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EXECUTIVE BOARD STATE PRESIDENT STEVE DICKEY

PO Box 862, Centerville, TX 75833 903.536.4098 (home) steve@txriatarealty.com

1ST VICE PRESIDENT MIKE COOK

375 Tokio Loop • West, TX 76691 254.829.1788 • scarface@kencook.net

In This Issue THSRA NATIONAL FINALS RESULTS

2ND VICE PRESIDENT ALAN BOHLEN

EXTREME TEAM NEWS Official Publication of the Texas High School Rodeo Association HOLLY DeLAUNE Marketing Director

830.815.1800 • delaune.holly@gmail.com

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

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PO Drawer 468 • Hondo, TX 78861 830.741.4485 • alanbohlen@yahoo.com

AVA ANDERSON

SECRETARY/TREASURER SUSAN BALDWIN

Advertising ava.anderson@yahoo.com 830.540.3737(H) • 512.576.2275(C)

NATIONAL DIRECTOR COTTON GEORGE

Computer Programmer brian.roberts53@att.net 281.213.9143

704 1/2 Southview Circle • Center, TX 75935 936.590.4447 texashighschoolrodeo@gmail.com

BRIAN ROBERTS

PO Box 30 • Martinsville, TX 75958 936.564.8993 (home) cottongeorgetx@gmail.com

ARIAT PERFORMANCE REPORTERS

JUNIOR HIGH NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN BLAND

AUBRIE FIELDS

QUEEN COORDINATOR DEE DEE DUNDA

SAWYER PRZILAS

REGION I

REGION II

BLISS BOLTON

PO Box 112 • Turkey, TX 79261 806.220.7108 • jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

REGION III

REGION IV

McKENZIE RAY

8819 Holiday Drive • Odessa, TX 79765 432-413-2358 • prettywoman1965@hotmail.com

REGION V

HANNAH HEMPHILL

MARKETING HOLLY DELAUNE

DELEGATES AT LARGE MIKEY DUGGAN

PO Box 1414 • Canyon, TX 79015 806.655.9910 • m.j.duggan@att.net

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LAUREN KEENE REGION VII

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MELISSA GARCIA

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EMALEE HOFFMANN REGION X

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TJHRA NATIONAL FINALS RESULTS

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STUDENT OFFICERS

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2015 Texas National Results TEXAS TEAM, RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Chloe Costello - Miss NHSRA Avery Weatherman - National Champion Pole Bender Ali Armstrong - National Champion Barrel Racer

TEXAS TOP 20 CONTESTANTS Shelby Spielman - 12th Pole Bending Kambria McDougal - 3rd Barrel Racing Ava Antolik - 20th Barrel Racing Zach Hibler - 4th Bareback Paden Hurst - 11th Bareback Lane McGehee - 14th Bareback Brody Yeary - split 3/4 Saddle Bronc Blaise Freeman - 11th Saddle Bronc Katy Armstrong - 14th Breakaway Slade Townsend/McCray Profili - 8th Team Roping photos (top to bottom): Chloe Costello, Avery Weatherman, Avery Weatherman receiving award, Ali Armstrong photos by Jennings

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Tanner Green/Coleby Payne - 10th Team Roping Keyshawn Whitehorse - 4th Bull Riding Tristan Mize - 9th Bull Riding Samray Hooper - 17th Boys Cutting Madelyn Rucker - 5th Girls Cutting Colleen Bridges - 19th Reined Cow Horse Morgan Myers - 2nd Light Rifle Sissy Winn - 7th Light Rifle Madison Myers - 8th Light Rifle Easton Powers - 5th Trap

Kambria McDougal had fastest barrel run of the week - 17.189 Keyshawn Whitehorse had highest marked bull ride of the week - 86 Avery Weatherman had fastest pole run of the week - 19.624


More Fun at Nationals... photos (clockwise): Morgan Myers (center), Kambria McDougal, Zach Hibler, Chloe Costello, Keyshawn Whitehorse, ??? and Chloe Costello, Brody Yeary photos by Jennings

YOUTH RODEO ASSOCIATION 2015 - 2016 YRA SEASON

The 2015-2016 rodeo year is the 44th 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 at 6 rodeos.

2015 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 AGE GROUPS (AS OF 9/1/15) 1ST RODEO DEADLINE Group PeeWee: ages 8 & under Sub Junior: ages 9 – 12 Juniors: ages 13 – 15 Seniors: ages 16 – 19

Postmark – 8/31 Call In - 9/8

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

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SCHEDULE: Sept. 11 & 12, 2015 – Edna

Jan. 29, 30, 31, 2016 – Benefit – Edna

Sept. 18 & 19, 2015 - Bellville

Short Go 1/31/16

Sept. 25, 26, & 27, 2015 – Benefit -

Feb. 5 & 6, 2016 - Alvin

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Feb. 12 & 13, 2016 Caldwell

Short Go 9/28/15

March 11 & 12, 2016 – Halletsville

Oct. 2 & 3, 2015 – Smithville

March 18,19, & 21, 2016 Gonzales

Oct. 23 & 24, 2015 – Bastrop

June 15 – 19, 2016 – YRA Finals –

Nov. 13 & 14, 2015 – Huntsville

Gonzales

Jan. 15 & 16, 2016 – Rosenberg

Friday Perf 7:00 PM * Saturday Perf 2:00 PM * Short Go - 10:00 AM

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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PRESIDENT - SHELBY SPIELMAN VICE PRESIDENT 1- KORY MCCONNELL VICE PRESIDENT 2- DYLAN MYERS SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - SIERRA WHITE JOEL KIRKPATRICK 2388 HWY 82 • Crosbyton, Texas 79322 806.697.2336 • jrtzkirkpatrick@hotmail.com

STUDENT OFFICERS STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

TED WHITE PO Box 341 • Happy, Texas 79042 806.764.3469 • ted.white99@yahoo.com SECRETARY - DEBRA DORENKAMP 27116 CR JJ • Holly, CO 81047 719.688.0154 • tristatehsrodeo@gmail.com

REGION I

MICHELE SPIELMAN 12036 FM3139 • Dalhart, Texas 79022 806.570.7470 • spielman@xit.net PRESIDENT- TRAVIS PATTERSON 11943 CR 27 • Spearman, Texas 79081 806.659.3339 • tpatterson@npec.org

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PERFORMANCE REPORT #betteryourselfchallenge "It's not about being better than someone else, it's about being better than you were yesterday." - Trevor Brazile

By Aubrie Fields

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– ARIAT Performance Reporter

s we wrap up the end of the year with nationals I want to give everyone a new challenge for the next year. No I'm not talking a "Kylie Jenner lip challenge" or a "black and white challenge" but more of a better yourself challenge. As the new year begins I want everyone to push the limits and get out of your comfort zone. That may mean get out and talk to as many people as you can about the thsra and region 1 rodeo organization or it may mean lifting weights and pushing yourself that extra mile to make yourself better. Just better yourself. Be the person everyone wants to be around. Now I'm not saying dedicate yourself to being social. You also need to better yourself in the arena. Whether your winning every rodeo or not there is always room for improvement. Practice everyday like your going to nationals tomorrow and before you know it that's where you'll be. Like Trevor Brazile says "Most competitors never realize what their true potential is don't sell yourself short." If your a roper you understand; if you don't drop a coil what happens? Your rope more then likely won't go the full length to get over his head. If

you sit down during your delivery usually your just going to hit that calf in the back of the head or just top knot it. Both these ways you are selling yourself short. Your don't let go of that coil and you don't give that rope the opportunity to reach its full length. If you sit down you don't give your arm a fair shot to completely deliver. If your a saddle bronc rider, what happens if you pull instead of lift on your rein? Your probably going to get bucked off. If your a barrel racer or a pole bender, what happens if you check a little to early? You more then likely are going to hit a barrel or pole. If you don't open yourself up and drop that extra coil, lift that extra amount, or let your horse run a little longer, you sell yourself short and therefore you won't reach your full potential. I challenge everyone as our rodeo season starts, start working now to reach your full potential and step out of your mentality you have right now. Everyone know the "don't judge challenge" and the "no makeup challenge" so here's the "better yourself challenge".

REGION I 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 8/22 & 8/23/2015 | Amarillo cuttings & RCH 9/13/2015 | Dalhart 9/12/2015 | Amarillo cutting 9/20/2015 | Pampa 9/26 & 9/27/2015 | Gruver 10/10/2015 | Amarillo cutting 10/11/2015 | Amarillo 10/24 & 10/25/2015 | Boys Ranch 10/24 & 10/25/2015 | Amarillo cuttings & RCH 11/7 & 11/8/2015 | Amarillo cuttings 3/5 & 3/6/2016 | Vernon 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Hereford 3/26/2016 | Dumas


THSRA AND TJHRA STUDENT OFFICERS VISITING TEXAS CORPORATE SPONSOR, RESISTOL’S HAT FACTORY.

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We’re Set to Jet

PO Box 843 • Andrews, Texas 79714 817.371.8882 • hooper9319@yahoo.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS MELISSA HOOPER

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CADI WOOD VICE PRESIDENT - DELANI WOOD SECRETARY - MEGAN POWELL

2522 CR C3500 • Stanton, Texas 79782 432.940.1136 • woodrodeogirls@yahoo.com

KELLY WOOD

REGION II

SECRETARY - JODY MCELROY Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.940.0385 • secretary@thsra2.com

2347 FM 829 • Stanton, Texas 79782 432.458.3439 • kwstewart93@gmail.com

KENNY STEWART

PRESIDENT- CLINT GRIFFIN PO Box 460 • Eldorado, Texas 76936 325.226.0434 • cgriffin@kgelaw.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By BLISS BOLTON – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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s Region II is gearing up for the new year, we are saying goodbye to our 2015 National High School Finals Rodeo, summer fun, and running all over creation to make as many rodeos as possible! Even though we are saying goodbye to these things, we are also looking forward to the new adventures that

come along with the upcoming season. With lots of new members coming in this year, the Region II rodeos are bound to be filled with lots of new friendship and stiff competition. This year at the 2015 National High School Finals Rodeo, Region II came wearing their game faces. Contestants Blaise Freeman and Katy Armstrong ended up in the top 15 in the nation in their respective events. Recent graduate, Avery Weatherman dominated over the summer, winning all the rounds at the 2015 Texas High School Finals Rodeo then moving on to win two of the rounds at the 2015 National High School Finals Rodeo to become the 2015 National Champion Pole Bender. When speaking to Avery about her big win she said, “It was really an honor to win the national title due to the fact that you are competing against every state. I wouldn’t really say that nationals is tougher than state finals, even though Texas didn’t win nationals as a team I got to prove that the toughest pole benders do come from Texas!” Overall, Region II, as well as the state of Texas, was greatly represented this year in Rocksprings. Many of our members spend the summers rodeoing and relaxing in the summer sun. Sydney Stephens, a sophomore in Region II spent her summer rodeoing and having fun at the beach and church camp. When asked what she was looking forward to in the new year she said, “ I am looking forward to progressing in the events that I do and making new friends.” Another contestant from Region II, Brendan Bennett, is an incoming freshmen this year. He said over the summer that he has been practicing a lot to make sure his horses are working to to ensure a successful first year in high school. When Brendan was asked what he was most excited for in the upcoming season he said, “ I have a good partner in the team roping this year and I SYDNEY STEPHENS ROPING BREAKAWAY am just really excited about


BRENDAN BENNETT TEAM ROPING

my first year in high school!” Practice is the key to success in the sport of rodeo, that is why many of our members are working harder than ever to be successful in the new season. This year we have lots of new members coming in which means lots of solid competitors. When student president Swaize Lee was asked what she thought the competition would be like this year she responded, “I believe it will be as tough as ever. Region II has some of the toughest cowboys and cowgirls around and I can expect them to show it.” She also added, “ I think the incoming freshmen will for sure raise the level of competition. I think they will be ready to show what they can do and make a name for themselves. I think all of the upperclassmen should stay on their toes and be ready for some tough competition.” We are enthusiastic to see what the 2015-2016 season of rodeos has in store. Region II is ready to kick off a great year of rodeo. So we say goodbye to the summer and say hello to a whole new generation. This year in Region II we are ready to strive towards bigger and better goals and set records. So good luck Region II, in all that you do.

REGION II 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule

9/12 & 9/13/2015 | San Angelo 9/19 & 9/20/2015 | Andrews 10/3 & 10/4/2015 | Sweetwater 10/10 & 10/11/2015 | Midland 3/5 & 3/6/2016 | Sweetwater 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Midland FINALS 3/25 & 3/26/2016 | Sweetwater 11


STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - TILLAR MURRAY VICE PRESIDENT - CHEYENNE BRITAIN SECRETARY - CATHERINE CLAYTON

REGION III

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

FULTON MURRAY 7 Westover Road • Fort Worth, Texas 76107 214.789.4884 • jfmurray3@mac.com

SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS 6328 Malvey Avenue • Fort Worth, Texas 76116 817.706.8236• kelley.williams@thsra3.com STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

940.365.1548 • mhairford@matadorresources.com

MATT HAIRFORD 6464 Paradise Drive • Aubrey, Texas 76227

PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Kick Off the Season! By SAWYER PRZILAS

– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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elcome back everyone, to the twenty fifteentwenty sixteen rodeo season. As we start off the new rodeo season. I would like to start by saying congratulations to Region III for bringing home the win at the state finals in both the Jr. high and high school divisions. In the Jr. High division the national qualifiers were as follows, BARREL RAC-

CLINT MAYO

ING: Danielle Harmon, Bailey Ryan. BULL RIDING: Kyle McDaniel, Hadley Miller. RIBBON ROPING: Wyatt Bray and Faith Ross. Many of Region WYATT BRAY & FAITH ROSS, JUNIOR HIGH three’s numerous competitors moved on past state to the national competition. Those high school students are as follows, BAREBACK: Clint Mayo. BULL RIDING: Brody Yeary. CALF ROPING: Ty Harris. SADDLE BRONC: Ethan Hilliard, Brody Yeary. STEER WRESTLING: Grady Payne. TEAM ROPING: Laramie and Lafe Allen, Jarett Freeman and Conner Riddle. REINING COW HORSE: John Cunningham. BARREL RACING: Ali Armstrong. B R E A K AWAY: Skylar Southerland. GIRLS CUTTING: Eva Blanton. Cheyenne Britian, was your THSRA State President last ALI ARMSTRONG year. She was also


REGION III 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule

9/12 & 9/13/2015 | Graham 10/10 & 10/11/2015 | Graham 11/14 & 11/15/2015 | Graham 1/23 & 1/24/2016 | Stephenville 2/27 & 2/28/2016 | Stephenville FINALS 3/18 - 3/20/2016 | Stephenville 3 RCH EVENTS 10/23 thru 10/25/2015 | Stephenville your previous Ariat reporter and held numerous offices throughout her time in Region III. She worked diligently at state receiving the Spirit award for all of her enthusiasm and hard work. She has left an example of selflessness, hard work and volunteerism. Among all of these competitors, we had a national champion from region three this year. Ali Armstrong went on from the state competition to win the national finals making her the national champion barrel racer. She would like to give, “A big thank you to my sponsors, family and Jesus Christ.” So, I wish you all good luck through this next season. I would also like to remind you all that we will always need more volunteers either for event TY HARRIS AND JARETT FREEMAN directors or just SKYLAR SOUTHERLAND

JARETT FREEMAN AND CONNER RIDDLE

volunteerism around the arena. Everyone should also take the time to say thank you to any volunteers that help as well as your board members, secretary and any other people who help make your rodeo season possible. Remember this year: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 3:14)

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CAL WOLFE VICE PRESIDENT - CHEYENNE SWOOPE SECRETARY - KOLTON WHITE STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS BILL CHINNERS 740 Jim Jones Rd • Van Alstyne, Texas 75495 903.482.0544 • wchhinners@aol.com

CHUCK SINKS 555 Sinks Road • Rockwall, Texas 75032 214.869.4719 • ssbarexcavating@aol.com

REGION IV

SECRETARY - JULIE WHITE 2469 CR 33100 • Sumner, Texas 75486 903.737.7750 • julzjo66@yahoo.com

CHAD FOLMAR 406 Briarwood Trail • Sulphur Springs, 75482 903.439.6412 • cwfolmar@gmail.com PRESIDENT- CHRIS WOLFE 630 E FM 813 • Palmer, Texas 75152 214.403.4638 • chris.wolfe@bldr.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

READY TO ROLL

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

By MCKENZIE RAY– ARIAT Performance Reporter

fter a long summer break, our hands are once again finding the tasks that we have set them to. The 2015-2016 rodeo season is about to be in full swing, and whether your summer was spent in the practice pen, the rodeo arena, or even on a beach somewhere, I know that all of us are prepared to come back and make this year in Region IV the best one yet. Summertime in Texas is an enigma to most. School is out, the days are long, but the heat can stand in the way a lot of days. For most, practice is either done early in the morning or late into the night. Summer is a time committed to improvement, it's a time of transition. Graduating, moving up into high school, or even moving into a new age group in an association. Summer is a time to relax and readjust, as well as prepare for the season to come. Now that summer is over, all of that preparation and dedication is about to be shown off throughout the year. Even though the year

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seems to fly by when you reach the end, in reality it's a long 8 months. It's stressful, and it's hard, but in the end it's worth it all. Keep that in mind as we go into this season. Make goals for yourself, and strive to accomplish them. Have fun as you try to achieve those goals, and know that absolutely nothing is impossible with a good attitude and a willing spirit. If things don't work out as you might have planned, then always keep looking towards the future. There will always be more rodeos to enter, and there will always be opportunities to turn things around. Just remember that, "He who kneels before God can stand before anything." And it will all work out in the end.

REGION IV 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 8/30/2015 | Terrell 9/13/2015 | Terrell 9/20/2015 | Terrell 10/10 & 10/11/2015 | Terrell | cutting & RCH 11/8/2015 | Terrell 1/30 & 1/31/2016 | Terrell | cutting & RCH 2/14/2016 | Terrell 2/28/2016 | Terrell 3/13/2016 | Terrell | make up date 3/25 & 3/26/2016 | Athens | Finals/cutting & RCH


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TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION STUDENT PRESIDENT

Cullen Eppright

Howdy! My name is Cullen Eppright and I am fortunate enough to be able to serve as the 2015-16 THSRA President. I am the son of David & Tonya Eppright, and we reside on a ranch near Gonzales, TX. I am a sophomore at Gonzales High School. Most important, I am a calf roper from the sizzlin’ Region 6. With the Texas Junior High State Finals being held 15 minutes from my house, and being able to watch the great competition before I could compete, I have always had an admiration of the THSRA & TJHRA. With the encouragement of former THSRA & TJHRA Student Officers, and by the support of the members, I was elected the 2012-13 TJHRA Vice President. During that year, I felt the need to become even more involved, and the next year, 2013-14, I was elected to the positions of TJHRA Region 6 President, TJHRA State President, and NHSRA Junior High Division National President. During all of this, I managed to qualify for the TJHRA State Finals all three years and made the short round two years. I also qualified for THSRA State Finals in calf roping last year. When I am not busy in the practice pen or trying to lead our organization, I am working out at Polemistis CrossFit, taking pictures, fishing, or alligator hunting. After high school, I plan to attend Texas A&M University majoring Agricultural Leadership & Development with a minor in Marketing. I want to be the voice of the members to try to make the best high school organization in Texas even better, so please contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have; my information is on the website. Good luck this year and I hope to see each and every one of you at state finals. Thank you for allowing me to have the opportunity to serve as YOUR State President. Together we can make our great organization even better.

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STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS GENE ARCENEAUX 13448 Coon Road • Winnie, Texas 77665 409.296.3818 • garceneaux@sigindserv.com

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ADIOS SUMMERTIME

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

JEFF LUMMUS PO Box 646 • Orangefield, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • jhlummus@yahoo.com

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

REGION V

CARTER ELLIOTT 17125 FM 850 • Arp, Texas 75750 903.521.2034 • candjcattle@gmail.com

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

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By HANNAH HEMPHILL – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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s the dog days of summer come to an end Region V members were busy getting in one last summer fling. Cancun, Padre, Rock climbing, and the Lake will soon be a distant memory as we gear up for the

NEW rodeo season. As our practice schedules changed to accommodate the heat it’s now time to get back to familiar routines and set new goals to dominate in the arena. Region V will be welcoming in quite a few new freshman to THE BIGGEST, THE BADDEST, THE BEST at our first rodeo in Jasper and our seniors includ-

BRYLIE SPRAYBERRY ROCK CLIMBING IN COLORADO

GINNA COX AND IMA CHAMPION IN CORPUS CHRISTI DURING THE TEXAS FFA RODEO

ing myself will be realizing that this great experience is almost over. My advice to everyone is enjoy the ride and savor every moment because tomorrow is not guaranteed. Freshman as you come into high school rodeo not knowing what to expect get ready because this will be the best four years full of memories that will last a life time, new friends that will become some of your best SEPTEMBER GALLEON & LARA friends and great competiELLIOT ENJOYING THE LAKE tion. For seniors let’s finish this long journey with a bang and take in every moment because we will never be this young again


and these truly will be some of the best times of our lives. With school now back in full swing along with it comes hours of homework, school sports and time taken away from rodeo so prepare yourself and have a game plan. No matter if you get to practice 30 minutes or 3 hours use every bit of time you get and be the best you can be. Don’t get distracted from your goals and push through the tough times so the good times come easy. REMEMBER attitude dictates outcome… So as we continue this season, Region V members will celebrate victory, experience defeat but most importantly compete in a sport that teaches us that dedication and commitment creates winners not only in the arena but in our everyday lives. So in closing practice to win, let your attitude guide you to your full potential, set your goals high and SUCCEED and always remember… LET GO AND LET GOD!

REGION V 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule

9/5/2015 | Jasper 9/26 & 9/27/2015 | Nacogdoches 11/21 & 11/22/2015 | Nacogdoches 1/23 & 1/24/2016 | Nacogdoches 2/20 & 2/21/2016 | Nacogdoches 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Nacogdoches FINALS 4/2 & 4/3/2016 | Nacogdoches

PROUD SPONSOR MERSADIE MARTIN AND THE COWBOY HALL OF FAME

Of THSRA & TJHRA

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

STUDENT OFFICERS

STATE DIRECTORS WESLEY CALDWELL 3918 Kerr Creek Drive • Gonzales, TX 78629 830.672.3902 • wcaldwell@gvec.org

RIEDE MYRICK 154 Center Cove • Giddings, Texas 78942 979.542.2306 • riedemyrick@yahoo.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • region6thsra@gmail.com

REGION VI

MATT MUELLER 1344 CR 203 • Paige, Texas 78659 979.966.9548 • circlemranch2008@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - BUBBA BENNIGHT 143 Bailey Blvd • Bastrop, Texas 78602 512.461.6091 • bubbabennight@yahoo.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

HEY EVERYBODY, ITS RODEO TIME! By LAUREN KEENE

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– ARIAT Performance Reporter

ey Region 6, it’s that time of year again! Time to reunite with the one and only JB Wells Arena, and time to eat as much Whataburger in one weekend as possible! Whether you’re running down the alley, exploding

out of the box, or spurring out of the chute, we are all there to have good times with good stock and even better people. Team Roper Jesse Hines holds himself to high standards, this year he’s got his eyes on a National Finals buckle! Over this summer, he has had the luxury of working with some highly skilled individuals to present a smoother delivery in the arena. Since we all get about the same 90 day period of summer, we all have the same advantages as the other. September will show who really used their time wisely! The first rodeo is always the roughest, no matter if you’re a rookie or an old-timer; we’ve all got to give that first impression all over again. Things may not go as planned, but it’s important to show up having that million dollar attitude rodeo kids are known for. Rodeo isn’t just about beating everybody; it’s about making lifelong memories and helping others become the best they can be too. Whether you listen to some hardcore rap on the

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way to each rodeo, wrack your brain and go through a perfect run in your mind, or take a nap the whole way; we all have our weird rituals to get our heads in the game. Region 6 has some of the toughest competition, and each rodeo is intimidating to compete at. Even if it is the beginning of a new season, everyone has their goals set on state finals. Playing the game of rodeo requires serious skill, at least if you want to win. Nothing is better than coming home with a check because at the end of the day when the work gets done, you can see the results. All around cowgirl Hayley Tieken is ready to strive harder this season, since summer has given her more free time to be putting down solid hours in the saddle. The advantages of competing all around include not putting all your eggs into one basket and having your points spread out in an extra effort to make that trip to Abilene next summer. As the days get shorter and the air grows cooler, the excitement grows in and around Gonzales. Weekends get busier with more and more competitors at the practice pen, and more opportunities arise to sharpen our skills. Get out there and work like a dog and think like a boss, because you can never return back to the very moment you are living in now. We’ve got it in us, so as Chris LeDoux once said, saddle up and follow your dreams.

REGION VI 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 9/12 & 9/13/2015 | Gonzales 10/31 & 11/1/2015 | Gonzales 11/14 & 11/15/2015 | Gonzales 1/16 & 1/17/2016 | Gonzales 2/13 & 2/14/2016 | Gonzales 3/12 & 3/13/2016 | Gonzales | FINALS 10/3 & 10/4/2015 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings 1/2 & 1/3/2016 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings 1/23 & 1/24/2016 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings

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New Challenges & Changes

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

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

MELISSA RALEY 6100 Hoddeville School Rd • Brenham, Texas 77823 979.830.0878 • melissaraley@texasbb.com SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • region7thsra@gmail.com

REGION VII

RUSSELL BARHAM 8389 Oxford Cemetary Rd., Madisonville, Tx 77864 936.348.5994 • barham1965@gmail.com PRESIDENT- CLINT RAWLINSON 12432 N. SH 71 • El Campo, Texas 77437 979.637.0500 • rawlinsonclint@gmail.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

By BRANDI BRATTON

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n January we all say" new year new me" we talk about all the great changes were going to make in our lives and we are so motivated. Yet about a week or two later most people are back to their old "bad habits". This is just like a new school year we get our new cute clothes and were so excited to catch up with our friends from school yet by about the second day of school we’re counting down the days until summer once again,but school is almost here whether we like it or not. For some it's senior year and you're ready to get out and for others it's your freshmen year the "scarry" year. Here at Region VII we have a big new change going on this year! We will be getting a new secretary it's going to be different yet great! Mrs. Dollery has been the secretary for our region for 13 years. Over the last 13 years she's gone above and beyond as our secretary for region VII. She's been a huge asset to our region for a long time and it's sad to see her go but she will always be a part of region VII . Now Mrs. Boettcher will taking over as our new secretary. Being a rodeo secretary isn't anything new for Mrs.Boettcher she's been involved in rodeo and High School

Rodeo for many years. She's been a secretary for other High School regions before and her sons are involved in High School and Junior High Rodeo. Also you can't for get her brother Mr. Turtle Powell a world champion and 10 time NFR qualifier. This might not be such a scary change after all! So as you start your "New Year" focus on all the positive things even though change can be scary. New people can bring new ideas, inspiring you to step up your game a person in and out of the arena. Good luck to everyone this year with your new challenges and changes!

REGION VII 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 9/13/2015 | Edna9/20/2015 | Edna | 2 rodeos 10/4/2015 | Hallettsville | 2 rodeos 11/8/2015 | Edna | 2 rodeos 12/5 & 12/6/2015 | Edna 1/10/2016 | Edna | 2 rodeos 2/20 & 2/21/2016 | Edna | Finals 8/22 & 8/23/2015 | Gonzales | 2 cuttings 8/29 & 8/30/2015 | Gonzales | 2 cuttings 10/17 & 10/18/2015 | Gonzales | 2 cuttings 10/25/2015 | Gonzales | cutting 11/24/2015 | Gonzales | cutting 1/1 thru 1/3/2016 | Gonzales | 3 cuttings 1/23/2016 | Gonzales | cutting

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - LINDY SWAIM VICE PRESIDENT - ABBY SLAGLE SECRETARY - MATT GUTIERREZ KELLIE BEALL PO Box 1107 • Woodsboro, Texas 78393 361.220.2533 • cowgirlkellie@gmail.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

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

REGION VIII

SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Memories and Friends to be Made

By Melissa

Garcia – ARIAT Performance Reporter

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ow!!!! It’s so hard to believe another rodeo season is about to start. For some of us this means a new start in High School rodeo as freshman and others its means our last year as seniors. Either way it’s another year of amazing memories and great friendships to be made. If you ever ask a child, friend or parent what they love most about high school rodeo 9 times out of 10 they will say lifelong friendships that were made. It’s one big family that’s always there for you. Region VIII is always looking for ways to show their support especially when it comes to graduating seniors. All season long we raise funds to help with prizes and scholarships. The past few years we were able to give our seniors more than $32,000 in college scholarships. They say it takes a village but at Region VIII it’s all about the family. Our rodeo family comes together at each rodeo and hosts silent auctions that bring in more than $2,000 at each of put 12 rodeos. We alternate between the girls and boys and make it somewhat of a competition. Who doesn’t like a

little competition? You can always tell whose turn it is to bring silent auction items. Tables are filled with cookies, jewelry, nice tack, fruit trays, and picture frames, and the next month covered with ropes, gloves, saddle pads, and jerk lines. I’m sure you can figure out which month was the girls’ and which was the boys’. 100% of the proceeds go towards our year end prizes and college scholarships. We are never happy to see our seniors go but we wish them the best as they embark on their new journey as college students. Some will be moving away from home and other might stay close to home. Either way the new chapter in their life is sure to be a great one. We all know Junior High is just as tough as High School rodeo, which means more great competition. We couldn’t be more excited to see what group of talented contestants we have this year. They could potentially represent us at the Texas High School Rodeo State Finals and Nationals. I remember finishing my Junior High year and coming into High School rodeo thinking, “how am I going to get through this? There are so many talented riders here.” I can bet that most of the upcoming freshmen are thinking the same thing, so here’s is a little advice. Don’t be nervous about starting High School rodeo, it’s not hard to compete with the some best contestants if you work hard and stay determined. There will always be someone that’s better, smarter or faster than you no matter where you go but you are right where you need to be at that moment. Don’t let anything get you down. Don’t let yourself think negative thoughts. Another thing that has helped me throughout high school rodeo is not worrying about anyone else’s run. I don’t sit and listen to the times being announced or about what I have to run to possibly win. I just saddle my horse, warm up, tell my fellow contestants good luck, and get myself ready to make the best run I can. That’s all you can do, make the best run that you can. If someone beats you, be happy for them; tell them they did a good job. Never be unsupportive or a bad sport. That’s never a good look for anyone. If you want it bad enough and you work hard the possibilities are endless. Set goals for each season or even each rodeo and stay focused. Region VIII also has some of the best parents, volunteers and board members ever. If you ever need help in the arena there is always someone there don’t ever be afraid to ask. All in all, I am excited to welcome the incoming freshman and wish our graduating seniors the best of luck in college. With new talent coming into our Region I look forward to making new friends, and make the best of my senior year. In the words of Vince Lombardo “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”


REGION VIII 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 9/12/2015 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 9/26/2015 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 10/10/2015 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 11/14/2015 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 1/9/2016 | Sinton | 2 rodeos 2/13/2016 | Sinton | 2 rodeos - Finals 8/23/2015 | Gonzales | cutting 8/29 & 8/30/2015 | Gonzales | 2 cuttings 10/17 & 10/18/2015 | Gonzales | 2 cuttings 1/1 thru 1/3/2016 | Gonzales | 3 cuttings 2/6 & 2/7/2016 | Gonzales | 4 cuttings

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

By EMALEE HOFFMANN– ARIAT Performance Reporter

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he saying “Let’s Rodeo” is more than just a phrase on a bumper sticker. There are so many factors that play into actually being ready to rodeo. Do you have your saddle oiled and ready to go? Have you found the right bit for your horse? Is your horse up to date on its coggins and shots? Are your horse’s feet done and shod? Have you turned in your paperwork and paid your entry fees? This is just a small portion of what has to be done to make sure you are rodeo ready. Kenna Kaminski, incoming senior and state qualifier in barrels and poles has been getting ready all summer for another great year in Region IX. Kenna says, “I get up early every morning and exercise my horses. I usually ride them four to five days a week, even though it’s always so hot. I also take them swimming once a week to keep them in shape.” Kenna has also been competing at various barrel races and rodeos this summer; the Wrapn3 barrel racing series being her main one. Being mentally prepared is essential for you to be successful during your rodeo season. A few ways to mentally prepare yourself are to get

plenty of rest, exercise and to take care of your school work on time. Visualizing your perfect run or ride, and then replaying it over in your head, will also keep you focused on what you need to do. Getting projects completed on time and not at the midnight hour will help keep you focused. Work to surround yourself with positive influences that motivate you, not with those who keep you distracted. You are your biggest competitor so mental focus is crucial to preforming at your best. Proof of the preparedness can be found in the group that qualified for Nationals this year. Our Region IX National Qualifiers were: Bull Riding - Texas State Champion, Boudreaux Campbell and Tristan Mize; Boys Cutting - Spur Luke and Colton Currie; Steer Wrestling - Texas State Champion, Kayne Partin; Pole Bending - Reserve State Champion, Pamela Henderson. Two

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of our national qualifiers ended up in in the top 20 of the first go-round. Graduating senior Kayne Partin ended up 18th in steer wrestling with an 11.18 sec run and Tristan Mize with a score of 85 was 1st in bull riding. Tristan Mize then ended up 9th in the overall average for Bull Riding. All six of the Region IX Texas team worked very hard and diligently prepared to get to nationals and we are all very proud of all their commitment and achievement. National Boys Cutting qualifier Spur Luke, from Willis, had to get prepared for Wyoming. To get prepared, Spur said, “I started riding a new horse after state. I went to a show in Belton on him and practiced penning and cutting cows at my trainer’s house.” Luke said, “I had a bad first go but we ended up second in the second performance and 43rd overall.” Spur said he had a great time and felt very blessed by the whole experience. All successful competitors in rodeo must be prepared mentally and physically. Being a winner not only means being good at your event, but being focused and ready to compete. If you are prepared and organized, you will relieve any unnecessary stresses on yourself and, not to mention your parents. Our first rodeo is September 20th in Crockett, so let’s get that paperwork in on time, get that truck and trailer ready to go, but most off all be ready to be better than you were yesterday. So ask yourself, “Am I rodeo ready for the 2015-2016 Texas High School Rodeo Season?” Now, Let’s Rodeo! Region IX would like to send out a big “Thank You” to all of our last year’s sponsors who will continue to support our region again this year. We appreciate your commitment and generosity which supports our region’s awards and scholarships programs. Our 2015-2016 Region IX Sponsors are Bill Fick Ford, Henson Family Dealerships, Hoffmann Cattle Co., Straight Line Metal Buildings and Sirman Drilling and Construction LLC.

REGION IX 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - CLINT WEBSTER VICE PRESIDENT - KATIE KEITH SECRETARY/TRES. - KAMBRIA MCDOUGAL VANESSA HALFORD 1817 CR 177 • Stephenville, TX 76401 254.595.1211 • vanessa.halford@sville.us

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Congratulations!

A By BROOKE

BOILES– ARIAT Performance Reporter

s the dust is dying down from the Summer Rodeos and our contestants are focusing on future region, state, and national titles to be won, we would like to congratulate those contestant of region X who went on and fought the good fight at Nationals. The State Champion Team Ropers Slade Townsend and McCray Profili ended up laying down three runs good enough to place them eighth in the average. Chantz Webster laid down a smoking calf run to place him second place in the second round. In the short round, barrel racer Kambria McDougal, ran a 17.189 which happened to be the fastest run of the entire week, which helped place her third place in the average. In other barrel racing news, the seventeen year old, soon to be senior at Georgetown High School, Ava Antolik is accomplishing big things! Ava recently won the barrel racing at the 2015 Texas High School Rodeo State Finals. She capitalized on her win by placing fourth

in the first round, second in the second round, and then going on to make a beautiful run to place her second in the short go, and first in the average. She is a three time state qualifier, and a first time national qualifier to where she then went on to qualify for the short round. Ava has competed in Region X for High School Rodeo and finished up winning the year end for the barrel racing this year. In 2014 she went along to qualify for the CPRA finals and finished up second in the average. You may have seen Ava at the Glen Rose American qualifier where she ended up eleventh, or finishing fifth in November at the Elite Extravaganza Barrel Race. You'll find Ava running her seven year old horse Sixshootin Sonofaguy or "gunner," who was trained by Jacque Woolman, majority of the places she goes. She has owned Gunner now for

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about 3 years. She states, "He was a 4 year old when we got him and was still kind of figuring things out. He has now matured and grown a lot since then. He has a huge ego and is rather full of himself." Along with Gunner, Ava has a 5 year old back up horse; bugs blue blazes, trained by Tyler Davis who is beginning to do really well. When asking Ava what the most important part of rodeo is to her, she responded saying, "The most important part is the incredible bonds that are forged between the horses and riders. We build total trust, and dedication towards the time and effort it takes to win." The proof on Ava's dedication is in her wins, because unlike many, she doesn't come from a rodeo family. She states it's been really hard over the years to have to learn and figure things out on her own. "I definitely wouldn’t be the rider I am today if it weren’t for Jacque Woolman and all the other various farriers, vets, and horse people that took time out of their lives to show me the ropes and everything." Ava plans to attend college and compete in college rodeo once out of high school and then soon after try towards getting her pro card to pro rodeo. The best of luck is wished to you Ava, now and for the future! We are eager to see the progress that was made from last years rodeos along with the new faces Region X is gaining here at the first rodeo September 19th and 20th!

REGION X 2015-2016 THSRA Rodeo Schedule 9/19 & 9/20/2015 | Hamilton 10/3 & 10/4/2015 | Hamilton 11/7 & 11/8/2015 | Hamilton 1/9 & 1/10/2016 | Hamilton 2/13 & 2/14/2016 | Hamilton 3/5 & 3/6/2016 | Hamilton | Finals 9/12 & 9/13/2015 | Hamilton | 4 cuttings 10/10 & 10/11/2015 | Hamilton | 4 cuttings

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elcome to this year's West Texas Fair & Rodeo! The theme for 2015 is "Making Memories". The old fashioned county fair features thrills and spills all packed into ten full days of fun and activities, including a parade, carnival, livestock shows, PRCA rodeo, and much more! The annual event begins the 1st Thursday after Labor Day and all the events except the parade are held at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas. Sneak or Peek Night is Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 'Ride all the Carnival Rides for One Price'! Come enjoy a phelora of delicious food, including fair favorites such as roasted corn and funnel cakes! The Commercial Vendors showcase their wares in the Display Building daily from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The Creative Arts are displayed in the Round Building and Modern Living Mall. All rides, food vendors and exhibits are open from September 11 through September 19, 2015. Browse through a barn full of some of the best livestock from across Texas, offering all kinds of livestock shows from poultry, lamb, llama, horse, cattle and other livestock events, and come root

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JUNIOR HIGH

TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

D

ear Junior High Contestants and Families: The Executive Board and State Directors would like to first say we are VERY PROUD of our 2015 National Team. The Texas Girls were named the National Champions this year at the finals. The boys and the whole team did not do to bad either. We ended up third overall and third place in the boys team. We did have a National Champion Bull Rider – congratulations to Kyle McDaniel for winning the 2015 title. Next year we will be moving venues for Nationals, we will be moving to Lebanon, TN, so that is something to look forward too. I hear it is not to far from Nashville, so that should give everyone something to look forward to and start setting those goals now. I can say 2015-16 are looking to be a new adventure for many things, new location for the National Finals and also a new marketing director who will be focusing on the growth of Junior High. Her name is Maci Meyer and she has joined the TJHRA board to help promote the sport of Junior High Rodeo to new people that will in turn give you all something to brag about that you are a part of a great organization. I have known Maci for several years, she grew up with my boys while they were youth rodeoing and I am very excited about working with her. I am also starting the year out differently this year, this is the first time in thirteen years I am not hustling around getting a region together. The beginning of the rodeo season is VERY BUSY for the rodeo secretaries. Getting all the paper work right, entering all the members, new back numbers, and getting the paperwork you all need for the year. If you have ever started a rodeo season you know it is a lot of man hours and for many of them they are doing this after they have put in a full days of work. So, if you need to ask your rodeo secretary something and she is not as fast as you think she should be, please bear with her while she gets that first rodeo under way. Sometimes instead of calling a quick text or an email seems to be better. If you are having trouble reaching your secretary and need a question answered please do not hesitate to contact me, if I do not know the answer I will find it. I hope everyone is gearing up for a great rodeo season and setting your goals to do the best you possibly can. I hope to see you all down the road soon.

Anne Dollery

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2015 Texas National Results NATIONAL CHAMPION GIRL’S TEAM 3RD PLACE NATIONAL BOY’S TEAM OVERALL - 3RD PLACE NATIONAL TEAM TEXAS TOP 20 CONTESTANTS ALL AROUND COWGIRL Aly Ghormley 4th LIGHT RIFLE: Kaycee Cones 3rd Kaitlyn Kindt 6th Wells Mitchell 8th GIRLS BREAKAWAY Jade Kenney 6th BOYS BREAKAWAY Slade Wood 6th Hayden Powell 9th BAREBACK STEER RIDING Sticky Gleaves 18th BARREL RACING Danielle Harmon 15th Madison Outhier 18th TIE-DOWN Chet Weitz 14th Casey Crow 15th Quade Hieatt 16th Gatlin Peck 17th

GIRLS GOAT TYING Aly Ghormley 7th Sayer Senter 8th CHUTE DOGGING Gatlin Peck 15th Ky Thomas 17th RIBBON ROPING Rylee Johnson & Kater Tate 3rd BOYS GOAT TYING Cutter Carpenter 14th Kane Key 16th Thomas Wallace 20th POLE BENDING Aly Ghormley 13th JUNIOR BULL RIDING Kyle McDaniel 1st Sticky Gleaves 4th Andrew Lively 7th photos by jennings (top to bottom): Texas Girls Team, Kyle McDaniel, Aly Ghormley, Short Go Qualifiers, Sticky Gleaves, Rylee Johnson & Kater Tate

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

REGION I:

THE START OF SOMETHING NEW

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he start of the new rodeo season is an exciting time. Region I has a lot of new things: a new secretary, new competitors, and new champions to be crowned. In Region 1 we have many new members joining us this year, and they are ready to rodeo. There is also another By KATE JOHNSON – Region I very important person joining our region this year, Debra Dorenkamp. She replaces Mikey Duggan who did a wonderful job for over ten years as secretary. While we will miss Mikey, we welcome Debra to our rodeo family.

We have several kids to look out for this year from Region 1. Jade Kenney is a big competitor in the Breakaway Roping and the All Around. At the National Junior High Rodeo Finals in Des Moines, Iowa, Jade was 6th in the Girls’ Breakaway. Dawson (Sticky) Gleaves is another strong competitor coming back this year. Dawson made it to Nationals in all the rough stock events and was 4th in Bull Riding and 18th in Steer Riding. Hayden Powell is one to look for in the Boys’ Breakaway. Hayden finished 9th in the nation this year in the breakaway event. Others to watch include Gracie Tucker, Cole Franks, Korbin Rice, Brock Corman, Tyler Espenson, Kross Hiatt, and many more. We are excited to start the 2015-2016 rodeo season when we kick off in Dalhart,Texas on September 12.We can’t wait! Region I will have some fierce competition, but everyone one is pumped to see what the year has in store for us.

JADE KENNEY

photo by Jennings

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

REGION II:

HIT THE ROAD AND SEE YA AT THE RODEOS

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would like to introduce myself to Region 2 and tell you a little about my family. My name is Kelly Wood and I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Our sons competed in Texas High School rodeo and one that went to Nationals in Saddle Bronc riding. We still have one daughter in High School and she competes in all events. We have one that just graduated and she went to Nationals her sophomore year and won Breakaway. So rodeo and our faith is a big part of our family. We hope to pass this love on to our grandchildren. We feel that rodeo is a great way to learn life’s lessons. I am proud to be a secretary for Region 2 and hope to make this year great for all the members in this great sport of rodeo. I would like to thank the board for giving me this honor to serve as Junior

High secretary. I encourage each one to contact me if you need answers or concerns. I feel if we all work together as a team then we will have a smooth year. Working together benefits the kids and we are in this for our kids. We need to remember that all the directors are volunteers and be grateful that they are willing to give many hours to this association and pat them on the back for a job well done. I want to take this opportunity to thank Jody McElroy for being a great friend and teacher. She is a great secretary for Region 2 and works hard to make the region a great one. I know that she will guide me and help me to make this a smooth transition. Jody loves the kids and we all love her. Thanks for everyone’s support!

TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH CINCH TEAM 2015- 2016 BAREBACK RIDING - Cutter Kaylor BULL RIDING - Collin Hughes TIE DOWN - Kutter Kortis CHUTE DOGGING - Ky Thomas BOYS GOAT TYING - Thomas Wallace

BOYS BREAKAWAY - Connor Atkinson GIRLS GOAT TYING - Lacy Brueining RIBBON ROPING - Colton Greene POLE BENDING - Rilee Corbell TEAM ROPING - Kaden Profili, Brock Corman, BARRELS - Emma Smith Tyler Espenson RIBBON RUNNER - Brooke Krolczyk, Bradi Good GIRLS BREAKAWAY - Madalyn Richards LIGHT RIFLE - Serah Kate Blair

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TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

Makenna Shook,

TJHRA STUDENT PRESIDENT Region: 7 Age: 13 Events: Poles, Barrels, Breakaway, Ribbons, Goats

Who is your role-model? My dad! Do you have any superstitiions? Yes! Don’t wear a yellow shirt or put your hat on the bed.

Who is your favorite horse and why? My favorite horse is Ms. Hottie because she is fun to ride! What are your hobbies? Just rodeo. What has been your biggest accomplishment in rodeo? Do you play any other My biggest accomplishment is winning the sports? TJHRA Region 7 All-Around. I play basketball and golf. Favorite Movie: Secretariat Favorite Singer/Band: Sam Hunt Favorite TV Show: Reba Favorite Food: Steak

2014-2015 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN E. BLAND

940-537-1354

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

806-676-1042

nobaro@sbcglobal.net

PRESIDENT BRAD CRONE VICE PRESIDENT TONY LACINA

DELEGATE JOHN ATKINSON 979-482-2018 DELEGATE BRENT CHARLESWORTH

midtexlivestock@hotmail.com

DELEGATE CINDY CLAYTON

254-485-9466

clayton@our-town.com

DELEGATE AMANDA GORHAM

830-676-3373

gypsydoll75@yahoo.com

DELEGATE JEFF PARSLEY DELEGATE SCOTT SHOOK SECRETARY ANNE DOLLERY 979-272-2249 adollery@aol.com

STATE DIRECTORS

REGION I GARY FIELDS CHAD HIATT ROBB WELLS

gsfields@fivearea.com chad.hiatt@yahoo.com Robb_Wells45@yahoo.com

806-946-6138 806-676-4402 806-346-5109

REGION II CASEY BAIZE 512-618-9233 CLINT GRIFFIN 325-226-0430 CHUCK SENTER 806-562-0041 REGION III MIKE BRITAIN 254-595-0563 KEN BRAY 817-219-0436 REGION IV DAVE CLARK MATT INGLE

903-880-5919 903-355-8318

csbaize@yahoo.com cgriffin@kgelaw.com csenter@FirstBankLubbock.com mjbfarmsinc@aol.com kbray@equibrand.com tricbad@embarqmail.com ingleropehorses@gmail.com

REGION V DAVID COGBILL 409-781-8254 JOE GLEN KAHLA 409-489-1012 JEFF PARSLEY 903-842-4720 REGION VI NATALIE BENNIGHT 513-304-8507 DANNY DUCKETT 512-289-0724 CLAY BASS 512-847-5056

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REGION VII CHRIS OATES DEE ANN RAWLINSON SCOTT SHOOK

chrisoates@sbcglobal.net drawlinson@reatarealty.com scottshook@yahoo.com

936-661-1783 979-578-1420 281-437-8214

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REGION VIII MATT SCIBA 361-571-7888 matt@lifepointevictoria.com BILL SCIBA 361-582-6711 bill_sciba@yahoo.com JASON UNDERBRINK 210-854-7718 jasonunderbrink@yahoo.com REGION IX DON EDWARDS 281-387-8383 Edwards_Saddles@yahoo.com MIKE GHORMLEY 281-785-0077 mghormley@me.com JOHN SCHUENEMAN 979-268-4994 jschueneman@shorthornres.com REGION X RENEE WHITE 512-217-8165 weitzrr@gmail.com JOHN DOWNING 254-770-7064 cdowning@vvm.com ANTHONY WILLIAMS 512-269-9903 jwilliams852@yahoo.com STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT MAKENNA SHOOK V.PRES SIERRA SCHUENEMAN SECRETARY PAISLEY PIERCE

PRINCESS REAGAN HOELSCHER

TJHRA MARKETING DIRECTOR

MACI MEYER 281-610-7346 macikmeyer@yahoo.com

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