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change a thing,” Jenna said. She is also involved in her school’s FFA, National Honor Society and several AP classes. Jenna is currently a senior at Rudder High School and has full intentions of attending Texas A&M upon high school graduation. She would like to major in nuclear engineering and make a career out of that. Until then, however, she will continue to start her days making breakfast, going to school, attending tennis practice, and then finishing her days with rodeo practice and dinner. Through each of her endeavors Jenna strives to live her life by the motto, “If you think it, you can do it.” And she credits her dad for being one of the people who has pushed her the most. “He continues to teach me many important lessons through observing his actions, and I could never repay him for that,” Jenna said. by Catelyn Felts Jenna said she is honored to be selected as the Whatakid of the month and she The Whataburger Whatakid is selected due to their ability to excel both is thankful for Whataburger’s sponsorship to the THSRA. “I know how hard all 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 of the talented athletes work in and out of the arena and to be picked out of this 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 outstanding group of people is a great feeling,” Jenna said. accomplishment they will receive free Whataburgers for an entire year! We know Jenna will continue to do great things and we wish her the best ongratulations to this month’s Whatakid, of luck in all of her future endeavors, in and outside of the arena! Jenna Bratton! Jenna has been a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association for four years now, and she competes in the breakaway roping, goat tying and cutting; however, she claims cutting to be her favorite. Throughout her time as a THSRA member, Jenna has won countless buckles in all three of her events and has experienced several successes. In addition to the materialistic gains, Jenna said she believes she has gained a handful of positive character traits as well. “Being involved in rodeo sets me apart from others my age because rodeo has taught me discipline and patience that team sports cannot,” Jenna said. “I have become a very supportive person and I am grateful for the memories and friends I have made over the years.” She also explained how the support other contestants show each other is her favorite part of the organization. Outside of the rodeo arena Jenna is heavily involved in tennis. She has played on the varsity level all four years of her high school career and was named all district champion in mixed doubles her Junior year of high school. Occasionally, tennis gets put on the back burner so that she has time to either go to a rodeo, or practice for a rodeo; however, “If I had to go back and do it again, I would not

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adie Beth Wisener, here and I am proud to say I’m your 2016-17 THSRA student president. It has been a dream of mine since the very beginning of my high school rodeo career to serve as your student president and I promise not to disappoint. Texas High School Rodeo means the world to me, I believe it’s the absolute best rodeo program in the entire country. I’ve been a member of high school rodeo for going on four years. I followed in my dad and uncles footsteps. They rode rough stock in high school rodeo. Dad took the skills that high school rodeo taught him and went on and started the bull bash. My uncle also found a career in rodeo and raised bucking bulls for the PBR. This program has given inspiration to not only my family but many families around the world. Serving as an officer is just a small action that I can partake in to give back. Not only will I represent THSRA during my term but I’m looking forward to learning more about the leaders that run this organization and more importantly helping the rodeo athletes involved. I have had experience being an officer for THSRA my sophomore year and then went on and became an NHSRA officer as a junior. My plans are taking the skills I have learned during both terms and implementing them throw out the year. I’m extremely blessed that God has given me this amazing platform to serve Him on. I wouldn’t be where I am today without His help. Praying safety for each competitor during this rodeo season. Encouraging you guys to always stay focused, humble and committed.

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Eyes on the Prize

CHOOSING THE BEST RODEO AWARDS by Hy O Silver

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OUR BACKBONE By Jadyn Duggan

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very region’s backbone is its board of directors, and every good region needs a strong backbone. Region 1’s backbone is made of steel. Our board of directors consist of Travis Patterson, Ted White, and Lee Lowery. They may be three different men, but they all have one common goal, and that's to make Region 1 the best and toughest region around.

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“It takes one to know one.” Everyone has heard this at one point, in our case it takes someone who’s grown up in rodeo to understand how to host one. All three men are Region 1 raised, and they have grown up in the rodeo family, competed in it, and are now raising their family through Region 1. Travis Patterson has been involved with high school rodeo for nine years not including his years as a contestant! “Yes, I went through LEFT TO RIGHT: LEE LOWERY, the high school rodeo when I TRAVIS PATTERSON, TED WHITE was a kid. Region 1 then was a one day rodeo in Spearmen, where they took the top four and went to Sagen. It was mainly just Tri-State, Region 1 wasn’t really anything back then.” He also says his favorite thing about high school rodeo “is all of the life long friends you can make and all the people you meet that you never would’ve met any other way.” Ted White says he would like to give more scholarships along with our state finals continuing to be the best in the nation. When asked what he thinks the biggest challenge that faces rodeo is he says “the animal cruelty issue, mostly people not knowing what we do, and what rodeo is about.” Lee Lowery competed in almost everything. Saddle bronc, bareback, header and heeler in team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping, and ribbon roping just to name a few! Both of Lee’s parents were involved with high school and tri-state rodeo; his mother was the region's secretary and his father was on the board of directors. “My dad was the one who got my family started in 1975 with tri-state and then with region when it started up.” Lee’s advice to all of our kids in region 1 is “ just go and have fun, it may cost a lot of money but believe me its good, its the best thing you’ll ever invest in.” Region 1’s board of directors take great care of our kids, and do so much for us as if we were family. With that being said, Region 1 has pasted on positive morals and values that young men and women have learned and will develop throughout their lives. Having positive influences by our leaders will not only make a better generation in rodeo, but also help better the world.


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color. Another great way to make your awards stand out is to add your region logo or other unique graphics to the buckle design. Not only will this add a unique element to the buckle, but it will also serve as a reminder of all the great memories the member had while competing to win the buckle. There are many different buckle companies to choose from, and deciding on just one can be rather challenging so be sure to request buckle samples with your bids. Sometimes the decision can be based upon the look

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Region II Greats By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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ere in Region II, we have some extraordinarily talented young rodeo athletes. Not only have our rodeo competitors done well in the junior ranks, Region II has had several people go on to become very successful in the collegiate and professional ranks. From winning bull riders to successful ropers and barrel racers, two has produced several world-class athletes. Region II is a birth place for champions! Region II athletes have been successful in all levels of rodeo and in all events. Barrel racers like Lyndsey Ewing, WPRA Rookie of The Year; Cydni Terry, a THSRA state and national qualifier who

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has gone on to have lots of barrel racing success at the collegiate and pro levels; THSRA State Champion, two-time CNFR qualifier, and three-time NFR qualifier Terra Bynum-Gernetz; and two-time NFR qualifier Jana Bean all originated from Region II. Former Region II members Katelyn Lide-Scott and Kynzie Rae McNeill have both competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming in the goat tying event and both went to the short go. Region II alumnus TERRA BYNUM-GERNETZ Bradley Bynum, brother of Terra Bynum-Gernetz, is a tie-down roper who has had lots of success since leaving two. Bynum was a two time National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier and a CNFR qualifier. Bynum rose to the top qualifying for the 2012 National Finals Rodeo. When Bynum went into the finals he was sitting fourteenth in the world; however, during the finals luck was on his side. Bynum won two rounds and placed in two others which moved BRADLEY BYNUM him a whopping seven places so that he finished the year seventh in the world! Not only have Region II athletes been successful on the timed event end of the arena, but we have had some successful members behind the bucking chutes as well. Bonner Bolton, two time CBR World Finals qualifier, PBR world finals qualifier, and CBR World Champion is a winning bull rider from our region. After a serious injury in February of this year, Bonner has retired from his bull riding career and gone on to pursue professional modeling and has since started his own equine flooring buisness. Bonner is not the only Bolton from Region II who has had success at a professional level. His brother Brody also had lots of success as a bull rider until he broke his femur and went on to win in the saddle bronc riding. Brody is a Ram National Circuit Finals qualifier, Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion, and multiple professional rodeo winner. Other rough stock champions include Adam Carillo, Gilbert Carillo, Aaron Lide, Dean Wadsworth, Travis Lively and others. As you can see, Region II has had multiple winning alumni along with the new young talent of today. How many of these names are you surprised came out of our Region II? Here in Region II, we are proud of our former members and wish them the best of luck in any further endeavors. As for our current members however. . . good luck Region II, in all that you do.

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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 Dalton Kasel, Region II "I think this buckle probably means the most to me. Why does it mean the most to me? Because it means more than just winning a buckle. I won this at riding on faith, the top hand buckle consist not only of in the arena performance but how you are outside. It was about about being a Godly person in life no matter whether at a rodeo or church. It is more just a character buckle." Rebecca Brister , Region 6 For just learning the ropes of cutting before the region cuttings started, this buckle means a lot to Rebecca because all of her hard work she put in payed off. She was surprised at how much she grew to enjoy cutting and was very proud of her outcome with her first year of cutting.

Kyler McClendon, Region I "This is my favorite buckle because I worked hard all year and to know that it payed off is extremely important to me."

Ginna Cox, Region V "This buckle is my most prized buckle because I had an extremely hard year because my horse had been injured, so I came into finals with very few points. I figured I couldn't make it to state so I just went for go round checks. I caught both calves and placed in the average and the points were enough to get me to state. This buckle shows me that even though things get tough, perseverance pays off." Cooper Hurt, Region VIII The Prize I view as the most special is My first steer wrestling buckle to qualify for state that I won in Sinton, Texas at Region 8. The buckle represents the hours of hard work that goes in to being a top athlete in the sport of rodeo. Basically the hours of work striving to be ONE of the top athletes in the region in the steer wrestling.

Trevor Lutdke-Region 4 This buckle is my favorite because it was the first buckle I have ever won.

Whit Kitchens, Region X "It's my favorite because it's the first one that I won, I was 7!"

Ethan Craig, region V This buckle means a lot to me because it took so much to get it. I struggled all season to find a horse that fit me so I could make the runs I need to make to get to state. Finally towards the end of the season I got a good horse and came from the back of the pack to qualify for state as a freshman.

Jordan January, Region VIII My most special prizes that I have won are my Breakaway, Goat tying and All Around Saddle at Junior High Region 8. These saddles were the hardest ones to win because there was only a few rodeos left after My dad passed away. I had and to focus so much more because I was dealing with his death, but it meant so much more for me to win to honor his memory. Those saddles represent all of the hard work I put in during the season, before and after my dad passed away. They proved that when you work hard to accomplish something in the end things might just work out how you want them to. Maci Ray-Region 4 My Junior National Qualifier buckle is my favorite one because I won it when I qualified in the poles my eighth grade year, it was definatly a moment I won't forget!

Hannah Travis, Region II "This would have to be my favorite buckle because I worked really hard to receive this buckle. This is my 2016 AJRA Reserved World Champion buckle for the 16-19 girls barrel racing."

Aubrie Feilds, Region I "I put years of hard work and effort into winning this buckle. This is the hardest title I've ever won and it reminds me everyday of the accomplishments I have received as well as the people behind the association which I represent."

Hannah Hammond, Region X "This one is my favorite because it was the first big barrel race I ever won�

Logan Shelton, Region 6 To Logan this buckle means a lot because he's always wanted to win the team roping in our region. And to win against the tough group of ropers in our region it makes it even more special.

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

SECRETARY - PRESLI BRAY

Region III

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

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - HAYLEY DANLEY VICE PRESIDENT - KODY CRISWELL SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS

2832 Forest Bend Place • Fort Worth, Texas 76112

KEVIN PRZILAS PO Box 167 • Bowie, Texas 76230 940.872.3748 • kprzilas@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Red Hot Region III, Hotter Than Ever!

By BRITTANY GATES

– ARIAT Performance Reporter

ed Hot Region III members from all around converged on Graham, Texas at the Young County Arena, September 10th and 11th. Red Hot Region III is back and bigger and better than last year! We kicked off the 2016/2017 Red Hot Region III year with 111 members this year!! With Rodeo’s 1 and 2 in the bag, this year’s competition started the year with a BANG! M e m b e r s brought their A game and official welcomed the 2016/2017 season in. The competition was fierce and is looking like it will be a fight to the finish for each and every member! Not that one-member participating

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expected anything less. With our numbers up from last year everyone is going to have to bring it every rodeo to make it to the top! With that being said, you have to LOVE the sport of Rodeo, best friends outside the arena, then with the call of a name by an announcer, switch flips and nothing but competitor inside the arena. Run is over, and right back to best friends cheering each other on and really meaning it, not just cheering for the face value of it. Of course when we go in the arena we want to do our best and win, but we also want our friends to do their best as well! There is NO other sport like it! A sport where we still bow our heads and pray, and take our hats off and stand when the National Anthem is playing with our hands over our hearts, remembering why we are even able to participate in the sport we love and who helped make our country that way! Red Hot Region III is known to dominate the High School Rodeo world, and we expect nothing less this year. As Region III strives for total domination for the 2016/2017 season, we look forward to showing off all our hard work at State and Nationals again this season. I would like to congratulate last year’s top members on their outstanding performances last season!


RODEO NUMBER 1 TOP HONORS: Bareback – Junior, Colby Fedor, with a score of 69 points! Breakaway – Senor, Sarah Callaway, with a time of 2.310! Bull Riding – Senor, Colton Thomas, with a score of 81 points! Calf Roping – Senior, Ty Harris, with a time of 9,520! Saddle Bronk – Rookie, Cale Newman, with a score of 66 points! Barrels – Senior, Amie Hennen, with a time of 17.352! Goats – Rookie, Gracie Lemay, with a time of 8.130! Poles – Sophomore, Haylee Tatum, with a time of 20.937! Steer Wrestling – Senior, Brett Strart, with a time of 4.10! Team Roping – Sophomore, Will Eddleman and Senior, Karson Johnson, with a time of 6.190! RODEO NUMBER 2 TOP HONORS: Bareback – Junior, Colby Feor, with a score of 70 points! Breakaway – Senior, Ramey Wather, with a time of 2.440! Bull Riding – Junior, Canyon Crenshaw, with a score of 79 points! Calf Roping – Sophomore, Wyatt Bray, with a time of 10.060! Barrels – Junior, Shaylee Hindman, with a time of 17.459! Goats – Junior, Presli Bray, with a time of 7.740! Poles – Sophomore, Kylee Scribner, with a time of 20.660!

2016-2017 AJRA 65th Rodeo Schedule NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016 MARCH 31-APRIL 2, 2017 APRIL 21-23, 2017 MAY 5-7, 2017 MAY 12-14, 2017 JUNE 15-17, 2017 JUNE 16-17, 2017 JUNE 23-25, 2017

Steer Wrestling – Senior, Parker Emold, with a time of 5.430! Team Roping – Seniors, Ty Harris and Paden Bray, with a time of 5.90! In closing, I would like to remind everyone to thank your parents, for all they do, give all the Glory to God for all he allows us to do, and be kind to one another.

REMINDERS: •Get your entry’s in the mail and post marked by September 24th, for rodeo’s 3 and 4. •If you need an RV Hook Up or a Stall you can get those when you arrive, no reservations will be taken at the Young County Arena, all are first come first serve. Stall office closes at 11pm Friday and opens at 8:30am on Saturday. •Don’t forget to pick up your raffle tickets at rodeo 3 or 4, (the ones for the saddle that helps us raise travel money for all members that advance on after finals.) HELPFUL INFORMATION: Red Hot Region III website is www.thara3.com Red Hot Region III email is: Kelly.williams@thsra3.com Secretary Kelly Williams at 817-706-8236

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

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CAL WOLFE VICE PRESIDENT - CHEYENNE SWOOPE SECRETARY - KOLTON WHITE STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS MIMI BARKER 10678 FM 757 • Winona, Texas 75792 903.987.9246 • mimi–cbarker@yahoo.com

DR. TANDY FREEMAN

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

Region IV

BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US HWY 69 • Mineola, TX 75773 903.569.1569 • brentchadwick87@gmail.com PRESIDENT- BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US 69 • Mineola, Texas 75773 903.569.15698 • chadbr2@aol.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Sportsmanship is Key

By HALEY NOVAK– ARIAT Performance Reporter

ne of the most important keys to success in rodeo is good sportsmanship. Having good sportsmanship will get you far throughout life, especially in rodeo. Being that rodeo is one of the most humbling sports. One day you can be at the top of your game and winning, the next you could have a bad run and get into a slump. If one does not have good sportsmanship, this lifestyle will take a toll on your mental game. Being a good sport, throughout the wins and the losses will pay off in the end. What does being a good sport mean? Well, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of sportsmanship is: “Fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition”. This is something that most rodeo contestants execute. We are all friends who will do anything to help each other out, but once your

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name is called you do your very best to try to win, even against your best friends. Whenever you win your fellow competitors are most of the time just as happy as you winning as they would be if they won themselves. But your opponents are not only the people you compete against, but the stock that could possibly make or break your run. It could be the worst goat in the draw that everyone hopes they don’t get, a hard running calf, a bull that bucked you off, being last on the drag in bad ground, or even your own mind. Having the bad draw may seem like your setup for failure, but if you do your best with what you have and handle the situation as best you can, there is nothing more that can be done. Having a positive attitude towards all of the opponents in and out of the arena, shows real character and sportsmanship that will take you far in life. By having good sportsmanship, you must be able to deal with winning and losing. It makes sense to be excited win, and upset and down on yourself when you happen to not do as well as you expect too. But by being a good sport, you have to understand how the loses are just as important as the wins. As Michael Jordan once said, “I have failed over and over again in my life… and that is why I succeed.” If you have a perfect run with the perfect goat/calf/bull/ground etc. then it hardly shows you what mistakes you have made. Now that is not saying that losing is the goal or is something that you want to strive for, but it is something that should be understood. Another key to being a good sport is handling your wins. When a win is achieved a good sport does not gloat; they tell their competitors good job, Thank God, and carry on. But “wins” are not just first place checks, gold buckles, or trophy saddles; they can be little personal wins as well. Whether it maybe fixing a small bobble you have been making or a goal you have finally reached, every little thing needs to be taken with gratitude. No matter what path you end up taking, sportsmanship will be a great key to carry through life. With the 2016-2017 rodeo season kicking off, always remember no matter how good the stock is, how good the ground is, or how good you place; good or bad being a good sport will be more rewarding in the long run than any prize that could be won.


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Farm & Ranch Family The folks at McCoy’s Building Supply understand that it takes a lot of hard work and the whole family pitching in to get things done on a farm or ranch. That’s why we’d like to take some time out to salute Texas High School Rodeo Association families who are farmers and ranchers. In our monthly Farm & Ranch Family Spotlight, we’ll feature one family, sharing their story of how they work together as a family to make their farm or ranch successful.The spotlight will run for 10 months; each month will feature a different Region. Each Regional McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family will receive a $100 McCoy’s Gift Card. The McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Year will receive a $500 McCoy’s Gift Card and will be announced at the 2016 THSRA State Finals.

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ongratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Month, the Johnson’s! Trey, Joli, Rylee, Kenli, and Tryce own and operate Trey Johnson Cattle Co. located in Happy, Texas. There are several parts that keep the Johnson’s family business thriving including: straightening out light weight cattle in their grow yard, doctoring and feeding cattle to maintain the health and condition of their cattle, managing cattle on wheat and grass pastures, growing yearlings to the point of sale, and feeding yearlings out instead of selling. They also contract calves and steers for local rodeos and events, as well as train

young horses they can use to work cattle on the ranch and in the arena. With so many tasks at hand, family involvement is necessary. “We definitely have to work as a team to keep all parts running,” Joli said. “Our kids know they have responsibilities each day when school and extracurricular activities are over.” She also explained how the Johnson kids learned at any early age that ranching and farming is not a nine to five job, but one that allows them to do the things they love and do them as a family. “We are blessed to continue the traditions and values that each of our families have passed on, and we are grateful for the way of life we are able to live through the field of agriculture” Joli said. While Trey oversees all of the ranch operations, Joli is a 2nd grade teacher at Happy Elementary School. Rylee is a sophomore at Happy High School and is a competitor in the Texas High School Rodeo Association. She competes in the goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping as well as, serves as an FFA officer, is involved in her school’s student council, UIL academics, and is a varsity athlete in track, cross country, basketball and golf. Kenli is an 8th grader who competes in the goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping, and ribbon running in the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association. She is also a member of the FFA, student council, and is a competitor in track, cross country, basketball and UIL academics. Tryce is a 6th grader, and is a competitor in the breakaway, team roping, and ribbon roping. He is also involved in the FFA, runs track, plays football and basketball and competes in UIL academics. All of the Johnson kids raise and show steers and are involved in the First United Methodist Church youth group. In addition to ranching and extracurricular activities, the Johnson’s enjoy travelling, and practicing for rodeos together. “Rodeo is the one sport that allows us to haul and compete together,” Joli said. The Johnson’s said they are honored to have been chosen as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month and they are thankful for all McCoy’s does for the THSRA.

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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

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

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

Region V

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

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Points on the Board

By TAYLIN ANTONICK – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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owdy THSRA! Region V held its first rodeo of the year in Orange, Texas, and even though it was raining cats and dogs, I’d say Region V is off to a HOT start! Incredible runs, great attitudes, and a new arena made for a fun and challenging rodeo weekend. A long line of straw hats met anyone who came to the T2 Arena on August 27. High school contestants could be found just about everywhere helping friends put on nice, new back numbers and chatting before the rodeo began. About an hour before the roughstock started, competitors had the opportunity to elect the 2016-2017 student directors, as listed below. Bareback- Cole Bailey Saddle Bronc- Jack Wright Barrels- Taylor Bryant Poles- Callie Harville Goat Tying- Nacona Stone Breakaway- Mersadie Martin Team Roping Header- Nathan Socia Team Roping Heeler- Kade Maroney Cutting … Girls- Haley Horn Cutting … Boys- Skyler Wools Steer Wrestling- Ky Thomas Calf Roping- Ethan Craig Bull Riding- Seth Rustin Reined Cowhorse- Colleen Bridges They always say to start with a bang, and these next competitors did just that! Though each event was extremely tough, these athletes rose to the occasion to win their events. Kolt Dement won the bareback riding with

the only qualified ride of the day, and Jack Wright won the saddle bronc riding! Nacona Stone laid down a beautiful run in the goat tying to win it with a 7.4. Thomas Wallace won the steer wrestling with a victory margin of nearly four (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP seconds, and Helena LEFT): FRESHMAN JOHN THOMAS JONES WON SECOND IN THE Collmorgan started TIEDOWN ROPING IN ORANGE; the year out with a COMPETITORS STAND IN LINE TO CHECK IN AND RECEIVE THEIR nice run in the barrel BACK NUMBERS; COWBOYS CHEER ON THEIR ROUGHSTOCK BUDDIES racing to win the day. FROM THE CHUTES. Evan Green tied a 13. 8 to win the tiedown roping, and Ima Champion won the breakaway with a clean catch of 2.9. Kasen McCall and Clayton Lowry stuck it on one to win the team roping with a 6.83, and Caroline Rains cinched a win in the pole bending with a 20.47. We can’t forget to give some credit to our underclassmen, because they were putting pressure on everyone all day long! Multiple freshmen and sophomores put points on the board in their events, and if the first rodeo is any indication, the young guns will be giving the upperclassmen a run for their money in the rodeos to come. Sophomore Jack Wright commented on the fact that he enjoys rodeoing with upperclassmen because when he makes a good ride, they respect him and make him feel great about it. Tana Burris, a freshman, said that the rodeo in Orange was a great experience that got her excited for the following year! She “was really nervous moving up to high school, but everyone made her feel welcome there.” She also commented that she loves the excitement in the stands as everyone cheered on their friends, as it made everything seem like a big family. That’s exactly what Region V is all about. After all, there’s a reason that every time an individual is asked what their favorite part about Region V is, they say the family atmosphere. Whether someone is moving up to high school or just looking for a new region, they’re always accepted and welcomed into the BIGGEST, the BADDEST, and the BEST group of competitors in the state. So to all the fish, welcome to high school. To all returning, welcome back. It’s bound to be a great yearnow go get some points on the board!


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

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

SHANNA LEHRMANN 601 Artesian Park Lane • Brenham, TX 77833 979.289.3329 • samlogan89@yahoo.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com

Region VI

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Rodeo Mentality

By PAIGE DAWSON

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he first two rodeos of the year are in the books, and whether it was your first High School rodeo, or your “last”, first High School rodeo, there are ten more to go – they’ve only just begun! No matter if things went the way you wanted or not, this rodeo season is a marathon not a sprint; remember that keeping a good mindset and positive attitude will allow you to persevere and ultimately attain the results you are striving for. When you go into something with a positive attitude and a good mindset, you are setting yourself up for a good outcome. Thinking positive sets you up for success whereas thinking negatively can do just the opposite. Rodeo is definitely a physical sport, but many people don’t realize that it’s equally a mental sport. One nice thing about our Region is that we have a rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, so if you have a bad day on Saturday you can sleep it off that night and focus on having a better day on Sunday. It can be challenging at times to shake off a bad run and focus on your next event, but you have to trust in God’s plan for you and stay positive. Sometimes we get

caught up in the moment or we are in such a slump that we forget God put us in that situation for a reason, and that we need to thank Him for the many blessings He has given us and remember He will bring you through it. If you trust in God and allow Him to guide you, He will help you to achieve your goals and dreams He is the one who placed that dream in your heart and He wants you to succeed! You have to give him 110% every step of the way and nurture the talents He’s blessed you with. It can be hard to stay focused when you’re working hard to achieve a goal and either fall just short of it or end up not getting anywhere close; we have to stay positive and concentrate on the skills we’ve been given and/or developed by moving forward towards the personal goals we, as individuals, set for ourselves. This mentality will not only help in the “rodeo world” but in the “real world” as well. We welcome all the new members joining our Region this year, and wish everyone the best of luck! Also, congratulations to our new THSRA Region 6 officers, and student directors, good luck to everyone, and have a blessed rodeo season. OFFICERS: President - Bailey Bennight V.P. – Ryan Nettle Secretary - Bryana Lehrmann

STUDENT EVENT DIRECTORS: Barrels: Bryana Lehrmann Breakaway: Shaye Lynn Jessee Boys Cutting: Chaser Crouch Calf Roping: Cullen Eppright Girls Cutting: Paige Dawson Goat Tying: Mayce Marek Poles: Lindsei Harvey Steer Wrestling: Ryan Nettle Team Roping: Ryne Hutton / Casey Crow Rough Stock: Kameron Glass

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The Start of a New Season

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

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS JOHN ATKINSON PO Box 540 • Anderson, Texas 77830 979.482.2018 • johnstephenatkinson@hotmail.com

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

Region VII

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

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

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n September 11th Region VII started the 2016-201VII in Edna, TX. Starting a new season is always exciting. It’s always great to see all the friends you haven’t seen in a while and meet all the new faces who will soon become new friends. This year is no exception we have many returning members but we also have some new faces. We are looking forward to a great season with some great competition. Before we started our first rodeo we elected our student officers for this year. Congratulations to our President Haley Phillips, Vice President Hannah Phillips, and Secretary Niki Carter. Thank you for taking on the responsibilities of being officers this year. I also want to congratulate our event directors and thank them for taking on those responsibilities as well. While we all have personnel goals that they want to accomplish the main goal is the same for each person. Everyone wants to represent region VII in Abilene in June and then represent Texas in Gillette, Wyoming in July. Having a tough region will helps everyone be prepared to reach their end of the year goals. Region VII proved this in Abilene this past year by bringing home the W at state for the first time. While each team member was out there reaching their personnel goals we

succeeded as a team as well. In addition to winning the team title the All- around Cowboy Tanner Green, the All-around Cowgirl Kasey Kretzschmar and the Rookie All around Cowgirl Allison Spiers are all region VII members. The Girl’s Cutting Champion was Tristan Bowen, Jay Terrell was the Tie-Down Champion, Tanner Green and Colby Payne were the Team Roping Champions. We had eight region VII members qualify for Nationals. We also brought home the team title in the Ariat Olympics and the Truck push. Overall Region VII had an amazing week in Abilene and we want to repeat that success again this year. I challenge everyone to make goals for yourself and work JENNA BRATTON throughout the season to reach those goals. Thanks to the region VII parents that work at every region rodeo to help us get prepared to go out and achieve these goals. Our success would not be possible without our parents who make sure we have well run region rodeos. They make sure we have great calves and steers to rope, good goats to tie, safe ground to run our horses on and good bulls and horses for our rough stock riders. Our parents and grandparents also volunteer in the arena during the rodeos and in the announcer stand. Without everyone pulling together to help out we would not be as successful as we all are. Region VII HS and Jr high are truly a team and that is what helps us to accomplish our goals. This month’s senior spotlight goes to Jenna Bratton. Jenna lives in Bryan, Tx and attends Rudder High School. Jenna has been a member of region VII for six years. She has a long history at region VII her sister Brandi was also a member,as well as her mom Gina ,dad Brandon and her Uncle Brent. Jenna competes in cutting, ropes breakaway and ties goats. In addition to rodeo Jenna plays varsity tennis. She is currently ranked number 4 in her class and is planning on attending Texas A & M next year and pursue a career in engineering.

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

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

BRANDON SMITH 6800 E FM 479 • Pleasanton, TX 78064 830.570.7157 • bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net 3005 Santa Ana St. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 361.739.9858 • region8thsra@gmail.com

Region VIII

SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY

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

PRESIDENT- MIKE SOLOMON

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Safety Rides into the Arena

By Mollee

Herrmann – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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odeo – where glam and grit meet in the arena for edge of your seat excitement for fans and contestants alike! A sport where rodeo athletes put their full faith and trust in their animal athletes and push themselves to excel! In and out of the arena, contestants risk their own safety to compete, but to also provide entertainment to the many fans of this growing sport. There has always been an effort for rodeo production companies to put on safe and exciting rodeos, but it seems that safety is making its way to the forefront of this industry again in the past few years and especially in the past few months. Safety for contestants is sometimes taken for granted – by contestants themselves, and by fans; however, during the past few years, several big rodeo stars are making a name for safety equipment. Recently I spoke to world champion barrel racer, Fallon Taylor who has taken safety to the forefront of the barrel racing world since the third round of the 2014 National Finals Rodeo where a friend of hers suggested that she bring awareness to safety in the arena and wear a helmet. She is excited about being a role model and said “I’m

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doing my best to break down every barrier to help your barrel racing future. I’ll take the heat for you, bring it on!” Also, in an interview with the Wrangler Network, she speaks about her near fatal injury where she broke her C2 vertebrae and had to learn how to walk again and talk again. Fallon has been wearing helmets during rodeos, as well as in the practice pen in hopes of promoting the best JAKE BARNES WEARING HIS RESISTOL safety practices in and out of the arena. RIDESAFE HAT AFTER Helmets, for rodeo contestants, decrease the chances of HIS RECENT HEAD INJURY. a head injury. That seems like simple logic, right? Afterall, Nascar drivers, BMX racers, X Games contestants all wear helmets…so it seems that in the fast paced world of rodeo, the contestants would follow suit; but, that is really not the case. The cowboy hat is the headgear of choice to most rodeo contestants. Cowboy hats are tradition in the western heritage and are an easy way to identify a “cowboy”. The cowboy hat provides shade for those long hours in the sun in the practice pen and is mandatory in most associations; nevertheless, they provide little in the way of protecting the contestants from a head injury. Cowboys and cowgirls seem to turn their noses to safety equipment, especially helmets, and are long rooted in their use of the felt or straw hat! Not only did Fallon Taylor bring safety to the rodeo forefront back in 2014, but a head injury for seventime world champion team roper, Jake Barnes recently also highlighted the need for helmets or some sort of safety head gear. Just a few months after his injury in the practice pen, where he sustained a serious head injury, Jake wore his new Resistol Ridesafe hat at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. I recently interviewed Kaci Riggs, director of product development for Hatco, which makes the Resistol brand. She had a hand in the development of the new Resistol hat. She told me that the Ridesafe was “developed because Hatco wanted a hat that provided protection, like the helmet, but wanted cowboys and cowgirls to still have the old time style of the more traditional cowboy hat.” Right now, Resistol offers the hats in black felt and they cost around $250. According to Kaci, different styles are in the works! In a sport where speed and reliance upon animals is the main focus, safety is definite a concern for contestants. Barrel racing looks so easy — you just run as fast as you can around three barrels, right? Seems easy enough. Team roping – if you can ride and throw a rope, what could go wrong? Thousands of people do it everyday at their homes and in the arenas at rodeos! As a contestant, I am concerned about safety and have been taught to check my equipment frequently and be aware of others in and out of the arena. There are many things my parents have told me over and over again about being safe; however, I think myself, like most, don’t pay enough attention to the real issue of safety. I hope that with this new era of safety products comes a heightened sense of awareness and leads to less accidents to my friends in the rodeo world – young and old! Be safe, yall…you only get one ride FALLON TAYLOR SPORTS ONE OF HER SAFETY HELMETS. around the sun! SHE SEEMS TO HAVE A HELMET TO MATCH EVERY OUTFIT!


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STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

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

MIKE GHORMLEY

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PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

PERFORMANCE REPORT A Weekend to Remember

By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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egion 9 has officially started off the 20162017 season! For some, this is their last year of High School Rodeo and for many others the start of a great journey. Either way it’s a great year of rodeo with lots of memories to be made. Whether you’re bucking out of the chute, roping out of the box, or running down the alley, this year is sure to be a good one. All of our rodeos this year will be held at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, so we are all excited about the great facilities. Our first rodeo was held on September 10th, with the second following on the 11th. We started off the rodeo at 9am sharp so the Ranch Rodeo kids could get to their rodeo in Buffalo. Starting off the day with breakaway, Darcy Taylor caught her calf in 2.920. In tie down, Cash Enderli tied the fastest time of a 9.550. Ashley Castleberry brought the heat and ran a smoking run of 15.890 with Ethan Campbell throwing a steer in 15.400. Freshman Lacy Bruening won the first goat tying of the season with a 7.440 and Will Farris and Blake Georg won the team roping with a 7.780. 2016 state finalist, Carly Staggs won the pole bend-

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ing with a 20.118 along with other state finalist, Falcon McConnell, winning the bull riding with 80 points. Jared Strawster also won the bareback with a 61. Our opening ceremony on Sunday was extra special, as we remembered 9/11. Kristi Dyson, the wife of Eddie Dyson, our Region 9 president sang “God Bless the USA” and I was proud to sing the National Anthem, while our rodeo contestants carried the Military Flags and the Flag of the United States of America. There was also KELSEY & TERRY WINFREY a long moment of silence to pray for all of those affected by this terrible tragedy. The second rodeo was one to compete with the previous of the day before. Steer Wrestling was the first event of the day with our student president, Spin Edwards, throwing one down in 5.200. Coming in 6th place the day before, Whittnee Stroade, won the barrel racing with a 15.856. Austin Worthy, from Pearland, won the tie down with an 8.450 and the 2015 Texas High School Rodeo State Champion breakaway roper, Taylor Lawson, won the breakaway with a 2.840. After the breakaway we had church service. Our rodeo pastor, Garet Aldridge, talked about being CADE SUTHERLAND thankful for what we had and to pray for the country and the world. He also told us, “If you have God, you’ve got all you need.” He spoke of God being the only one you should be giving the glory to and that trusting God is what all of us need in life. After church we got right back into the rodeo with Maison Davis from Kilgore tying the fast time of a 7.530 in goat tying. In team roping, Cody Wideman and Hagen Herring, had a time of 7.910 to win and Carly Staggs won her second round of pole bending with a 20.056. This two day rodeo weekend was one to remember with new faces to see and old friends reuniting. The freshmen have also brought a lot of competition making the start of this year one of the toughest. Taking a look at one of our returning members Cade Sutherland, a junior at Big Sandy High School, is in his third year with Region 9. He competes in team roping and tie down and said “I had a pretty good weekend. I had a decent tie down run and got a couple points. It was really good seeing all of my friends I haven’t seen in a while, so that was one of my favorite parts. It seems like it’s going to be an exciting year and I hope to make it to state and maybe even a win a state championship!” Cade tied a 14.260 to put him sixth in the rodeo on Sunday in tiedown. Region 9 had a very memorable weekend with some fantastic runs and intense rides. We were blessed to be able to have church service and to be able to honor the 9/11 victims as well. We saw all of our old friends and even made some new ones this weekend. Everyone be ready and geared up for the next region rodeo October 8th and 9th at the expo center. This year is sure to be a good one! “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

TEENS AGAINST THE PROS

By TATUM

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NELSON– ARIAT Performance Reporter

he ERA qualifiers have been in full swing and Region 10 kids have been holding tough with the best of them. The ERA Qualifying rounds starts with a Slack, Q Series, Semi Finals, and a Finals before you reach the ERA World Championship in Dallas. There are 3 separate qualifiers and you can enter all of them to give you a better chance of getting to the World Championship. Region 10 team, Ross Ashford & Laramie Allen earned two spots into the Semi Finals in the Team Roping. Leighton Berry earned 3 spots into the Semi Finals in the Bareback Riding. There are 4 performances in the Semi Finals, with the top 2 of each performance advancing to the ERA World Championship, November 11-13 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The 3rd place competitor gets a wild card to be brought back into the very last Semi Finals performance for another chance to make the Championship. Congratulations to the Region 10 kids and good luck in the rest of the qualifying rounds! I'd also like to congratulate our girls that dominated the ANHA Shootout in Waco, Tx over Labor Day weekend! Hannah Hammond, Londyn Ross, myself, and Region 10 mom, Jamie Ashford all qualified back in the 1D

Barrel Shootout Short Round and all finished in the top 10. Raley Downing made it back in the 3D Shootout as well, along with many of our Region 10 girls making the short round in both poles and barrels. For this months Senior Spotlight, I caught up with the "Best of The Best Rodeo" heeling KAMBRIA MCDOUGAL champion, Kirby Blankenship by Jo H Photography & IFYR Champion, Kambria McDougal! I loved talking with them about their 2017 goals and what they hoped for in the years to come. Kirby Blankenship is 17 and calls Lampasas home! He will be graduating from North Hills Private School! Kirby plans to attend and rodeo for Weatherford College and major in Ag Business KIRBY BLANKENSHIP & Welding. Kambria McDougal is also 17 and lives in Brock, Texas. She competes in Barrels, Poles, and Breakaway, along with being in the NHS. Kambria is also the Varsity captain of the cheer team and the President of Region 10! She plans to attend Tarleton State University and get her Masters in Business! Her goals for 2017 are to qualify for the THSRA State Finals and the NHSRA Finals. She also wants to help her horse win Horse of the Year. She plans on buying her WPRA permit and hitting a few rodeos as well! We're so excited to kick off the year at Region 10! All Rodeos at Circle T Arena in Hamilton, Tx


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JUNIOR HIGH

LETTER FROM TJHRA SECRETARY, ANNE DOLLERY

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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. One thing that has surprised me this year, is that I have had so many calls saying they are just learning about Junior High Rodeo, this of course has me puzzled. It tells me we might be missing some potential contestants. When you are going to other associations, play days or rodeos, please spread the word about Junior High Rodeo. Please give them my contact numbers and emails, I will help them find the right region for them. That is exactly what I am here for! That brings up a goal that I have set for myself is to advertise more about the Junior High rodeos. If you are reading this and you have another association that you go to please shoot me an email or a text of what the name of the association and a contact person, I would love to be able to spread the word about Junior High Rodeo. Our meeting in Dallas last month was probably one of the best meetings I have attended, because we had some talk about what they would like see changed in the association for the better of the contestants. That is exactly what these meetings are for, if you honestly have some concerns of the association and you are a paid member, contestant or adult member, getting on an agenda of state meeting is what you should be doing to voice your opinion. Even on the region level if you have a concern or something you think will better our association, and you are a member do not be shy – who knows if it concerns you and we need to make a change for the better of the association – this is your association! See you down the rodeo trail, Anne Dollery Texas Junior High Division Secretary 979-412-2551 (cell) texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

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2016-2017 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS

TJHRA STUDENT PRESIDENT REGION: Region IX AGE: 13 EVENTS: Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, Ribbon Roping FAVORITE HORSE: My pole horse Tomeka, has to be one of my favorite horses. She is blind in one eye and has been injured multiple times, but always comes back stronger than before. My sister, Sonora and I both have ridden her and she almost won state on her in eighth grade! Its kind of contradictory, poles are not Schueneman Girl’s strong suits but yet we have been very successful thanks to this mare. BIG WIN: My largest rodeo accomplishment would be winning the ribbon saddle last year in my region with William Lindsey. My sister and her ribbon partner Westyn Hughes won the same title when she was in seventh grade so it was awesome to keep the tradition alive. ROLE MODEL: My sister is my role model, because she has shown me how hard work and dedication can take you from being mediocre to being a state champion in the same year. SUPERSTITIONS: I find myself to be a very superstitious person, I will never be caught in the arena in the color yellow and putting a hat on the bed is a major no. WHAT I ENJOY: I enjoy spending money, touring historic places and hanging out with my friends in my down time. EXTRACURRICULAR: I run Cross Country and Track at school. I tried to play volleyball once, lets just say I was not a one hit wonder. FAVORITE MOVIE: My favorite movie is Forest Gump. FAVORITE SINGER: Kevin Gates is about the only singer in my playlist. FAVORITE TV SHOW: Friends. FAVORITE FOOD: I do not have a favorite food, I eat about anything. Unless its road kill, I tend to avoid that. Lasts, a year full of them. I have a year full of lasts awaiting me, just like many of you eighth graders reading this. Thinking way into the future, it’ll be my last time to carry flags with Paisley, Dugan, and Taylor. It’ll be the last time in eight years I will spend my first week of summer in Gonzales, and sadly my last time to skip a week of school, to be surrounded with the people who have helped make the past three years so memorable. This year, my goals are not varied too much compared to the previous years. I hope to win the All Around in our region, along with a few event titles as well. I also hope to earn a spot on the coveted Texas National Team. I feel that these goals will better prepare me for my high school endeavors. As my eighth grade year is just beginning, I want to challenge each ‘Rookie’ to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. Representing this association over the past two years has changed me as a person and allowed me to grow in ways I had never imagined. I feel that these experiences have prepared me for an exemplary high school career. I hope each of you can experience these same feelings before you become a ‘fish.’ I wish the best of luck to each of you as you begin or end your junior high careers, I can honestly say these three years have lead to some of the best experiences in my life. Prepare yourself for what you want your end result to be. If a state championship is what you wish to achieve, all it takes is dedication and hard work. Successful people are those who are willing to go beyond their breaking point. I have seen success at all levels, but bottom line is, it comes down to who has the will to win. “Success isn't built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its even built on catastrophe.” Good Luck to Each of you This Year, Sierra Schueneman

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Region II CASEY BAIZE 512-618-9233 KEITH KENT 325-665-8100 DANE DRIVER 432-556-5530 Region III TRACI ROSS 325-716-9443 KEVIN STEWART DUANE OVERTON

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Region V CLAYTON DRAKE 409-920-3678 VERN KAYLOR JODIE MORIAN 409-384-5552 Region VI TOMMY OHRT 361-550-5202 JASON UNDERBRINK 210-854-7718

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Region VIII JOHN DODSON jpdodson1@sbcglobal.net MATT SCIBA 361-571-7888 matt@lifepointevictoria.com BRANDON SMITH bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net Region IX STAN MCDONALD stanmcdranch@aol.com JOHN SCHUENEMAN 979-268-4994 john.schueneman@gmail.com LYLE SMITH 936-581-4255 bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net Region X JIMMY BALDWIN 903-391-4459 Lbaldwin_99@yahoo.com THOMAS BROCKWAY BRANT WARD 325-895-1662 ward23@gte.net STUDENT OFFICERS

PRESIDENT SIERRA SCHUENEMAN 936-348-4454 schuenemansierra@gmail.com V.PRES PAISLEY PIERCE 979-482-1017 SECRETARY DUGAN CHANDLER PRINCESS TAYLOR MOBBS

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

REGION IV IS BRINGING THE HEAT!

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By MAKENZIE

MAYES– TJHRA Region IV

ello! Is everyone ready for an exciting season of rodeo? I sure am! To kick things off, we have several new board members. New President is Mr. Brent Chadwick, Vice President, Mr. Chad Henry, and Secretary, Mrs. Tina Braden. We are confident they are going to do an awesome job. We have also moved! Every rodeo will be held in Sulphur Springs, Texas at Hopkins County Civic Center. I hope ya'll are practicing up for our first rodeo on September 24th and 25th. There will be some great competition with several returning Champions. Better keep your eyes on the "Rose girls", Elizabeth & Ellie Jane Rose. Both young guns have recently qualified for the Jr NFR run for Vegas and they will be bringing the heat to Region IV. So get saddled up and ready to ride. Remember, don't just practice until you get it right...Practice until you can't get it wrong!! Stay safe & God Bless Makenzie Mayes

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