October 2015 Extreme Team News, Official News of Texas High School and Junior High Rodeo

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secretary/treasurer Susan baldwin

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Junior High national Director john bland PO Box 112 • Turkey, TX 79261 806.220.7108 • jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

queen coordinator Dee dee dunda

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student officers Student President Cullen Eppright Student Vice President Raelee Self Student Secretary Ima Champion Queen Chloe Costello


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joel kirkpatrick 2388 HWY 82 • Crosbyton, Texas 79322 806.697.2336 • jrtzkirkpatrick@hotmail.com

student officers President - shelby spielman vice president 1- kory mcconnell vice president 2- dylan myers Secretary/historian - sierra white state directors / region officers

ted white PO Box 341 • Happy, Texas 79042 806.764.3469 • ted.white99@yahoo.com secretary - Debra dorenkamp 27116 CR JJ • Holly, CO 81047 719.688.0154 • tristatehsrodeo@gmail.com


michele spielman 12036 FM3139 • Dalhart, Texas 79022 806.570.7470 • spielman@xit.net President- travis patterson 11943 CR 27 • Spearman, Texas 79081 806.659.3339 • tpatterson@npec.org



Kick Off to a New Year As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. – Proverbs 23:17

By Aubrie Fields


– ARIAT Performance Reporter

s September rolled around, everyone in region one was anticipating the first rodeo of the season. That one rodeo we all look forward to so we can jump out there and get the season started right. Region one's first rodeo was on September 13th in Dalhart. It was a great way to kick off the season. Competition was tough and it was the perfect day for a little rodeo action. Skies were clear and competitors ready for a good day at the office. Ending the day with Carly Christian as all around girl, Quade Hiatt as rookie and all around boy, and Aubrie Fields as rookie girl. As the week went on we all made our way to Pampa for the second rodeo of the season. As everyone started to settle in and got all the first rodeo jitters out,

we stepped up the game a little bit. The team ropers may have got a little wet but it ended well. As the new year everyone is fighting hard to get to Abilene for state finals. I look forward to the new year and hope to see everyone down the road. I encourage everyone to set high goals, make new friends, and most of all have fun!

REGION I 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 10/10/2015 | Amarillo cutting 10/11/2015 | Amarillo 10/24 & 10/25/2015 | Boys Ranch 10/24 & 10/25/2015 | Amarillo cuttings & RCH 11/7 & 11/8/2015 | Amarillo cuttings 3/5 & 3/6/2016 | Vernon 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Hereford 3/26/2016 | Dumas



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state directors / region officers melissa hooper

student officers President - cadi wood vice president - delani wood Secretary - megan powell

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

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President- clint griffin PO Box 460 • Eldorado, Texas 76936 325.226.0434 • cgriffin@kgelaw.com


By Bliss Bolton – ARIAT Performance Reporter

top competitor to watch out for this year. Another outstanding member of Region II is senior Crystal Perez. Crystal is very involved in and out of the arena, when rodeoing she competes in the barrel racing and pole bending events. However; during the school year, Crystal is involved in college classes, Act One, and National Honor Society. Crystal has officially become a 4-H Equine Ambassador for the state of Texas, and she proudly represents the West Texas area. This being Crystal’s final year in high school rodeo, she has set some goals for herself, “I hope to overcome all obstacles I’ve faced, and hopefully come

e have officially kicked off our fall rodeo season here in crystal perez Region II. We completed our first rodeo with more members, tougher competition, and bigger payouts! This year we are the biggest region in Texas. We believe the new year of rodeo will be bigger and better than ever. This year in Region II we have more members than ever before. Just four years ago in 2011, we only had 70 members. This year we have 166 and more are delani wood joining. This large amount of members made for a great paycloser to my goal of competing at the state level. I out at our first rodeo want to stay optimistic even though I had a tough time in San Angelo, TX. at the first rodeo. I want others to see that anything is There were some 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule possible! My hope this year overall is to be successful very tough contendin the simplest and most complex manners of trainers in Angelo; but and performance.” Crystal is a great ambassador one member really 10/3 & 10/4/2015 | Sweetwater ing not only in 4-H, but also for Region II, and the whole came to domi10/10 & 10/11/2015 | Midland sport of rodeo. nate this weekend. 3/5 & 3/6/2016 | Sweetwater Now with the rodeo season in full swing, we are Delani Wood, a excited to see what bigger and better things are in store 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Midland junior this year who for our bigger better region. Here in Region II we are has won the year end Finals proud to have such great competitors in the arena and All-Around Cowgirl 3/25 & 3/26/2016 | Sweetwater great members of society. So whether in or out of the award for the last arena, good luck Region II, in all that you do. two years, won over 2,000 dollars this weekend! Delani won the barrel racing both Saturday and Sunday. She also won the breakaway Contestants, with the growth of the region it is critical that roping on Sunday, placed third in the you are sending in all forms and entries by the deadline date. goats on Sunday, and placed third in the - Jody McElroy, Region II Secretary poles both days. Delani is definitely a



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student officers President - tillar murray vice president - Cheyenne Britain Secretary - catherine clayton

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

secretary - Kelley Williams 6328 Malvey Avenue • Fort Worth, Texas 76116 817.706.8236• kelley.williams@thsra3.com state directors / region officers

matt hairford 6464 Paradise Drive • Aubrey, Texas 76227

president - ken bray PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com


By sawyer przilas

– ARIAT Performance Reporter

he new season has started and with it comes a reminder, a reminder of the sacrifices that everyone, especially your parents, have to make. Both financially and emotionally. Your parents give money, time and effort to get you, your horses and all of the equipment needed to the rodeo. There are also many parents who go beyond the normal to volunteer as well as those on the board. Those people all deserve a thank you for their sacrifices and volunteer hours that they put in. Without these people the rodeo would not be able to run, so I beseech all of you to constantly remind those parents and volunteers they are appreciated. Take the time to thank all of those who make the rodeo possible, including your board members, secretary, tractor drivers, alley workers etc. Sportsmanship is a large part of rodeo, yes we are human and we will all have a bad run, as well as a bad day. It may be easy to get mad when your run does not go as well as you would like, and we all understandably become frustrated after a run does not fall together as we would’ve preferred. The first thing you have to

think about is that you shouldn’t be mad at something you love. If you really enjoy what you do then how can you be angry at it? Most people become frustrated with something other than the real problems. The most prominent excuse is to blame faults on your animal. Animals are just like humans while they are not perfect nine times out of ten the fault is in the rider. Why make the excuse, acknowledge you made the mistake then fix it. The next question you have to ask yourself is if you worked for it. If you did not put in the time and the effort how can you expect to win. You did not prepare so you cannot go in thinking you deserve to make a perfect run. So why blame other factors in anger when the fault is most likely yours. Now I’m not saying that people just don’t prepare and that bad sportsmanship is a large crisis that we face. It’s nearly the opposite around the region there are many examples of sportsmanship as well as volunteerism, however we must remind ourselves even on the bad days that we are out there doing what we love with people we love around us. So continue to act as you feel about the sport, expressing your love and enjoyment for the lifestyle. Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we van imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.


2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 10/10 & 10/11/2015 | Graham 11/14 & 11/15/2015 | Graham 1/23 & 1/24/2016 | Stephenville 2/27 & 2/28/2016 | Stephenville Finals 3/18 - 3/20/2016 | Stephenville 3 RCH events 10/23 thru 10/25/2015 | Stephenville 13

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

student officers President - cal wolfe vice president - cheyenne swoope Secretary - kolton white

secretary - julie white 2469 CR 33100 • Sumner, Texas 75486 903.737.7750 • julzjo66@yahoo.com

state directors / region officers bill chinners 740 Jim Jones Rd • Van Alstyne, Texas 75495 903.482.0544 • wchhinners@aol.com


chad folmar 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • cwfolmar@gmail.com President- chris wolfe 630 E FM 813 • Palmer, Texas 75152 214.403.4638 • chris.wolfe@bldr.com



By MCKENZIE RAY– ARIAT Performance Reporter


true friendship is a rare thing. Bonds between two people are formed every day, and though most don't last, some go on to stand the test of time. Friendships formed within the sport of rodeo are usually lasting; years are spent together traveling, competing, and supporting each other through the ups and downs that come within the sport. Within High School rodeo, these things are especially true. Some of the best memories that you can make rodeoing are with your friends, during the long weekends of rodeo. In Region IV especially, there are plenty of friendships shared that are standing up to the test. For Lainey Cooper, Jayci Braudrick, Raelee Self, and Cheyenne Swoope, this is something that they know all too well. "Like most friends, we have an unexplainable bond. We just get each other" Said Lainey Cooper, about her best friend, Jayci Braudrick. "We met at the TJRA's when we were in the 5th grade, and became friends one day when we were both at Barry Burks that same year" She said. Jayci and Lainey both have a long history in Region IV. They've been competing in the region together since they were in 6th grade, and have stuck

together through the years. They both root for each other in and out of the arena, and don't let the competition keep them from doing that, "We want each other to succeed just as bad as we want ourselves to succeed," Braudrick said. That's something that not all friendships can boast, and it's not only a sign of a good friendship, but of good sportsmanship as well. Both girls agreed that they usually handle themselves on their own at the rodeos, but mentally and emotionally, they are there for each other at every rodeo as well as outside of the arena. "I can honestly say that God has blessed me with a once in a lifetime friend." Lainey said, of Jayci, "I have so much respect for her." For another pair of friends in Region

Lainey Cooper (left) and Jayci Braudrick (right). Both are seniors in Region IV this year.


2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 10/10 & 10/11/2015 | Terrell | cutting & RCH 11/8/2015 | Terrell 1/30 & 1/31/2016 | Terrell | cutting & RCH 2/14/2016 | Terrell 2/28/2016 | Terrell 3/13/2016 | Terrell | make up date 3/25 & 3/26/2016 | Athens | Finals/cutting & RCH

IV, it's all about lending the other a helping hand, and lifting each other up. Raelee Self and Cheyenne Swoope met each other at a 4SHSRA rodeo in elementary school, and have stayed close ever since. "We share the same passions about a lot of things," Said Swoope. "We both know what we want in life, and we're both very outgoing people. We make jokes, and act like goofballs." She continued. The pair is always there for each other, and there's nothing that isn't shared between them. From experiences, to - at times - horses. "She has been there for me from the best week of my life, when I won State and Nationals, to the absolute worst week of my life this year at Shawnee." Raelee said, about Cheyenne. "Her words of encouragement that God always has a plan, to letting me run her good horse when I didn't have anything to run after losing Freckles. She was always there to root me on to be the best that I could be!" They help each other in other ways, too. Cheyenne said, "I don't think that there's ever a run one of us makes without the other walking right behind... Or at least giving a pep talk over the phone because the other is across the state!" And like most friends, they never let the pressure of competition effect their friendship. "It doesn't even cross my mind," Said Raelee, when asked about how she handles competing against Cheyenne. "No matter what, I know that when I come out of the alley she will be there for me good or bad! I wouldn't have it any other way." Cheyenne Swoope (left) making a run All in all, each of these girls has learned what it means to have on her horse "Hype" in the first round at true friendship with another person. Elbert Hubbard, a successful this years IFYR, and Raelee Self (right) riding the same horse in the short go. writer and philosopher, said, "A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." And I think most of us would agree that truer words were never spoken.


Raelee Self (left) and Cheyenne Swoope (right), attending the National FFA Convention this year.

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President - shellie lummus vice president - ck wright Secretary - shaylon elms

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

secretary - susan baldwin 704 1/2 Southview Circle • Center, Texas 75935 936.590.4330 • regionvsecretary@gmail.com


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By hannah hemphill – ARIAT Performance Reporter

eptember 5th, was a wicked hot day in Jasper Texas as Region V gathered for its first rodeo of the season. True to its name THE BIGGEST, THE BADDEST, THE BEST, had over 65 barrell racers, 22 goat tyers, 17 bullriders and 30 breakaway ropers and 52 team ropers which made for lots of awesome runs and fierce competition. Starting the season off right Region V members took a moment of silence and prayer for the safety of our men and women in Blue and our first responders. Our world can me a crazy place sometimes and without the security and protection of our police and first responders our lives, our safety, and our rights

would be in jeopardy. Region V’s second order of business was to choose our Directors and congratulate Kadie Beth Wisener on her Nationals win for THSRA Vice President. As the day heated up so did the competition with Ashton Clark laying down a smoking 15.532 barrel run and Ross Freeman dominating the bull riding with an 84 point ride on some rank bulls from Shane Young’s bucking stock. Joshua Jace Warren walked away with the calf roping win with a smooth 12.76 run while our current THSRA State Champion Goat Tyer,

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region v student officers starting it off right with a prayer!

katie beth wisener, our NHSRA vice president

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Mersadie Martin showed the girls how it was done with a fast 7.58 goat run. One of Region V’s new freshman turned in a smooth clean 21.36 to win the poles while Garret Jones won our saddle bronc riding. To finish up our events Tyler Chapin took the steer wrestling win with an 8.14 run while Cayl Sieber and Clayton Lowry won the team roping with a 9.8, and I was able to sneak one on in 3.6 to win the breakaway. As our day ended lots of new friendships were formed and friendly rivals were already plotting their game plans for rodeo #2. Many of our seniors were realizing that this was their last first rodeo of their high school career, and for me it is hard to imagine the end of something that is such a special a part of my life. With high school rodeo I have definitely learned the agony of defeat, the euphoria of a hard fought win, and determination to be my best. Like my

competitors, I have been blessed to have the support of my family because without them this journey would be impossible and not nearly as entertaining.. As I close, I encourage everyone to pray for our police men and women, pray for our country and take the time to thank your family for their love and support and as always LET GO AND LET GOD!!!!


2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule

11/21 & 11/22/2015 | Nacogdoches 1/23 & 1/24/2016 | Nacogdoches 2/20 & 2/21/2016 | Nacogdoches 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Nacogdoches Finals 4/2 & 4/3/2016 | Nacogdoches



President - bailey bennight vice president - lindsei harvey Secretary - morgan fajkus

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state directors wesley caldwell 3918 Kerr Creek Drive • Gonzales, TX 78629 830.672.3902 • wcaldwell@gvec.org

riede myrick 154 Center Cove • Giddings, Texas 78942 979.542.2306 • riedemyrick@yahoo.com secretary - nena boettcher PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • region6thsra@gmail.com


matt mueller 1344 CR 203 • Paige, Texas 78659 979.966.9548 • circlemranch2008@yahoo.com president - bubba bennight 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • bubbabennight@yahoo.com




– ARIAT Performance Reporter

It’s clear to see that the Sizzlin’ Six has been putting in work! It is the beginning of an amazing season yet again, and we are more determined than ever. I saw girls still laying down a clean run after their horse was bucking all through the arena, people getting up off their face after eating dirt, and some great celebratory dances after a successful run. Seeing people with the biggest smiles on their faces as they run home or dismount off an animal is the most beautiful thing, and it’s the best payout… other than those fat checks that we all have our eyes on. But just like any other event, there was some tough luck. But NEVER make excuses for bad runs! Don’t beat yourself up about it, and always wake up with a smile knowing that you are living the dream. You are going to have fun accomplishing what others are afraid to do! You have the power to make the future better

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than the present. The most important thing to remember is Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” When you really want something bad enough, give it right back to God, don’t be selfish with it. He will take the desires of your heart and multiply them tenfold! Our rodeo family is one of the biggest and tracy blackwell best in Texas, and we are all about success. But there is a difference between success and winning. Winning is clearly being in the money, but success is defined by progress. Progress can be anything from shaving seconds off your time, or just clay iselt kuy rippstein mere tenths of a second. Who you are now and who you want to be is defined by what you do. I want to propose a challenge for you Region 6, a real challenge, not one of those overly posted challenges on Instagram. Let’s take time out of every rodeo day, if not every day, to glorify God in everything we do! No matter if you come back with a slow time, miss your steer, or you buck off, He appreciates every act no matter how big or small.


2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 10/31 & 11/1/2015 | Gonzales 11/14 & 11/15/2015 | Gonzales 1/16 & 1/17/2016 | Gonzales 2/13 & 2/14/2016 | Gonzales 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Gonzales | Finals 10/3 & 10/4/2015 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings 1/2 & 1/3/2016 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings 1/23 & 1/24/2016 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings

Texas High School Rodeo association student vice president

Raelee Self


“Last year, before going to the Cinch USTRC NFTR, I never actually ran a live steer. I just roped the Heel-O-Matic, and when it was crunch time in the Gold Plus Shootout, I was sharp and ready for competition.”



ey guys, I'm Raelee Self your 2015-2016 THSRA Vice President. If I am not in the arena I am spending time with my family. I have been privileged enough to join team Texas on many trips to nationals whether they be in junior high or high school. In 2013, my freshman year, I left the THSRA finals in Abilene as the reserve champion all around cowgirl and barrel racer as well as the state champion pole bender which In turn gave me the chance to represent the state of Texas in Rock Springs, Wyoming in two event where I brought home not only one but three national titles as the NHSRA Champion Pole Bender, All Around Cowgirl, and Rookie of the year. As thankful as I am to have been able to represent the THSRA inside the arena I am even more excited to be able to represent such a great association outside of the arena. I can not wait to see what this great year has in store for us. I hope you guys are as excited as I am.


whitley whitewood 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 Whatakid, Whitley Faith Whitewood! The Region II senior resides in Bandera, Texas and attends Medina High school. She has been involved in the THSRA for the past three years and will begin her final year this coming rodeo season. The breakaway roper and goat tier is a competitor in and out of the arena as she is involved in three varsity


sports including: volleyball, basketball and track as well as several extracurricular organizations such as NHS, Student Council, FFA, FCA, UIL, and yearbook. When asked what a typical day in the life looked like for her, she responded, “I get up at 6:30 and get ready for school which starts at 7:40 and ends at 3:30.” From 3:30 to 5:00, Whitley has volleyball, basketball or track practice, depending on the season. Once she is done with that, she heads home to begin practicing for rodeo. Whitley ties goats and ropes breakaway until it gets dark, takes care of all her horses and livestock and then heads inside to eat dinner and work on homework until she gets tired. On top of Whitley’s busy schedule, she still manages to stay on top of her academics as she has been an A honor roll student throughout her entire high school career and is currently her class’ salutatorian. Outside of school, Whitley has seen quite a bit of success in the rodeo arena as well. She has had several wins at various THSRA rodeos, amateur rodeos and ropings across the state. When asked about the horses that have carried her throughout her rodeo career she described Lil Bay, her breakaway horse, and Simon, her goat tying horse. “We bought Simon as a barrel horse, but it wasn’t working out so we had pretty much decided to sell him. I was also in need of a goat horse at the time though, so my dad suggested trying him in the goat tying and I’m glad I did.” She ended up making it to nationals in the goat tying her sophomore year on Simon. Not only does Whitley have an awesome team of equine athletes, she also has a great support system. When asked who she looked up to the most, she replied, “My dad is my coach and is kind of the main reason I am able to do what I do, as well as my mom, Neal Felton, Lynn Smith and my whole family. They’ve each had an impact on some part of my rodeo career and my life and have helped not only in the rodeo arena but also in things that will help me later on in life. “ Whitley also expressed thanks to her region secretary, Jodie who has been there through all of her high school career as well as the rest of the Region II directors and “everyone else who has made [her] time involved in the THSRA so enjoyable!” Once Whitley finishes up her high school education and THSRA rodeo career, she plans to attend TAMU on a rodeo scholarship majoring in Agricultural Communications. We know Whitley will continue to do great things, and we wish her the best of luck her senior year and the in the rest of future endeavors!


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Custom Tack, Trophy Saddles, Buckles, Crowns and Awards! 17 Years Experience


Rodeo Awards

Your Region Will


Awarding Trophy Saddles that are #FITtoWIN


article courtesy of Slone Saddles, Official Saddle of the NHSRA

hen a rodeo association spends approximately $20,000 on trophy saddles alone, it is serious business. Awards committee members lose sleep over their decisions trying to make all contestants and their parents happy. They go cross-eyed looking at bid after bid that appears to be written in a foreign language of ½ breed this and combo-tooled that. To say it is overwhelming is quite the understatement. How do you make a decision? Everybody has an opinion about tooling, seat colors, price points, skirt styles, and tree fits, and none of them appear to jive with one single bid option you have in front of you. It is enough to make a sane person crazy all day every day! Let’s break it down, calm those committee member’s fears, and allow them to rest well at night. Slone Saddles has nearly 20 years of experience in this industry not including the thirty plus years that Tod Slone spent in the contestant world earning his own trophy saddles. (*Fun Fact: Tod Slone won the 1994 NFR Tie-Down Average riding a trophy saddle. It was a Diamond S.) To please the masses, you must find the perfect combination of structure, style, and price. Through years of honing these areas, we have created a saddle line, Diamond S Saddles, that is truly #FITTOWIN. SADDLE STRUCTURE The bare bones of a saddle, known as the tree, have two extremely important components to consider when choosing a trophy saddle provider: FIT and STRENGTH. Each rodeo event has a different “style” of horse that works best. There is no “one size fits all” saddle tree. The


bottom of the tree is designed to fit the horse, and the top of the tree is designed to fit the rider. A barrel horse and a team roping horse are not always built the same. You can say the same for the competitors of the events. We set up Tie-Down Ropers to get to the front and get off quickly and our Team Roping saddles are designed to be able to rope, sit down, and get a dally. When selecting a trophy saddle provider, you want to choose a company that knows the ins and outs of what works and has trees designed to meet the specific needs of each event. In regard to saddle tree strength, you want to ask what the tree warranty is on the saddles being bid. Slone Saddles come with 10 Year Tree Warranties. When making a selection, red flags should be waved for any saddle with less than a seven year tree warranty. You also should be skeptical and ask for a definition when told a saddle tree has a “Life-Time Warranty.” We trust the FIT and STRENGTH of our trees more than any of our competitors. They are BUILT TO RIDE and not to sit in a living room, because we believe the amount of money associations spend on trophy saddles is the best advertising you do for your association. You want to see them in the arena and not locked up in a barn or living room! SADDLE STYLE This is the fun part and should definitely carry weight in your trophy saddle decision process. You want your trophy saddles to stand out in the arena; after all, this is a marketing expense as well as a prize! It can attract or deter future contestants. Use it to your advantage. Saddle design options are endless. There are hundreds of combinations of skirt styles, tooling patterns, seat colors and prints, conchos, spots, buck-stitching. The list goes on and on. Here is what you need to know. Choose a saddle provider that is willing to work with your association to get the design you want that fits within your budget! This is an important note; all of these options have P.O. Box 1516 800-255-0105 a cost associated with them because they take time and materials. Figure out what Corsicana, TX 75151 903-874-3995 is important to your contestants. Would they rather have more floral tooling or an exotic print seat? Do they want a ranch-style look or is your region a little on the wild side? Find out! We have more experience in saddle design that anyone For All of Your Rodeo Assosciation Award Needs else in the industry. We turn in saddle bids that are unique to your association, but if there is a “must-have” that is not on the bid, ask for it! The saddle bid that is Discounts on Year End Awards: turned in to your region is just a “first shot”. The best advice is to have an open dialogue about price, design, and the wants and needs of your region! We work Gift Certificates hard to make your saddle dreams a reality! SADDLE PRICE Custom Chaps Saddle price is extremely important when selecting a trophy saddle provider. You want the most “bang for your buck!” You want the highest quality and best designed saddle you can get, which we know we have! The days of the $900 Pro Riding Boots are over, and if you receive a bid in this price range, you need to question the aforementioned areas before making a selection. Slone Saddles offers something Custom Bull Ropes for every budget. We LOVE to work with associations to provide quality awards that you can be proud to award and champions are excited to WIN and RIDE! Custom Bareback Riggings Here’s the kicker – your association awards prizes in other areas too! I advise you to see what other prize lines and awards are available to you. At Slone Saddles, we have an entire trophy awards line that includes Tod Slone Saddle Pads, breast Custom Embroidery on All Sizes of Gear Bags collars, tack and accessories, Jon Hart items and more. The best news is – when you choose to award our saddles, we work to get you a great deal and the best www.barstowprorodeo.com price possible on additional prize items for your association. Ask for a trophy package deal! CERTIFICATE PROGRAM It should not go unmentioned that Slone Saddles has an unprecedented saddle


certificate program. Our certificate program goes the extra mile to ensure that your association’s dollars are going to be put to good use and be seen in the arena! Saddle certificates allow contestants to design their saddle to ensure that each individual gets exactly what works for them and their horse. All saddles are required to have the association lettering and sponsors. Without spending any extra money, a saddle certificate allows your champions to get the correct seat size and tree fit. This is difficult to get correct 100% of the time when ordered in batches. However, there are pros and cons to both sides. We understand the thrill and excitement in walking away from your association finals with a shiny new saddle in your trailer! Finally, let’s de-bunk these Slone Saddles Myths: Your Region/Association CAN afford a Slone Saddle! We are competitively priced and guarantee you the “MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!” As the National Sponsor, we go the EXTRA MILE to ensure that your saddles are designed specifically for your region/association! We WILL NOT let them all look alike! The Diamond S Line & Tod Slone Custom Series BOTH come with 10 Year Tree Warranties! We absolutely do not believe in building a “trophy saddle” that cuts corners on quality! They are excellent quality and superior design! At Slone Saddles, we build saddles individually and for YOUR association! We work with you to design a saddle within your budget that is #FITTOWIN and #BUILTTORIDE! Let us help you market your association and get trophy saddles out of the living room and barn and INTO THE ARENA where they belong!

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Buckle M e m b e r s S h a r e Th e i r Favo r i t e B u ck l e s

McCray Profili, Region X: "If I have to choose one buckle, I would choose my THSRA state championship because, as a freshman winning Texas State championship is a major accomplishment in my life!"

Cal Wolfe, Region IV: "This is my favorite buckle because it reminds me of the first time I made Nationals."

Josh Briggs, Region IV: "This one is my favorite because it's the most prestigious award I've ever won."

Kade Smith, Region II: “This buckle is special to me because Noel is one of the nicest men ever and I learned how to rope in his arena and they are very nice people. Noel got bucked off around April and had to go to the hospital. He broke about 10 ribs and his wife had been in the hospital too, so my Dad decided to put on a benefit roping for them and I won one roping and the high money saddle.”

Maci Ray, Region IV: "This buckle is my favorite because it reminds me of winning the All-Around in my region. That was a goal I had always wanted to accomplish!"

Hadley Butler, Region X: “This buckle was my goat tying, state qualifying buckle of my rookie year in the THSRA, and with it is the short-go top fifteen concho. This pair is special to me simply because, I won these with the hard work and determination I had put forth. I fought through the nerves of a rookie freshman, and went out to do what I love to do. I will always cherish this pair, because not only are they my freshman awards for the THSRA, but they are a piece of a memory that will last a lifetime.”

Kobe Conring, Region III: “This is my favorite buckle because it is the first buckle I won. Winning this buckle just really made me want to ride and rope all the time. I also won it on a horse that passed away a couple of years ago so it's even more special now.”

Bristan Kennedy, Region II: “This is probably my favorite and most memorable buckle because I was the Reserve Champion in Barrels for the state of Texas!! I earned this buckle my freshman year in high school! I held this position behind the State Champion and National Champion, Lindsey McCleod!! My horse, Susie, and I had worked so hard all year, so it was incredible to see all of the hard work from both of us had paid off! The competition in the state of Texas is extremely tough so it was a huge honor!!”

Jordan Van, Region II: “This is my favorite buckle because it is the last award I won on my horse Shazam before his career ended.”

Wyatt Bray, Region III: “This is my favorite buckle because not only did I win the round but I also broke the arena in record.”


Bloomer Trailers Sponsors Texas High School and Junior High Rodeo Associations for the eight years in a row


exas High School and Junior High Rodeo Associations are pleased to announce Bloomer Trailers, one of the industry’s premier manufacturers of custom horse trailers, has committed to another year of sponsorship with the group. For the past seven years, Bloomer Trailers has hauled in close to $700,000 for THSRA and TJHRA regions and state association. They have done this by donating a Bloomer Trailer each year, which the association then sells tickets on to family and friends for chance to win the trailer. Tickets can be purchased from any member and are $50 a ticket. The sponsorship of the 2015-2016-rodeo season will be the 8th trailer that Bloomer has donated to the association. Steve Dickey, President of THSRA, says, “ 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. 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.” “In order for the sport to grow and thrive it takes involvement from many outside sources. 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. It is a battle that can be won but must be constantly evolving to stay ahead of the outside negative influences. 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,” said Randy Bloomer, Bloomer Trailers CEO. The Bloomer Trailer Giveaway program is unique in that 80% 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 for members. The remaining 20% goes to the state association to be used for scholarships, awards and general operating expenses. “We are extremely grateful to the Bloomer family for their generous contribution to both our Region and to Texas High School Rodeo Association,” said Julie

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!


White, THSRA Region IV Secretary. ABOUT THSRA & TJHRA THSRA and TJHRA was designed to reach high school and junior high school students during an important transitional time in their lives, and to offer them the opportunity to be involved with the positive, family oriented sport of rodeo. 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. Last year, THSRA gave over $240,000 in college scholarships to deserving Seniors. THSRA and TJHRA sponsor over 150 rodeos per year throughout ten regions across Texas. The rodeo year begins in August and concludes with the Texas High Finals Rodeo in June, which is located in Abilene, TX and the Junior High Finals the last week of May, which is held in Gonzales, TX. It is here, where “The Elite Compete” featuring the top cowboys and cowgirls from each Region. They compete for numerous awards, scholarships as well as the coveted honor of representing the State of Texas at the National Finals Rodeo held each July. For more information visit their website at thsra.org and tjhra.org or follow in social media. ABOUT BLOOMER TRAILERS Bloomer Trailers are proud to be the Official Trailer of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Texas High School and Junior High Rodeo Associations, World Series of Team Roping, National Reined Cowhorse Association, Lazy E Arena and the Official Sponsor of the United States Team Roping Association. Bloomer Trailers is approaching their 17th year in the trailer manufacturing business with 60+ employees. At Bloomer Trailers, their passion is building the highest quality trailer day in and day out. They focus 100% of their attention to Trailers and how to make them better and safer for their customers and their horses, hence the model evolution. For more about Bloomer Trailers, visit www.BloomerTrailers.com and Facebook.com/Bloomer-Trailers.com.


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Volunteers make OUR REGION successful!

President - kassie kersh vice president - brady barham Secretary - marci raley

student officers

state directors / region officers JOHN ATKINSON PO Box 540 • Anderson, Texas 77830 979.482.2018 • johnstephenatkinson@hotmail.com

melissa raley 6100 Hoddeville School Rd • Brenham, Texas 77823 979.830.0878 • melissaraley@texasbb.com secretary - Nena boettcher PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • region7thsra@gmail.com


russell barham 8389 Oxford Cemetary Rd., Madisonville, Tx 77864 936.348.5994 • barham1965@gmail.com President- clint rawlinson 12432 N. SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.637.0500 • rawlinsonclint@gmail.com




– ARIAT Performance Reporter

ur first rodeo here at Region VII is in the books and I can already tell we have a great bunch of new and old volunteers. Without the help of the people behind the scenes selling programs to the people who help load the chutes High School Rodeo would not be possible. Of the many parents and family members that do help out at our rodeos one man stands out the most to me, our president, Clint Rawlinson. Not only does he pick up in the rough stock and sort calves for the roping events he is always eager to help any contestant that comes his way! There is never a moment I don't see Mr. Rawlinson working to make our rodeo be the best. Everyone here at Region VII appreciates his time and dedication! Not only does Clint make our rodeos possible but his wife, Dee Rawlinson also helps the rodeo move along as smoothly as possible from upstairs. Mrs. Rawlinson is always helping by announcing and writing down times making our amazing new secretary, Mrs. Nena Boettcher's job one hundred times easier. Along with our awesome parents helping us at Region VII, we have some great contestants who believe it is important to give glory to God because

He allows us to step on a horse at each of our rodeos. To do this we have our contestants put on a church service every weekend and among the many people that make the services possible Kora Kneip is always more than happy to help give us the Word of God! We appreciate that even with her busy day of barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping and goat tying she never fails to remind us why we're here and who makes it possible for us to compete in High School Rodeo. Kaila Ducharme was not able to start the new season of High School Rodeo off with the rest of her rodeo family at Region VII due to a horse riding accident. While she is at home getting better we want her to know that her family here at VII is keeping her in our thoughts and prayers hoping for a quick recovery because we can't wait to have her back! Even if you are not mentioned here do not think that you are not appreciated because everyone that helps no matter the amount is a huge asset to the success of our region. I'm excited to see how Region VII grows throughout the year because even though we've only had one rodeo so far I can see the enthusiasm and camaraderie that exists between the contestants and volunteers.


2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 10/4/2015 | Hallettsville | 2 rodeos 11/8/2015 | Edna | 2 rodeos 12/5 & 12/6/2015 | Edna 1/10/2016 | Edna | 2 rodeos 2/20 & 2/21/2016 | Edna | Finals 10/17 & 10/18/2015 | Gonzales | 2 cuttings 10/25/2015 | Gonzales | cutting 11/24/2015 | Gonzales | cutting 1/1 thru 1/3/2016 | Gonzales | 3 cuttings 1/23/2016 | Gonzales | cutting


student officers President - lindy swaim vice president - abby slagle Secretary - matt gutierrez kellie beall PO Box 1107 • Woodsboro, Texas 78393 361.220.2533 • cowgirlkellie@gmail.com

state directors / region officers

kim stegman 5202 Foerster School • Needville, Tx 77461 979.793.6067 •kimstegman@aol.com 3005 Santa Ana St. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 361.739.9858 • region8thsra@gmail.com


secretary - Celina Fetty

ken slagle 954 CR 140 • Floresville, Texas 78114 254.424.5833 • slaglekl@yahoo.com PO Box 1379 • Edinburg, Texas 78540 956.778.0202 • jeff@jaeconcrete.com

President- jeff elsworth



Safety Counts

By Melissa

Garcia – ARIAT Performance Reporter

’m sure we have all been to a rodeo and have witnessed an accident of some sort. Maybe a bull rider getting hung up and stepped on or even a barrel racer flying out of the saddle. Regardless of the accident we all know the most important part of the sport is safety. You can be the very best at the sport but it only takes one ride to change things. A thorough check of your equipment before running or riding is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself and your horse. When competing it’s your responsibility to make sure your horse, your gear, and you are prepared in every aspect. Safety counts. We had our first Region VIII rodeo on September 12th and unfortunately we experienced a few accidents. Thankfully everyone was ok but we had one really close call. During Rodeo 2 one of our dedicated judges Billy Engeling was trying to stop a horse whose rider was unable to control him as he was running out. It didn’t even cross his mind he stood right in the alley way and tried to stop the horse from running the rider into the bucking chutes as she was hanging off the side. While trying to stop the horse Mr. Engeling was hit and knocked unconscious. The horse and rider were both ok but Mr. Engeling was still unconscious. While EMS worked


diligently to get a response from him the stands were silent. Mr. Engeling was quickly taken to the local hospital where they discovered he had a concussion. Even though we don’t know what caused the horse to run things could have been much worse. Thank you Mr. Engeling for always stepping up at our rodeos and wish him a speedy recovery. A few things to keep in mind regardless of your experience riding. Check your equipment before each ride. Make sure your tack is suitable for what you are doing, comfortable for you and your horse and gives you enough security for your level and type of riding. Your tack particularly girths and stir up leathers are under strain, so always opt for good quality leather and check the stitching every time you saddle and clean your tack. Regardless of your level of riding always have someone present. Your horse’s legs should always be protected as well. These few simple things will help you to avoid senseless accidents. Apart from that incident, Region VIII’s first and second rodeo went very well. We were all excited to see old friends that we hadn’t seen plus some new friendly faces. It was good to see everyone reconnect again. Our first region rodeo always starts off with a meeting. This is to review the rules and update parents on what is to be expected of them and the contestants for the entire season. We also voted for new student officers. I am happy to announce Region Morgan arnold, abby slagle and montana cox VIII’s new student President is Abby Slagle, our new Vice President is Morgan Arnold and our new Secretary is Montana Cox. Thank you all for stepping up we all look forward to a great season with a great officer team. A good officer team is important at each region. These are the individuals that keep our contestants up to date on information from the state office and also help to organize our community service projects. A good first rodeo is crucial, it sets the tone for the rest of the season and gives you a good foundation to build off of. So congratulations to everyone that had an awesome first rodeo, and to the ones that maybe didn’t have the rodeo they hoped for, keep your head up because there is always room move up in the standings. As I looked around and listened to contestants chatting I was so happy to hear everyone being supportive of one another. A lot of “Good Luck” and “Good Job”. That’s what this is all about. I hope that the all the Region VIII contestants will continue to support one another all season, especially when it comes down to the wire and everyone is competing their hardest to take one of the top 10 state finals spots. I wish everyone the best of luck this season.


2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 10/10/2015 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 11/14/2015 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 1/9/2016 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 2/13/2016 | Sinton | 2 rodeos - Finals 10/17 & 10/18/2015 | Gonzales | 2 cuttings 1/1 thru 1/3/2016 | Gonzales | 3 cuttings 2/6 & 2/7/2016 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings


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 Murphy Family of Region II C by Catelyn Felts

ongratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month - the Murphy’s! The Region II family, Mike, Leslie, Dylan (17 year old THSRA member) and Allie Murphy (11), and Leslie’s father, Jon Ward own the Rodgers Ranch in Justiceberg, Texas. They run a cow/calf operation, which has been the family business for over 100 years! When asked about the family business, Leslie explained how her mother’s grandmother “settled the ranch and lived in a dug out before they built their first home here on the ranch. I love it because of the family tradition and heritage. It’s our way of life and we get to share it with our children.” Their business is definitely a family affair! On a day-to-day basis, Leslie spends a lot of her time running errands for the ranch and getting her kids to extracurricular events and other activities they are involved in. She also tends to house chores, makes phone calls for the ranch, runs errands for the men,


and helps exercise horses or turns out roping calves in the practice pen. While she tends to most of the business end of the operation, her husband, Mike tends to the ranch work. Though some of his days include repairing various forms of equipment or windmills around the ranch, most of his days consist of checking waters, feeding cattle, repairing fence, and making sure all water troughs are working properly. Before he starts his daily list of ‘to-dos’ though, Mike drives Dylan and Allie seventeen miles one-way to the bus stop for school. Once the kids get home from school, both parents put their ranch work on pause and do what they can to make practice in the arena run as smoothly as possible. Both of them turn out calves or steers and help saddle and unsaddle horses. “Dylan and Allie ride their horses, rope, tie goats, and then feed their animals before they go back to the house and work on homework. It is usually dark by the time everything is finished and we get in for supper, homework, and a shower,” explains Leslie. While managing a ranch and rodeo-ing makes for a busy schedule, the family tends to reserve a little bit of spare time for fishing and hunting hogs. When asked what they enjoy most about their chosen way of life, Leslie replied, “We like this way of life because it isn’t a 8-5 job. We think it teaches our kids responsibility and pride.” They also have a deep respect for the family tradition and heritage that goes along with their ranching lifestyle. We all know the ranching lifestyle takes a lot of hard work and dedication and instills great qualities and characteristics such as a good work ethic and a sense of responsibility that benefits those involved throughout their life. We also know keeping a ranch in good shape requires a list of materialistic needs. With that being said, the Murphy’s shop at McCoy’s for several of their ranch needs including: feed, water troughs, fence supplies, and other hardware needed to help with the up keeping of their ranch. They want to thank McCoy’s for their involvement in the THSRA and they are honored to have been chosen as the Ranch family of the month.

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Giving Back

6717 FM 1452 • W. Madisonville, Texas 77864 979.268.4994 • jschueneman@shorthornres.com

President - jake hughes vice president - megan wright secretary - hailey bruening

student officers

state directors / region officers john schueneman

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

chris starns

secretary - kim ackel PO Box 67• Hamshire, Texas 77622


409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

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

President- eddie dyson

julie jordan

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


By emalee hoffmann– ARIAT Performance Reporter


he 2015-2016 Texas High School Rodeo Region IX season is now in full swing. We have had a little relief from the heat and gladly welcome the fall season and cooler temperatures. This month, Region IX also welcomed its new and returning competitors to the first rodeo held in Crockett on September 20th. Now that our first rodeo is under our belts, it’s on to the next rodeo. As we reflect back and prepare for our next competition, there are also others who are preparing behind the scenes to get things moving and shaking for the next rodeo. Have you ever considered how much time and effort is put into preparation for our rodeos by our adult officers and leaders? There is one person who stands out for his commitment and dedication to our Region IX Rodeo success. We can all guess who it is because we have all seen the hard work and leadership displayed by our President, Eddie Dyson. His leadership has also been recognized by others as our rodeos have been hailed as “very professional and a class act”, as stated by a visiting rodeo judge from Louisiana. In case you were wondering, Eddie began doing amateur rodeo while in high school. He competed in bull riding

and rode bareback horses, so he has always had a love for rodeo. Eddie has volunteered with high school rodeo for eleven years and has been Region IX President for ten of those years. Although it has been five years since Eddie’s children were in High school rodeo, his passion is to help kids grow to their potential. Eddie is active in all parts of the rodeo, and not just because he’s president, but because he loves it. His duties as president involve getting everything ready in the arena and making sure the dates, finances, insurance and awards are all taken care. In doing all this, Eddie still finds the time to have a full time job. He works as a mechanical piping designer and project manager for K&E Konstruxion & Dezign. If you saw him in the rodeo scene you would think he’s only involved in rodeo, but Eddie proves to be a man of many talents. “My greatest reward has been watching the kids walk across the stage at the finals banquet with a smile on their face.” He realizes that he is there to help the kids and that he has become an asset to their success. Eddie wants to increase sponsorships and continue to grow rodeo as a whole. Eddie believes in serving and wants to lead by example. He encourages all of our members, including parents, to not just sit in the stands but to be an active member whether it’s picking up trash or working in the concession stand. Everyone has a part in making sure our rodeos are successful. Eddie says, “I like to provide a good quality atmosphere for the contestants and parents. Any organization is only as good as its members.” Rodeo is his favorite thing to be a part of, but he also enjoys being involved in the church and doing custom woodwork. Eddie relies on the support of his family, Kristi, Daniel, Mark, Tiny (Hope) Jacob and Job, to help him make our Region IX rodeos so successful. So when you see Eddie at our upcoming rodeos, be sure to thank him and his family for all the time and commitment they have put into this organization. And while you’re at it, ask Eddie how you can help contribute to the growth and success of Region IX Rodeo. See you all in Buffalo on October 4th and remember “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

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New Goals to be Conquered!



BOILES– ARIAT Performance Reporter

s the new season is starting just as it does every year, new goals are awaiting to be conquered. Before a big game many coaches hype up and plant positive thoughts into their players minds. Within one of those speeches given by Ray Lewis to a team it was stated that, "We get one opportunity in life. One chance in life, to do whatever you’re gonna do. To lay your foundation. To make whatever mark you’re gonna make. To leave whatever legacy you’re gonna leave. Leave your legacy. And it’s found through effort." For many of us, this year right here is all we have left. It's the last time you may compete with these contestants, the last time you may compete on this level, and the last time your family and friends may be involved as much as they are, or the last time you compete for such an honorable association. Region X has united as a family through situation and tough times that would break many if facing alone. We are fortunate enough to have a group of officials, parents, and contestants that are at your side ready to pick you up when knocked down not

just in the arena but in life and also do what it takes for each and everyone of us contestants to be able to compete in some of the best rodeos possible. For some individuals though, this is just the beginning. My advice is to take some advice from those who have been in your position and in your shoes, because before you know it you'll be giving the advice to the incoming freshman and wondering where the time has gone. Allow yourself to start something that in 8 months when the state finals role around, you can confidently say you gave it all you had in order to leave your legacy on that past season. So don't wait until it's too late to realize that the effort you put in was short of 100%. Realize now what you want, and decide to give nothing less than your best to get there. It doesn't happen by wishing for it. The musical genius Kevin Gates said himself, "Anything lost can be found again except for time wasted. A vision without action is merely a dream. It's the action, it's the grind, it's the hustle." Now It's time to make your declaration, and go onto seizing whatever the day offers you to capitalize on.


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Texas Junior High Rodeo Association News


ear Contestants and JH Families When you receive this month’s magazine just about everyone should have started their seasons! Region 9 is the last one to get started so they might just be getting started……I hope each of you are having a great start. I have been processing memberships like crazy! Many of the regions are seeing a great growth, how

exciting. This is my first year in about fifteen years that I am not actually being a secretary for a region, I do miss it tremendously, but have got to focus more on other aspects of the rodeo business. I have even filled in for a secretary at one of the region rodeos, so I am not completely gone from the rodeo scene. I have been impressed with some already asking for more tickets to sell which is always great news! As many of you know I am working with the City of Gonzales and their arena as well as junior high. There are many things happening around here, if you were here this summer you know that they had just started their expo building and they are steadily working on that. As the City had promised that they would be building permanent pads for stall tents, the engineers staked them out and they are in the process of moving material as I write this article, they will have water and lights that will be permanent. There are other improvements that are waiting on bids, as you know construction sometimes moves at a snails pace! I will tell you it is exciting that we will have more improvements this year and will continue to grow the next three years on the contract. Remember Junior High is the first of your years in the National High School Rodeo Association, so it is supposed to be a learning situation for you and what I call a stepping stone. We are all to help you through this process. The majority of our secretaries have other jobs during the day, so please be patient for them returning phone calls or emails. If you need an answer right away you can always call my office and I will be glad to try and help you. Always remember there is never a dumb question…..you would not be asking unless you were wondering about something. So instead of just pondering go ahead and ask. From the memberships I have been getting in, we have many rookies so we are expecting many questions. See you down the rodeo trail, Anne Dollery Texas Junior High Division Secretary 979-412-2551 (cell) texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

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by Kelley Williams, Region III Secretary

he start of a new rodeo season is a lot like the 1st day of school. When you get to the event the first thing you notice are the new faces and the returning friends. Instead of talking about what teacher you have the rough stock riders are discussing the draw. Everyone congregates over by the posted judges sheets to see when they are up. It can be a bit overwhelming for people new to the Jr. High Division which is the stepping stone to the Texas High School Rodeo Association. Having your event organized and providing key information seems to put most at ease. After Rodeo #1 and #2 are in the books everyone seems to feel right at home. The sport of rodeo truly is family oriented and we don’t mean family in the traditional sense of the word. We like to think of our members in our Region as one big happy family. The beginning of a new season showcases that by watching the returning members help the new members. From explaining the rules, sharing equipment or getting partnered up by the rodeo secretary. The only other time that being a region family stands out more is at the State Finals, think about that for a minute. It truly is a wonderful organization to be part of. Our members

work hard in the practice pen, take care of their animals, maintain good grades in the classroom and happen to be some of the politest kids around. One of the biggest compliments given by a spectator at the 1st rodeo was, “ESPN should do a story on these kids. They are very talented athletes and such a joy to be around”. Parents, you all get a big pat on the back for that one. At the 1st of the season we set goals and some of those may be to win that Year End Saddle, the Finals Champion Buckle or break an Arena record but in the long run those things aren’t what makes Jr High Rodeo great, it’s that our Region members so willingly welcome new faces into our family, that we cheer for our competition when they make a great run or ride even if it caused us to move down in the standings. That we come together on Sunday mornings for Cowboy Church to be thankful for the blessing of old friends, new friends, the sport of rodeo and most of all, that our “family” grows every year. Region 3 would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and fun 2015-2016 rodeo season.


TJHRA is a great organization from the region level all the way to the state finals! Serving as the top level of competition for grades 6-8, TJHRA is the association to join for athletes who love their sport and value good competition. Help us spread the word to more families about this great association! When you are at other events, make sure parents know that this is an option for their child and tell them a little more about TJHRA. Created in 2004, the NHSRA Junior High Division was established to bring the excitement of the sport to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and to serve


as a feeder system into the high school ranks of the Association. Today, all 47 states and provinces that belong to the NHSRA also produce a Junior High Division as well, with over 2,500 members in total now competing. Junior High Division students compete in a variety of events, including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Ribbon Roping, Bareback Steer Riding, Saddle Bronc Steer Riding and Junior Bull Riding. Each summer, the "best of the best" from each state and province qualify for the National Junior

High Finals Rodeo. Approximately 900 competitors show off their talents in the event and compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes. Since the first Junior High Finals was held in 2005, Gallup, New Mexico has served as the host site. How to Join: Want to know how to join the TJHRA? Simply contact Anne Dollery or region secretary for more information. A list of secretaries and directors may be in the Junior High Section of this newspaper. You can also go to www.tjhra.org or visit their facebook page.

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Moments and Memories



– Region IV Jr. High President

am so excited to start my third and final year with Texas Jr High Rodeo Association region 4. This year I am serving as the

Jr High president alongside Mackenzie Mayes as the vice president and Hope Rhodes as the secretary. First off I’d like to welcome all the new region 4 members and the returning members. I hope your year is safe and successful. I am looking forward to another highly competitive rodeo season and making it to state for the third year. I have had some of the best and most memorable experiences with my region 4 family; I wouldn’t trade those moments and memories for anything. I would like to thank all the sponsor, parents, and family members who help each and every contestant in and out of the arena, and a special thank you to the board members who make this association successful year after year. Lastly to the contestants, I hope that all your hard work and dedication helps you to succeed at the best possible level you can. Remember you are from fearless Region 4, “Where the best never rest!” Good luck to all and God bless.

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TJHRA Student vice President Region: IX Age: 12 Events: Barrels, Poles, Goat Tying, Ribbon Roping, and Breakaway. Who is your favorite horse and why? Today my favorite horse is my goat tying horse, Fat Fox. He has a personality much like mine and can be a firecracker at times. They say horses take on their owners traits! What has been your biggest accomplishment in rodeo? To date my biggest accomplishment would be making the TJHRA finals and becoming the TJHRA Vice President. Who is your role-model? My mom, who has been around horses and rodeo her whole life. She knows how to get me through the ups and downs of rodeo. She has always told me in order to win you must learn how to lose, in and outside the arena. Favorite Movie? Secretariat Do you have any superstitiions? Favorite Singer/Band? I never wear yellow, it’s bad luck! I do not have a favorite. I enjoy anything on the radio. What are your hobbies? I like to visit historical places, go swimming, shopping, going to the movies, Jr. FFA and Favorite TV Show? Full House and Cinch Tour annoying my older sister. Favorite Food? Do you play any other sports? This year I plan on running cross country and At home it would be anything my mom cooks and when I’m on the road it’s Chick-Fil-A. playing softball.



















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