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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Mikey Duggan OUTSTANDING RODEO SECRETARY

By Jadyn Duggan

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he was the Region One and Tri-State rodeo secretary for eleven years. She has been apart of the NHSRA, NJHRA, THSRA and the TJHRA for fifteen years. She has timed the National Finals Rodeo, the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, the National Finals Steer Roping, the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo and many others. She has been the secretary of the National Finals Steer Roping, the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo and many others. Most recently she has been named the Women's Professional Rodeo Association Secretary of the year. This outstanding rodeo secretary is Ms. Mikey Duggan. Growing up on the rodeo circuit with her dad as a bull rider, her mom as secretary and timer, and both brothers competing, Mikey has seen it all. At an early age Mikey helped her mom time at steer roping jackpots, then at the age of 18 she became a member of the

MIKEY WITH MISS RODEO AMERICA AND MISS RODEO TEXAS

PRCA as a timer. After years of talking about it her mom was finally able to convince Mikey to attend the PRCA Secretary school in 1995. Since then Mikey has been able to travel the nation working rodeos, and creating “friendships that will last a lifetime.” “Harry Vold signed my membership application to allow me to join the PRCA and hired me to secretary my first PRCA rodeo. Over the last twenty or more years, I have worked for Harry Vold Rodeo, Bad Company Rodeo, Andrews Rodeo and Smith Pro Rodeo. Since I retired from Region One, I have had the opportunity to work new rodeos for Harry Vold Rodeo bringing me full circle to my start in pro rodeo. My favorite rodeos, past and present, are ‘Dalé Gas Pro Rodeo’ in Del Rio, TX, ‘Angelina Benefit Rodeo’ in Lufkin, TX and ‘Prescott Frontier Days’ in Prescott, Arizona.”

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of something or someone connected to my time as Region 1 secretary”, says Mikey as she reflects on her time as Region One Secretary. She says she enjoyed teaching both parents and kids how rodeo works outside of arena. She also says she tried to make Region One as professional as she could, as a way to help prepare them for the next level. “In the most positive way possible, I would have to say ‘Watch your back!’ High school rodeo is not the same as it was even just a few years ago when I was still Region 1 secretary. Your competition is waiting for you to stumble and if you don’t, they will look for other ways to beat you. Study your rulebook. Have confidence in your knowledge of the rules and be brave enough to speak up if you are forced to defend yourself.” - Mikey Duggan, Region One Ex and WPRA Secretary of the Year

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Region II

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PERFORMANCE REPORT THE POWER OF PI NK

ALL THE CONTESTANTS

By SHANNON WEYERTS – Performance Reporter

a little slip on the second, but Htakes he has a perfect third barrel. His

e turns the first barrel a little wide,

stick horse takes him home for the win! Yes, you read that right I just said stick horse. At Region Two’s Midland rodeo on October seventh and eighth we had a run for the cure stick horse barrel race. This race raised $750 for two brave women in our region who are fighting breast cancer and this will help cover medical costs as they fight their battle. Everyone had a ton of fun and thought it was a great idea for a good cause. We had age groups of 6 and under, 7-9, 10-12, 13-25,26-39, and 40 and over; so, everyone could participate. We had winners for each age group and we even had a “4D” barrel race for the 40 and over age group. Not only was it a great time for everyone to do something for a great cause, but what I noticed is that everyone came

together and had a good time. Everyone who participated had their own jokes and parodies of the stereotypical barrel racer and barrel racing horse. I must say that Kenna Hayes McNeill, our current student President, had the best “skit” during her run. She knocked over the first barrel and the her “horse” dodged the second barrel and because of this she crossed back over the eye, she then had a good third barrel but then ran home and her “horse” wouldn’t stop; resulting in her running into the back fence. This of course gave her a no JODY, OUR REGION SECRETARY, time but it was hilarious to watch. The fact that GOT IN ON THE FUN! everyone could joke around with the whole idea of a stick horse barrel race was great. Since this rodeo was our tough enough to wear pink rodeo not only did some of the contestants go all out in pink attire, we also had miniature pink pop-up barrels for our stick horse barrel race and we set up the eyes proportionally. We even had Miss Rodeo Texas Princess, Bailey Wight in attendance, who also GOING ALL OUT WITH THE PINK! said the prayer during our Saturday powerup session. You can’t go to a barrel race without someone complaining about the dirt so we had our adult President, Kenny Stewart, get out there with a rake and make the arena less slick. We even had a photographer and confirmed with everyone that it wouldn’t spook their horses, just for the stereotypical fun of it. At the end of the Barrel Race we gave out trophies to the winners, but everyone knew that the trophies weren’t what mattered. 12/28 thru 12/31/2017 Abilene 8 cuttings What mattered was the fact that 1/26 thru 1/28/2018 Sweetwater 2 cuttings everyone had a great time and 1/26 thru 1/28/2018 Sweetwater cutting finals we raised a substantial amount of 3/3 & 3/4/2018 Abilene money for a good cause. Region 3/10 & 3/11/2018 Midland 2 came together as a family and 3/23 & 3/24/2018 Midland proved what good things you can 4/13 thru 4/15/2018 Midland truly do with a little fun.

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i, my name is Hayley Novak. I am proud to represent THSRA as your Vice President! I'm honored to now hold this position and it is a great privilege. I have been a member of THSRA for four years now; this association has blessed me in more ways than I can explain and I will always be grateful for it. I am the only person in my family that competes in rodeo; but without their support I would not have been able to accomplish what I have. I Rodeo in Region where I compete in the barrels, goats, breakaway, and the cutting! After graduating high school I plan to attend college and college rodeo. I still have not decided on which college but there are a few on my mind. At college, I plan to major in Interior Design and minor in Business, which will then lead to my career choice of owning my own Interior Design practice and designing houses all over the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. All in all, Texas High School Rodeo has given me a great foundation for life and it is my pleasure to be able to serve you as Vice President! I am excited for this year and all it brings. God Bless!

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PERFORMANCE REPORT November,

GIVING THANKS

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By SAWYER PRZILAS

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n the month of November, there is a lot to celebrate; for example, the incoming fall weather makes practice a little more enjoyable. The thought of having a well needed break from school and the excuse of a holiday specially made to stuff yourself. Or is it? It is true that one of the best parts of the Thanksgiving holiday is arguably the pumpkin and pecan pies; or possibly the turkey, or the dressing. My point is the meal is enjoyable, and spending

time with family is nice, but do we truly appreciate the time that is spent? It seems the world is becoming a darker place every day, you turn the news on and some form of bad news is ubiquitous. You go around town and people seem to be in a hurry, less people are smiling and kids at school seem to be in a bad mood. Spend enough time around this and it is easy for your mood to darken too. This Thanksgiving, I have a challenge for all of you. In the midst of everything that goes on around us, I want you to say thank you every day of the month of November to anyone of importance. If you see a soldier out and about, thank him for his service. The same goes for any first responder; you walking up and telling them personally that they are appreciated goes a lot farther than you would expect.

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2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region III 11/4 & 11/5/2017 Graham 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Graham 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Graham 4/7 & 4/8/2018 Graham 11/1 thru 11/3/2017 Amarillo 3 RCH Not only should you thank a first responder or hero, but look around you; your parents do so much for you. Many of your family members who go out of their way for you, even your friends. To tie this back to rodeo, next time you have a region rodeo, or any rodeo really, thank the people there. A volunteer should always be thanked, volunteers and good people who give their time are what makes the world go around. In the wake of the crazy world, one smile, one act of kindnesseven something as simple as saying thank you- can change that. Putting one person in a better mood sets off a chain reaction. One good deed inspires another, a little more happiness and a lot more faith would help this world tremendously. Another thing I would like to inspire you to do, is to get up in the mornings and go to bed in the evenings. It is so easy to get caught up worrying about your problems. Are they really problems though? I like to tell myself that, “Unless you are starving or dying, there is no such thing as a problem, merely and inconvenience.” Now, do not get me wrong, there are very unfortunate people out there who truly have problems, and for those people, I pray for you. For the rest of us however, who stress out over something minimal such as a bad day at work, worrying about practicing, having a flat tire; stop, take a breath, and ask yourself, “Is this really a problem? Or merely an inconvenience?” Looking at things with this perspective helps mitigate stress and worry, instead of viewing everything as a problem, which has such a negative connotation, look at it as a mere inconvenience. When you wake up in the morning, do not think about the things that are not right or the inconveniences that need a solution. This starts the day in a negative way; rather, start the day off by counting your blessings. A blessing, no matter how small it may seem, is a blessing. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33


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PERFORMANCE REPORT

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what you do there is always at least one person who had your back who is helping you out 11/4 & 11/5/2017 Sulphur Springs along the way. Most of the time it is our lovely 1/6 & 1/7/2018 Sulphur Springs parents that are help2/17 & 2/18/2018 Sulphur Springs ing us drive to rodeos, give us advice to help 3/23 & 3/24/2018 Sulphur Springs with our troubles, and most of the time they are making sacrifices so that we are able to do what we love every weekend. If it's not our parents helping us out along the way, it's our fellow competitors encouraging us to do our best. One of the great things about rodeo is that our toughest competitors can end up being our biggest fans in the end! At the end of the day if someone get in a bind and their horse gets hurt, there will always be at least 5 people offering one of theirs so that they can still compete. Another part of the tribe is the other members of your family; the siblings who sit at rodeos for countless hours watching you and supporting you in anyway that they can. Last but not least we cannot do anything without our wonderful sponsors that keep us going down the road. They are truly a big blessing that we couldn't compete without them. The rodeo community is a great example of “it takes a village to raise a kid”, be we surely would not be able to do all that we do one our own. All in all, sense the season of thankfulness and giving around the corner do not forget to thank your tribe, because without them you would not have made it as far as you have come.

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Region IV

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Where Do you find Your Identity?

unreachable standard; perfection. Everyone strives for that perfect run or perfect ride, but we need to keep in mind that 11/11 & 11/12/2017 Nacogdoches “the perfect run” won’t happen 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Lufkin every time we enter the arena. 2/17 & 2/18/2018 Nacogdoches Can you win even if you 3/3 & 3/4/2018 DeRidder didn’t come in first? Have you 4/7 & 4/8/2018 Nacogdoches stopped to think that the real 1/27 & 1/28/2018 Center 4 cuttings reward comes in the act of 2/24 & 2/25/2018 Center 4 cuttings trying to achieve that buckle? 3/24 & 3/25/2018 Center Cutting Finals Determination, hard work and sportsmanship are just a few of the traits that you develop along the way. Those traits will serve you for the rest of your life and set you a part from your peers. God is at work in your life even when you come in last … he is using it for good. As THSRA members, God has given us the gift and ability to ride horses and enjoy the awesome sport of rodeo. He did not give us these gifts to define who we are, but He gave them to us to honor Him. We must remember to not place our value within the material things we win. Sure, a saddle or a new buckle would be great, but that’s not God’s goal for your life. Those things collect dust and they can’t add to or take away from your true value. Your worth has already been determined through Jesus Christ and nothing can take that away. We can easily be disappointed in ourselves when our standard of perfection is not reached. Don’t let those small setbacks get in your way of seeing the bigger picture of God’s joy in your life. When you go into your run or step over onto your bull, you should strive to ride the best you can, but keep in mind that your performance does not define who you are. I’m definitely glad that my worth is not in how I do at the rodeos. All those poles and barrels I’ve hit and calves I missed would actually mean something…ouch, that’s a scary thought. But isn’t it amazing that we can have peace in our identity through Jesus and not our works? Take a sigh of relief in knowing that you’re God’s child and not even those all-around points could change that. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3: 23

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region V

By HARLEY JO PERKINS – Performance Reporter

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s a rodeo competitor, you can get caught up in the moment of your success. When you win a time or two, it feels good and you don’t want to lose that feeling because you worked so hard to get there. When you start to win and do better and better each time, you begin to set yourself to an

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The Walker Family of Region I by Catelyn Felts

ongratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month, the Walker’s. Chad, Darlene, Chance and Gracen, a Texas High School Rodeo Organization competitor, own and operate the Walker Ranch located in Canadian, Texas. The Walker’s moved to the family ranch in 2005; however, before then they had leased a portion of the ranch and managed the remainder of it. The family runs a cow/calf operation consisting of both beef cattle and Corrientes. They also sell roping steers and recently, Chad started stockmanship consulting in feed yards. Chad manages both of his family’s ranches in addition to the Walker’s operation, while Darlene serves as the secondary school counselor for Canadian ISD, Chance takes care of the cattle in the Shamrock and Quail areas, and Gracen is involved with everything from feeding and gathering cattle to taking care of horses when she is not in school. Gracen also runs a feed route when Chad is out of town consulting. On a daily basis it takes quite a bit of organization and teamwork to ensure all of the day to day tasks get accomplished.

Though the majority of the ranch and a portion of the cattle were lost in the wildfires that came through this past March, the Walker’s are in the process of rebuilding their herd. On a typical year the family runs close to 750 cows. “It is vital for everyone to do their part,” the family said. “Without everyone pitching in things go undone.” Both of the Walker kids are responsible for feeding cattle, caring for horses, helping with spring and fall works and of course, the general ranch work. Each of them also run their own small Corrientes herd. Chance, 23, graduated with an agribusiness degree from Oklahoma State University, as well as, the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program. He currently has a herd of his own cattle he manages in addition to the work he does on the family ranch. Gracen, 17, is currently a senior at Canadian high school and competes in the breakaway roping, pole bending and reining cow horse events in the THSRA. If she is not in school or helping on the ranch, she spends majority of her time practicing for rodeos. “She decided to give up cheerleading this year in order to devote more time to practice,” Darlene said. The family’s team orient-

ed ethics carry over into the rodeo arena as Chad, Chance or Darlene turn calves out for her each afternoon. When the family is not on the ranch they said they enjoy going to the high school rodeos because of the great family environment and all of the great people they have met through the organization. They also enjoy travelling when the opportunity arises. Though there are not very many McCoy’s located in the very top of the Texas

Panhandle, the family said they are thankful for McCoy’s partnership with the THSRA, and they are honored to have been chosen as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month. “It is truly an unexpected and wonderful surprise,” the family said.

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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS DAVID FREEMAN 1039 Mockingbird Lane • Eagle Lake, TX 77434 832.221.1253 • chlfreeman@yahoo.com

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

SHANNA NETTLE LOGAN PO Box 1882 • Brenham, TX 77834 979.421.2912 • samlogan89@yahoo.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com

Region VI

LEE ANN ISLET 1656 E CR327 • Lincoln, Texas 78948 979.540.0955 • isletpaint@aol.com PRESIDENT - DAVID FREEMAN 1039 Mockingbird Lane • Eagle Lake, TX 77434 832.221.1253 • chlfreeman@yahoo.com

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Being Thankful

their lives in protecting those precious rights, and let us not forget their families and loved ones – they sacrificed as well. Thanking these folks for their service is something 11/11 & 11/12/2017 Gonzales that each of us should take time to do every chance we get – show1/13 & 1/14/2018 Gonzales ing them the respect and gratitude 2/10 & 2/11/2018 Gonzales that they deserve is so important. 3/10 & 3/11/2018 Gonzales I am so proud to be part of a sport that respects and honors our 12/29 thru 12/31/2017 Gonzales 3 cuttings great United States – the National 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings our Military men and women, and most importantly Prayer. At rodeos we stand when the National Anthem is played – cowboys and cowgirls of all ages remove their hats, spectators put their hands over their hearts, we sing along in awe of this great nation - then we bow our heads and pray! We would never think of dropping to a knee. We, as American citizens, should be proud of what our country stands for and never take for granted or disrespect those who have fought and died for the many freedoms we enjoy daily. Secondly, we will celebrate Thanksgiving – a cherished time for family and friends to gather around lots of good food and fellowship. Each of us would not be able to do all that we do without our “village”, so be sure to thank your family – mom & dad, brothers & sisters, grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins; friends who support and help you even in the smallest ways; and of course, everyone that helps to keep your equine partners in tip top shape! And last but certainly not least, don’t forget to give your horses an extra special thank you – maybe a few more cookies than normal or a bigger flake of hay/alfalfa – they appreciate the extra effort too! All it takes is a little time to let someone know you care; tell them thank you, shake their hand, give them a hug, open the door for them, ask if you can help or how their day’s going or maybe just a smile as you walk by – it doesn’t take much. At our September rodeo the 2017-18 Region VI Student Officers were elected. They are: President – Paige Dawson, Vice-President – Emily Seeker, and Secretary – Brinlee Freeman. Congratulations ladies! On Saturday, November 11th Region VI will be having a “Fiesta” at the J.B. Wells Expo Center an hour following the rodeo. This will be a fundraiser for year-end prizes so be sure to plan on attending and invite everyone you know! There will be fajitas with all the trimmings, a Live Auction and a Silent Auction. Region VI members are asked to bring items for the auctions – remember this is to raise money for year-end awards! Also, if you can bring a dessert that would be awesome – can’t go wrong with those homemade desserts! For ticket information and pricing please check with a Region VI Director, Nena Boettcher, or a student/adult officer.

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region VI

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By PAIGE DAWSON

– Performance Reporter

ovember…..provides us with two very special opportunities to say “Thank You” to so many people. First, we celebrate Veteran’s Day to honor and recognize those who have fought to defend our great country and insure that we continue to have the freedoms that we enjoy everyday. Some have come home injured and permanently scarred, many paid the ultimate price with


Rodeo Memories

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

STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS DEE RAWLINSON 12432 N SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.543.8906 • drawlinson@reatarealty.com

RORY KOEHN 1669 CR 230 • Weimar, Texas 78962 koehnranch@cvctx.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • region7thsra@gmail.com

Region VII

SCOTT SHOOK 5750 FM 360 • Needville, Texas 77461 713.851.9553 • scotctshook@yahoo.com PRESIDENT- CLINT RAWLINSON 12432 N. SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.637.0500 • rawlinsonclint@gmail.com

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By CARSON WETSEL

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– Performance Reporter

s southeast Texas starts to see cooler weather, it brings back many nostalgic moments, reminiscing on old rodeo memories. For one graduated high school bull rider, Zackary Pittman, the winter months bring back memories of learning to bull ride and getting down on the backs of bulls. I got the chance to sit down and listen to some of the stories he had to share. Q: “What got you started bull riding?”

A: “My Uncle Dan was a bull rider when he was younger, and the two of us were real close so I decided one day I would give it a shot. He got a hold of Terry Don West and we went up to Henryetta, Oklahoma to meet him. He taught me how to ride bulls at one of his bull riding schools and that’s how I got started going to bull ridings.” Q: “What was it like the first time you ever got on a bull?” A: “The first time I ever got on a bull was at Terry Don West Bull Riding School. He had two separate pens, one pen for beginner bulls, and the other was exPRCA/PBR bulls. My uncle, who went with me, didn’t know this so we ended up on the PBR side. So I put my bull rope on this rank bull, and get down on him. I’m sitting on him and tie my hand in and the whole time I’m thinking “Holy cow, I’m actually on a bull. I’m actually doing this.” I slide up on my rope and I

call for him and as soon as he leaves the gate, I instantly black out. When I finally come to, I’m helicoptering on the back of this bull. I finally hit the ground and the bull kind of walks off, but then turns back to look at me and right then I know I’m gonna get run down. So I get off my knees to start hightailing it. I finally got to the fence and I swear I had never jumped six feet and the bull barely caught my foot in the gate going over. After he got down staring me down through the gate, I knew I had fallen in love with this sport.” Q: “How did you get started in high school rodeo?” A: “By the end of the week of the Terry Don West Bull Riding School, my uncle realized that I could cover PBR bulls. We decided that I should give it a shot riding in an association. A couple of my buddies told me about the high school rodeo. I filled out the paperwork and entered up in the first high school rodeo for the season and that’s how I got my start.” Q: “What was your first rodeo like?” A: “My first rodeo, I got there and went behind the chutes and started to rosin up my bull rope. I hung my chaps and vest, and I sat there feeling out of place cause no one knew me. I was there with boys who had been riding together since they were young and I was just starting. They roll the bulls up and I put my rope on him, getting ready to show these boys how to get it done and put a smackdown on this bald faced bull. I sit down on him and call for him and he comes out of the chute into my hand which was a bad idea for him. He comes out and just blows sky high, bucking with everything he’s got and I covered him with an 87.5. Needless to say, I won the bull riding on my very first go. After that, every boy behind the chutes wanted to know who I was and where I had come from. To their surprise, my simple answer was to tell them I was only beginning.” Q: “What do you miss most about high school rodeos?” A: “I miss gold buckles, I miss the adrenaline rush, I miss being able to travel, but most of all I miss my traveling buddies. Nothing beats chasing the white line to the next rodeo.” The Texas High School Rodeo Association offers student athletes many opportunities to create the stories they can look back on with fondness. With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to move down the rodeo trail and on to the next memory.

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region ViI 11/4 & 11/5/2017 Edna 1/14/2018 Edna 2 rodeos 2/11/2018 Edna 2 rodeos 2/17/2018 Edna 11/12/2017 Brenham cutting 12/29 thru 12/31/2017 Gonzales 3 cuttings 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings

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Hallettsville

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2017 THSRA FOUNDERS INVITATIONAL RODEO by Alex Cawthorn | Founders Invitation Rodeo provided by Kierce Photography

he Founders Invitational started in 2014 Kahanek, all locals of Hallettsville, that came to bring the elite competitors of Texas together and started this association to enrich High School Rodeo back to where it the lives of the younger generation in the rodeo originated in 1946. The top four in every event industry by providing an association that values from each region dedication, hard is invited to comwork, and tough pete in October competition. The at the Lavaca Lavaca Historical Exposition Center, Museum located where not only in Hallettsville the Invitational showcases some Champion Title of the state chamis up for grabs, pion saddles won but so is $15,000 by competitors added money. In in the early years the mist of all the of THSRA, and KOLTON MAZOCH ALL AROUND & CALF ROPING CHAMPION preparation for the “Hallettsville 2017 Founders Barrier” created by Invitational, the long round was “Tough Enough Alton Allen. He revolutionized the hand pulled To Wear Pink” to honor those who have fallen barrier by making it a mechanical operating to breast cancer and or those who have fought it. system which is triggered off of the calves break Cluade Mullins, Alton Allen, and Leon to give everyone a fair shot. To this day we are

LACY BRUENING & KOLTON MAZOCH ALL AROUND CHAMPIONS

HUNTER & FISHER UNDERBRINK TEAM ROPING CHAMPIONS

EMMA SMITH POLE BENDING CHAMPION

KENNA HAYS MCNEILL GOAT TYING CHAMPION

SETH RUSTIN BULL RIDING CHAMPION

DALTON BOYD BAREBACK CHAMPION

LACY BRUENING BREAKAWAY CHAMPION

DANIEL DUNHAM STEER WRESTLING CHAMPION

thankful for those three men and their dedication to making the association that has impacted so many lives and grew the sport of high school rodeo. Through all the great competition this weekend at the 2017 Founders Invitational only one person could be crowned with the big win in each event. Lacy Bruening and Kolton Mazoch

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DANIELLE HARMON BARREL RACING CHAMPION

WILL POLLOCK SADDLE BRONC CHAMPION

DANIEL DUNHAM STEER WRESTILING CHAMPION

SETH RUSTIN BULL RIDING CHAMPION

won the All-Around, Emma Smith won the Pole Bending with a 20.3 in the short round, Seth Rustin won the Bull Riding with 80 points, Will Pollock won the Saddle Bronc, Hunter and Fisher Underbrink won the Team Roping, Kenna Hays McNeill won the Goat Tying with a 6.8 and 7.4 in the short round, Dalton Boyd won the Bareback Riding, Lacy Bruening won the Breakaway with a 2.5 in the short round, Daniel

LACY BRUENING GIRLS ALL AROUND CHAMPION & BREAKAWAY CHAMPION

HUNTER & FISHER UNDERBRINK TEAM ROPING CHAMPIONS

DALTON BOYD BAREBACK CHAMPION

DANIELLE HARMON BARREL RACING CHAMPION

Dunham won the Steer Wrestling with an 8.3 on two steers, and Danielle Harmon won the Barrel Racing. Kolton Mazoch won the calf roping with a 17.89 on two. Hallettsville has played a major role into shaping THSRA into what it has become today, we will forever cherish this town and the founders of the greatest state in NHSRA.

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - MARY GRACE BLUNTZER VICE PRESIDENT - ZOEY WIATREK SECRETARY - MORGAN ARNOLD CHUCK FRETWELL 655 PR A81 • Pleasanton, Texas 78064 830.534.6295 • cashf@msn.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

JASON UNDERBRINK 520 Phillips Rd • Pleasanton, Texas 78064 210.854.7718 • jasonunderbrink@yahoo.com 3005 Santa Ana St. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 361.739.9858 • region8thsra@gmail.com

Region VIII

SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY

BRANDON SMITH 6800 E FM 476 • Pleasanton, TX 78064 830.570.7157 • bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net 385 ECR 401 • Falfurrias, Texas 78355 361.813.7078 • masolomon1962@gmail.com

PRESIDENT- MIKE SOLOMON

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

GENEROSITY

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By Claire

Figge – Performance Reporter

t all started with a letter written by Region VIII member Mackenzie Bryce. She wanted to help those who lost so much during Hurricane Harvey in some way. Her letter hit home for many... “My name is Mackenzie Bryce, I am a Junior in high school and a member of NHSRA from the great state of Texas, Region VIII. As I am sure many of you have heard about the devastation in the Coastal Bend of Texas, caused

KAYLIE RAE LOPEZ COMPETING AT A REGION VIII EVENT

KAYLIE RAE LOPEZ AND HER MOTHER VESTA LOPEZ WERE PRESENTED WITH A $10,000 CHECK

by Hurricane Harvey. This really hits close to home for me, as this is only 100 miles, an hour and forty-five minutes, north of my home. The towns and communities have been completely turned upside down. Families have lost their homes, jobs, and all of their belongings. Counties like Refugio, San Patricio, Aransas Pass, Bee, Nueces, and many more are made up of farmers and ranchers just like my family and many of yours. Officials say it will take months just to get everything cleaned up and then months if not years after that to get everything rebuilt. I am writing you today to ask for help for these families. Items that can be donated are bedding, clothing, non-perishable foods, hay and feed for livestock, hygiene products, dog food, baby diapers and formula and many other essentials. As a region, we have already started a relief fund by collecting donations at 8 different businesses in the South Texas area. It is my goal to get the entire THSRA membership involved. Let THSRA show the rest of the state what we as a rodeo community can do. Go out and get donations! If you have any questions on how you can help please don't hesitate to ask!” This letter was shared on several social media sites and emailed all over the state of Texas. We weren’t sure what was going to come of it, but knowing the way rodeo families come together during times of need we knew we would get some help. Little did we know the letter reached the National High School Rodeo Association office and was shared all over the United States. The calls and contributions came 2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region viii pouring in. Region VIII was honored to pres11/11 & 11/12/2017 Uvalde ent one family with a $10,000 check 1/13 & 1/14/2018 Uvalde to help with rebuilding their home. 2/10 & 2/11/2018 Uvalde Kaylie Rae Lopez and her mother 12/29 & 12/30/2017 Gonzales 2 cuttings Vesta Lopez were present at Region 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings VIII’s rodeo on Saturday, October


14th and were surprised to say the least. State Director Chuck Fretwell said a few words of encouragement to the family while the check was presented. The additional funds will be used to cover Kaylie’s entry fees for the rest of the 20172018 rodeo season. The Funds presented to the family were generously donated by the National High School Rodeo Association, Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association, Arkansas High School Rodeo Association, South Carolina High School Rodeo Association, Utah High School Rodeo Association, Louisiana High School Rodeo Association, Idaho High School Rodeo Association, Nicky and Stephanie Rodrigue, and Kenny Littrell. These high school rodeo associations and individuals cannot be thanked enough. THANK YOU on behalf of the Lopez family and THSRA Region VIII. It’s such an amazing feeling to know that no matter what the situation is rodeo families from all over the United States come together to show support. The Lopez family is very fortunate to be part of this great organization and its traditions. Mrs.. Lopez shared her feelings with us. "Our hearts are overflowing with gratefulness from such generosity from our rodeo families. It seems words at times just do not express how thankful we feel for the abundance of support and genuine concern for our family. Some would say we weren't very lucky on our outcome through Hurricane Harvey, we would say we are blessed beyond measure!! Thank you for making us feel so blessed to be a part of the THSRA Region VIII family!" - Vesta Lopez A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. - Proverbs 11:25

2017-2018 AJRA 65th Rodeo Schedule NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 NOVEMBER 17-19, 2017 MARCH 30-APRIL 1, 2018 APRIL 20-22, 2018 MAY 4-6, 2018 MAY 11-13, 2018 *JUNE 21-22, 2018 *JUNE 22-23, 2018 JULY 25-29, 2018

• Added money at the NFR! • 38 World Championship saddles awarded, prizes down through 6 place for year end • NFR All-Around cash awards • RFD American Semi-Finals exemptions awarded for 2019 in the 8&U Barrels, G9-12 Barrels, G13-15 Barrels, G16-19 Barrels, B16-19 Tie-Down Roping, 16-19 Team Roping Header, 16-19 Team Roping Heeler & Boys 16-19 Steer Wrestling. Details will be in membership packet.

STEPHENVILLE, TX HAMILTON, TX MIDLAND, TX ABILENE, TX GRAHAM, TX SWEETWATER, TX GOLDTHWAITE, TX EDEN, TX SWEETWATER, TX

• 2018 RFD American Semi-Finals exemptions were awarded to 2017 World Champion 8 &U Barrel Racer, G9-12 Barrel Racer, G13-15 Barrel Racer, G16-19 Barrel Racer, B16-19 Tie-Down Roper, 16-19 Team Roping Header and 16-19 Team Roping Heeler. • The best 12 results of 15 rodeos will be used (drop 3) leading into the NFR. • Membership required to compete at NFR and must attend 6 rodeos.

LONE STAR ARENA CIRCLE T ARENA HORSE SHOE ARENA TAYLOR CNTY EXPO YOUNG COUNTY ARENA NOLAN COUNTY COLISEUM GOLDTHWAITE ARENA CONCHO SADDLE CLUB ARENA NOLAN COUNTY COLISEUM

(Perf begins Wednesday-awards on Sunday) *Single rodeos, all others double rodeo weekends except the NFR.

2017 NFR PAID OUT $98,000 --- $111,675 IN PRIZES --- $9,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

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And We’re Off!

204 CR 6763 • Dayton, Texas 77535 936.258.0499 • eddiedyson@thsra9.com

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

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

Region IX

409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

MIKE GHORMLEY

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

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

DON EDWARDS

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

PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

By ALY GHORMLEY– Performance Reporter

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fter a delayed start that saw a great deal of suffering and issues with Hurricane Harvey, Region IX is off to another great year of competition and fellowship. The rodeo family as you will read is quite amazing as we care for each other and those around us. It doesn’t matter if it takes raising a little money, lending a horse or two or even a friend along the trail to help change a tire; we are glad the year has begun and the excitement is sure to continue as the year progresses. The first rodeo of the year started with barrel racing, and senior Ashley Castleberry and her horse Stormy started it off with a bang. Ashley and Stormy not only won rodeo one, but rodeo two. They proved once again why

ASHLEY CASTLEBERRY

they earned the CPRA Championship for 2017. They are for sure a team to watch throughout the season. The rodeo then shifted down to the roping boxes for the roping events. Two juniors came up on top for the tie down roping. Cedrick Brice came up with the win for rodeo one with a 10.280, and Gatlin Peck took home the win for rodeo two with a 10.690. The girls had then turn next in the breakaway where senior Jessica Garrett was a quick 2.550 to show why she is always a threat in the breakaway. Senior Maison Davis came back in rodeo two with a 2.470. Region IX ropers are off to a great start to a very competitive year of roping. Steer wrestlers took the area floor next, and the York brothers earned the wins for both rodeos. Joe York was a quick 3.36 to start the year off, but brother Layne York wasn’t going to be shown up and earned the win for rodeo two with a 6.320. Looks like steer wrestling might be a family throw down to watch. The steers were cleared for the goats to move into the spotlight. Junior Aly Ghormley took top nanny slamming honors for rodeo one with a 6.680, but Maison Davis’s streak in rodeo two was strong as she took the win not only in breakaway, but goats too with a 7.230. Maison had a little tough luck with her speed event horse for the weekend, but thanks to the great

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region IX 11/11 & 11/12/2017 Bryan 1/6 & 1/7/2018 Bryan 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Bryan 2/24 & 2/25/2018 Bryan 3/10/2018 Bryan

LORI HERRING, 50 50 WINNER

rodeo family at Region IX, Maison could compete in both barrels and poles. Taylor Lawson loaned Maison a pole horse to run, and the Schuenemans loaned her a horse for barrels. Rodeo families are some of the most unique and giving people in the world. Team ropers were up next, and the dynamic duo for the weekend was sophomore, Tristan Sullivan, and junior, Hagen Herring. Hagen, the 2017 Region IX Reserve Champion, has a new partner, but it looks like they are the perfect fit. They won rodeo one with a 5.59, and came back to win rodeo two as well with a 7.46. This new team is off to a strong start and will be fun to watch. The rough stock events double up on day two. Junior Cavalry Norris spurred his was to a win for both rodeos in the bull riding with a 76 and 78. The horses were out for the wins in the saddle bronc and bareback, but junior Kaden Kornegay took a win in bareback with a 48. Throughout the day on Sunday, 50/50 tickets were sold to parents, family and friends of Region IX athletes. Through the sale of the tickets, Region IX raised $375 to donate to the Brazos Valley Food Bank. Region IX is grateful to be able to hold all our rodeos in the Brazos Valley, and hope the money will help the Food Bank care for those in need in the area. Reflecting on this past rodeo of giving to others monetarily and with the use of our beloved horses, I leave you with Hebrews 6:10 – “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” See you down the rodeo trail. God Bless You All!!!

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CODY HARTER OF REGION I by Catelyn Felts

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

ongratulations to the Whatakid of the month, Cody Harter. The region one senior competes in the tie down roping, steer wrestling and team roping; however, he claims the tie-down roping as his favorite event. His favorite part of the organization is getting to spend time with his family and friends. Cody said the THSRA has helped him learn the importance of working together and has helped him gain the ability to assess the mistakes that were made during a run and how to fix them. He also explained how the organization sets him

photo by Jennings Photography

photo by Jennings Photography

apart due to the experiences he has had the lessons he has learned. “I have learned to be more independent and more responsible sooner than other kids my age,” he said. A typical day in the life of Cody consists of going to school until 2 p.m. and then heading to work at the Tascosa feed yard until 6 p.m. From there, he heads home to practice roping and exercises his horses every evening. His number one horse seems to live up to his name, Uno. Cody partners with Uno in the calf roping and team roping events. When he is not at school, at work, or practicing for a rodeo, Cody enjoys hunting and fishing. He is an A/B honor roll student and on a day to day Cody said he lives his life by the motto, "go fast because life is short." Throughout his membership in the THSRA, Cody has been the reserve champion steer wrestler two years in a row and has qualified for state the past three years. He has also been an event director each year of competition. While rewarding, success never comes without a cost. Sacrifice has a tendency to accompany success and most individuals involved in the rodeo world are no stranger to this correlation. Cody explained how he had to give up football and baseball his sophomore year of high school in order to devote more time to his practices as well as the the rodeo road. Even though sacrifice might be prevalent in the rodeo industry, this sport is also known for having some pretty great role models and sources of inspiration. “My grandpa is my hero,” Cody said. “He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo six years in a row; he always had a good word of advice.” Cody explained how he is thankful for Whataburger's sponsorship of the THSRA and all that they do for the organization. “It is a great honor to be selected as the Whatakid of the month, and it inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing,” Cody said. In the future, Cody plans to continue his rodeo career on the collegiate level and eventually enter into the world of professional rodeo competition. Until then, we wish him all of the best as he finishes up his final year as a THSRA member and big congratulations on being the Whatakid of the month!

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JIMMY BALDWIN 183 LCR 822 • Groesback, Texas 76642 903.390.6551 • lbaldwin_99@yahoo.com

FALL RODEOS STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

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

PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By LANEY

FOWLER – Performance Reporter

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s the 2017 Season ends, fall rodeos are growing near! Here's a look into what Region X kids will be competing in as they prepare for 2018!

Region X's own, Jordi Edens had an amazing weekend at the 2017 CPRA Finals in Angleton, Tx! She was crowned the 2017 Champion All Around Cowgirl. In the Barrel Racing she placed 3rd in the first round, 1st in the second round, 3rd in the third go round, and 1st in the Average! We are gearing up for the Founders Invitational in JORDI EDENS AT CPRA FINALS Halletsville, Tx! photo by Cowgirl at Heart Photography Londyn Ross, Jaci Lewis, Danielle Harmon, & Saige Sealy are just a few of the girls that will be representing Region X along with Levi Boatright, Cinch Moody, and Clayton Downing! Region X kids are gearing up for the USTRC Finals in Oklahoma City, OK along with beginning to get ready for the JR NFR in Las Vegas, NV! Recently, former Region X member Blake Bentley was hurt in a life threatening accident. Our rodeo family came together in prayers for the Bentley family. Blake is home on the road to recovery. We all witnessed God work in Blake's life during this trying time.

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region X

JORDI EDENS AT CPRA FINALS

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1/6 & 1/7/2018 Hamilton 2/10 & 2/11/2018 Hamilton 3/3 & 3/4/2018 Hamilton


JUNIOR HIGH

LETTER FROM TJHRA STATE SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY

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ear Junior High Contestants and Families: This year is zooming by, as we head into November we will finally have all the regions busy with their rodeos. I love the month of November, because it is usually family time for me. I might be missing one of my boys this Thanksgiving, he may have to stay and keep working in Florida, but he will be in my heart. I hope and pray that everyone will be able to enjoy your families during Thanksgiving, I know several will be roping or riding but these are always great family times. 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 Gip Allen, who is from Oklahoma and he also judged the Junior High National Finals several years, we are bringing Teddy Alleman back after sitting out a year and Tommy Zant 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. We are signing a new three-year contract with Jennings Photography, 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 are also signing a new three-year contract with J&J Rodeo Productions, we are excited to have these contracts completed for three years. 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 Shae Michelle, the buckles come with an added bonus, Tyson Durfey will attend the state finals and will give a speech and help hand out one round of buckles. On the rough stock end we will have three new bull fighters, Daniel Dyson, Skyler Harvey and Ross Johnson. The Princess contest is coming along, and if you are interested in running please contact Dawn Tripp at 432-770-2508 and she will mail you a package out. The judges will be: Liz Henson, Gloria Lind, Lauren Holt, Sharon Acherman, Lori Hermann, and Darby Hambrich. 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! Anne Dollery P.O. Box 1818 Gonzales, TX 78629 979-412-2551 (cell) 979-217-8096 (fax) texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS America Rodeo Heritage Braedon Scott, TJHRA Vice President

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y name is Braedon Scott. I am 12 years old and I am from Huntsville Texas. I attend Mance Park Middle School and I am in the 7th grade. In May of 2017 I was elected by you, to be the 2017-2018 Texas Junior High Rodeo Vice President. It is a true honor to be able to represent each of you this year. I compete in Region IX in the following events: Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping, Team Roping and Goat Tying. I started riding horses at the age of 4 and have been competing in rodeos since the age of 5. My horses name is Tin Man and I compete in all the roping events on him. Unlike the Tin Man that you may have heard of, my Tin Man has a huge heart and takes good care of me! One of the things that I love the most about rodeo is the good friends that you make. This is one of the only sports that you will find two opponents helping each other or praying for the others safety. Rodeo is an everlasting American heritage that is still going strong: raising youth to become hardworking, determined, self driven individuals. Having developed from an early American culture and way of life, rodeo is a window into the past while at the same time offering a unique and exciting atmosphere in modern day sports. The word ¨rodeo¨ is a Spanish derived word meaning roundup. It is an exciting way that we have taken the American cowboy way of life and turned it into a cowboy competition called ¨rodeo.¨ The 1800s was a landmark period for rodeo; the era of the American

cowboy began. By the 1890s rodeo had become a spectator event in the West. Since that time rodeo has become an annual event in several cities across the United States. The traditions of American heritage remain honored at every rodeo. All rodeos start by giving all glory and honor to God through prayer followed by the singing of the national anthem, ¨The Star-Spangled Banner.¨ The national anthem is an important pieces of national identity that helps tie the nation together. Rodeo still does and will always honors the American flag by standing, removing our hats, and placing our hand over our heart while the national anthem is presented. We show our respect for the people who have fought for us and continue to fight for our country. It is only because of them that we have freedom to participate in events such as rodeo. The national anthem is one way we show honor for the freedom that we have and to the people who fight for that freedom. All thanks be to God, that we live in a country of the free. I am often reminded of one of my favorite scriptures, Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This verse keeps me humble in knowing that if not for Him, I would not have the abilities that I have or be able to compete in this American heritage that I call ¨rodeo.¨ If I can leave you with anything it would be this: Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. Always remember, Win or Lose, do it for His glory and you will be a winner every time!

REGION 5: BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS

By LAUREN

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WHITE– TJHRA Reg V

egion V is finally getting back into the swing of things after Mother Nature’s son, Harvey, put a huge damper on our rodeo by having to cancel our “Get Acquainted” Rodeo. The First Points Rodeo venue had to be moved to the Lufkin arena

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because the Nacogdoches arena had been converted into a shelter for flood victims. Looking back on this past summer, Region V was well represented by five National Qualifiers: Syndi Cain, Landon Cook, Jack Kahla, Cooper Parsley and Pacy Rhodes were presented with their National Qualifier Buckles. Four out of five National Qualifiers will return to the Jr. High Rodeo scene. Congratulations to you all! The Lufkin Rodeo was an exciting event and the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. We quickly got acquainted with lots of laughter and activities at our Annual Goat Dressing Fundraiser. This contest brings out the young as well as the young-at-heart! One of the more entertaining teams to watch was Mrs. Odom, Mrs. Jodi Morian, Mrs. McDonald, Nana Kahla, and our very own Mrs. Susan Baldwin. These ladies sure know how to dress a goat and please the crowd! George Chambers, Riley J. Otwell, Landon Cook and and Cooper parsley won the title of “Goat Dressing Champions”.

Recently the DeRidder Rodeo contestants enjoyed a dance and Pizza Social sponsored by our Prize Committee moms. A special thanks to Abi Depriest, Riley J. Otwell, Dawson Langford and Joran Wisner for wrestling up some great music. Our Sunday morning rodeos are quite special in the fact that we have a large turnout for both contestants and parents for Cowboy Church! Mr. Terry Holland is not your normal coat and tie preacher. He has a knack for sharing the Gospel and relating it to funny stories from his childhood. We always leave with a good laugh and the inspiration to become a better person. Thank you Mr. Terry for taking your precious time to spend with Region V! Last, but not least, I would like to say “Thank you” to all our parent volunteers for making our rodeos run so smoothly. When you show up to a Region V Rodeo, you can expect to see tough competition and dedicated parents. Thanks again to all of you!


REGION VI, FEELING BLESSED FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR

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By HAILEY HASS– TJHRA Reg VI

s the month of November is around the corner, all 13 Texas Junior High regions have started their 2017-2018 seasons. Region VI, located in Gonzales, TX, is already off to a great start with our trademark winning attitudes! Region VI has some of my fellow friends and tough competitors that you might want to keep an eye out for this season. Mekenna Davis, is a 13 year old cowgirl from Huntsville, TX and she has had many great successes in and out of the rodeo arena. Not only is she a Champion All Around cowgirl she is also a cheerleader and plays volleyball for New Waverly Middle School. Last year, Mekenna qualified for state finals in pole bending and goat tying and she is already on top of her game for this year. Mekenna loves Region VI because she gets to see all of her rodeo friends that are more like family

and she loves the tough competition. Gracen Harman is a 12 year old from Hempstead, TX and she competes in the barrel racing and pole bending. If you want to see a cool, calm, and collected competitor you need to watch Gracen. She and her multi-talented horse, Wolf, are sure to have a game plan and lay down some great runs every time they enter in the arena. Gracen says the is ready to win and have fun! Trevor Crainer is a name you have probably heard. He is 12 years old and lives in Carrizo Springs, TX. Trevor is a force to be reckoned with in the arena as he competes in ALL the boy’s events. This year he added in chute dogging and placed 1st in the first rodeo of the season. Tie Down is his favorite event and when the rodeo is over he has a blast playing with his friends. Last year he qualified for state in all his events and this year I have no doubt he will be right back and is focused staying in the lead. Trevor has also added in Football to his schedule this year. Wow – we have lots of multi-talented kids in our region. We are all ready for another great year here at Region VI. We are a well-rounded group of athletes and we love to support each other and push each other to be the best we can be. This year we have welcomed quite a few new members and more happy faces…. We really are like one BIG Family!! I would like to say “Thanks” to Samantha Ellis(Vice-President) and Bradi Freeman(Secretary) for tagging along with me as I jump into my journey of being President of Region VI TJHRA. I speak on behalf of all the kids when I give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the parents that haul us down the road and make this life we live possible. I hope to get to know all of you even better and look forward to another blessed year here at Region VI!

IT’S FIESTA TIME!!!!!

Laramie Dearing Miss TJHRA 2017 and Texas Junior High Rodeo are having a Fiesta!!!! to celebrate her handing over the coveted crown of:Texas Junior High Rodeo Princess. Are you the successor to the crown? If so, she would love it if you made your declaration to compete in Gonzales at the TJHRA pageant held during the finals. The awards are beyond wonderful, just ask Laramie; not only for the Princess but all competing contestants. Add to that the opportunity to serve with the officers of the TJHRA both student and adults is a plus on any collegiate scholarship. Oh, did I mention that there is also a scholarship that goes with the crown? There is no qualifying contest, open to girls in the 6th and 7th grade. No leather outfits, minimal entry fee with a chance to win a parking spot, stall for the week during the finals and other incentive awards though the sale of fund raising tickets.There will be an auction of an item created by each contestant. Just fill in the bottom portion of this form and send it to TJHRA % Dawn Tripp-P.O. Box 403-North Zulch,Texas 77872. Please do so by November 15, 2017, so that you do not miss out on any information sent out by the coordinator. Also be sure and contact Ann Blackwell to attend the very informative clinic being offered by the THSRA 936-590-1855. Name____________________________Address______________________Phone_____________ Email address______________________Parent’s Name___________Region #__________ Short list of awards for the Winner: Scholarship-Saddle- Horse Blanket-Hat Cinch Buckles- Luggage- Portfolio-Hat Can-Picture Frames-Jacket-Buckle Jewelry-Headstall-Belt Crown-Banner-Breast Collar-Purse-Spurs-Flag Boot-Nettles Stirrups-Saddle BlanketBracelet-Boots Numerous other awards There are category awards-TBA

2017-2018 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN E. BLAND

806-679-2037

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT TONY LACINA

806-679-6290

tglacina@gmail.com

1st VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH

432-386-6214

brent@crcompany.net

DELEGATE CINDY CLAYTON 254-485-9466 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

clayton@our-town.com

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

STATE DIRECTORS

Region I GARY CLEMENTS GUY ELLIOTT LANCE GAILLARD

gclements@farmersagent.com glelliott@wilbargercscd.com lsgaillard@yahoo.com

806-346-5217 940-839-6354 806-898-3748

Region II CASEY BAIZE 512-618-9233 KEITH KENT 325-665-8100 SHANE HANCOCK 254-379-3516 Region III VENITA DEARING 817-223-5355 KEVIN STEWART 817-307-7303 ERIC HUSTON 817-368-0159

coolchickroper@yahoo.com meb522@yahoo.com dcscdecatur@earthlink.net

Region IV THOMAS BROCKWAY JASON MCDANIEL JAMES TETTENHORST

tbb@woodpartners.com jmcdaniel@evlessaero.com JamesTettenhorst@gmail.com

214-770-5302 817-313-9639 903-521-1511

csbaize@yahoo.com keith@johnroleylevelland.com shanehancock74@yahoo.com

Region V RICHARD BALDWIN 936-332-5466 JODIE MORIAN 409-384-5552 BILL WHITE 337-304-0748 Region VI CLAY OHRT 361-649-0526 GARRET OHRT 361-550-8856 TOMMY OHRT 361-550-5202

wohrt@stec.org Julesoh@hotmail.com 1107cattle@yahoo.com

Region VII BUBBA ACHILLE KIMMI BYLER KELLY REINA

Bubba@iespecialist.com bcross1@aol.com kellyreina@yahoo.com

832-250-4628 979-472-0034 979-799-5474

r.baldwin147@icloud.com jlkahladds@att.net whiteacresranch1@yahoo.com

Region VIII BEN ELLIS 361-701-1886 ben_ellis78@yahoo.com MATT SCIBA 361-571-7888 scibaadjuster@gmail.com MARIE SMITH 830-570-7058 bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net Region IX STAN MCDONALD 979-229-5963 stanmcdranch@aol.com JOHN SCHUENEMAN 979-268-4994 john.schueneman@gmail.com LYLE SMITH 936-581-4255 john.schueneman@gmail.com Region X JAMES KOONSMAN 254-717-6211 jamesk74@yahoo.com BRANT WARD 325-895-1662 ward23@gte.net RENEE WEITZ 512-217-8165 weitzrr@gmail.com STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT QUAY LLOYD V.PRES BRAEDON SCOTT SECRETARY BRANDI FREEMAN PRINCESS LARAMIE DEARING

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Athletes Taking a Knee for the RIGHT Reasons

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes Launches New Rodeo Division.

n today’s world where sports professionals are protesting by taking a knee during the National Anthem, it is great to see so many young athletes taking a knee for the right reasons, to pray. Over 60 years ago (in 1956) an idea took root that professional athletes could be a better example for youth. A basketball coach named Don McClanen saw that many professional athletes were doing advertising for cigarettes and automobiles and he wondered if he could create a fellowship of athletes and coaches that could spread the word about something so much more important to life than the sport. He wanted a fellowship that could spread a message about God’s love, word, and grace. Throughout the last 60 plus years, many top athletes and coaches have spread these messages to our young people. Today, the FCA is in 45 countries around the world and in virtually every sport. Through FCA camps last year, we had over 106,000 young athletes hear the message of the gospel. The results were tens of thousands of them making commitments to Christ. The latest sport to join the worldwide conglomerate is FCA Rodeo in Texas. Currently under the direction of Jake Prince, this rodeo ministry is growing by leaps and bounds. Participants include athletes from high school to college students participating in the sport of rodeo. FFA, 4H chapters and also just western families with wholesome western values round out the groups that are participating in this new FCA division. Our number one priority is to establish a presence and build relationships within the organizations we serve. As opportunity comes through those relationships, we have four distinct areas we reach youth through this ministry. Those are: Coaches, Camps, Campus, and Arena. Our goal within the COACHES category is to equip high school, college, and volunteer coaches for the work of Gospel ministry by training them in the Gospel, and sending them to share the Gospel in their local context and in fellowship with the local church. The CAMP category of our ministry is where we put on week-long discipline-specific rodeo camps. Our camps are really a “spring-board” for our ministry and a great entry point where new people will come and be exposed to FCA Rodeo for the first time. Within the CAMPUS category, we aim to equip, train, and send high school and collegiate student athletes to facilitate bible studies on campus.

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In the ARENA category of FCA Rodeo, we aim to host chapel services, bible studies, as well as to serve and build the community through our team members, volunteers, student athletes, and team member families at local rodeos across the country. FCA Rodeo is here today to spread the same message the founders of FCA envisioned over 60 years ago. For more information about FCA Rodeo or to “Join our Team” visit the FCA Rodeo website at txfcarodeo.org or simply drop Jake an email at jprince@fca.org. Also please follow our ministry on Facebook at FCA Rodeo Texas.


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