excited to announce that $50,000 in added money will be given away at the 2017 THSRA State Finals in Abilene, Texas, June 4-10. Twenty thousand of that added money will come directly from the funds raised by the Bloomer Trailer giveaway during the 2015-2016 rodeo season, the remainder of the added money is being added by THSRA. Randy Bloomer, Owner of Bloomer Trailers, has championed this enhancement and says, “The THSRA is the largest youth rodeo program in the United States. Since we only take 4 athletes out of each event we leave some of the best competitors out of the National High School Finals each year. Texas has the size, talent and number of competitors to have a Texas Shootout so why not recognize the best by having the prize money reflect the premiere high school finals.” With a goal to eventually have $100,000 in added money at the finals, the board of directors and Bloomer promise that this is just the beginning. Bloomer said, “ I
BLOOMER TRAILERS SPONSORS TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE NINTH YEAR IN A ROW
s a non-profit organization, the Texas High School Rodeo and Junior High Division Association relies heavily on the help and support of our sponsors to ensure all parts of our organization are funded and running smoothly. From the state finals, to monthly region rodeos, to providing scholarships for our members, our sponsors continue to exceed our expectations with the passion and loyalty they have for our organization. Bloomer Trailers plays a large role in the THSRA, and they are definitely not trailing behind when it comes to sponsorship support! In fact, Bloomer Trailers helped us raise $190,000 for the THSRA and TJHRA during the 2015-2016 year, and they have hauled in almost $900,000 over the past nine years for both high school and junior high divisions. “We are thrilled to have such a great partner in Bloomer Trailers. We know that they really care for our student athletes and want to help us enhance our association,” Steve Dickey, president of the THSRA said. “Their sponsorship helps us accomplish our mission of enriching the lives of Texas student rodeo athletes by preserving our western heritage through the sport of rodeo, promoting family values, and providing future opportunities through college scholarships.” While Bloomer helps in many ways, their main form of giving is through the Bloomer Trailer Giveaway program. The company donates a trailer to our organization to be given away during our state finals each year. Through this program our members are responsible for selling raffle tickets throughout the year to family and friends. The raffle tickets are then collected from each region secretary and placed in a drawing for a winner to be chosen during the short round of the THSRA state finals. Last year, Troy Arledge was the lucky winner of the brand new Bloomer Trailer. While a free trailer has some definite perks, the best part of this program is that 80 percent of the money raised stays in the regions where the tickets are sold. This allows regions additional funds for scholarships, awards and other special programs and events for their members. The remaining 20 percent goes to the state association to be used for scholarships, awards and general operating expenses. In addition to a donated trailer, and a pocket full of money given to the organization, Bloomer’s sponsorship opens a door to promote the sport of rodeo. “In order for the sport to grow and thrive it takes involvement from many outside sources,” Bloomer Trailers CEO, Randy Bloomer said. “My goal is to provide a platform to let each child, region, and the association grow and thrive in a sport that is constantly coming under more scrutiny from outside sources. Good leadership and sponsorships are a must to create education, community awareness, and represent rodeo in a more professional light to attract sponsors that are not currently involved.” The Texas High School Rodeo Association is a 501-C non-profit organization that is the largest, most prestigious state junior high and high school rodeo association in the nation. When you get involved with THSRA and TJHRA, you are supporting family values, dedicated young people and scholarships, and we are so thankful for Bloomer Trailers assistance in that, and the sponsorship they so graciously provide year after year. For more information about Bloomer Trailers, visit www.BloomerTrailers. com and Facebook.com/Bloomer-Trailers.com.
2017 THSRA FINALS BID WINNERS: Stock Contractor: J & J Rodeo Company Timed Event Judges: Bobby Flores & John Tom Powledge Roughstock Judges: Dewitt Forrest, Jr. & Steve Thompson Announcers: Chris Rankin & Rawley Duntley Rodeo Secretary: Danna Gann Cutting Secretary: Suzanne George Reined Cow Horse Secretary: Kelley Williams Timers: Kristi Crenshaw, Hope Lummus & Judy Thompson Points Analysts: Kim Ackel & Phillis Arceneaux Photographer: Jennings Media Videographer: D & C Productions Jackpot Arena Contractor: J & J Rodeo Company Trade Show: Richard & Susan Baldwin Program Printer: BayStar Printing
STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CAL WOLFE VICE PRESIDENT - CHEYENNE SWOOPE SECRETARY - KOLTON WHITE
DR. TANDY FREEMAN
STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS MIMI BARKER 10678 FM 757 • Winona, Texas 75792 903.987.9246 • mimi–firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAD FOLMAR 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • email@example.com
SECRETARY - TINA BRADEN PO Box 549 • Horatio, AR 71842 870.832.3149 • firstname.lastname@example.org
BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US HWY 69 • Mineola, TX 75773 903.569.1569 • email@example.com PRESIDENT- BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US 69 • Mineola, Texas 75773 903.569.15698 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Something to Be Thankful For
By HALEY NOVAK– ARIAT Performance Reporter
ive thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.”Psalms 107:1. Everyday we are given things to be thankful for, but most of the time we never take the time to reflect upon our many blessings. With the Thanksgiving season in full swing, it is the time for speaking out and review all of the many reasons to be grateful throughout the year. For most of us in the sport of rodeo, we have countless blessings given to us each and every day. For Savanna Waller who competes in barrels, poles, and breakaway when I asked what she is most thankful for this year her reply was, “Well, most definitely my horse, he is the reason I love what I do! Also my parents, they are the reason I am able to do what I love, and they do everything that they can to help me to succeed!”. I think we all can agree with Savanna when she says her parents are a big blessing. Without our parents being by our side through the long drives to and from rodeos each weekend, countless hours they spend in the stands taking down times, in the arena helping out in any way they can, and supporting us through the good and bad runs; we would not be who we are today and certainly could not do any of this without them! Also, I spoke to tie down roper, team roper, and 2016 Reined Cow Horse State Champion,
Josh Briggs about what he is thankful for and he said, “I am thankful for my friends, family, and horses. I am most thankful for my horse Twigg. He is a great horse, I am lucky to have one that I can do every event like team roping, calf roping, and cow horse, I am looking forward to seeing how the team roping goes this year and defending my state champion title in the cowhorse!” This really shows how much we need our horses. Without having them on our team we would not be able to achieve our dreams. In my opinion, our horses our one of our biggest blessings that we should be thankful for, they are our teammates and our best friends.” Another Region 4 member, Alex Cawthon says, “ I am so thankful that I get to do what I love every single day!” I believe that this is what we are all most thankful for, it is a huge blessing that we are able to chase after our dreams every chance we get! Most teenagers these days do not get to experience the unforgettable times with friends, the bond with horses, or such tight knit families that would do anything to make our dreams possible; and that is what I am most thankful for. So during this season of reflection let’s all remember to count our blessings one by one, and to praise God who gives them to us each and every day.
2016-2017 AJRA 65th Rodeo Schedule NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016 MARCH 31-APRIL 2, 2017 APRIL 21-23, 2017 MAY 5-7, 2017 MAY 12-14, 2017 JUNE 15-17, 2017 JUNE 16-17, 2017 JUNE 23-25, 2017
• 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!
CIRCLE T ARENA, HAMILTON, TX HORSE SHOE ARENA, MIDLAND, TX TAYLOR COUNTY EXPO, ABILENE, TX 1ST COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION ARENA, SAN ANGELO, TX NOLAN COUNTY COLISEUM, SWEETWATER, TX SAN SABA RODEO ARENA, SAN SABA, TX RAY DOCKERY ARENA, EDEN, TX HORSE SHOE ARENA, MIDLAND, TX
RODEOS #1 & #2 RODEOS #3 & #4 RODEOS #5 & #6 RODEOS #7 & #8 RODEOS #9 & 10 RODEO #11 RODEO #12 RODEOS #13 & #14
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)
STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS GENE ARCENEAUX 13448 Coon Road • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.651.5344 • email@example.com
PRESIDENT - IMA CHAMPION VICE PRESIDENT - MACKENZIE FOLEY SECRETARY - HELENA COLLMORGEN
JEFF LUMMUS PO Box 646 • Orangeﬁeld, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • firstname.lastname@example.org
SECRETARY - SUSAN BALDWIN 704 1/2 Southview Circle • Center, Texas 75935 936.590.4330 • email@example.com
JASON KEY 17547 N Hwy 59 • Garrison, TX 75946 936.564.0668 • firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENT- GENE ARCENEAUX 13448 Coon Rd • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.651.5344 • email@example.com
By TAYLIN ANTONICK – ARIAT Performance Reporter
common thread behind every successful THSRA Region is the leadership within the organization. Rodeo athletes in Region V know that the family atmosphere, competitive atmosphere and strong friendships that are helping to develop some of the top professional cowboys and cowgirls in the business are promoted and enhanced by two special people who help make rodeo in Region V the Biggest, The Baddest and the Best.
MR. ARCENEAUX AWAITS THE RIDE OF A BULL RIDER
Whether you are a region V cowboy in the roping box, a rough stock rider in the chutes, or simply a spectator in the stands, there is a fellow wearing a THSRA shirt, who is easily recognized because he is at every rodeo, rain or shine. Mr. Gene Arceneaux, Region V President, is always in the arena, usually giving bull riders pep talks or picking them up off the ground and giving advice for future rides, sometimes before the cowboy even has time to get his helmet off. He is also in the alley way, cheering on barrel racers, pole benders and goat tiers. He can always be found with a smiling face and joke to tell and he does it for one simple reason, “I TERRY HOLLAND GIVES AN truly love the kids and the opporINSPIRING SERMON ON A SUNDAY MORNING. tunity to help them at the rodeos.” After losing a son who rode bucking bulls just a few days before state finals, Mr. Arceneaux began to devote himself to the service of Region V, “My interaction with the rodeo kids is what I look forward to each month, and I make new and incredible memories at each rodeo”. The smiling, joking Region V President, who keeps things in the arena running smooth, has a goal for the future too. “I hope to see the THSRA grow with a 50% increase in membership and an increase in scholarships in the following years”. In order to meet that goal, Mr. Gene needs the help of one of the most important women in Texas high school rodeo. Our hard working supporter and friend is rarely seen in the arena because she is so busy keeping things in the office straight. Mrs. Susan Baldwin, Region V Secretary and THSRA State Secretary, is above the chutes and behind the arena action, but don’t think for a minute that this isn’t one of the busiest ladies on the rodeo road. Her efficiency and dedication to Region V rodeo athletes helps each individual in their quest for excellence. She is the voice behind every email and text reminding cowboy and cowgirls about entry deadlines, other jackpots and individual responsibilities in the region. Before the rodeos she is taking entries by mail and phone, depositing entry fees and typing up day sheets, and at the rodeo she is managing timers, book keeping and cutting checks. And in between all these jobs and a few more she manages to consider the scheduling
MRS. BALDWIN (FAR LEFT) HARD AT WORK WITH HER ASSISTANTS.
TREYSON ANTONICK COACHES TY ROACH BEFORE HIS BRONC RIDE
and crazy schedules of high school rodeo athletes so that they can make as many events as possible. She is the liason between Region V athletes and the Texas High School Rodeo Board of Directors and there is no way the THSRA would be as successful as it is without her hard work and dedication. Rodeo athletes that gather in Nacogdoches for high school rodeos also look to long time mentor and former announcer Terry Holland to help put things in perspective. A former Region V cowboy and PRCA bull rider, Mr. Holland con-
tributes with a spiritual message at every Sunday rodeo. His real life rodeo stories are always paired with a valuable spiritual lesson that touches the heart and reminds listeners of the important things in life. Region V athletes are also supported by former THSRA members and professional cowboys and cowgirls who offer help in the practice pen and at the rodeo. During the September rodeo former Region V cowgirl Haley Douget brought her pole horse in for a friend in need. Sam Houston Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bronc rider Treyson Antonick pulled in between rodeos to help Ty Roach get on his first saddle bronc ever and PRCA cowboy Heath DeMoss was seen helping cowboys behind the chutes. This family atmosphere and the dedication to supporting young people chase their dreams is evident every week as adult event directors, parents and grandparents gather to coach and support their rodeo youth. The professional leadership offered by Mr. Arceneaux and Mrs. Baldwin contribute to the efficiency and success of all members and to the Region. Their friendship and guidance, combined with that from adult mentors, parents, former THSRA members and friends from the rodeo world help members to grow in confidence and character. A short visit to Region V and you know this atmosphere didn't come about by chance. It was created by hardworking men and women who truly want the region to be the BIGGEST, BADDEST and the BEST!
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Farm & Ranch Family The folks at McCoy’s Building Supply understand that it takes a lot of hard work and the whole family pitching in to get things done on a farm or ranch. That’s why we’d like to take some time out to salute Texas High School Rodeo Association families who are farmers and ranchers. In our monthly Farm & Ranch Family Spotlight, we’ll feature one family, sharing their story of how they work together as a family to make their farm or ranch successful.The spotlight will run for 10 months; each month will feature a different Region. Each Regional McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family will receive a $100 McCoy’s Gift Card. The McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Year will receive a $500 McCoy’s Gift Card and will be announced at the 2016 THSRA State Finals.
The Friedrich Family
by Catelyn Felts
ongratulations to McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month, the Friedrich’s! Jr., Debbie, and Macy own and operate Friedrich Cattle Company located in Weimar, Texas. The Region VI family has been involved with the cattle ranching operation for several decades as Jr. carried down the ranching lifestyle from his family. Through their business, cattle are brought in from livestock auctions and worked before they are turned out. After the cattle reach a certain weight, they are shipped to feed-yards. The family also has pasture cattle where they can raise and wean calves. Jr. is the main operator of the ranch as he ranches several head of cattle, including feedlot calves, and tends to all of the farming that goes with it to feed the cattle. Debbie and Macy help with working the cattle, feeding hay, filling feeders, and moving and stacking round bales, as well as helping to complete any task that needs to be done on the ranch. In most instances, one would expect running a ranch to take a village, but somehow the Friedrich’s manage to keep the business thriving with only the three of them and a little bit of help from Tomas Molina and Calvin Kutac, who take care of daily routine needs for the livestock and farming. Though it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifices to be successful in the ranching business, the opportunity to “take pride in your cattle and ranch makes it all worth it,” Macy said. “Being a part of nature when out in the pastures definitely makes this job much better than staying in any office.” Outside of ranching, the Friedrich’s favorite fam-
ily activity consists of practicing and traveling to rodeos together. Macy is a Region VI barrel racer, pole bender, goat tier and breakaway roper. “Being involved in the THSRA has allowed us to make so many great family friends that we wouldn’t trade for the world,” Macy said. “It has also given us the opportunity to belong to a large rodeo family.” While being a member of the THSRA and a high school rodeo athlete definitely has its perks, it doesn’t come without a little bit of sacrifice. “Practicing for rodeos takes time away from tending to livestock, and other duties; there are many nights we don’t get into the house until after dark,” Macy explained. It is imperative that each member of the family do their part for jobs to get done so their business can operate effectively, even if that means late nights. While daily tasks such as watering and feeding cattle play important roles within their cattle business, checking fences and ensuring the health of the animals are also extremely vital roles. The Friedrich’s turn to their local McCoy’s for all of their fencing needs, medicine and insect repellent sprays for their livestock and more items the family uses daily to ensure the highest quality of maintenance on their ranch. The Friedrich’s expressed their gratitude toward McCoy’s for their sponsorship of the THSRA, and the honor they feel to have been selected as McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month. “We have been dedicated to our business for many years and to see our hard work being recognized is special,” the family said.
2016-2017 THSRA STUDENT VICE PRESIDENT
i, my name is Ima Champion! I am your THSRA state Vice President, I rodeo in region V! I have participated in rodeo all of my life, I am a fourth generation rodeo competitor! My grandfather Maurice Champion was inducted in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2001! He started "Champion Rodeo Co." In 1969. In 1986 my dad Bob Champion took over the rodeo company and has been in the business ever since. Putting on amateur rodeos all over the state of Texas as well as venturing out into Other states like Iowa, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. I have been involved in all aspects of rodeo, beginning to end, and from production to competing. My rodeo career has definitely been an experience and have learned that it takes both end of the arena to make a rodeo happen everyone is as equally important. Also being the state secretary i have learned more than I could've ever imagined. To understand rodeo a person has to be very open minded and understanding! I plan to attend college and college rodeo as soon as I graduate high school. I am undecided on the school which I will further my education, fortunately I still have a couple years to make my final decision and preparations to attend. I am undecided between Panola jr college in carthage, ATM in College Station, and Sam Houston State in Huntsville, but i am keeping my options open. I love mu family i was raised in a christian atmosphere since I was a baby. I love my family, my friends, and God for blessing me with the best of both and all of my blessing and experi-
ences i have had along the way. He is the one in which all of my success is owed. Keep a look out for me on the rodeo road and don't for get to stop by and say hi! Thanks, Ima Derby Champion!!
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STATE DIRECTORS NATALIE BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.304.8587 • firstname.lastname@example.org
SHANNA LEHRMANN PO Box 1882 • Brenham, TX 77834 979.289.3329 • email@example.com
SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com
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OUR EQUINE PARTNERS By PAIGE DAWSON
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
t’s something we all know is true our equine athletes are the reason we are able to compete in the sport we love. They play a huge roll in the “chase” on the road to fulfilling our dreams of success in the rodeo world. We spend countless hours with them – feeding, grooming, exercising, practicing (usually for us more than them), hauling, competing, and of course a best friend who’s always there! McKaitlin McKee, a senior who competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway has a huge belief in teamwork, that’s why she and her horse, Rooster, are so close. “This horse has been nothing short of an absolute blessing to me,” says McKaitlin; “from his crazy attitude to always keeping both of us safe in the arena, he has taught me so much.” McKaitlin says that she never thought the day would come when she would high school rodeo, but when she got Rooster her sophomore year all of that changed, and she was able to make State in the pole bending. “ This horse means the world to me and has taught and helped me to understand that you have to take the cards as you are dealt and make them work, as
well as persevering and keeping faith to help get you through tough times.” When McKaitlin is having a bad day she always knows she has Rooster there to turn to. Chigger, a 12 year old mare, holds a special place in Hallie Halvorson’s heart. Not only is Chigger an amazing ranch horse, she is also Hallie’s breakaway and heading horse. Chigger was given to Hallie by her grandpa, which makes the mare even more special. “She has a great personality and has taught me a lot since I have owned her, and I can’t thank my grandpa enough,” says Halvorson. The importance of our horses in this sport that we love is incredible – they are humble athletes that sometimes don’t receive the credit they deserve. Here’s a shout out to all of our incredibly talented “equine partners” in Region VI! Along with these amazing horses, Region VI has equally talented jockeys, which together makes for tough and challenging competition and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Combined with our amazing families, great directors/officers, and awesome stock, it’s no wonder Region VI is one of the toughest in the State….. REMINDER: Our next High School Rodeo weekend is November 12th and 13th, Rodeos 5 & 6 - do not forget you must turn in your Dodge Raffle tickets and your state ad. This must be completed before you ride on Saturday. Also we will be having a live auction on Saturday - please bring auction items; the auction is a fundraiser for Jr. High and High School.
MCKAITLIN MCKEE AND ROOSTER
HALLIE HALVORSON AND CHIGGER
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org
BRUCE SULAK PO Box 68 • Ganado, Texas 77962 361.771.5606 • email@example.com
SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • firstname.lastname@example.org
DEE RAWLINSON 12432 N SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.543.8906 • email@example.com PRESIDENT- CLINT RAWLINSON 12432 N. SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.637.0500 • firstname.lastname@example.org
By KASEY KRETZSCHMAR
– ARIAT Performance Reporter
amily is everything. Three simple words but when it comes to living the rodeo dream they couldn’t be more important. From starting out at youth rodeos, high school rodeo then on to college rodeo and professional rodeo, family plays huge part in each person’s success story. Look around when you get to a rodeo. Who do you see at each and every trailer? You see families working together side by side to get horses ready for the day. It could be parents, step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or even just someone you think of as part of your family. When you think about how things are in this world today it’s pretty amazing that rodeo families are just as strong as ever. Even if they can’t be there in person they are always a phone call away to celebrate the victory or to just listen when things aren’t going as good as they should be. We see countless posts on social media each day that are so negative but think about the posts we see from rodeo athletes. These families are traveling together, enjoying living and working together at the job they dearly love. What an amazing opportunity
that they have to spend so much time together. There are also families that are making huge sacrifices by spending a long time apart while a family member is chasing their dream and earning a living for their family. Whatever the situation is the bottom line is they do it as a family. Who do you count on each and every day when you are trying to make your dreams come true? This doesn’t have to be your rodeo dream it can be any dream. Chances are you count on someone that you consider to be a part of your family. Have you thanked those people for all the things they do for you? No matter what they did, something as big as giving you a horse to compete on or for simply just being there for you when times are rough remember that thank you goes a long way. As you get older remember all the help and support that you have received throughout your rodeo years and find a way to keep the spirit of family alive. It’s pretty amazing the things you can accomplish with your family by your side.
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he Texas High School Rodeo Association got its start in 1946 in Hallettsville, Texas where the first high school rodeo was held. Since then, thousands of student athletes from all over the state gather each June to compete in a world class rodeo finals. Although the rodeo has moved to different places around the state, the rodeo itself has always remained the premier place for high school rodeo athletes to showcase their talents! In 2014, Alton Allen and family, together with CH Graphics decided that they wanted to spotlight the beginning of the THSRA days of old. They decided to create a new, invitational rodeo to be held right in the same place that the very first rodeo was held – Hallettsville, Texas. The top four competitors from the previous year, in each event would be invited to this prestigious rodeo. Region VIII was well represented this year at the Founder’s Rodeo. Many of our members participated and several excelled to the short go to compete with the elite from around the state. We have always prided ourselves in how tough our barrel racers are, and this rodeo was surely well represented by our girls. We had 20% of the field in the short go with Morgan Arnold and Jordan
Puig. Jordan rode her new horse, Pancho and finished strong in the long go in 3rd place. Although she hit a barrel in the short go, her and Pancho are on their way to a great rodeo season! She feels that when she gets with this new mount, that they will be “a force to be reckoned with” and we are already seeing that in our regular season rodeos! Morgan and Red were a fast duo as well, with Morgan finishing 10th in the long go, 4th in the short and 7th in the average! Six poles, a fast horse and some awesome agility are all that are needed to make a great pole run…sounds easy, right? Well, that’s how it looked as Region VIII’s own Maile Sciba ran two beautiful patterns at the showdown. Maile jockeyed her horse, Earlene, to a 2nd place win in the long go
MORGAN ARNOLD AND JORDAN PUIG GETTING READY TO RUN IN THE SHORT GO FOR BARRELS.
JACOB PATTERSON AND JUSTIN DELAGARZA REPRESENTING EL OCHO IN THE TEAM ROPING!
with a 20.125 and an amazing 19.825 in the short go! This was her and Earlene’s first time to run a 19, and it couldn’t have come at a better time as she cinched the average title in this tough competition! Maile said the most exciting thing about the weekend was seeing how happy everyone was for her when she ran! Her horse is owned and spoiled by her Nana (Sciba), who bought her from someone who just wanted a good home for their horse. She didn’t know any patterns and they used her as a lesson horse for kids. We are really proud of her and the dedication from her family to make Earlene into the superstar horse she is today! It takes a village, and you can always find the Sciba village around the arena cheering on all of the kids! Morgan Arnold also qualified in the poles and made the short go in this event, as well as barrels! She and her horse VF Savage Lady weaved their way through the poles in the long go finishing 10th. The competition was tough in the poles and she was really happy to be able to meet some new friends at this rodeo. Our team ropers were on a roll this year! Jacob Patterson and Justin Delagarza represented Region VIII as the champions for 2016 and they showed their skills in great form at the Founder’s Invitational! Jacob says that getting invited to the rodeo was honor and he was excited to get to compete against the best in the state. He rode his big bay horse, Diesel. He has owned this horse since he was a 3 year old and his dad trained him. Justin was on the heel side of this duo and rode his partner’s horse, Bigfoot. This team was a 6.4 in the long go and placed 4th and ended up 6th in the average. We are excited to see what is in store for this awesome team! Brandon Lansford, who qualified for the National High School rodeo finals last summer, but couldn’t compete because of an injury sustained at THSRA State, is back in the saddle again and competing fiercely. He actually qualified in Calf Roping, Team Roping and Saddle Bronc; however, he fell short of making the short go in the roping field, but placed 2nd in the long go in the saddle bronc! Although he drew a really strong horse in the short go, and was bucked off, he was still very proud to represent region VIII and actually ended up 2nd in the average with his
MAILE SCIBA WAS THE POLE BENDING CHAMPION FOR THE FOUNDER’S INVITATIONAL WITH AN AWESOME 19.825 RUN IN THE SHORT!
strong showing in the long go! This season is shaping up for this cowboy and we are proud of him. Looks like El Ocho is off to a great start this year! Hoping to finish strong and be big contenders at the State Finals in June! Viva El Ocho!
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he fall season is upon us and with it comes reminders of what life is really all about and one those is being thankful. We only have one life, so live it to the fullest and be grateful. This applies in all areas of life; being thankful for your family, your friends, and of course being able to rodeo and giving it all to the one above. I consider family to be the most important part of my life and something that can never be replaced. Our families are there to get us to the rodeos, help us with getting our horses lined out and even being nice enough to get us the chicken finger basket from the concession stand. Too many times we forget about the sacrifices that our families have made; making it possible for us to enjoy one of the greatest sports around. Friends are also something to be thankful for. Who is there to pick you up when you’re down and make things seem a little better? That’s your friends and one of life’s many gifts. I know that the rodeos wouldn’t be as fun without our friends there to cheer us on and to share our experiences after the rodeo has ended. They are always there for a high five on a great run and also there to pick us up when we are not at our best. Rodeo is something many kids dream of taking a part of, but never have the opportunity to participate. We are the lucky ones and this is something to be thankful for. Not being able to haul all over Texas or saddling up our horses is something I’m sure all of
us would miss if we didn’t have that chance anymore. Rodeo has taught us hard work and dedication, while being something we all love. Give thanks for that. Here at Region 9 all of our contestants are thankful to be at the Brazos County Expo Center. Being able to host rodeos at such a nice facility and a nice arena is no small feat and it is something we are thankful for every time we pull up on the grounds. We are also thankful for the many volunteers and directors that help put on our rodeos each and every time. Barrel and pole setters, goat holders, panel setters, rough stock help, and judges are just a small number of all that contribute to make our rodeos what they are. It is a huge blessing to be able to say that Region 9 is at good facility and has even better help. At our past rodeo, on October 8th and 9th we saw many things to be thankful for. There were so many great runs and rides. On Saturday we saw a bunch of great bull rides with Falcon McConnell winning with a score of 70 and Parker McCown coming in second with a 69. Then we saw freshman, Lacy Bruening, smoke her runs in goat tying; winning Saturday with a 6.890 and coming in second on Sunday with a 6.880. On Sunday we saw one of the greatest pole runs of the season. Carly Staggs ran a 19.772 winning the rodeo. The way her face lit up when she exited the arena was something that would have made anyone smile. Spin Edwards won the tie down with a 9.770 and the steer wrestling with a 9.960. It was an exciting and very successful weekend. Let’s all remember to give thanks
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for everything in our lives as the holiday season approaches. Things might not always go your way or how you planned them to play out, but be grateful to live the life you have. Family, friends, and rodeo are important, so don’t take them for granted and remember to give the glory to God. “In all things give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
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The 2016-2017 rodeo year is the 45th Anniversary of the YRA. At the YRA Finals All-Around, Year End and Finals Average saddles will be awarded in each event along with belt buckles through 6th Place for Year End.
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2016 Awards: 1 – Aluminum Trailer, 2-Three Horse Trailers, 66 Saddles, 170 Belt Buckles, and Scholarships YEAR END ALL AROUNDS WILL EACH DRAW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN ALUMINUM TRAILER Entry Blanks and the Schedule are available on the YRA website: www.yratx.com or call 713-501-8843
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SCHEDULE: Sept. 9 & 10, 2016 – Edna Sept. 23,24,25, 2016 – Gonzales - Short Go 9/25 Sept. 30, Oct.1, 2016 Smithville Oct. 21 & 22, 2016 – Bastrop Oct. 28 & 29 – Bellville Nov. 18 & 19, 2016 – Hitchcock Jan. 6 & 7, 2017 – Rosenberg Jan. 20 & 21, 2017 – Alvin Feb. 3,4,5 2017 – Edna - Short Go 2/5 Feb. 10 & 11, 2017 – Caldwell March 3 & 4, 2017 – Halletsville March 17,18,19, 2017 – Gonzales - Short Go 3/19 June 14-17, 2017 – YRA Finals – Gonzales
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egion X proved themselves again at the Challenge of Champions where they competed against Region III. The Challenge of the Champions takes place in Stephenville, Texas during the PRCA rodeo! The event winners of Region X and Region III from the 2015-2016 season compete against each other for a $1,000 Scholarship! Region X won or tied in every event! Region X members Jarrett Freeman and Blake Bentley took the Team Roping title, Kambria McDougal took the Barrel Racing title, Chantz Webster took the Calf Roping title, Parker Fleet took the Saddle Bronc, Leighton Berry tied in the Bareback, Daniel Keeping won the bull riding, and Tanner Fleet
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won the Steer Wrestling! The NFR is quickly approaching and Region X members have punched their tickets in to the awesome events going on in December during the National Finals Rodeo! Hannah Hammond, Londyn Ross, Jordi Edens, and Rainey Skelton have qualified in the barrels! Jordi and Rainey also will be competing in Roy Coopers Breakaway! Whit Kitchens and Colton Brittain along with IFYR champions Laramie Allen & Ross Ashford will be competing in the Team Roping with their qualifications from the IFYR! Kade Berry, Cinch Moody, and Jett Barrett are just a few of the many TJHRA members that qualified in the calf roping! Region X would like to wish everybody Good Luck in Vegas! For this months senior spotlights I got to visit with Sydney Araujo and Leighton Berry! Sydney is 17 years old and lives in Coppell, PHOTOS (TOP TO BOTTOM): Tx! She will be graduating from New Tech JARETT FREEMAN & BLAKE BENTLEY – TEAM ROPING; CHANTZ WEBSTER, High and plans on majoring in Entrepreneurship CALF ROPING or Business Analytics. She has her eyes set on colleges such as UNT or TWU, something small for her first two years but is keeping her options open! She competes in Barrels and has been a member of Region X for 2 years! Her goals for 2017 are to make the THSRA State Finals for the first time and graduate in the top 15% of her class! She enjoys training young horses and would All Rodeos at Circle T Arena in Hamilton, Tx love to compete in barrel
LEIGHTON BERRY photo by Maci Berry Photography
futurities after college! Leighton is 17 years old and calls Weatherford, Tx home! He's been a member of Region X for 2 years and was the 2016 Region X All Around Cowboy! He competes in Calf Roping, Team Roping, Bareback, and Saddle Bronc! He will be graduating from Whitehorse Academy. He has plans to attend Weatherford College, to pursue a degree in Business. His goals for 2017 is to win a THSRA State Title and he has his eye on the PRCA Permit Holder of the year! He finished third in the ERA Qualifying Series they had in Mesquite, Tx with the best of the best.
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LETTER FROM TJHRA SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY
ear Junior High Contestants and Families: I always say this, but I am floored that November is already here. I had a hard time keeping up with the days flying by in October. I really love Thanksgiving, I get to be with family and enjoy ourselves. It is a time to reflect on the year we have had and how we are going to finish the year. I hope you get to spend a special day with your family during the Thanksgiving holidays as well. We had our board meeting in Halletsville during the month of October, and made big plans for the State Finals. The judges this year changed a little, we will have Will Lynd, who is from Louisiana and he also judged the Junior High National Finals this past year, we are bringing Tommy Zant back after sitting out a year and John Tom Powledge who was at the finals last year. We will also have Bobby Flores back this year as our arena director. Chris Rankin is coming back to announce and run the sound board. Jennings Photography signed a three year contract last year, so this will be their third year on the contract, for the videoing and photography. They will also be doing the videoing for the internet live feed. Each year we learn a little more on the live feed to make it better for those at home that are watching. We will have J&J Rodeo Productions back with the stock, they too will be serving their third year on their contract. The student officers listened and looked at many vendors saddle and buckle bids. After looking at everything that was presented to them, your officer team has decided to get the saddles from Cowboy Classic this year and the buckles will come from Kelly Slover. On the rough stock end the board decided to have three bull fighters this year; we are inviting Brian Flanders, Jimmy Lee and Chris Munroe to that end. Some really exciting news is that we are going to bring back the Princess contest. We are going to have Dawn Brenner heading this contest up for us. We have changed many of the rules for Junior High so that we could try and get more young ladies interested in the contest. Please look for the flyer in this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paper. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact either Dawn or myself. Hope everyone is doing well in the region rodeos. If you are struggling a little, remember do not ever give up! Take some time to get in the practice pen and figure out what can make you do better. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
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DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM
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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS Region V is still the BIGGEST, the BADDEST and the BEST!!!
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e have over 80 members this season! I can't believe that we already have 4 rodeos in the books! OUR EVENT LEADERS SO FAR ARE: Saddle Bronc: Cole Clark Bareback: Jacoby Campbell
Bullriding: Cutter Kaylor Pole Bending: Kalli McCall Chute Dogging: Jack Kahla Barrel Racing: Rayna Lewis Boys Goat Tying: Kenyon Merrel Girls Goat Tying: Jill White Boys Breakaway Roping: Bosten Oliver Girls Breakaway Roping: Lezlea Marze Tie Down Roping: Jack Kahla Ribbon Roper: Weston Dial Ribbon Runner: Abi DePriest Team Roping Header: George Chambers Team Roping Heeler: Weston Dial Y'all keep hustling! If your name isn't on the list, don't worry there is still plenty of rodeos left to get your name into one of these spots! The competition never stops in Region V. We kicked off our
first fundraiser of the season with out goat dressing after the first rodeo. If you haven't seen a bunch of people trying to put clothes on a goat, you are missing out! Congratulations to the winners, Weston Dial, Lexi Foley, Aspen Grant and Harley Jo Perkins. We had an awesome 9/11 tribute at our rodeo in Nacogdoches on that day. A special thank you to our announcer, Jordan Wisener and our princess Leiza Klein for helping put that together! WE WILL NEVER FORGET! On October 8th, after bringing it to the arena that day, Region V brought it to the dance floor that night for our annual fall dance Wyatt Pratt, Ryder Brinkman, Jasleigh Montagne, Hunter Perkins, Jasee Lee, Will Wright, and so many more brought out their best moves! A very special thank you to our event directors, board members, judges, announcer, parents and grandparents that keep our rodeos fun and running smoothly. We really appreciate all of their hard work. It takes a village to run a good rodeo and we have the best! We'll see y'all at the next one on November 19th and 20th in Nacogdoches. The postmark date for that is November 7th. Don't forget we'll have our parent/member ribbon roping that weekend so make sure your parents and grandparents bring their running shoes! Also remember that the ticket sales and state ads are due that weekend! See y'all there! Safe travels and God bless!
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REGION VI - BLAZING A TRAIL
owdy from sizzlin’ Region 6 were rodeo is hotter than any Texas wildfire! This year has started out true to Region 6 form…tough competition and great friendships according to Jenna McKee, Bryce Ann Duckett and Riley Welch. With that I want to extend a warm welcome to the 26 new young guns that have joined our team. This past weekend in Gonzales, rodeos 3 & 4 were put in the books while Jennings Photography captured many great shots of our members. Thank you to Dave and Beth for always finding TAYLOR MOBBS– TJHRA Region VI that perfect shot at the perfect time. Many new faces as well as seasoned veterans brought the heat in every event this past weekend and I am sure that the level of competition will continue to rise as we push ourselves to be the very best that we can be. While we all have personnel goals that we want to accomplish one of the main goals is the same for each person, everyone wants to represent Region 6 in Gonzales in May and then earn a spot on the coveted Texas team. I have no doubt that Region 6 will have members on the Texas team headed to Lebanon, Tennessee. Congratulations and a big thank you to our new student officers. President, Reid Karisch, Vice-President Mat Killion and Secretary Amy Ohrt. Thank you for stepping up and taking on the responsibilities of being in a leadership role. Thank you also to our directors David Freeman, Nena Boettcher and Tommy Ohrt as well as to all of our parents. Without your hard work and dedication to the Region 6 contestants, we could not be successful and we tip our hats to you. Remember, the achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. I was so lucky to hear Trevor Brazile talk at the 2016 THSRA finals, and I wanted to pass his words of wisdom on to you. He said that this is where you start writing your life story and it will affect not only your life but many other’s as well. So he encouraged everyone to always make wise choices and to always be the best competitor and person you can be -- in and out of the arena. He inspired everyone to never take for granted their talent. He said to always mix hard work with talent every By
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day and no matter what level you are at, you can always be better. He also addressed those that did not have the raw talent and how hard work will always override talent in the end. Today, I encourage you to set those principals of hard work and dedication; it will pay off in the end. I leave you with 2 quotes..“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t” – Jerry Rice. Happy Trails!!
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TJHRA SECRETARY, DUGAN CHANDLER
reetings…. By now, you have all had a few Junior High rodeos this season. I hope the year is starting off well for you. As state secretary, we have started off with a meeting in Dallas in August & Hallettsville this October. We have been busy selecting saddles and buckles for state competition prizes. The different companies displayed work for us to select our choices. TJHRA seems to be off to a great start and I hope it continues. The regions are working hard to bring members awesome year end awards. Our officer group has lots of upcoming travels. We plan to hit the Ft. Worth Stockshow, San Antonio Rodeo and Phoenix for mid-winter conference. I would say these events will be represented well by TJHRA officers. We look forward to TJHRA state in May and know this should be another great year in Gonzales. Best of Luck and safe travels. Be Kind & Stay Kind Dugan Chandler, TJHRA Secretary Age: 12 Events: Breakaway, Ribbons, Goats Who is your favorite horse and why? “Bugs” - Registered name: NW Just Like My Daddy / My 11 year old roping horse, he has a great temperment and loves his job!
Do you have any superstitions? Don’t wear yellow at rodeo & certain numbers drawn. What are your hobbies? Saltwater fishing, hunting, rides cutting horses, rodeo Do you play any other sports? Football, track, basketball
What has been your biggest accom- Favorite Movie? Rudy, Remember the Titans plishment in rodeo? Winning $2800 & a saddle when I Favorite Singer/ Band? was 8 at a rodeo in Livingston Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, George Stait Who is your rodeo role model? I have many role models. At school, Sister Mary Jean Bludav has been Favorite TV Show? a great example of a loving, caring The Middle teacher. She sees each child for who they are. In the rodeo arena, I admire Favorite Food? Mark Atkinson. Mark helps me with Pizza, Steak, Enchiladas my horses and roping. He is a man of few words, but teaches me so much.
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