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1ST VICE PRESIDENT ALAN BOHLEN

In This Issue

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

THSRA NATIONAL FINALS RESULTS

HOLLY DeLAUNE Marketing Director

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PO Drawer 468 • Hondo, TX 78861 830.426.3270 • alanbohlen@yahoo.com

830.815.1800 • delaune.holly@gmail.com

LAUREN TUTTLE STUMBERG Graphics/Layout Director lauren@distinct-graphics.com 830.249.8020

2ND VICE PRESIDENT MIKEY DUGGAN

PO Box 1414 • Canyon, TX 79015 806.674.2116 • m.j.duggan@att.net

BRIAN ROBERTS

SECRETARY/TREASURER SUSAN BALDWIN

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Region I

JADYN DUGGAN Region II

JUNIOR HIGH NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN BLAND

BLISS BOLTON Region III

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921 A FM 656 • Northfield, TX 79201 940.537.1354 • jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

BRITTANY GATES Region IV

HAYLEY NOVAK

QUEEN COORDINATOR DEE DEE DUNDA

Region V

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ZACK BEARDEN

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2016 TEXAS NATIONAL RESULTS photos courtesy of NHSRA

TEAM TEXAS, 2016 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS - TEXAS 6TH BOYS TEAM STANDINGS - TEXAS 1ST VOLLEYBALL TEAM - RESERVE CHAMPIONS TEXAS TOP 20 CONTESTANTS BULL RIDING 5. Keyshawn Whitehorse, The Woodlands, Texas, 155 7. Parker McCown, Montgomery, Texas, 149 18. Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 75 20. Dalton Grimes, Conroe, Texas, 73 BARRELS 5. Danielle Harmon, Abilene, Texas, 52.207 SADDLE BRONC 20. Parker Fleet, Axtell, Texas, 77

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POLE BENDING 20. Lyndie Dunn, Midway, Texas, 30.925 TEAM ROPING 3. Caleb Butler, Decatur, Texas, Weston Podzemny, Bridgeport, Texas, 24.13 STEER WRESTLING 2. Luke Yargo, New Waverly, Texas, 12.81 7. Ryan Nettle, Brenham, Texas, 18.38 BAREBACK 4. Lane McGehee, Victoria, Texas, 213 13. Clint Mayo, Stephenville, Texas, 173

TIE-DOWN 7. Dakota Felton, Mountain Home, Texas, 34.22 BREAKAWAY 4. Skylar Southerland, Poolville, Texas, 7.9 BOYS CUTTING 2. Samray Hooper, Andrews, Texas, 435 2. West Henderson, Orange Grove, Texas, 435 GIRL’S CUTTING 4. Tristan Bowen, Brenham, Texas, 434 GOAT TYING 6. Kenna Hayes McNeill QUEEN’S CONTEST 18. Bailey-Grace Snyder, New Braunfels, Texas, 30 TRAP 1. Bret Barnard 5. Will Black LIGHT RIFLE 5. Sissy Winn 6. Madison Myers


SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Travis Chapman, Zac O'Neal, Samray Hooper, Tell Pinner, Sissy Winn, Clint Mayo and Skylar Southerland all received a $500.00 scholarship. Luke Yargo was awarded the $3,000.00 Cinch Academic Cowboy scholarship. Cullen Eppright's horse was the Professional Choice's Reserve Champion Male Equine Athlete of the Year and he received a $500.00 scholarship.

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ZACK BEARDEN OF REGION II by Catelyn Felts

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

ongratulations to this month’s Whatakid of the month, Zack Bearden! The Region II contestant calls Sterling City, Texas home, and he just begun his senior year at Sterling City High School. He has been riding bulls as a THSRA member for three years now, and he has gotten quite a few wins under his belt. In 2015, Zack won the Reserve Champion Bull Riding title for Region II and in previous years he won a hand-full of championship and reserve championship titles from the Texas Youth Bull Riding (TYBR) organization and the Youth Bull Riding (YBR) organization. Aside from wins, Zack said he has gained a strong sense of character throughout his time competing in the bull riding event through the THSRA. “You are who you surround yourself with, and I have gained a ton of respect for the other

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competitors and everyone involved with this great organization,” Zack said. “There is not a group of people more respectful than rodeo people.” In addition to the positive character traits he has gained and his love for the “challenge of dominating bulls,” Zack said his favorite part about the THSRA is the family atmosphere. “We all come together no matter if you are a timed event competitor or a roughy, we are all treated as one big family.” Outside of the rodeo arena, Zack is a straight A student, class reporter, National Honor Society Member, and he was awarded the English Academic award and the Financial Academic award for his class during the 20152016 school year. He is also involved in the FFA. “I love working in the shop, and livestock judging; I have been very blessed to have an amazing ag teacher who has impacted my life greatly,” Zack said. However, it does not matter if Zack is in the classroom, or at home, there is a large possibility he is preparing for his next time in the rodeo arena. Zack explained how much of his time is spent preparing for his next rodeo, whether it be mental preparation or physical. “I have a desire to not only be great at what I believe to be the best sport in the world, but to make the sport itself better in the examples I set in and out of the arena,” he said. “I work at it all day, whether it is on my drop barrel, watching bull riding film or daydreaming about becoming successful.” It is clear through Zack’s accomplishments, and his goals he is a hard worker, but even his actions and reputation seem to portray the work ethic and drive he seems to possess. “Contestants like Zack are what makes a region secretary’s job worth it,” Jody McElroy, THSRA Region II Secretary said. “He is always willing to do anything to help run the rodeo, and he has blessed us several times with the opening prayer; he’s a special kid.” While Zack craves success in the rodeo arena he explained how his number one goal is to shine the light of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “I want to be a positive example to not only my peers, but all of the kids coming up,” Zack said. He also gave credit to his grandad for being the foundation his morals and outlook on life evolved from. “He has been the foundation I stand on,” Zack said. “He is not only my grandad, but my best friend.” In the future, Zack plans to attend college and continue working toward his dream of becoming the best bull rider to ever ride in the PBR. Once he retires, he said he would like to get a commentating job for the PBR. Until then, Zack said he is honored to be selected as this month’s Whatakid. “It’s an honor to be selected for something that goes so far beyond the rodeo arena, it is truly a feeling that I can’t put into words,” he said. “To me this means that I have done a good job reflecting myself and the light I carry with me.”


2016-2017 MISS TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL RODEO QUEEN

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i! My name is Bailey-Grace Snyder and I am your Miss Texas High School Rodeo Queen! I am proud to be a first generation cowgirl! I come from a great family, but one without a ranching or rodeo background. I was introduced to the sport of rodeo at my hometown PRCA rodeo. The cowboys and cowgirls competing in the arena had my full attention. The cowgirl who took the time to answer all my rodeo questions and encouraged me to always dream big, was the rodeo queen. I decided right then, at age six, that I wanted to rodeo. It hasn't been an easy dream to chase, but it has always been worth it! THSRA has now become my rodeo family. After competing in barrels and poles for several years, I learned to rope and tie goats. I competed in the queens contest with hopes to inspire future rodeo generations in the same way I was. The fire that was lit inside my heart years ago continues to shine brightly today with passion and desire! I love encouraging others and letting them know that with hard work and determination, any dream is attainable. I am incredibly blessed to be given the opportunity to represent the THSRA this year and I hope to see you down the rodeo road!

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YOUTH RODEO ASSOCIATION 2016 - 2017 YRA SEASON

The 2016-2017 rodeo year is the 45th Anniversary of the YRA. At the YRA Finals All-Around, Year End and Finals Average saddles will be awarded in each event along with belt buckles through 6th Place for Year End. To qualify for the Finals you only have to enter 6 rodeos.

2016 Awards: 1 – Aluminum Trailer, 2-Three Horse Trailers, 66 Saddles, 170 Belt Buckles, and Scholarships YEAR END ALL AROUNDS WILL EACH DRAW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN ALUMINUM TRAILER Entry Blanks and the Schedule are available on the YRA website: www.yratx.com or call 713-501-8843 AGE GROUPS (AS OF 9/1/16) Group PeeWee: ages 8 & under Sub Junior: ages 9 – 12 Juniors: ages 13 – 15 Seniors: ages 16 – 19

1ST RODEO DEADLINE Postmark – 8/29 Call In - 9/6

TEXT @YRA to 512-270-7024 for info texts! Like the Youth Rodeo Association Facebook Page!!

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SCHEDULE: Sept. 9 & 10, 2016 – Edna Sept. 23,24,25, 2016 – Gonzales - Short Go 9/25 Sept. 30, Oct.1, 2016 Smithville Oct. 21 & 22, 2016 – Bastrop Oct. 28 & 29 – Bellville Nov. 18 & 19, 2016 – Hitchcock Jan. 6 & 7, 2017 – Rosenberg Jan. 20 & 21, 2017 – Alvin Feb. 3,4,5 2017 – Edna - Short Go 2/5 Feb. 10 & 11, 2017 – Caldwell March 3 & 4, 2017 – Halletsville March 17,18,19, 2017 – Gonzales - Short Go 3/19 June 14-17, 2017 – YRA Finals – Gonzales

Friday Perf 7:00 PM * Saturday Perf 11:00 AM * Short Go - 10:00 AM

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EVENTS

Bareback Calf Riding Steer (Jr. Bull Riding) Bull Riding Chute Dogging PeeWee Poles Sub Jr. Poles Jr. Poles Sr. Poles Sub Jr. Tiedown Jr. Tiedown Sr. Tiedown PeeWee Barrels Sub Jr. Barrels Jr. Barrels Sr. Barrels Sub Jr. Ribbons Jr. Ribbons Jr./Sr. Girls Ribbons Sr. Ribbons PeeWee Figure 8s Sub Jr. Figure 8s Jr. Figure 8s Steer Wrestling Sub Jr. Girls Breakaway Sub Jr. Boys Breakaway Jr. Girls Breakaway Sr. Girls Breakaway Jr. Boys Breakaway Sub Jr. Goat Tying Jr. Goat Tying Sr. Goat Tying Team Roping

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2017 THSRA STATE FINALS BIDS / APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED Due Oct. 5th. - Print all application information on website: www.thsra.org/state-office-information THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE THSRA INVITES YOU TO SUBMIT A BID AND/OR APPLICATION. Please apply per the stated requirements. If you wish to offer any alternatives and/or qualify your bid and/or application, please include with your application. ALL BIDS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 5, 2016. Please include your telephone number. Bid and applications will remain sealed until Friday, October 14, 2016, at which time the Stock Committee will open and review all. The Stock Committee meeting will be held in Hallettsville, Texas, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Family Center starting at 7:00PM. Interested applicants are invited to attend the meeting; however, you must submit a sealed bid and/or application by the October 5th deadline. Cotton George, Ntl. Dir. PO Box 30 Martinsville, TX 75958 (936)564-8993

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Chris Wolfe, President 630 E FM 813 Palmer, TX 75152 (214)403-4638

Susan Baldwin, Secretary 704 1/2 Southview Circle Center, TX 75935 (936)590-4447

MAIL ALL APPLICATIONS TO: Cotton George, National Director 704 1/2 Southview Circle Center, TX 75935 Please indicate on the outside of your envelope APPLICATION ENCLOSED. RODEO PERFORMANCES: 5 morning and 4 evening performances beginning Monday morning, June 5th and ending Saturday, June 10th, 2017. The final go round will be held on Saturday afternoon, June 10th. The 1st go round will be run Monday and Tuesday using two (2) arenas. The 2nd go round will be held in the Coliseum starting with the Wednesday morning performance. QUEENS CONTEST: The Queens Contest will be held June 3rd and June 4th, 2017. A. PHOTOGRAPHER -­BID 1. Must work all rodeo performance, finals, queens contest and awards presentations. 2. THSRA logo to be used on all photos. 3. Complimentary photos of all event winners and team furnished to THSRA. 4. Submit schedule of price structure and rebates to THSRA. 5. Work with publicity committee where possible 6. Submit references with bid. B. VIDEO -­BID 1. Must work all rodeo performance, finals and

2. Submit schedule of price structure and rebates to THSRA. 3. Submit references with bid C. BULLFIGHTERS -­3 REQUIRED 1. Applications will be reviewed by Stock Committee. 2. Must work all rodeo performances and finals where rough stock is used. 3. Position salary will be $1,000 plus room or RV hookup. 4. Submit enclosed application. D. TIMED/ROUGH STOCK JUDGES -­4 REQUIRED 1. 2016 - 18 NHSRA rule book will govern. 2. Position salary will be $2,000 plus room or RV hookup. 3. Submit enclosed application. E. ANNOUNCER -­1 REQUIRED 1. Must work all rodeo performances, finals and awards presentations. 2. Position salary will be $3,000 plus room or RV hookup. 3. Submit enclosed application.

F. OUTDOOR ARENA/REINED COW HORSE ANNOUNCER -­1 REQUIRED 1. Must work 1st go round of events in outdoor arena and all Reined Cow Horse performances, finals and awards presentation. 2. Position salary will be $750.00 plus room or RV hookup. 3. Submit enclosed application. G. RODEO SECRETARY -­1 REQUIRED 1. Must work all rodeo performances and finals. 2. Position salary will be $1,200.00 plus room or RV hookup. 3. Submit enclosed application. H. RODEO TIMER -­2 REQUIRED 1. Must work all rodeo performances and finals. 2. Position salary will be $1,000.00 plus room or RV hookup. 3. Submit enclosed application. I. OUTDOOR ARENA TIMER -­1 REQUIRED 1.Must work 1st go round of events in outdoor arena. 2. Position salary will be $400.00 plus room or RV hookup. 3. Submit enclosed application.

J. POINTS ANALYST -­2 REQUIRED 1. Must maintain points for all rodeo performances and finals. 2. Must be knowledgeable of ARTS program. 3. Position salary will be $900.00 plus room or RV hookup. 4. Submit enclosed application. K. CUTTING SECRETARY/OUTDOOR ARENA TIMER -­1 REQUIRED 1. Must work all cutting performances and finals. 2. Must time 1st go round of events in outdoor arena. 3. Position salary will be $1,000.00 plus room or RV hookup. 4. Submit enclosed application. L. REINED COW HORSE SECRETARY -­1 REQUIRED 1. Must work all RCH performances and finals. 2. Position salary will be $500.00 plus room or RV hookup. 3. Submit enclosed application.

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LEE LOWREY PO Box 1320 • Pampa, Texas 79066 806.663.3300 • lwl.lowrey@yahoo.com

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - SHELBY SPIELMAN VICE PRESIDENT 1- KORY MCCONNELL VICE PRESIDENT 2- DYLAN MYERS SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - SIERRA WHITE STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

TED WHITE PO Box 341 • Happy, Texas 79042 806.764.3469 • ted.white99@yahoo.com SECRETARY - BRANDY WRIGHT 11555 US HWY 83 • Canadian, Texas 79014 806.255.0034 • tristaterodeo@yahoo.com

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TRAVIS PATTERSON 11943 CR 27 • Spearman, Texas 79081 806.659.3339 • tpatterson@npec.org PRESIDENT- TRAVIS PATTERSON 11943 CR 27 • Spearman, Texas 79081 806.659.3339 • tpatterson@npec.org

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Spicer Gripp Invitational Roping

By Jadyn Duggan

– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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Region I! This past Summer, besides the THSRA State Finals, many THSRA members competed in Shawnee, Oklahoma for the 2016 International Finals Youth Rodeo. There were 923 contestants, 15 teams, and over 500 volunteers who made the rodeo possible. Out of these 923 contestants and 15 teams, Region 1 has 26 hard working cowboys and cowgirls trying their best to put the Spicer Gripp Team on the map. Spicer Gripp was a widely known

and well respected man in the Texas panhandle. When Spicer passed away his family and friends started a memorial team roping. This eventually became the Spicer Gripp Invitational Roping which is held at the Spicer Gripp Memorial Arena each August. The proceeds from the team roping go toward the a ROBBYN WELLS scholarship fund and the photo by Rodeo Bums Photography International Finals Youth Rodeo Team. The team was started about four years ago by Linda McConnell and now is coached by Jeri Wells. Jeri’s two daughters, Robbyn and Matty Wells, are competed at the IFYR I asked Jeri what her goals for the team this year were, “First and foremost I just wanted to give the kids the opportunity to come to Shawnee that didn’t have the chance before. I want them to go out and fun, do their best, and learn the value of being a part of a team while forming a team unity.” She says the team’s goal is to do their best and be able to bring home to Texas the team championship title at the end of the week. Jeri also says when choosing the team members they try to keep it local. “ We watch kids all year at the region rodeos. We try to choose the ones that have the best attitude both inside and outside the arena and those who are willing to work as individuals and a team.”The team is required to help out at the Spicer Gripp Invitational Roping, sponsor dinner, and promote the Spicer Gripp Foundation throughout the year. The 2016 Spicer Gripp IFYR team members include Carly Christian, Robbyn Wells and Rilee Didway in the Barrel Racing. Mattie Wells and Rilee Didway in the Pole Bending. Jesse Valdez, Carly Christian and Matty Wells in the Breakaway Roping. Matty Wells, Jesse Valdez, and Rilee Didway in the Goat Tying. True Lacina, Quade Hiatt and Jabin Rice in the Calf Roping. Cody Harter in the Steer Wrestling. Lane Oles and Wyatt Culver in the Saddle Bronc. Lane Oles, Wyatt Culver and Quade Wright in the Bull Riding.Quade Hiatt, True Lacina, Hayden Cape and Jabin Rice in the Team Roping. MATTY WELLS

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OALS. Goals are things we set for ourselves to strive and work toward in life. With each new year, day, and week, we have the opportunity to set bigger and better goals for ourselves. However, our ambitions are not simply achieved. Typically, lots of hard work and dedication to the cause goes into obtaining one’s dreams. It is a new year here in Region II, which means it is a time for our Region II contestants to set new goals for themselves for the upcoming season of rodeo. Now is also the time for contestants to put in the blood, sweat, and tears that will be necessary to achieve their aims. Rodeo athletes are no strangers to this sort of dedication. From the incoming freshman to the seniors whose final year of high school rodeo is upon them, all contestants will have some sort of expectation set for themselves beginning this new year. Some may be looking to redeem themselves from times past, and some may be looking to do things they have never accomplished. This is the case for incoming freshman, Jordyn Williams. This will only be Williams’ second year

to be involved in rodeo, being a newcomer to the sport. She is looking to achieve things she has never done before. When asked what some of her goals were for the 2016-2017 year of rodeo she said, “I am mainly looking to gain the experience that high school rodeo will give me, I would also like to make CHARLIE GIBSON some winning runs and possibly go to the state finals.” Williams intends on making these dreams a reality by fixing some problems at home in the practice pen before the rodeos start and focusing on riding and performing how she needs to at the rodeos in order to be successful. Williams seems to have a solid plan coming into her first year of high school rodeo and is sure to have success in the future. Another Region II patron, Charlie Gibson, who was JORDYN WILLIAMS just featured in Rodeo News magazine, also has big objectives set for himself this year. Gibson says his goals for the year are to win the tie down roping and team roping for the year. He doesn't want to miss a single calf or steer this year in order to be eligible for the bonus cash given to the contestants with clean runs all year long. Gibson was asked about his plans to achieve those aims, he responded, “ In order to achieve those goals, I am practicing harder and more than ever before. I have also added more strength building exercises to my daily routine, and I am working on my nutrition intake.” Gibson is sure to be a strong contender this year in Region II with all of his hard work and dedication. It looks like our Region II high school rodeo athletes really know what it’s going to take in order to reach their dreams this year. This season is sure to be one of stiff competition with the high standards and ambitions these kids have set for themselves. It will be a time for new opportunities to be successful and to achieve greater goals than ever before. So with that, good luck Region II, in all that you do.

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

The Lewis Family of Region II

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by Catelyn Felts

ongratulations to the Lewis’ for being selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the Month! The Region II family, Spicer, Erica, Tristin (17) and Scout (8), reside in Paducah, Texas and help out on the Triangle Ranch located right in between Paducah and Crowell, Texas. There are four camps on the Triangle Ranch, each run by different men, while Tyson Johnson is the manager. Spicer has been running the Headquarters camp for the past five years, and Tristin has worked with him for the past two years anytime that she is not in school. “The ranch is owned by Agreserves, Inc.,” Erica explained. “The entire family helps during the summer months and whenever there is a school holiday.” The main business of the ranch is cow/calf operation. When the calves are weaned, they are retained on the ranch as native yearlings and shipped when they are ready. The SCOUT LEWIS ranch also receives yearlings from Florida and ships them out when they are ready as well. With so many roles that are needed on the Triangle ranch, Erica said it is vital for everyone to work together and help out wherever they are needed. “The kids from each camp help their parents, many wives assist, and the cowboys all help each other on an as-needed basis,” Erica said. “From water gaps to mavericks, it is a family affair!” The family expressed how they love the ranching lifestyle because it teaches the kids responsibility, and it instills a good work ethic. “Scout and Tristin love working on the ranch with their dad, and we love that they can go home, saddle a horse, and either practice or just ride,” Erica said. When the family is not working on the ranch, they enjoy travel-

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ling to rodeos together. “Rodeo has become a lifestyle for us,” Erica said. “We travel together, practice together, and we coach each other.” Erica explained how Scout has started to run barrels, poles, and tie goats in local rodeos; however, she does not take the sport as serious as Tristin yet. Tristin is currently focusing on her team roping, breakaway roping, and training a few barrel horses as well. The family travels to team ropings together as well as a couple of other youth rodeo organizations, including the THSRA. They explained how they love to go to the THSRA rodeos because of the great atmosphere and family-like bond they share with others who are involved in the organization. “Tristin has met some wonderful, lifelong friends because of high school rodeo,” Erica said. “The lessons learned and the memories made are a priceless treasure.” TRISTAN LEWIS Though Tristin is a senior this year, Erica and Spicer said they plan to haul Scout to the high school rodeos once she gets old enough. Until then, the family said they are very honored to be selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month. “Our family is proud of our ranching heritage and we love the western lifestyle,” Erica said. “We we would like to thank McCoy’s for all they do to bring recognition to ranching families.”

SPICER & ERICA LEWIS


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

SECRETARY - LARIAT LERNER

Region III

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

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - HAYLEY DANLEY VICE PRESIDENT - PRESLI BRAY 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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Rodeo Time!

By BRITTANY GATES

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s the new school year starts we are all a little sad but, not me! The start of the new year means the start of the sport I LOVE!! Rodeo TIME! The smell of the fresh plowed dirt, the hum of the tractor, the cows (and all that goes with them) I love it! Let’s be honest I go to school, so I can rodeo, I count down the hours, and mark off the days, waiting for the weekend to arrive. I know every rodeo athlete feels the same way. We all rodeo here and there and travel to week long rodeos during the summer and hit every youth rodeo event that we can manage to find and for some of us those week long rodeos during the summer are what we work towards all year long! Shout out to all of our parents for all the hauling time and training time they put in for us all! Thank GOD for

our parents that love the sport as much as we do that they take the time and foot the bill for the most part for our rodeo addiction. Now Summer is over and we are back at school, doing the count down to the weekends again. When we can be living our dreams, if only for a day or two at a time. Come on yawl it’s rodeo TIME! A time for us to all get to see our rodeo families! So barrel races get your over and unders warmed up, goat tying and ty down ropers get those pigging strings and calf strings warmed up and loose. Pole Benders get those horse changing those leads! Bareback riders get those riggings cleaned up! Saddle Bronc riders get your saddles packed up and shined up! Ropers get those horses ready to get I that box and charge out. Bull Riders get those bull ropes ready and those chaps shined up. Seer westerlies get those horses legged up and be building your own mussels while you are at it. ITS RODEO TIME!! Red Hot Region III, members it’s on in Graham Texas at the Young Co Arena this year! For Stall or Hook-Ups call Stall & RV Phone: (940) 550-2408. Remember you have to have your entry and memberships post marked by August 26th for the September 10th and 11th Rodeo! You can find all your forms at www.thrsa3.com Entries will be posted Monday prior to the Rodeo weekend. If you need more information please call Kelley Williams, Secretary Phone: 817-706-8236

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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

Ready for a Great Season!

By HALEY NOVAK– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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ummer is most every high schoolers favorite time of the year! For most high schoolers it is time off, full of relaxation, and stress free. Well for us that compete in the sport of rodeo summer is one of our biggest and most important times of the year! The time off from school means countless hours in the practice pen, long drives down the road, and many rodeos to be entered. If you use your time wisely in the summer it can have a huge pay out by the end of the season! The countless hours we put in the practice pen are what really make it count at the end of the day. For one of Region IV’s members, Trevor Ludtkey tells us how he’s been practicing, “I’ve been trying to work on the few mistakes that really held me back last year… like not just throwing one wrap on them, so my calves will have a better chance of staying down this year!” All of us kids in rodeo have been focusing on bettering our old issues that held us back the previous year. Maci Ray another Region IV member has been using her summer wisely as well, “I really focused on practicing for a couple hours every day throughout the week,

and on the weekends I have been hauling to UPRA rodeos and a few youth rodeos here and there.” If you have the dreams of making it to state, and then nationals…dedication is what it will take to get you to that point at the top that everyone has dreams of making it too. Region IV has also made some changes to it, that are going to be a bit different than we’ve been used too. Our biggest change that has been made is we are moving arenas from Jerry Wades in Terrell to th Sulphur Springs. We also made some changes to the board which include our new secretary, Tina Braden and president Brent Chadwick. TREVOR LUDTKEY They will be accompanied by fifteen other photo by Jennings board memebers to help assist. With these changes being made to Region IV it should put all of the cards in place for a great upcoming season.


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caliber of rodeo athletes. “Texas and top rodeo athletes go hand in hand and the TJHRA and THSRA are where it all starts. These great organizations provide a platform for the rodeo youth of Texas to not only go on and succeed in this sport but more importantly go on and succeed in life. Vexil is a youth driven brand and we are very excited to support the youth from the Great State of Texas!” - Shawn Wiese, Owner of VEXIL BRAND. “Our high school rodeo athletes embody the culture of VEXIL BRAND and we are excited to launch a partnership with a company that desires to be a partner with us,” said Holly DeLaune, THSRA Marketing Director. VEXIL BRAND will officially launch their sponsorship at the THSRA State Finals in Abilene, Texas, June 4-11, where they will have a booth in the Cowboy Shopping Mall. VEXIL BRAND will be donating 10% of all sales from this booth back to the THSRA. Online customers can take advantage of this great promotion by purchasing VEXIL BRAND products at www.vexilbrand.com and using the code THSRA or TJHRA at checkout for 10%.

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

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The Season Never Stops!

PRESIDENT - SHELLIE LUMMUS VICE PRESIDENT - CK WRIGHT SECRETARY - SHAYLON ELMS

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

By TAYLIN ANTONICK – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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ome might think that High School Rodeo season ends after the National High School Finals each year and doesn’t resume until the end of August when region rodeos begin again. However, Region V proves this assumption wrong, as we had cowboys and cowgirls tearing up the rodeo road all summer long! It all started at state finals. Region V members fought through the com-

KRISTIN REEVES RECEIVES HER BUCKLE AND CHECK AT AFTER WINNING THE GOAT TYING AT THE TEXAS FFA RODEO.

petition and ten young men and women rose above it all to qualify for nationals. Tell Pinner (trap shooting), Gabe Brunson (trap shooting), Keyshawn Whitehorse (bull riding), Dalton Grimes (bull riding), Reagan Davis (pole bending), Jayden Gould (breakaway roping), Cayl Sieber (team roping), Clayton Lowry (team roping), Travis Chapman (bareback riding), and Logan Cook (saddle bronc riding) all qualified to represent the state of Texas at nationals! Jayden Gould describes competing with REAGAN DAVIS AND JAYDEN GOULD the best ropers in the nation as SHOW OFF THEIR BUCKLE AND CHECKS “a benefit to her roping ability”, THEY WON AT THE TATUM YOUTH RODEO. and she says she felt “so blessed as a freshman to have the chance to go.” Although her trip to nationals did not go quite as expected, she remains positive and cannot wait to get going at the first Region V rodeo in August. Gabe Brunson says that he really enjoyed shooting at the Gillette Gun Club and was proud to have the opportunity to represent Region V and Texas, and like Jayden, looks forward to the starting up of high school competitions. When asked for any advice the qualifiers would give contestants coming into the following high school rodeo year, both Gould and Brunson said to attend as many competitions outside of set region dates to get comfortable in any situation, no matter what pressure is on your shoulders. Gould put it best, “Pressure alone can kill your chances. It’s best to learn to deal with it


before you get there and have so much on the line.” Athletes from Region V have been rodeoing all summer, getting runs in so that they can be at their best when region rodeos start back up. Goat Tying will be extremely tough here in V this year, as our girls are winning almost everywhere they go! Kristin Reeves won both rounds of the Texas FFA Rodeo earning herself a $1000 check and buckle. She also won the goat tying at a youth rodeo in Fairfield, while she won second at rodeos in Livingston, Caldwell, and Commerce. As an incoming sophomore, she will be bringing the heat this fall! The same goes for 2015 State Goat Tying Champion Mersadie Martin. She won the Livingston youth rodeo and placed second at Caldwell. Martin competed well in the team roping at Livingston also, ending up third overall. She says that she will be giving her senior year all she’s got, and we are excited to watch where the chips fall. Skyler Wools ended up fourth in the tiedown roping at the Caldwell youth rodeo, and Cooper Clinton has been competitive at many rodeos in breakaway roping and barrel racing. At a youth rodeo in Tatum in early August, two Region V competitors won all-around buckles. Ethan Craig took home the boy’s all-around, while Jayden Gould locked in the girl’s all-around. At that same rodeo, Reagan Davis won the average in the goat tying and Taylin Antonick won second in the average in the barrels. These are only a few of the many success stories Region V cowboys and cowgirls have had this summer, and they are looking to add more wins to their resumes in the upcoming year. The 2016-2017 year is bound to be interesting and worth watching! For incoming freshmen, a new level of competition will meet them at the first region rodeo in Orange, TX. Returning members will be reunited with their good friends and the tough competition that they love. THSRA, Region V is gearing up to have an awesome year and we will continue to prove that we are THE BIGGEST, THE BADDEST, AND THE BEST region of competitors in Texas. Until next time, in the words of Gabe Brunson, “Pray hard and shoot straight!”

GABE BRUNSON QUALIFIED FOR THE NATIONAL FINALS IN THE TRAP SHOOTING COMPETITION.

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PRESIDENT - BAILEY BENNIGHT VICE PRESIDENT - LINDSEI HARVEY SECRETARY - MORGAN FAJKUS

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

IT’S RODEO SEASON By PAIGE DAWSON

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ell, it’s that time of year again - time for all of us to meet in Gonzales, Texas once or twice a month and compete for an opportunity to make State. Our first Region rodeo is September 10th and 11th with our meeting before the rodeo on Saturday. Student event directors will be elected at this meeting and lots of important information, dates, etc. will be discussed. As most of y’all have heard Texas brought home the National Team Title and Trophy this year! Way to go Team Texas! Also, Region VI’s Cullen Eppright was elected the new NHSRA President; he’s the first person from Texas to have held both the title of NJHRA President and now NHSRA President. Congrats and way to represent! And a big shout out

(LEFT TO RIGHT): NEW NHSRA PRESIDENT - CULLEN EPPRIGHT, SECRETARY – GRACE HASLERAND, VICE PRESIDENT - KYLER DICK

to Steer Wrestler, Ryan Nettle, who ended up 7th in the nation in steer wrestling; placing in the top 25 in the first go round with a 7.07, 4th in the second round with a 4.55, and 11th in the short go with a 6.76. In the Goat Tying, Mayce Marek finished 4th in the second round with a 7.52 and in the Girls Cutting, Paige Dawson marked a 146 in the second round for a 3-way tie for 5th. Not only did Texas and our Region VI members shine in the rodeo and cutting arenas, we were also stars on the volleyball court! Region VI members Mitchell Hutto, Mayce Marek, Ryan Nettle, Paige Dawson and Chaser Crouch all helped the team to a Reserve Volleyball Championship. Though we lost in TEXAS VOLLEYBALL TEAM the Championship game to Colorado, we beat 5 other teams to make it to the finals and had lots of fun doing it! Summer has come to an end and whether you spent it going to rodeos or on vacation relaxing or even in the practice pen, it’s time to saddle up and get ready for another High School rodeo season. This year, no matter if you have your sites set on winning your first saddle, winning your favorite event, making Nationals, or even just qualifying for State, always remember to work hard at your goals and never give up. “ Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard!”

RYAN NETTLE STEER WRESTLING


Behind region VII rodeo

PRESIDENT - KASSIE KERSH VICE PRESIDENT - BRADY BARHAM SECRETARY - MARCI RALEY

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

By VICTORIA PINEDA

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– ARIAT Performance Reporter

egion VII is not only home of great rodeo competition, but also great rodeo officials. Anne Dollery, who most people believe is the best of the best rodeo secretaries, left region VII for a full time job for the city of Gonzales. While everyone was very happy for her we were also left wondering how can anyone fill her shoes? Well, Nena Boettcher was brave enough to take that job, and what a job she has done. She is always there to answer all our questions, the draw is always done fairly and on time. For the last two years we can't even tell there was a change in secretaries, and that says a lot. Sitting up there with Miss Nena is always Dee Ann Rawlinson, and Amy Kretzschmar keeping the rodeo moving smoothly. Clint Rawlinson is our President, but not only that he is one awesome pick up man. He can always be found riding great horses that help keep our competitors safe and the arena clear. Not only that but no matter what event is going on he is always in the pen helping with whatever needs done and encouraging all the contestants. He is also

one awesome tractor driver. Brandon Brattin is the Vice President, he is always smiling and also helping with everything. He is also quick to say,”If you need anything at all please let me know!” His wife is Mrs. Gina Bratton. She is always in the goat pen making sure the goat draw is even and fair. We can't forget Steve Dollery. He drives all the way to Edna for every rodeo just to haze for our steer wrestler. He takes time out of his day and hauls his own hazing horse just for us here at Region VII. He is truly a blessing to us. The state of Texas is a awesome place to rodeo in. There is not a shortage of fierce and great competition. Choosing a region to rodeo in is not always easy. But having great competitors and awesome officials and parents in Region VII make it an unbelievable and remarkable place to call home. Here's a special thanks to all these people who keep us mentally and physically rodeo ready. We appreciate all that everyone does.

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - ABBY SLAGLE VICE PRESIDENT - MORGAN ARNOLD SECRETARY - MONTANA COX 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 NEW YEAR OF RODEO BRINGS NEW THINGS FOR EL OCHO!

By Mollee

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Herrmann – ARIAT Performance Reporter

016 will be a year of change for the contestants of El Ocho! Contestants, parents and livestock are all in for some exciting changes as we kick off the new rodeo season in September! Since 2009, Sinton Texas and the San Patricio Fairgrounds has been the exclusive home to our Region VIII Junior High and High School Rodeos. This year, our board has decided to change things up a bit! Contestants and their parents can look for a change of scenery as we travel to three different locations for our EL OCHO rodeos! Robstown, Uvalde and Sinton will be on the venue for the exciting rodeo action! September, October and February will find our contestants in the old trusty San Patricio Fairgrounds arena. Come November and January, you will find us in the hill country at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Our final rodeo and awards banquet will be in March in Robstown at the Richard Borchard Fairgrounds. We are all excited about the positive changes our board has made with our region rodeo locations! Not only will our contestants get to compete in different arenas, but we will get to visit new towns as we travel to these new places! New restaurants, new scenery and new campgrounds for us to stay!

Not only is our location changing, but our rodeos, which have previously always been on Saturdays, are flip flopping a bit! In October, our high school rodeo will take place on a SUNDAY (October 9) and in February, we will compete on Sunday as well (February 12). This will be great for those students who are involved in Football, Volleyball, Basketball and any other UIL sanctioned event because it frees up Saturday! Our board has really been thinking about what is best for our members, and this will really help out those that are involved in different events! We are lucky to have a great new board this year, headed up by first time President, Mike Solomon. Mike is sophomore member, Mackenzie Bryce’s dad and has been involved in the ranching industry for his entire life and was a PBR stock contractor for about a decade. Recently, he and his wife, and family have built and opened an equine swimming and rehab facility in Kingsville called FitHorse. Our vice president of speed events is Tracy Arnold, mom of senior member Morgan Arnold. Tracy can always be found working – in or out of the arena, she is always busy helping our region be successful! Our vice president of roping is Chuck Fretwell, dad of sophomore member Cash. Chuck keeps our roping events running smoothly and typically keeps us laughing as he is known to entertain us in the arena! He is a hard worker and our ropers will be very happy to see him in the arena again this year! Chuck also has a jr high member, Kadi and he wears two hats as a member of the junior high board, as well! Our state directors are Chuck Fretwell, Brandon Smith and Kelly Beall. This trio will be our voice with the state this year and we are happy to have them acting on our behalf! And completing our board of awesome leaders is our sensational secretary, Celina Fetty. If you have never been in the office when Celina is in charge, take a moment to go visit with her – you won’t be disappointed! Not only is Celina very helpful, but she also has a HUGE SWEET TOOTH, and is known to stock the office with all kinds of goodies to keep everyone’s energy up during our rodeos! We love the sweets and we love our secretary! One thing that remains the same for the members of El Ocho is the great rodeo action, friendships and community service projects that we participate in. This year should be a great year for all of those things!


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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

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

409.781.3902 • kimackel@thsra9.com

Region IX

PRESIDENT - JAKE HUGHES VICE PRESIDENT - MEGAN WRIGHT SECRETARY - HAILEY BRUENING

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

PRESIDENT- EDDIE DYSON

DON EDWARDS

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter

appy Rodeo season everyone! We have all been in the practice pen, at a rodeo, or even on a beach this summer, but it’s time to gear back up for another great rodeo season. Here at region 9 we have many incoming freshman. Lacy Bruening is making the transition from junior high this year. She said, “It’s exciting to enter High School Rodeo and compete against tougher and more competition! After watching my sister for four years, I am definitely ready to follow in her footsteps! After making Junior High Nationals in goat tying two years in a row, I hope to continue and make it to Wyoming as a freshman. This past year at nationals in Lebanon, TN, I won the

second round and had the fastest time of the week with a 7.0 and also, won the high stakes jackpot with a 7.8 and 6.9 out of 60 of the top girls. I am super thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had in Junior High Rodeo, but I’m even more excited to see what my future holds in High School Rodeo!” Making the transition from junior high to high school is sometimes a big step because of the stiffer competition, but she is ready for it. The freshman are bringing their A-Game this year, so our upperclassman better be ready for the competition. Taking another look at the upcoming season we want to congratulate our Region 9 competitors representing Team Texas, which traveled up to Gillette for Nationals this summer. Lyndie Dunn and Pamela Henderson, pole bending; Senora Schueneman, goat tying; Taylor Lawson, breakaway; Luke Yargo, steer wrestling; Boudreaux Campbell and Parker McCown, bull riding; Grant Valdez, boys cutting; and Brady Hooks, shooting. Out of the nine we had four make it in the top 20 at Nationals. In bull riding, Parker McCown placed seventh and Boudreaux placed eighteenth in the nation. A graduating senior, Luke Yargo, who came into Nationals in fourth place from Texas, dominated the competition and ended up the Reserve National Champion in steer wrestling. Lyndie Dunn, the Reserve State Champion pole bender ended up twentieth in the nation. She told us, “My favorite part of the whole week was getting to represent Texas and of course, Region 9. Also, meeting all kinds of people from all of the different states. The competition was pretty tough, the same as Texas State Finals in a way, but there was way more people running, so I had to out run so many more people than I did in Abilene. It was pretty awesome.” Congratulations and way to represent Region 9 and Team Texas! Region 9 has been gearing up for this next season all year. We recently had a region meeting to go over the rules of the rodeo and elect directors and executive board members. We established that we would be having a cowboy prom this year

LUKE YARGO

LYNDIE DUNN


along with all of our rodeos being held at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan. Mike Ghormley was elected to be a state director, alongside Eddie Dyson and Don Edwards. Rex Cartwright, Lisa Webb, John Schueneman, Ricky Ferguson, Jim Hodges, Scott Bruening, Miranda Staggs, Lane Stapleton, and Angie Green were elected to be executive directors. Tiny Dyson would be the announcer for the year and Hat Brand Rodeo Co. would be the stock contractor. Region 9 would also like to remind all competitors and parents that stalls and hookups are first come first serve, panels are not to be set up in the parking lot at the expo center, dogs must be kept on a leash, and the rodeo arena should be clear except for judges, contestants, and directors. Not only should we be gearing up for the rodeo season, but we should be getting ready to bring our A-Game back to school. The summer season is gone and it’s time to get back in the swing of early mornings and busy days. Remember to get your schoolwork done in a timely manner, not procrastinating until the day before the assignment is due. Another important thing to remember is to be a leader. Be that person that others look up to and strive to be like. Leaders are achievers. The better you do in school the better college you get into so don’t put school at the end of your to-do list. Remember no pass, no play. The fall and high school rodeo season is here and with it comes a lot of responsibility. Remember to get your schoolwork done, exercise your horse, bring you’re A-Game to the rodeos, and above all strive to be the best person you can be. We have had all summer to practice and get a little time off of school, but now it’s time to grind. Be responsible, be involved, and be great.

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

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

LARRY CUDD 150 CR 327 • Gatesville, Texas 76528 larrycudd@yahoo.com • 254.394.3885

JAMIE MCDOUGAL 3046 Dusk Drive • Weatherford, Tx 76088 817.598.9560 • jamiewmcdougal@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By TATUM

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NELSON– ARIAT Performance Reporter

egion X May be Taking a Break This Summer, but Our Members Aren’t! Region X has been heating up this entire summer. Many of our contestants have been on fire; from the THSRA State finals, to the IFYR in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to the NHSRA Finals, to UPRA/CPRA rodeos, and many others. It doesn’t matter what rodeo it is, or who it is, if a region X member is entered, be prepared for the highest level of competition. Starting this summer off, Garett Chick and Kirby Blakenship had two, clean, solid runs and are the 2016 Gallup, New Mexico, Best of The Best Champion

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Team Ropers. Maci Berry stepped up her game and is the 2016 Roy Cooper 13-15 girls Breakaway Champion. She also won 5th in the average of the 16-19 girls Breakaway at the Roy Cooper. Shawnee, Oklahoma may have been tough this year, but that didn’t stop Ross Ashford as he is your 2016 IFYR Champion Heeler for Laramie Allen. The man himself, Parker Fleet won 7th in the first round of the Saddle Bronc at the NHSRA Finals in Gillette, Wyoming, made the short round, and ended his Sophomore year sitting at the top in the nation. A couple of other region X team ropers, Peyton Walters and Clayton Mclaughlin placed 3rd in the #15 qualifying round at the USTRC Regional Finals in Waco, Texas. Region X members have been putting in work, and getting results this summer. As the summer of 2016 is coming to an end, and the 2016-2017 high school rodeo season is beginning, I would have to say, region X is ready to rock and roll. Some region X members hit the road this summer, some stayed home and put in work for the upcoming rodeo season, and some did both. Summer rodeos are always a blast. I interviewed the Best of The Best Team Roping Champions, Garett Chick and Kirby Blankenship to ask them about their experience at Gallup, New Mexico this year. “The rodeo was very good, and the steers were even better. The scenery and the set up of the arena was the coolest I’ve ever been too. It GARETT CHICK AND KIRBY BLANKENSHIP also was the best paying rodeo that there is.” Chick said. “The whole experience was a blast. During our free time we went and played golf on one of the prettiest courses I’ve ever been to. The steers couldn’t have been any better and we couldn’t have drawn any better. The set up was just medium, you could be fast if you wanted to, but you really didn’t have to. The arena was awesome and it was like I was in a hole surrounded by huge rocks. Also the way they ran the rodeo was very unique. The jackpots were another great thing about the rodeo. Garett and I won 2nd in the first jackpot, they payout was wonderful, and the jackpot steers were great also.” Blakenship stated. Time is counting down to our first region rodeo, and school year, what is your goal for the upcoming season? Whatever it may be, I encourage you to work at it with all you heart. You know they always say, “You get out of it what you put into it.” If you want something, go get it... Don’t sell yourself short, and most importantly, don’t have regrets. Give it your all because that’s all you should expect from yourself is your all. Be able to look back and say confidently that you gave it your all and left it all in the arena with no regrets. Stay strong between the ears, therefore that is what makes a winner, a winner is their mental ability. Go into this year with a positive mindset and stick with it through the ups, and the downs. Last, but not least, believe in yourself so strongly that the world can’t help but to believe in you too. Work hard, stay humble. God bless.


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JUNIOR HIGH

2016 TJHRA NATIONAL RESULTS Overall Team and Girls and Boys Team – Reserve National Champions All Around Rookie Cowgirl & Reserve All Around Over All – JAYCI BYLER

JAYCI BYLER

(ALL THREE PHOTOS)

4 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!

Jayci Byler – Barrels Gus Gaillard – Saddle Bronc Chris Villanuva – Bull Riding Jake Kahla – Light Rifle LIGHT RIFLE Kate McNeill – 2nd Kaitlyn Kindt – 9th Cheyanne Gubert – 10th

CHUTE DOGGING McKade Hartman – 11th Ky Thomas – 18th Kolt Dement – 19th

BARRELS Emma Smith – 3rd Reagan Goudeau – 4th

BOYS GOAT TYING Jacob Walters – 19th

RIBBONS Kincade Henry and Makenzie Mayes – 3rd FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP Kate McNeill $300

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BAREBACK Levi Latham – 9th Kolt Dement – 19th BOYS BREAKAWAY Titan Quigg – 3rd Riley Rieken – 8th

JAKE KAHLA

GIRLS BREAKAWAY Robbin Rice – 5th TEAM ROPING Titan Quigg & Blayze Ingle – 4th Mason Rust & Kutter Johnson – 20th POLES Jayci Byler – 17th Fastest Times Bradi Good – Girls Breakaway 2.56 Lacy Bruening – Girls Goats 7.06 Gus Gaillard – Saddle Bronc 70

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reetings…. School has started and that means the TJHRA is fixing to start up full force. As your new state secretary, I am looking forward to an awesome year. I am a 7th grader who lives in Victoria and a member of Region 7. I have enjoyed TJHRA and the new friendships that I have made. I have taken on new adventures this year, this position, practicing riding cutting horses and attending a new school. To me, no matter what you do or are involved in, always enjoy and stay positive. The TJHRA officers, Board & Directors just returned from a weekend in Dallas.The officers kicked off Friday night at the Medieval Times Theatre. We enjoyed a dinner, jousting tournament and lots of laughs. On Saturday we began with meetings to discuss the season, state, queen contest & nationals. Sierra, Paisley, Taylor & I learned a lot. We all meet up again in Halletsville around October to keep things rolling. Good Luck to everyone this year and safe travels. Be Kind & Stay Kind Dugan Chandler, TJHRA Secretary

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2016-2017 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN E. BLAND

806-679-2037

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT TONY LACINA

806-676-1042

tglacina@gmail.com

1st VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH

432-386-6214

brent@paisanocattle.com

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 CHAD HIATT 806-676-4402 LANCE GAILLARD 806-898-3748

gclements@txfb-ins.com chad.hiatt@yahoo.com lsgaillard@yahoo.com

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

traci.ross@att.net meb522@yahoo.com duaneoverton6113@gmail.com

Region IV JASON MCDANIEL JAMES TETTENHORST

jmcdaniel@evlessaero.com JamesTettenhorst@gmail.com

817-313-9639 903-521-1511

csbaize@yahoo.com keith@johnroleylevelland.com dane@driverlandandcattle.com

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

t107cattle@yahoo.com twou20@yahoo.com

Region VII CHAD CHANDLER 361-935-2417 CRAIG MILLER CORY PIERCE 979-417-6723

Karlissa2@aol.com randi_miller26@yahoo.com pierce2901@gmail.com

aimee-drake@sbcglobal.net ccjordan72@yahoo.com jlkahladds@att.net

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 RODEO IN REGION 1 IS TREMENDOUS!

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Katie Harter - Region 1 Secretary

he Region 1 rodeos function all year long. We start back up here on September 11th in Gruver, Texas. We will have rodeos throughout the fall and then have a break for Christmas, we will then start back up in Spring. In March we will have our Region 1 Finals in Levelland, TX. Then the top 10 contestants in each event are on to the State Finals in Gonzales, Texas for a week at the beginning of Summer. The rodeos aren’t far from home for most people, but going to State is always a long trip from the Texas Panhandle! The contestants here in Region 1 are supportive and determined. I would like to congratulate everyone who competed last year, including Gracie Tucker for qualifying for Nationals in barrels and the National Champion Saddle Bronc Steer Rider, Gus Galliard! The contestants put forth a lot of effort to try to make to State then on to Nationals. A big thank you to the Region 1 Board Members for keeping everything going! It wouldn’t be possible to have such a great rodeo association without all their help and dedication. The board is what holds things together. I would like to thank our secretary Brandy Wright and the President of Region 1, Chad Hiatt. We greatly appreciate all the time and effort you have put in helping this rodeo association. Also a big

thank you to the rest of the board and to all the parents that take their kids to all these rodeos. We know how much time and effort you have to put into helping us kids. Thank you once again to everyone for helping out the Region 1 TJHRA!

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TAYLOR MOBBS 2016-2017 TJHRA Princess

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o many the position of Miss TJHRA Princess is just a title and a crown, but to me this means a whole lot more. Having this crown has given me confidence, the ability to speak in front of a crowd and meet so many new people. I have had the dream of becoming a rodeo queen since the age of 5 when I met Devin Sisk during her reign as Miss Rodeo Texas. I was inspired by her to be confident and proud of who I am, to be a positive voice for the sport of rodeo and to make a difference in the lives of others. When that crown was placed upon my head, my dream came true and for that I am grateful and feel very blessed. I was asked to define the meaning of a princess. To me, I define her as being confident in herself, putting other’s needs in front of her own and standing up for what is right. During my reign I pray that those traits are portrayed.

REGION: 6 AGE: 13 Events: Breakaway, Poles, Barrel Racing, Ribbons, and Shooting WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HORSE AND WHY? My 18 year old quarter horse named Bravo is my favorite horse. He is an amazing athlete and always gives me 110% no matter if I am running barrels, poles or roping on him. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN RODEO? My biggest accomplishment in rodeo is when I won the title of Miss TJHRA Princess while winning my first saddle and fulfilling my life-long dream to become a rodeo queen. WHO IS YOUR ROLE-MODEL? My role model is Devin Sisk, a former Miss Rodeo Texas. She has been my best friend since I was 5 and has taught me how to be a great leader and to be confident in who I am. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS? I do not have any superstitions but my Pop did. He always said never wear a yellow shirt to the rodeo and never ever put your hat on the bed. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? My hobbies include rodeo, shooting, fishing, art, of course shopping. DO YOU PLAY ANY OTHER SPORTS? Other than rodeo, I play volleyball, tennis and I run track. FAVORITE MOVIE: My favorite movie is Secretariat. FAVORITE SINGER/BAND: My favorite singer is Rachel Platten because she sings “Fight Song.” FAVORITE TV SHOW: My favorite TV show is Walker Texas Ranger. FAVORITE FOOD: My favorite food is steak.

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

GO REGION 2!! by Madalyn Richards - Region 2 JH Secretary

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egion 2 is BACK and "Tougher than Ever." We were well represented at the National Junior High finals taking nine contestants. Congratulations to Titan Quigg, Blayze Ingle, Bradi Good, Madalyn Richards, and Jacob Walters on their success at Nationals. Although 2016 was a great year, Region 2 is ready for the new rodeo season to begin. Starting with the first rodeo in Sweetwater, TX on September 24th and 25th. We will end the fall rodeos on October 1st and 2nd in Sweetwater. Welcome to the incoming sixth graders and Good Luck to the outgoing eighth graders. I wish everyone the best of luck in the new season. "Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect." - Zoey Sayward

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