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1ST VICE PRESIDENT MIKE ISELT

In This Issue

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

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HOLLY DeLAUNE Marketing Director

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2ND VICE PRESIDENT COLE SEALY

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LAUREN TUTTLE STUMBERG

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SECRETARY/TREASURER SUSAN BALDWIN

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NATIONAL DIRECTOR COTTON GEORGE

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JUNIOR HIGH NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN BLAND 921 A FM 656 • Northfield, TX 79201 940.537.1354 • jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

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JADYN DUGGAN Region II

SHANNON WEYERTS Region III

SAWYER PRZILAS Region IV

HAYLEY NOVAK Region V

HARLEY JO PERKINS Region VI

PAIGE DAWSON Region VII

CARSON WETSEL Region VIII Region IX

ALY GHORMLEY Region X

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TWO BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM BLOOMER TRAILERS AND TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL / JUNIOR HIGH RODEO

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wo big announcements were made at the Texas High School Rodeo State Finals this past June. The first was made by THSRA when they announced that Bloomer Trailers had officially become a $1 million dollar sponsor with $1,054,950 raised over the past eight years with the Bloomer Trailer giveaway program. In the arena, during the 2017 Bloomer Trailer Giveaway, Randy Bloomer, CEO, surprised the crowd by promising to donate two trailers for the 2017-2018 Bloomer Trailer Giveaway. Randy later explained that, “each ticket will give the purchaser two chances to win. The first ticket drawn will win a three-horse Bloomer stock combo trailer and the second ticket drawn will win a two-horse Bloomer bumper pull trailer.” THSRA and Texas Junior High Rodeo (TJHRA) members will begin selling tickets in late August. Each ticket is a $50 donation and a ticket buyer can buy 3 and get 1 for free. “THSRA /TJHRA is a great organization, that is committed to providing the very best opportunities to their rodeo athletes. We are excited to support them as they consistently raise the bar in all areas of their organization. I hope that giving two trailers creates excitement and ulti-

mately helps them raise more money so they can continue to do great things for young rodeo athletes.” Holly DeLaune, THSRA Marketing Director said, “One hundred percent of all proceeds raised by the Bloomer Trailer program stay within the organization, with a majority staying at the local level (within the Region that sells them). Bloomer dollars help fund added money at the finals, scholarships, special events, awards and much more. It has given our organization a chance to do more for our athletes and we can’t thank the Bloomers enough for standing behind our organization.” Those interested in purchasing a Bloomer Trailer ticket can contact the THSRA main office at (936) 590-4447 or purchase directly from a THSRA/TJHRA member. The Texas High School Rodeo Association is a 501-C non-profit organization that is the largest, most prestigious state junior high and high school rodeo association in the nation. When you get involved with THSRA and TJHRA, you are supporting family values, dedicated young people and scholarships, and we are so thankful for Bloomer Trailers assistance in that, and the sponsorship they so graciously provide year after year.

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well fed. She also worked with all the hotels in Center, Tx that were housing evacuees—she distributed dental supplies, sorted and organized clothing at a distribution point, gathered and distributed clothing to three separate families to meet specific needs, purchased and distributed undergarments, socks, wipes, diapers, and toiletries to hotels as requested to meet individual needs, and delivered lunch to the Super 8 evacuees. Then finished the evening off by delivering drinks and dinner to the people staying at the Sleep Inn. Region V member, Lizzy Elms and other members distribution centers collecting and distributing supplies. Buna NHS and Region V member Shelby Young worked to help residents with flooded houses rip out dry wall to prevent mold from overtaking their homes. Cade Cogbill and his family brought their personal boats into flooded neighborhoods and rescued strangers and brought them to safety. While the human need was high, so was the need to care for animals who found themselves trapped due to flood waters. Brady Blanchard from Region V and Emmi Lummus and her family saddled up to help move livestock to safety and to provide them feed and hay (as their food supply was under by Holly DeLaune water). Eighteen Wheelers loaded ategory 4 Superstorm, Hurricane Harvey, hit the Texas coast on August 25th and caused an estimated $180 bil- down with hay and trucks full of lion in damage and is now recorded to be the second largest natural disaster in US history. Making landfall three feed were sent in to help livedifferent times it wreaked havoc on a majority of Southeast Texas and at one point 1/3 of Houston was under stock owners care for their animals. Nacogdoches County FFA held a water. Hurricane Harvey damaged 203,000 homes, of which 12,700 were destroyed. Through the devastation a new story line began to developed, one of the “never say quit” tireless Texas spirit. “Stock the Trailer” event at their Texans didn’t wait for someone to help, they pulled on their boots and went to work bringing new meaning to “Texas Strong.” local FFA to gather pet and liveTexans took care of their own in many different way and many THSRA and TJHRA members and their families were on the stock donations that could be sent to areas in need. front lines ready to serve. Hurricane Harvey brought out This month throughout the newspaper you will see more of these stories. We wanted to highlight a few stories here, so that when we remember Hurricane Harvey we don’t just recall the devastation, but the time that Texas pulled together and the best in “True Texans” and more importantly in “True Americans” as showed the world what it means to be TEXAS STRONG. Miss Texas High School Rodeo, Abbie Suggs worked as a volunteer along with a couple different Hurricane Harvey relief they all joined together regardless teams. She helped out several days through her local FFA Chapter to make sure all the animals affected were dry, safe and of cultures or state boundaries.

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working ranch. To that end, Priefert is excited to announce a partnership with Open The Cage Gear (OTC) to release a co-branded clothing line that speaks directly to the western lifestyle. The new Priefert OTC line includes men’s and women’s premium t-shirts in 6 new designs, with more designs coming soon. A variety of caps will also be available as part of the Priefert OTC line.


More than just apparel, OTC is a lifestyle. The concept of Open the Cage is defined as “The act of facing one’s fears, limitations, boundaries: a conscious decision to fight for something of value.” The OTC signature phrase, “Life is a fight… Open the Cage”, encourages people to keep moving forward, overcome obstacles, and reach for their dreams. Country music singer and songwriter, Genevieve Allen, serves as the brand representative for the Priefert OTC line. The designs sported by Allen complement the original clothing line that launched in 2016. “We are proud to have Genevieve on board showcasing her talents as a singer-songwriter and sharing her own personal struggles. Her story – and those in the rodeo world – is why we started ‘Open the Cage’ as these are folks who are not willing to settle for anything less than the ultimate experience in life,” said Jim Kinsey, CEO of Open the Gear. “We have an explosive synergy between Priefert and OTC, and our goal collectively is to honor the hard-working traditions and inspire a whole other generation to saddle up, bear down, and hang on for this wild ride we call life.” “Priefert is honored and excited to be partnering with Open the Cage to create a clothing line that truly embodies the spirit and the authenticity of the western world,” said Courtney Dyer, Director of Marketing for Priefert. “OTC’s concept resonated with us and who we know our customer base to be - a group of hard working men and women who wake up each day inspired to live life to the fullest and to take on any challenges that come their way. This line reaches out to our customers in a very unique way with quality materials and amazing designs that a lot people will want to wear not just at home on the ranch, but out on the town, or anywhere else that life may take them.” This philosophy and a focus on quality resonated strongly with the Priefert family, who is proud to produce quality products that are made in the USA. The shirts can be worn from day to nights out and the quality designs and craftsmanship will make Open the Cage brand shirts stand apart from others. “If you just

want to wear a t-shirt, that’s fine, but if you want to wear a quality t-shirt with meaning, then you’ll want Open the Cage Gear,” concluded Kinsey. Open the Cage Gear is a movement with stories that need to be shared. Watch the official launch video, share your story and watch others at http://openthecagegear.com. For more information on what Priefert has to offer for your farm or ranch, call 1-800527-8616 or visit www.priefert.com. Be sure to look for Priefert Ranch Equipment on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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very rodeo contestant enters the arena with the belief that they will be the one holding the prize at the end of the year. They truly have their “eyes on the prize.” In the next few months, region board members will be tasked THSRA members all agreed TIP: To separate apples with choosing the rodeo prizes that are so coveted by each contes- that buckles should have clasp clotant. Each year we release a “Rodeo Awards Edition” of the newspaper to sures so they don’t come unbuck- from oranges, ask buckle help give an overview of what is available and some of the top companies led during competition. Size is companies what their base to work with. Buckles, saddles and alternative awards are on display in also very important to contestants, is made of and what perthis special issue giving regions a multitude of options and styles to choose buckles that are too big, won’t get cent overlay they use (the from. worn because they are too bulky higher percent overlay Members say that after working hard all year the last thing they want and heavy. the longer the buckle will to receive is an award that is destined for the back of the tack room or Choosing a buckle company closet. Regions should look at their awards as a marketing tool to entice can be challenging because most look nice). contestants to join their region. Great awards will be worn and people do not know much about how buckles are made. Our used and your Region logo will be on display for all other friends at Hy O Silver helped us break it down. contestants to see. The Experts Say: LEARN ABOUT In order to provide the most desirable awards we did Material Quality: Most buckles fall into 3 ALTERNATIVE some research on how to pick quality awards and asked categories our friends at Custom Tack to share some of their PRIZE OPTIONS A. Solid sterling silver base with an knowledge on what they have learned is important. AND HOW THEY CAN overlay of gold and silver: these will probably Check out that article on page 43. exceed most region budgets. MARKET B. Nickel base with silver and gold YOUR CHOOSING GREAT BUCKLES: overlays: These are very popular, but with heavy ORGANIZATION Members say that originality comes from the style wear the silver/gold overlay may rub off. on page 25! of the buckle and that usually there is one element that C. Nickel base with a heavy plate of silver/gold makes it really cool. Some of those elements are using overlay: These are a great price point, but will not stay turquoise, unique borders, classy color combinations or unique looking flashy as long as the above options. graphics and region logos. Design and Craftsmanship: This is usually the determining factor for most regions. Some buckle companies just have the “cool TIP: In buckle design, less is more. If a buckle is too crowded factor.” If you lay buckles side by side you will see the difference in detail of their work. with several elements it takes away from the overall look of theOnce you decide on a company, sit down with their representative the buckle. Make sure that you have space between elements so with ideas of what you want.

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Design elements that you will want to pay attention to are: • Event action figures: Many associations are foregoing the event action figure and spelling out the event to achieve a better, cleaner look. If you want an action figure make sure it looks good. Pay special attention to pole bending and goat tying figures. • Wording: The text you choose has to be brief so that it does not dominate the buckle. Instead of stamped text, they can do raised cut out letters, which will add to the overall design.

EXPERT ADVICE: Price: Prices on saddles can vary from company to company, so make sure that when you submit your saddle bid specs you are very clear on what you want them to bid. You should not only tell them quantity and types of saddles needed, but be specific about tooling (fully tooled, ¾ tooled, half breed etc.) and the type of quality you are looking for in leather and saddle trees.

1. Quality of Materials and Workmanship: Make sure they provide you pictures of comparable saddles that fit your CHOOSING A SADDLE specs. They will want to send THE WINNER WILL RIDE you a picture of their best work WITH PRIDE: (a fully hand tooled trophy sadWinning and riding a tro- dle), but if you are ordering a phy saddle is a cowboy’s way half breed or rough out saddle, to humbly announce --- I am you will want to see what those a champion! The flashier the saddles will look like. saddle, the more attention it 2. Saddle Options: Below is will receive. However, a common prob- a listing of saddle options you lem is too much flash and not should discuss with your saddle enough quality. A cowboy who company: - Horn Size wins the saddle will undoubt- Seat Size edly be particular about what - Lettering they put on their horse’s back. - Tooling : Fully tooled, ¾ Regions will want to make sure or ½ tooled, rough out that they provide a good quality - Silver packages saddle so that the cowboy will - Seat color and material be sure to ride it. - What will be machine tooled and what will be hand TIP: Ask for a free upgrade tooled for your All Around saddles - Different tooling patterns and make sure the compa- Tree Quality nies clearly define their - Rigging that comes with classification of tooling. saddle - Stirrup type Each company has a differ-

ent definition of ¾ tooled and half breed, which can affect pricing.

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Slone Saddles for your saddle needs. These companies support NHSRA and would love to bid your region awards!

Rodeo Awards Advertiser Index:

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BUCKLES A Cut Above Buckles 951-600-0444 CustomOrder@acutabovebuckles.com Alamo Saddlery 800-687-7624 alamosaddlery@sbcglobal.net Bob Berg Buckles 775-427-0898 bucklesales@bobbergdesigns.com Champion’s Choice Buckles 800-749-0522 susan.pool@coolhorse.com Dale Chavez Company 800-260-8225 customawards@dalechavezsaddles.com Gist Silversmiths 800-456-4478 jeanee@gistsilversmiths.com Hy O Silver 877-796-7961 hyosilver@hyosilver.com Kelly Slover 830-225-3153 kelly.slover@aol.com Lone Star Silversmith 877-373-0529 sales@lonestarsilversmith.com Montana Silversmiths 406-322-6034 jwagner@montanasilversmiths.com Mortenson Trophy Buckles 505-424-9330 info@silverandsaddles.com Outlaw Spirit 972-571-5269 outlawspirittexas@outlook.com Shea Michelle Buckles 615-585-3433 sales@sheamichellebuckles.com The Rockin’ Rooster 254-823-6934 therockinrooster.com Tres Rios 800-550-7535 www.tresriossilver.com Usher Brand 623-980-2833 orders@usherbrand.com

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ALTERNATE AWARDS Alamo Saddlery 800-687-7624 alamosaddlery@sbcglobal.net Page 27 Barstow Pro-Rodeo Equip. 800-255-0105 www.barstowprorodeo.com Page 35 Bayou West Company 713-823-8578 debra@bayouwest.com Page 59 Cactus Saddlery 866-605-6567 josh@cactussaddlery.com Page 59 Carroll Original Wear 800-884-2524 tom@clgco.com Page 22 CH Graphics 361-798-3071 www.chgraphics.com Page 35 Custom Tack 877-717-8225 customtackshop@yahoo.com Page 50 customawards@dalechavezsaddles.com Page 16 Dale Chavez Company 800-260-8225 Equibrand Prizeline 800-654-7864 ext 4151 www.equibrand.com Page 12

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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 a n d Awa r d s

“My favorite buckle would definitely be my Region 5 Princess buckle because I get to represent the region I love.” - Lieza Klein, Region 5

“This is my favorite Buckle because not only did I win the round but I broke the arena record at the junior high state finals team roping.” - Wyatt Bray

“Most people wouldn't say a reserve champion buckle is their favorite, but it sure taught me how to be humble, take losing like a champ, and not let a lose get to my head. You can bet your bottom dollar that getting a reserve champ buckle, makes you want to work 10x harder than you once did,so you can come up on top next time.” - Sierra Schueneman, Region 9

“This is my favorite buckle because it is the first buckle I ever won at regions. Regions has been a blast, looking at this reminds me of all the friends and good times.” - Sawyer Przilas

“This is my favorite buckle! I won it at the 2016 Junior High State Finals in the first round of Pole Bending. It's my favorite because it was a total surprise that my new barrel horse could lay down a 20 second pole run! It was so much fun!” Harley Jo Perkins, Region V

“This is a picture of my favorite buckle, I won this buckle my last year of junior high on my favorite horse. He is now a 28 year old retired family horse, I was blessed to have the chance to win this buckle on him and I'm now proud to say I not only own this horse, but I also have completed many goals throughout my rodeo career on him, one being winning this buckle.” TEXAS - Garrett Dawson, Region 5

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“My high school all around rookie is by far my favorite buckle I've ever won, not only because I won this my 1st year competing in the THSRA, but also because I won it while only competing in 2 events.” - Sophie Palmore, Region 5

“This is my favorite buckle because this is the buckle i have won the most money in.” - Blake Dunkel

“I have been blessed with many good horses and a family that the support has been unbelievable, so you wouldn’t think that a buckle missing half the silver off of it would be my favorite buckle of all times; but it is! Sisterly love had to enter into the fact that Laken shared the most precious possession she had with me. A smooth agile footed, best lead changing equine ever, better known as Big Daddy. This buckle started my Jr. High rodeo trail as a bright eyed 6th grader, who was really along just for the ride, he did it all. I know that his entrance into the horse’s pearly gates was probably bobbing and a weaving and I am confident really fast. He left permanent hoof prints on my heart and silver for my belt! Laken, thanks for sharing the horse of a life time with me and I promise to never forget!” Abbie Suggs, Region 9

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CUTTER MCCAIN VICE PRESIDENT 1- SHELBY ESPENSON VICE PRESIDENT 2- AUBRIE FEILDS SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - JADYN DUGGAN STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

ROB WELLS 521 Willow Lane • Hereford, Texas 79045 806.346.5109 • robb_wells45@yahoo.com SECRETARY - BRANDY WRIGHT 11555 US HWY 83 • Canadian, Texas 79014 806.255.0034 • tristaterodeo@yahoo.com

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LEE LOWREY PO Box 1320 • Pampa, Texas 79066 806.663.3300 • lwl.lowrey@yahoo.com ROB WELLS 521 Willow Lane • Hereford, Texas 79045 806.346.5109 • robb_wells45@yahoo.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

The Upcoming Year “SUCCESS CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY SETTING A GOAL AND WORKING TOWARDS IT.” - ANONYMOUS

By Jadyn Duggan

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s the THSRA rodeo session and school activities gear up, it is important that you stay focused, work hard and stay on top of your class work. While the top four in each region prepare for the Halletsville Invitational High School Rodeo, Region One is setting goals and saddling up to crush them. Rob Wells, Region One’s Board President and State Directors, says he has many goals for our region this year. “I have many goals for this rodeo season but if I have to pick one I want to make the whole high school rodeo experience the best it can be for each and every member. I believe that high school rodeo teaches not only hard work and dedication but builds a sound foundation for our members to go on and succeed in anything they want to do.” Before you can achieve your goal you must have a plan of action. Mr. Wells says his plan of action to help reach our goal as region is to help in anyway he can with whatever we need. “I will continue to work with HS and JH boards and the club sponsors to make sure the rest of the year is a success. I want to let everyone know that I am willing to do whatever I can to help everyone of you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if I don’t have the answer I will do my best to find them, or help you in anyway I can.” Emmi Winnings, a 15 year old second year member of region one, says her goal is to qualify for state for the second time. “I can accomplish my goal if I stay focused

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and trust in my horse! I can’t allow myself to get nervous or it affects my performance. I go out daily and exercise my horses in hopes to improve from my last run.” Emmi gained her stated in region one when she purchased her first horse just three years ago! “We purchased a $400 horse that I connected with immediately and from that encounter I’ve been riding ever since. I love it and it is my passion! My family is a little different, as we are not ‘horse people’. My parents have never been on a horse but are my biggest supporters in the stands. I was always envious of the kids that came from a horse background but the longer I do SHELBY ESPENSON this, I think it’s been my strength and drive having to learn on my own. I’ve had to rely on good friends and strangers to get me to where I’m at and I’m very thankful for all of it!” Averie Greene is also a 15 year old second year member of region one. Her goal for this year is to also qualify for state in her three events, Barrels, Poles, and Breakaway. “I can have a better chance of reaching my goal by practicing more often, having faith, and loving my horses every run we make, good or bad.” Averie got her start in rodeo through her dad, who rodeoed in both college and highschool, but also her family’s farming and EMMI WINNINGS ranching business. Shelby Espenson, your 2017 THSRA State Champion Barrel Racer says, “My goal for this year is to be the all around champion, be an example to the other members, and to glorify God in all my actions.” Shelby’s plan to reach her goal is to work harder and practice longer. “Nationals was a great experience and the thing I liked most was being able to compete against the best kids in the sport of rodeo.” “I would like to tell all the members to set their goals high and to not be afraid to fail. It’s not always about winning and losing. You can learn from both, use all of your experiences to reach your goals. Never give up, always remember God is in control and he has a plan for each of you. I hope everyone is as proud to be apart of Region 1 as I am.” - Rob Wells, Region One President I’ve made some amazing friendships through Region 1 and I can’t think of being anywhere else! - Emmi Winnings “My favorite thing about Region 1 rodeo is the encouragement I get from the other members to keep trying and work 10/8/2017 Canadian hard. - Averie Greene “My favorite thing 10/14/2017 Happy about Region 1 is the 11/4/2017 Pampa quality of the people here 11/12/2017 Amarillo and that they are will11/11 & 11/12/2017 Amarillo 2 cuttings ing to help anyone.” Shelby Espenson

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - DELANI WOOD VICE PRESIDENT - HANNAH MARTIN SECRETARY - BRIKAYLI KENNEY

JODY MCELROY Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.448.7810 • rodeosecretary1@gmail.com SECRETARY - JODY MCELROY Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.448.7810 • rodeosecretary1@gmail.com

Region II

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS KEVIN BENNETT

PO Box 7238 • Midland, Texas 79708 432.296.2205 • mattandkayladickey@yahoo.com

MATT DICKEY

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

POWERED UP

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By SHANNON WEYERTS – Performance Reporter

egion 2 is powered up for the new rodeo season! We are already done with our first few rodeos of this semester and we have some tough competition. This year we started a new ritual before every rodeo and we call it a “Power Up”. A “Power Up” is a little five minute session we have right before the grand entry at every rodeo. All the contestants gather around and we pray and then Kenny Stewart, who is our adult President, gives everyone some inspiring words of wisdom. We then close the session out with another prayer. At our first rodeo Mr. Stewart talked about how God wants us to win and how we need to be great leaders in and out of the rodeo arena. Our little five minute Power Up may not seem very significant to some, but it may change how some performed or act in the rodeo arena. Some might say that your motivation to rodeo should be the “paycheck” you get at the end of the day. While this is partly true, if you love what you do, the love of this sport should be enough to keep you motivated. Mr. Stewart told us is to be good leaders, because you never know who is watching. We all need to be good role models and leaders in and out of the arena. You never know who is watching

REGION II OFFICERS DURING GRAND ENTRY photo by Jennings Photography

and what you do could change what they think about you, the association you represent, or the sport of rodeo in general. Region II believes that the addition of the “Power Up” sessions will be a great thing for all members who participate. The truth is that each rodeo only a few will go home with the winning paycheck and some will have a bad day, but hopefully they will be reminded during this time why they do what they do. Contestants may find themselves unsure and nervous about how they are going to do that day, but this will motivate them to keep going and try harder than they ever have. “Power Up” may not seem like much to some contestants, but to others it will give them that extra little push they need before they go into their event. A little motivation or inspiration is all that someone needs to get pumped up for their event. Region II is get10/7 & 10/8/2017 Midland ting powered up for this 12/28 thru 12/31/2017 Abilene 8 cuttings rodeo season and we are 1/26 thru 1/28/2018 Sweetwater 2 cuttings doing great. We have some tough competition 1/26 thru 1/28/2018 Sweetwater cutting finals from upper and lower 3/3 & 3/4/2018 Abilene classmen. So remem3/10 & 3/11/2018 Midland ber to have something 3/23 & 3/24/2018 Midland that motivates you, be 4/13 thru 4/15/2018 Midland a good leader, and just have faith.

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Region III

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

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KEVIN PRZILAS PO Box 167 • Bowie, Texas 76230 940.841.1090 • kprzilas@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Balancing Rodeo with Schoolwork

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By SAWYER PRZILAS

– Performance Reporter

ow, everybody talks about rodeo and how much time and effort –and definitely money- is required. This is an obvious fact for all of us; it is easy to spend so much time on something we love. When all of our time is allotted towards rodeo, how do we get our schoolwork done without pulling our hair out? The easiest thing to do is to come home throw the bags down, and relax maybe grab a snack. The homework? It gets the classic, “I will do it later.” Line. Yet doing it later is the worst mistake any student can make. Waiting until the last minute to do things leaves your work rushed, you stressed, and your level of retention lowered. Being more focused on hurrying through the work leaves less

room for you to actually figure out what you are doing. Accompanied with the high stress levels, you now will struggle more with your tests, and let’s be honest, you will struggle more with doing your own work. We have all been there, you wait to do your homework until after you practice, you come home, shower, and eat. Suddenly, it is eleven thirty and you have not finished your homework and that alarm at six in the morning is rapidly approaching. Then you have to resort to either plagiarism or doing the assignment in your spare time, which is dangerous because it will never fail, when you skip the homework, that class you never do anything in that you were planning on finishing in, has an assignment today that will take the entire period. Instead, even though it is not the most desirable choice, do the homework when you come in from school instead of turning the TV on, accomplishing the task early on is the best way to ensure the highest applicable success and grade. Another helpful habit that even I have gotten myself into, is carrying around a calendar and a small note pad. Setting goals with the proper dates in the calendar means that the calculus test can never sneak up on you. The notebook, is handy for giving yourself an itinerary, as well as jotting down important information or dates when you don’t have time to get your calendar out. These tips are not something new; they are practiced by many of the most successful people. Success in anything requires dedication, time, and effort. No business man ever became wealthy by looking or dealing with one task a day, there are a plethora of jobs to be done. This is applicable to our field as athletes and students, juggling both rodeo and school can be a full plate, but with compartmentalization of tasks, clear dates and goals, you can be proficient in both aspects at the same time; maybe even skipping a diatribe from your parents. Making sure to finish your tasks early will give you more time in the long run, and definitely more sleep. “These things I have spoken to you, so that you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region III 10/14 & 10/15/2017 Graham 11/4 & 11/5/2017 Graham 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Graham 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Graham 4/7 & 4/8/2018 Graham 10/14 & 10/15/2017 Weatherford 2 cuttings 11/1 thru 11/3/2017 Amarillo 3 RCH


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trophy, a prize, an affirmation of hard work and dedication. There are many choices in today’s market for prizes to award with saddles and buckles being the old stand-by. We have to remember there are many, many other products to choose from for prizes for your association. Even though many associations still award all around saddles and buckles, there is a need for award products to reach beyond those top two spots. Products in this realm could be divided into three categories: products for the horse, rider or rodeo rig. All of these categories can be used to not only reward the winners but help greatly in promoting the region or event in which they are given. Products for the horse whether it be breast collars, headstalls, halters, saddle blankets or pads. Most all of these can be lettered with not only the event but in most cases the year and division that they were won. These become a keepsake to not only be used in the current times but also remember the days of glory. In addition there are many new products that have hit the scene so as not to sour the same old halter idea. Whether they are bronc halters, rope bronc halters, therapeutic boots or winter blankets there are a multitude of options.

For the rider competing is hard work but fun and is best enjoyed in style. As kids get older and ready for college such items as garment bags, shave or makeup bags, duffles and portfolios of all shapes and sizes are appropriate and appreciated by most all winners. For the rig items like bar stools, folding chairs, storage bags and organizers, hay bags and hay bale bags are not only helpful but come in handy most anytime on the road. I have never heard anyone say they have too many hay bags but most of us have been one short at some point. There are new items coming out all the time like fan bags, accessory totes and grooming supplies that come in handy and become necessities over time. As you can see there are so many options for trophy items geared toward not only the top two winners, but others as well. Most companies will have items ranging in price to fit most any groups budget. Whether it be inexpensive engraved grooming brush or a breast collar with your regions logo on it, not only will the winner of this prize appreciate its use, but your group will be advertised to other potential competitors.

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

DR. TANDY FREEMAN

MARK KELLEY 155 Pole Bridge Road • Combine, Texas 75159 214.316.6770 • kkcarroll1218@gmail.com SECRETARY - TINA BRADEN PO Box 549 • Horatio, AR 71842 870.832.3149 • tbbraden@earthlink.net

Region IV

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

KICKING OFF THE SEASON RIGHT

By HALEY NOVAK– Performance Reporter

s our 2017-2018 season kicks off excitement, nerves, and many other different emotions fill competitors minds. Of course, everyone wants to kick of the year with a win under their belt but unfortunately only few actually will. These first rodeos tend to put a considerable amount of pressure on some shoulders to be the fastest and be the best you can for two rodeos. Thankfully, the time spent in the practice pen will finally pay off, the mental strength that was built over the summer will take over, to hopefully overcome any form of nervousness or

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s the rodeos get into high gear, so is the preparation for the 2018 Miss THSRA and Miss TJHRA contests. If you are interested in running for THSRA or TJHRA, please notify the appropriate coordinator by phone, text or email by October 15, 2017. Awards are already being secured for amazing contests! The awards tables for both contests will be loaded even more than last year. The THSRA/TJHRA Queen/Princess Clinic will be held again in Waco. The dates are January 26-27-28, 2018. The clinic will start at 6:00pm on Friday evening, January 26 and conclude by 2:00pm on Sunday January 28. The registration fee is $100 and includes dinner Friday night and lunch Saturday for the member. You do not have to be a THSRA or TJHRA member to attend the clinic. If you are thinking you may want to enter, but not this year, you are still eligible to attend the clinic. For more information contact: THSRA Queen Coordinator TJHRA Princess Coordinator Ann Blackwell Dawn Tripp tablackwell@yahoo.com finance@ nzisd.org 936-590-1855 (cell) 432-770-2508 (cell) 936-590-9126 (home) 936-399-2072 (home) 936-598-3581 (work) 936-241-7102 (work) CLINIC REGISTRATION FORM NAME:______________________________________________________ REGION:_____________________ ADDRESS:_____________________________________________________________________________________ PHONE & EMAIL:______________________________________________________________________________ THSRA: ___________

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2017-2018 THSRA STUDENT PRESIDENT

Alex Cawthon

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i! My name is Alex Cawthon and I am your 2017-2018 THSRA Student President. I'm from Hutchins, TX and compete in Region 4! I have been a member of THSRA for going on 4 years and I'm excited to represent all its competitors this season! I have been around this sport my entire life. As a little girl I warmed up my dads tripping horses when we would go somewhere (mainly a big yellow horse, "Levi" that I still tie goats on), little did I know all those hours spent just "loping circles" getting busting horses ready, started the love I have for these animals and for this lifestyle. At a young age I saw how much hard work it took, and what life was like on the road and I fell in love with it. I have continued to grow my passion for this sport every day since then. My junior and upcoming senior year I am homeschooled so can practice every day and compete as much as possible. I'm very much a family oriented person, and I'm looking forward to this opportunity God has given me to serve him! Like Trevor Brazile says "I serve a good God....that's for sure." I'm forever thankful for the dedication and self-discipline the sport of rodeo has instilled in me. I'm excited to use those qualities in this position as your president this season and I'm looking forward to meeting all of you!

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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS BRAD CRONE 2410 McBride Devillier • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.351.1983 • dps2422@aol.com

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

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

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

Region V

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

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Taking the Hit from Harvey

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By HARLEY JO PERKINS – Performance Reporter

urricane Harvey packed a pretty hard punch to Southeast Texas. Many families were affected by the severe flooding Harvey brought. Numerous rescue trips were made by ordinary people who wanted to do everything they could to help those in desperate need. The Cogbill family from Orange, TX was one of the many families who helped rescue people out of their homes during this natural disaster. Members of Region V reached out to those in their community to help in any way possible. Shane Martin, along with family and friends visited Vidor, TX to hand out supplies to anyone who needed it. Through all this chaos and destruction, the strong and faithful side of many Texans was seen. We have pulled together and treated strangers as

family to welcome them into our homes. At the local churches, it is amazing to see all the volunteers who have showed up to help one another. In some cases, the churches don’t need any more volunteers, just supplies! Busloads of hurricane victims were transported to these churches to find them waiting with open arms and a warm welcome to all. Throughout Lumberton, TX, there were prayer stations set up to pray with anyone who stopped by. The faithful side of those people is the glue that holds communities together. To look around and see so many people without a home is heartbreaking. Some were lucky enough to bring back clothes and pictures while others lost everything. They can now only hold on to those memories that were made in the place they called home. Thousands of family’s homes were washed away, but they will always have an unshakeable foundation to stand on. That foundation photos (clockwise from bottom left): Region V Caleb Cogbill and Kagen and Cody Casaday is and always will be Jesus Christ and his alumnis lended a boat and will power to rescue Orange everlasting love for God’s children. I continue County flood victims; Cowboy church of Orange receiving donations from across the counto pray for all the hurricane victims that you County try; Shane Martin along with family and friends will have peace through this tragedy. You may hand out supplies in Vidor, Tx. not know what God has planned for you, but know that He will take care of you. I have put these scriptures and 11/11 & 11/12/2017 Nacogdoches song at the bottom to 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Lufkin remind you that God and his faithful follow2/17 & 2/18/2018 Nacogdoches ers will always be there 3/3 & 3/4/2018 DeRidder for you in these times of 4/7 & 4/8/2018 Nacogdoches trouble. After all your suf10/14 & 10/15/2017 Center 3 cuttings fering, God in all His 1/27 & 1/28/2018 Center 4 cuttings grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and 2/24 & 2/25/2018 Center 4 cuttings establish you. 1 Peter 3/24 & 3/25/2018 Center Cutting Finals 5:10

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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Region VI

LEE ANN ISLET 1656 E CR327 • Lincoln, Texas 78948 979.540.0955 • isletpaint@aol.com PRESIDENT - BUBBA BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • bubbabennight@yahoo.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Taking Care of Your Horses & Yourself

By PAIGE DAWSON

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– Performance Reporter

ne of the hardest parts of rodeo or any sport for that matter is accepting defeat. The most challenging thing is having to accept it was your fault, it’s easy to blame it on other things, but the majority of the time it was one small mistake that we as competitors make. Sure, sometimes it might be the animal that you drew, and occasionally it will be your horse, but by preparing your horse properly for its job you will have less of a chance of that happening. One thing that we have all been guilty of at some point was blaming our bad run on our horse, when normally it wasn’t our horse’s fault. Horses are athletes, and they need to be in tiptop condition in order to perform at the best of their ability. If you think about it, take two sprinters, one that exercises daily and one that only exercises twice a week, which sprinter is likely to win the race? Yes, there’s no doubt that the second sprinter couldn’t be just as fast, if not faster than the first, but when not conditioned properly that sprinter will run out of air, slow down, and is at a much higher risk of getting injured. Horses are the exact same way, except they have four legs instead of two. Not

only is conditioning your horse properly a vital role in success in the equine industry, but so is knowing your horse, which is hard to do sometimes. Knowing your horse means you know when he is sore, when he needs injections, when he needs to be adjusted, or even knowing when to try something different with them – whether that’s changing bits, doing a different drill, or even just doing a different event on them. Taking care of your equine partner will not only allow you to succeed but it will also decrease the odds of something happening to them during a run. Proper nutrition and making sure your horse is properly hydrated plays into this equation too – an athlete cannot perform at their highest level without the right nutrition. There are lots of folks out there who can help guide you in the right direction, if you need it – talk to friends, fellow horse people or family and get referrals. Do your homework – finding the right fit can be difficult but well worth it in the long run! Taking care of your horse is important, but so is taking care of yourself. Our bodies and minds play a very important role in our sport. If you think about it, we are our own kind of athletes - how many athletes do what we do? They don’t carry feed and hay everyday, water buckets, saddles and tack, clean stalls and trailers the list is endless. Most athletes go to the gym or the track and practice for their one sport. In rodeo, we all have multiple events and are very blessed to get to do what we do! How many Jr. High and High School kids do you know that are as active and do as much outdoors as we do? That’s why providing your body with the nutrition it needs is important to perform at the level we perform at. Along with that is conditioning – just like for our horses. It’s extremely critical that we take the time to condition our bodies so we can perform at our best. Again, if you need help with this seek out help from someone with the proper train10/28 & 10/29/2017 Gonzales ing. There’s a lot of 11/11 & 11/12/2017 Gonzales information out there on the web and not 1/13 & 1/14/2018 Gonzales all of it is good - that 2/10 & 2/11/2018 Gonzales goes for us and our 3/10 & 3/11/2018 Gonzales horses! 9/30 & 10/1/2017 Gonzales 2 cuttings Taking care of our 10/14 & 10/15/2017 Gonzales 2 cuttings equine partners and ourselves is a great way 12/29 thru 12/31/2017 Gonzales 3 cuttings to help pave the road to 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings success that we all work 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings so hard for. God Bless!

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Hurricane Harvey

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By CARSON WETSEL

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ecently many Region VII competitors were faced with the trials and hardships Hurricane Harvey brought forth to South Texas. Some had their own properties endure damage, while others assisted those who faced flooding while escaping damage themselves. One senior was kind enough to describe the situation she was faced with when rescuing nine goats from a flooded property. Hannah Phillips, who competes in goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping for Region VII, selflessly volunteered to be a part of rescue operations during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. She was one of many people who gave up their time and efforts to help bring some good back into areas greatly affected by hurricane damage.

Hannah was recently a part of a small animal rescue during the intense flooding that Hurricane Harvey brought along. As a part of the Facebook group Harvey Small Animal Rescue, Hannah was involved with a series of dispatchers alongside “Boots on the Ground” operators, who performed the actual rescues requested on the Facebook page. By using the app “Zello”, through which Harvey Small Animal Rescue members communicated with each other, Hannah and her mother were able to get the address of a location in Fulshear, TX where nine goats 10/8/2017 Hallettsville 2 rodeos were stranded and in need of rescue. 11/4 & 11/5/2017 Edna Due to extreme1/14/2018 Edna 2 rodeos ly high water in 2/11/2018 Edna 2 rodeos the area, Hannah and her mother 2/17/2018 Edna needed a boat. 10/28 & 10/29/2017 Brenham 2 cuttings Unfortunately, no 11/12/2017 Brenham cutting boats were available at Bass Pro 12/29 thru 12/31/2017 Gonzales 3 cuttings Shops which sent 1/20 & 1/21/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings the team in on foot. In a swift turn of

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fate however, a man already in the area had a boat with which, upon request, he piloted into the site for Hannah and her mother. After navigating streets that were several feet underwater, it was quickly discovered how strenuous the situation was for the nine goats. In what was once a yard, an above ground swimming pool stood almost completely underwater, and the area where the goats had taken refuge was a mere foot away from being flooded out. Hannah, along her mother and the man, loaded the goats into the boat and moved them to safety and dry roads. It wasn’t until after the fact that someone showed up with a boat to be used, along with a trailer to transport the goats. It was decided that the trailer was unnecessary and the goats were loaded into a van full of shavings bound for Austin. On top of rescuing nine goats, Hannah fostered three ponies while they were evacuated from their home. Someone had rescued the three ponies and met up with Hannah to swap them to her trailer so that she would be able to watch over them for the next week. It turned out the ponies were only three of five that an older lady owned, and that the other two had been taken to Georgetown. This reveals one of the larger problems with rescues; that animals can get separated from their herd/pack mates during the hectic period that follows disasters such as hurricanes. Fortunately in Hannah’s situation, the lady was able to locate all of her ponies, and Hannah and her mother were kind enough to drive the lady to Austin to be reunited with her other two ponies. This goes to show just how dedicated and amazing the members of Region VII and THSRA really are as they selflessly perform acts of service for people in need. It is members like these that make the difference in promoting the sport of rodeo as a community of hard working, well rounded individuals willing to strive to help people and do better.

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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

Taki ng I nitiati ve

By Claire

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Figge – Performance Reporter

ith our new season of high school rodeo begun, Region VIII, as have all the other regions, has selected it's new officers. Serah Kate Blair, a junior from Jourdanton, Texas, was elected as the region's president and representative at State Finals. She joined the association in 2013, and has since formed a strong bond with many contestants in Region VIII. Having rodeoed since age seven, she enjoys the sport greatly, and takes it very seriously. I spoke to her about the importance of the position, and the responsibilities of a leader. "A president should put everyone else before themselves. Serving the families of the region and

SERAH KATE BLAIR photo by Jennings

making sure they enjoy their time here is my goal. All leaders should put their people first," were Blair's words on the subject. She also encourages more student involvement in fundraisers this year, as it has proved in the past, to benefit end of year awards. Whether a leader ourselves or not, taking initiative this season, is something each and every student can do. I challenge you to do so. We all have that choice to make this season... there are improvements to be made, kind words to be said, money to be raised. As Philippians says, do nothing from selfishness. Viva El Ocho!

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." - Philippians 2:3

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region viii 10/14 & 10/15/2017 Sinton 11/11 & 11/12/2017 Uvalde 1/13 & 1/14/2018 Uvalde 2/10 & 2/11/2018 Uvalde 12/29 & 12/30/2017 Gonzales 2 cuttings 2/3 & 2/4/2018 Gonzales 2 cuttings


2017-2018 AJRA 65th Rodeo Schedule

• 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.

• 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.

NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 STEPHENVILLE, TX LONE STAR ARENA NOVEMBER 17-19, 2017 HAMILTON, TX CIRCLE T ARENA MARCH 30-APRIL 1, 2018 MIDLAND, TX HORSE SHOE ARENA APRIL 20-22, 2018 ABILENE, TX TAYLOR CNTY EXPO MAY 4-6, 2018 GRAHAM, TX YOUNG COUNTY ARENA MAY 11-13, 2018 SWEETWATER, TX NOLAN COUNTY COLISEUM *JUNE 21-22, 2018 GOLDTHWAITE, TX GOLDTHWAITE ARENA *JUNE 22-23, 2018 EDEN, TX CONCHO SADDLE CLUB ARENA JULY 25-29, 2018 SWEETWATER, TX 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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PRESIDENT - SPIN EDWARDS VICE PRESIDENT - JESSICA GARRETT SECRETARY - LYNDIE DUNN

Dedicated Leaders

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

Region IX

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

MIKE GHORMLEY

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

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

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

DON EDWARDS

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

PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By ALY GHORMLEY– Performance Reporter

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ost organizations have some common thread. That thread is not a single piece of material, it is more like a calf rope, team rope, pigging string or goat string. Even though a rope is considered a single thing it has two, three, or four strands dependent on the contestant’s preference. As each rope is made up of strands, each strand is made from smaller threads or various types of materials. If we roped or tied with a single strand of anything, our success would be non-existent or at least very limited based on a bunch of different variables, is the wind blowing, is the calf or steer a hard runner, does the calf or goat struggle on the ground, and the list could go on. Region IX is a rope of unique

strength and durability. We have too many volunteers to try to name without leaving someone out and risking offending anyone, but there are two that over the last decade that are extremely dependable. Ms. Kim Ackel is our region secretary. I sent her a few questions to help us understand why she has such loyalty and love for the Region IX rodeo contestants. Aly: How long have you been the Secretary of Region IX? Kim: I was the region secretary for two years in the early 2000’s and have been the secretary for the past eleven years. Aly: How did you first become involved with Region IX? Kim: My son Cody was a member. Aly: How would you describe your role as secretary? Kim: My role is to help the rodeo run smoothly and to help answer any questions as silly as they may seem. Aly: What is the most rewarding part of being the Region IX secretary? Kim: When that one kid says thank you for helping me. Aly: What is the most challenging part of being the Region IX secretary? Kim: Extending the deadline to help those kids that have to do everything themselves but in return they are grateful. Aly: What is the most memorable event/ activity that has happened during your time as secretary? Kim: When the Region gave me my tee shirt quilt. Eddie Dyson’s mom makes a tee shirt quilt each year. That quilt was presented to Kim for her love and care for the region and its contestants. Aly: What is a goal you have for our region this year? Kim: To be bigger and better. Aly: What advice would you give a new region IX athlete? Kim: Be patient, it’s worth it! Aly: Are there any other thoughts that you would like to share? Kim: The kids never cease to amaze me; Kindness goes a long way! Winners never quit and quitters never win!

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

Ms. Kim is truly a blessing to Region IX, and we love and appreciate all her hard work. As long as I have known, Mr. Eddie has been part or Region IX High School Rodeo. I guess I was still playing under the bleachers at my older sister’s rodeos when I first met Mr. Eddie. You know, a statement like that could leave the door wide open to some “old” jokes, but his dedication to Region IX is no joke! continued on page 46

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Mr. Eddie has been involved in Region IX since his oldest son Daniel was a freshman in high school. That was the fall of 2005. He became President in 2006. When Hope, his daughter, graduated, most folks thought he would hang up his high school rodeo spurs, but that was not what Mr. Eddie had in his mind. This will be the 12th year the he will be President. My family and I have heard him say over the years that he is still involved because of the kids and he knows that it is an honor to be involved with this great organization. Under his leadership, the contestants reap the benefits when it is time for the awards to be passed out. At our annual banquet the most rewarding thing for him is to see how successful the athletes have been over the year. Each year Mr. Eddie works tirelessly to make sure contestants have a fair shot in the rodeo pen. He involves the region leadership in the decision process so the best decisions are made on behalf of the kids. Region IX rodeos regularly take on the appearance of a pro show. Banners are neatly hung, the grand entry is well staged as sponsors are announced and once their flags have been flown the American, Texas and Christian flags are proudly

displayed to the tune of The Star-Spangled Banner. Mr. Eddie firmly believes in working hard to get sponsors and hanging their banners and flying their flags. He calls those “money on the wall” or “money on a stick.” It is not always easy to be the guy in charge. Despite working to give each contestant a fair shot, sometimes difficult decisions must be made. As tough as those can be though, the most challenging thing that he does is scheduling. He is always trying to work all our dates around our association and others like YRA, TYRA and Ranch Rodeo. The biggest challenge is to schedule the cutting and reined cow horse events with their respective associations to reduce conflicts. Last year our rodeos were at the Brazos County Expo Center, and they will be again this year because that is what the region decided. Mr. Eddie’s opinion though is to have some rodeos in outdoor pens. He likes to have rodeos at different pens for several reasons. First, he likes the idea of using different pens because that’s the way pro rodeos are scheduled, and second, if it’s rainy or cold his response is, “well that’s rodeo.” Mr. Eddie’s goal for this year is to win the State Finals Rodeo as a Region. As big a task as that may seem, he has faith his region athletes they can achieve that. As important as that is to him his long term and most significant goal is to promote the western life style that he dearly loves within an organization that has such a significant impact on families. He knows that the freedom we enjoy is not free and is quick to give thanks to the military for their sacrifices and service. He wouldn’t say this of himself but the dedication and love he has from the organization, the life style and the kids is truly rooted in his belief and trust in Jesus Christ. As you can see, both Ms. Kim and Mr. Eddie really have a heart for rodeo and the Region IX contestants. Most folks will volunteer while their kids are involved or stick around for a little bit after their athletes have left an organization. These two continue to support us and our sport for nearly a decade or more after their kids have graduated. These are special people, and my hat is off to them for their dedicated leadership to our region. Please take time to find them at our next rodeo, hug their neck, and let them know you appreciate them. Normally by this time of year we have already started our rodeo season. This year is unfortunately a little different. Texas experienced a major hurricane, Harvey, causing lots of damage to communities throughout Texas. Although, the storm is gone, and the recovery and rebuilding has begun please keep our state in your prayers. In the upcoming months, you will hear of successes in the rodeo pen, but in the light of the challenges both behind and before us, I encourage you to look for places to help your neighbors and fellow competitors. See you down the rodeo trail and remember what the Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.” PHOTOS: (LEFT) MS. KIM ACKEL AND HER SON CODY, WHO WAS THE 2000 THSRA STATE CHAMPION BULL RIDER. (RIGHT) MR. EDDIE DYSON AND THSRA 2017 HIGH SCHOOL RODEO QUEEN, ABBIE SUGGS.

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - KAMBRIA MCDOUGAL VICE PRESIDENT - HANNAH HAMMOND SECRETARY/TRES. JIMMY BALDWIN 183 LCR 822 • Groesback, Texas 76642 903.390.6551 • lbaldwin_99@yahoo.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

COLE SEALY PO Box 566 • San Saba, TX 76877 325.247.0545 • colesealy@yahoo.com SECRETARY - ANGELIA CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 254.394.3888• cuddranch@yahoo.com

LARRY CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 larrycudd@yahoo.com • 254.394.3885 PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

PERFORMANCE REPORT NEW SEASON, TOUGH COMPETITION By LANEY

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FOWLER – Performance Reporter

t's a new season, which means new and returning members have been spending their time gearing up for this season of Junior High and High School Rodeos. Your 2017 TJHRA State Champion and NJHRA Champion Barrel Racer, Karsyn Daniels will be returning to Region X this year as an 8th Grader. This summer she placed at many

UPRA/CPRA sanctioned rodeos, along with winning AQHYA Reserve World Champion! Upcoming Freshman, Ryley Flores shined at the ANHA Shootout Barrel Race in Waco, Tx where she won 4th in the shootout round! Region X's upcoming Freshman will be tough to beat and fun to watch this year! Our young gun Freshman's shined bright this summer competing at THSRA State REGION X RODEO WEEKEND 3 & 4 JACK MURRAY PLAYING POOL WITH THE HIGHa t Finals, onto Nationals, and SCHOOL BOYS! the open rodeos this summer! Upcoming Sophomore, Jordi Edens made Region X proud her first year at the THSRA State Finals. She was the THSRA State Champion Breakaway Roper and the NHSRA Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper. She is currently sitting in the top 15 in both Barrels and Breakaway in the CPRA and UPRA standings. Chet Weitz will be starting his Sophomore year at Region X also. He was also a 2017 National Qualifier in the Calf Roping. Region X is full of new smiling faces and we are so excited to watch everybody compete for their spot at State next Summer.

2017-2018 Rodeo Schedule: Region X

KARSYN DANIELS AT NATIONALS Jennings Photography

10/7 & 10/8/2017 Hamilton 1/6 & 1/7/2018 Hamilton 2/10 & 2/11/2018 Hamilton 3/3 & 3/4/2018 Hamilton

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CAROLINE RAINS OF REGION V 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!

Congratulations to the Whatakid of the month, Caroline Aleigh Rains! The Region V senior is starting her fourth and final year of Texas High School Rodeo. She is a competitor in the barrel racing and pole bending; although, she claims to enjoy them both equally as much thanks to her equine partners, Sweet-T and Smarty. While the competition and overall atmosphere of the THSRA organization is satisfying, Caroline said her favorite part about being a member “especially of Region V, is the glory being given back to Christ. Prayer and flying the Christian flag at each rodeo makes me proud to be a part of such a great association,” Caroline said. One of the character traits Caroline said she has gained from her experience in the THSRA is dedication. “You can have no true success in the rodeo world

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if you are not 100% dedicated to [the sport] and your horse,” Caroline said. She also explained how she has learned the importance of “bonding with an animal and learning how to deal with winning or losing everything in a moment.” Caroline has qualified for the state finals each year she has competed; however, throughout the successes, many sacrifices have been made. “Freshman year is when it really hit…I gave up cheerleading, basketball and spending time with friends because all of the time that needed to be dedicated to my horses,” she said. She also explained how rodeo has taught her the importance of money management, as well as, hard work. “It has taught me what bills and responsibilities truly are in this world. Most kids will never know what a bill is until after high school or college, but horses have always made sure I have had some type of job.” Outside of the rodeo arena, Caroline is involved in cross country, track, FFA, FCA, Key Club, Interact Club, Mock Trial, and NHS. She is a very accomplished individual both inside and outside of the arena as she is the NHS Vice President, FFA Ford Leadership Scholar, a 2-time state cross country runner, an All East Texas Best Prep Runner, Honor Roll student, Soil Stewardship Public Speaking State Qualifier, Greenland and Senior Champion and Reserve Creed Speaker, Nominated Best Defense Mock Trail Attorney, and a 2016 National Youth Conference Nominee. “None of my success or accomplishments could have been made without my family, and I am so grateful they support me every step of the way,” Caroline said. In addition to her family, Caroline’s heroes are her riding and running coaches, Jodi Waggoner, Tina Cooper and Shantae Truelock. “They truly are the best in their business, and I am so blessed to have been able to have them as my mentors and friends,” she said. In the future Caroline said she plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in biomedical science for her pre-med, and then attend medical school to become a pediatrician. After that she said she wants to travel with Orphan Outreach, a ministry group that travels to third world countries with little or no medical attention to provide medical care to children in need. Through it all, Caroline explained how her her main goal is to be the person people see Jesus through and always have a smile on her face. “It is such an honor and good feeling to know that all of my hard work outside of one sport/organization means something to others and that hard work does pay off,” Caroline said. We wish Caroline much luck and many blessings as she finishes up her final year of THSRA competition and embarks on a new chapter in her life!


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LETTER FROM TJHRA STATE SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY

unior High Contestants and Families: What a way to start the 2017-18 rodeo season….as most of you know TEXAS is strong! Texas is not only strong in the rodeo arena, but Texas is strong in the giving area. As hurricane Harvey approached South and East Texas in August many region families were affected, then like angels the ones that were not were there to help. Would we as Texans think anything less? There were many families that became vital in recovering people and animals. I watched facebook of these special people take over things and get completely out of their comfort zones and go to work. I am not going to name people, because I would leave someone out, but I watched rodeo families pull out their boats and go into areas recovering people out of high water, they did this for days. I saw a rodeo family open their business to large amount of feed and hay and become a distribution center; they are not in that business by any means, but helped because they cared. I saw cowboys get on their horses with water up to their shoulders swimming cattle through water getting them to high grounds. We saw helicopter companies’ jump in costing them fuel, helping find cattle and horses also guiding them to high grounds. I will say these were alums and current members of TJHRA and THSRA families. The south Texas people were scared, where were they going to put their horses? Well of course someone was going to step up, kudos to Kimmi Byler! Kimmi is a state director for Region 7 and her two children Jayci and Blaze are members of Region 7, she went to a complete boarding place for displaced horses. I watched her videos and you could tell she was completely exhausted but never stopped, she set up pens, shout out to a vital sponsor, Priefert helped with panels, to house whatever needed help, took care of these horses while the owners were trying to take care of things at home. We can’t leave Jesse out, as Kimmi told me, Jesse became Dad and Mom to the kids as she was working day and night. During the day the family also helped as well as others around there helping out. If you know this family they do not want any recognition, that is just who they are! We are proud of ALL the rodeo families that stepped in a huge way of helping out, you know who you are and that is how we roll. Rodeo family is the best! As some are trying to put their lives back together, all the region rodeos are finally getting under way. Texas will prevail either in the giving and caring or in the rodeo arenas, because that is who we are. #texasstrong Until next month…… Anne Dollery TJRHA State Secretary


Region III: One Big Happy Family

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by Kelley Williams, Region III TJHRA 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 2017-2018 rodeo season.

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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Run for Miss TJHRA Dear Potential Miss TJHRA Contestants, This is a letter is to inform all potential contestants that the 8th grade will no longer be eligible to run for the Miss TJHRA contest. This is no way a reflection on our current Miss TJHRA, Laramie Dearing, who is doing an outstanding job for the TJHRA. Last year was a one-time event, based on the idea that contestants who might not have run when eligible. There are opportunities at Miss Rodeo Texas and various contests throughout the state for 8th graders to run for titles and to help prepare for the THSRA contest, so please take advantage of this contests. I would like to have a letter of intent from any young woman who intends to run for Miss TJHRA by October 15, 2017. This enables the committee to start the award process and make sure that each contestant receives awards. Please feel free to contact me for more information, if you have questions. 936-399-2072 home after dark. Please email: Your Name/address/phone/Region # to finance@nzisd.org.

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Miss TJHRA Entry Form

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Region IV: great friends & competitors

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By ALLIE

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EASON– TJHRA Reg IV Student Secretary

egion 4 is home to so many people. It is made up of great friends that can always be counted on. There is great competition in every event. The thing I love the most about Region 4 is how much sportsman-

ship every single person has. I would like to thank Tina Braden, the Region Secretary, for all the hard work and dedication she puts into every single rodeo. She cheers on each contestant as if they were her own. Region 4 junior high had many kids move up to high school, but we have a lot of new members this year. Elections were held for junior high officers with Brylee Braden as President, Mary Beth Beam as Vice President, and Allie Eason as Secretary. Every contestant will tell you that rodeo takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Everyone wants to be the best, and many have a goal to become professional rodeo athletes. It just doesn’t happen overnight, you have to prepare your whole life for your future, and you have to start somewhere. I hope that Region 4 gives that push in life you are looking for. You are only as good as your competition and our region brings that competition to whole new level. Keep working toward your goals and you will go far in life.


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

The Kahla Family of Region V

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by Catelyn Felts

ongratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month, the Kahla’s! Joe Glenn and his wife Karen, their boys; Jake William and Jack Henry; and Joe Glenn’s mom, Lee Ellen Kahla have owned and operated the Kahla Ranch located right outside of Jasper, Texas since 1972. Their family business mainly consists of a replacement heifer operation; however, Lee Ellen raises Golden Certified F1 Tiger Striped Heifers, and Joe Glenn has a herd of Corrientes cattle the family uses to raise roping calves, team roping steers and bull dogging steers.

Joe Glenn explained how he manages the Corrientes operation exclusively with his boys, and the entire family helps with the F1 Operation. “This requires attention to the cattle on a daily basis and takes a lot of work to make every day happen,” Joe Glenn said. Outside of ranching, Joe Glenn is a full time trial lawyer while Karen is an emergency room nurse in Jasper. Balancing life on the ranch with nine-to-five jobs involves quite a bit of dedication and time management. “I don’t know if you will find anybody we know that will say we have our head on straight,” Joe Glenn said with a laugh. “We do not have a whole lot of downtime.” The family said they do not not spend much time away from the ranch. When they are not at a rodeo on the weekends, they are typically spending their time working around the ranch to catch up on the chores they were not able to complete during the week. In addition to the cattle operations, the family grows hay, and plants oats and wheat for winter pasture. Now that the boys are older, they play an intricate part in the family business. “The boys help a tremendous amount,” Joe Glenn explained. “Most days when I get home, they have the stock penned and the horses saddled.” Jake and Jack are responsible for taking care of livestock including the horses, cattle, hogs, goats and chickens. They also work cattle, fix fences, bush-hog pastures, and help with anything else that needs to be done on the ranch. Joe Glenn explained how everyone is expected to do their part in the family business, and if not, it makes it a little harder on everyone else to pick up the slack. “I grew up on the ranch with my three sisters, and we all rodeoed in THSRA; we all had responsibilities growing up,” Joe Glenn said. “I have tried to instill the importance of pulling your own weight with my boys as well.” While the tasks on the ranch play a vital role in the family’s way of life, being involved in the Texas High School Rodeo Association has also played an important part. The THSRA is a family affair as Joe Glenn was a competitor when we was younger, and both of his boys compete in the organization now. Jake competes in the steer wrestling, team roping and light rifle, while Jack competes in the steer wrestling, team roping and calf roping. “We spend a tremendous amount of time in the practice pen preparing for the next rodeo,” Joe Glenn said. “We typically practice at least one event on a daily basis during the week, and on the weekends we are home, we practice multiple events.” The family explained how they strive to schedule time consuming events such as working cattle, butchering hogs, hauling hay, etc. around their rodeo schedule to avoid interference. Outside of ranching and rodeoing, the family enjoys hunting, fishing and taking the occasional ski trip. They said they shop at McCoy’s for all of their livestock equipment needs and they are honored to be selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Month. Congratulations to the Kahla’s of Region V!

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