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2019 COLLEGE RODEO EDITION 6

TAKING THE NEXT STEP: INSIDE COLLEGE RODEO

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by Holly DeLaune any THSRA and TJHRA members have aspirations of college rodeoing after their high school career. To help our members understand how the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) is structured and what our members can be doing now to prepare for that next step, we visited with Dr. Al Wagner, Faculty President of NIRA, Regional Faculty Director of the Southern Region and Texas A&M University’s Rodeo Coach. The first decision a high school Senior will make is where they want to attend college. If you are planning on attending a college or university in Texas then you will either be in the Southern or Southwest Region of the NIRA. These regions are divided by the I-35 corridor with the schools on the East belonging to the Southern Region and the schools on the West side belonging to the Southwest Region. Each rodeo year is comprised of approximately 10 rodeos that are hosted by different member schools. Member schools are designated as school that have joined the NIRA, have 5-6 competitors and pay a member fee. Students who do not attend a member school can still rodeo as an independent athlete; an example would be Blinn Junior College in Bryan. This year a NIRA membership card was $260 for a competing membership. “Everyone who buys their NIRA card can enter and go to the rodeos, but there are 6 men and 4 women that are designated as team members for their school. These team member’s points earned at rodeos will be the only points that will count towards the overall school’s team points. Any point you win at the rodeo (whether you are on the team or not) will go to your individual point standing,” says Wagner. There are a few differences from rodeoing in high school. One of the biggest differences would be the team aspect. “Students enjoy being a part of a team, it gives them a sense of belonging and community.” In a big university atmosphere you are one of thousands, but being a member of the rodeo team gives you the ability to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. “The team atmosphere is also promoted at rodeos by students wearing vests identifying their school and by team point standings,” said Wagner. As in most rodeo associations, points become very important at the end of the year. The top 3 in each event qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) and the top 2 men’s and women’s team members in the region will also qualify for nationals. Dr. Wagner says, “Travel money is different for every school. Some schools give money if you are on the designated team for that rodeo and some award money after the rodeo according to who earned the most points.” The approximate men’s entry fee is $75 for the first event and $50 for each event after. Women’s entry fees are $60 for the first event and $40 for each event after. “I always emphasize to every athlete that you are a STUDENT athlete. That is, student comes before athlete.

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You are in school to get an education and rodeo should always come second.” In the NIRA you have to maintain a 2.0 and complete 12 academic hours each semester (PE doesn’t count as an hour) to rodeo. The NIRA also has specific rules when it comes to transferring colleges that can sometimes be confusing. Dr. Wagner helped us understand the guidelines. If transferring from a junior college to a 4-year school you must have 48 hours completed, otherwise there is a transfer penalty of missing 3 rodeos. There is also an automatic 3-rodeo penalty for transferring from a 4-year school to a 4-year school. However, there is no penalty if you transfer from a nonmember school to a member school. Don’t worry if you already have college hours accrued during high school, these rules only apply to card holders. College rodeo is also different because athletes are expected to be responsible for themselves. Parents are not allowed in the arena, so athletes rely on their teammates for help. Athletes are also responsible for making sure their coach has entered them in the rodeos. The days

of dad pushing your calf and mom entering you in all your rodeos has passed once become a NIRA member. The NIRA also has a list of fines that can be given to athletes, so rodeo coaches advise each member review the rulebook to avoid getting a fine. Common fines are losing hat, parent in arena, drag rule, profanity, not wearing vest, no circle in front of the box, delay of rodeo rattling the chute and a few more. When asked what our high school students should be doing now to prepare for college and college rodeo, Dr. Wagner said, “It is very important if you are taking college courses as high school student, that you make sure you get an original transcript (not a copy) and bring with you when you come to school in the Fall. The NIRA office requires an original transcript from any place you took a course for credit (if your college credit came from multiple schools you will need one from each of them). Another idea to avoid problems is to send the transcript directly to the coach as soon as you receive it, so you do not have to keep up with it.”

“Dr. Wagner suggests that if you are enrolling into college in the Fall, then make an appointment to visit the rodeo coach and the school the Fall before your Freshman year. Make sure you are aware of admission application deadlines so that you have everything in on time. Ultimately, it is never too early to start inquiring with rodeo coaches about their programs!” Thank you to Dr. Al Wagner for taking the time to share this important information with our high school and junior high members as they prepare for their next step. For more information on the NIRA go to collegerodeo.com.

COLLEGE RODEO TEAM STANDINGS southern & southwestern regions

SOUTHERN REGION

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Standings as of Feb 25, 2019 MEN’S TEAM 1.PANOLA JUNIOR COLLEGE 2. HILL COLLEGE 3. MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY

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WOMEN’S TEAM 1. MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY 2. TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY 3. SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY

WOMEN’S TEAM 1. TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY 2. WEATHERFORD COLLEGE 3. SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE

MEN’S TEAM 1. CLARENDON COLLEGE 2. CISCO COLLEGE 3. WEATHERFORD COLLEGE

BIG SKY REGION

Montana; and also Northwest Community College - Powell, WY.

CENTRAL PLAINS REGION

Kansas; Oklahoma; and also Northwest Missouri State University - Maryville, MO.

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Wyoming; Colorado; and also Chadrom State College Chadron NE.

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Arizona; and also New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, NM; San Juan College - Farmington, NM.; Western New Mexico University - Silvercity, NM.

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2018-2019 AJRA 67th Rodeo Schedule

**12 rodeos! Best 10 rodeo results used for year end plus the finals! **Must compete at 4 rodeos to compete at the AJRA NFR! **Breakaway for G13-15, B13-15 and G16-19 is bell collar catch **G16-19 will have two Breakaway Roping events. Each will count towards World Championship and All-Around.

**All rough stock events will be co-sanctioned with Tommy Green’s Rodeo Company but will compete at the NFR in Sweetwater, Texas **Roy Cooper Junior NFR Roping Invitations **2020 The RFD American Semi-Finals Exemptions in 8&U, G09-12, G13-15, & G16-19 Barrels, B16-19 Tie-Down, 16-19 Team Roping Header-Heeler, B16-19 Steer Wrestling, G09-12, G13-15, & G16-19 Breakaway

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KEVIN HUDDLESTON PO Box 750 • Memphis, Texas 79245 806.259.3139 • huddcottonkevin@gmail.com

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - KARLIE HARTER VICE PRESIDENT- CARSEN NORRIS SECRETARY/HISTORIAN - HADLEY ALBRACHT STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

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

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TREY JOHNSON Box 501 • Hapy, Texas 79042 806-433-7382 • tjohnsoncattle@gmail.com ROB WELLS 521 Willow Lane • Hereford, Texas 79045 806.346.5109 • robb_wells45@yahoo.com

PERFORMANCE REPORT

The Hooves Make the Horse

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By Jadyn Duggan

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t’s been said that a horse is nothing without good hooves. As we all know, we must clean and check our horse’s hooves every day and before each ride. Despite how often we go through this process do we really understand what the cracks, rings, ridges and friability mean? Healthy hooves, much like everything else, begin inside the horse. Hooves are composed of a structural protein that is supported through high protein feeds and supplements. Just as we need certain proteins, minerals and vitamins to maintain our health, our horses need the same. While our animals may look in good health, they could be lacking in a simple protein that can cause several issues. A simple way to tell if your horse is lacking nutrition is to check their hooves. If they have an extreme amount of rings, cracks in the hoof wall, ridges along the top part of the hoof or if the hoof cannot hold a nail; all can be a sign of the lack in one vitamin. To help your horse gain back this missing factor you can increase the amount of feed given or add vitamin supplements into their feed. Another major cause of poor hoof

health is weather conditions. If your horse is use to dry ground and then stands in wet conditions for a day, then drying out again can result in cracks in the hoof wall and friability when it comes time for a new set of shoes. The terrain in which you exercise your horse can also have an impact on how healthy their hooves are. If these are the cause of your horse’s hoof problems you can begin to fix the issues by changing the area in which you ride, if possible, and better maintaining the area your horses spend the most time. These are just a few simple fixes to a problem that every horse will face throughout its life; however, there are some causes to these problems that we can’t always control, such as weather conditions. Yet, we can help to ensure our horse’s health by maintaining a regular schedule with our farriers and by maintaining our horse’s fitness. While it may not seem like much, just simply walking our horses around for a few minutes a day can stimulate their blood flow, which will help in hoof growth and health. Always remember the hooves make the horse, not the other way around!

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Region II

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS CASEY BAIZE

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

MATT DICKEY

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

BREAKAWAY

GETS BIG By MADALYN RICHARDS – Performance Reporter

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or as long as professional rodeo has been around, girls have been mostly limited to barrel racing. Cowgirls are stereotypically viewed as only “Betty’s”. But now, cowgirls may have another place in the rodeo world… in breakaway roping. Breakaway ropers such as Lari Dee Guy, Jackie Hobbs-Crawford, and JJ Hampton have been the best of breakaway for many years, but they have never had a big stage to showcase their talents on. Lately though, more and more opportunities have been popping up for the breakaway ropers. There is more money up for grabs, better competition, and a greater number of big rodeos adding breakaway to their already fantastic events. As of now, the future of breakaway is looking bright! Some of the significant rodeos that are giving breakaway a chance include The American and the WCRA. But, there are other ropings such as the Spicer Gripp, the Cody Ohl Open ropings, the Patriot, The Three Star Memorial, etc. that showcase breakaway roping. Recently, I attended the Three Star Memorial and got the chance to talk to one of

the Three Star Memorial organizers, David Baumann, about what the Three Star is trying to accomplish. For those of you who don’t know, the Three Star Memorial is one of the largest breakaway ropings in the world. This year 215 contestants competed and the average paid nearly $13,000. When I talked to David Baumann, I asked him why he and the rest of the committee decided to focus on breakaway roping. He said, “We wanted to do something different. At that time we didn’t feel like there was enough roping opportunities for the ladies. We knew there was room for growth in breakaway roping. We really believe in the future of breakaway and we know that the rest of the world does too.” He also said that the Three Star will continue to promote breakaway, and would like to add more opportunities for the younger age groups. Personally, I can’t wait to see what the future brings. After many, many years of taking the backseat, breakaway roping has finally come to the front. I know that my generation truly appreciates the people who have persevered to bring breakaway roping to the next level.

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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 2019 THSRA State Finals.

The Stokes Family of Region IX

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ongratulations to the Stokes Family for being selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Month for Region 9! Gene and Shyanne, along with their daughters, Stormy and Rowdy, own and operate the Stokes Ranch located in Crockett, Texas. They also operate the Triple Son Farms in Centerville, Texas, and have been running ranches for the past 15 years. With two ranches to run, “the whole family, in one aspect or another, is involved,” Gene said. At Triple Son Farms the family sells replacement heifers and seed stock bulls. “Keeping the ranch successful takes a lot of late nights and early mornings,” the family said. With different seasons comes different priorities. During the breeding season, it is important to make sure the cows get covered, during calving season it’s important to lookout for any complications or orphans and year-round it is making sure 1,400 head of cattle get fed every day. In addition to helping feed, Stormy and Rowdy help with house work, penning cows, working calves, and helping out

wherever else they are needed. In some cases that even means driving the truck. “Stormy has been helping me since the age of six on the ranch,” Gene explained. “By the age of eleven she could drive the truck and trailer all by herself on the property of the ranch. So, I let her 11 -year-old-self follow behind me as I had the horses in my trailer. When we pulled back up to the house, I got out of the truck and walked to her truck and noticed behind the trailer she was dragging a fence post and half the fence. I could do nothing but laugh.” Some career choices can get a little mundane from time to time, but those who choose the ranching lifestyle can almost always count on some sort of excitement; good or bad. You can also typically count on those around you to bring a laugh and a helping hand. With so many moving parts, team work is very important for success on the Stokes’ ranches. “If somebody didn’t go feed, that means it may be an hour or two later working past dark,” Gene said. “If we have a cow down in the pasture and no one goes to check the cow, she might be a coyote’s next meal; when everyone does their part, it allows us to do other things we enjoy like, rodeoing, hunting and softball.” The family explained how rodeo has been in the Stokes family for many years. “Rodeoing is our reward for all the hard work we do throughout the week,” the family said. “We are constantly starting horses, so we will have good horses to compete on, and there’s no better place to start a horse than on the ranch!” THSRA not only gives the family an opportunity to showcase their horses, but they said it has given them the “opportunity to meet families like ours and to compete in a sport that we love.” The family expressed how they also love McCoy’s. While the closest McCoy’s is over 50 miles away from the family ranches, the Stokes’ said they do stop to shop for fencing supplies and barn repair needs when they are in the area. “Being selected as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the Month is a big honor because McCoy’s helps support our way of life in ranching and rodeoing,” the family said. Congratulations to the Stokes family!

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DUANE OVERTON 2110 FM 3027 • Mineral Wells, TX 76067

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - LARAMIE DEARING VICE PRESIDENT - KYLEE COOK SECRETARY - SYDNEY MUNSTER

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JOE TOMEU 360 CR 2788 • Sunset, Texas 76270 941.809.7333 • joe@tomeu.com PO Box 122448 • Fort Worth, Texas 76121

SECRETARY - KELLEY WILLIAMS

KEVIN STEWART PO Box 1308 • Glen Rose, Texas 76043 817.307.7300 • thekevinstewart@live.com PRESIDENT - KEN BRAY PO Box 1634 • Granbury, Texas 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Trusting The Process By KYLEE SCRIBNER

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very competitor faces some type of obstacle in their rodeo career, but what matters most is how they choose to react to it. Whether their horse took on an injury, they encountered an injury themselves, or they simply missed a calf that they needed to catch to make the finals, the main concern is what they do when they reach this setback. For instance, Sarah Rose Mcdonald lost her

top horse, Jess Lockwood recently sustained a broken collar bone, and it is a guarantee that each competitor has had some type of set back in this season alone. Even the best in the world of rodeo encounter obstacles, and each time you will hear them testify that you have to trust the process. Many people will ponder what these professional mean by “trust the process”, and Mrs. Hailey Kinsel will be the first to testify that you have to keep your faith in God. The professionals in this sport will tell you time and time again that the only way they are able to compete at their level is because of God. At the 2018 NFR nearly every single World Champion thanked God when they walked across the stage to accept their title. These competitors did not have

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the perfect year, they all had setbacks, but they trusted in God’s process enough to continue fighting. Even within the regions it is evident that no one has a perfect season; however, you will see some have an astounding faith in God’s plan. One of the biggest names that pop’s to mind is Caroline Kirkpatrick. This sweet girl’s horse got hurt at the beginning of the season, and she was forced to run her young horse against some of the toughest competitors in the area. It never fails that when you are around Caroline she will have a smile on her face, and wishing you the best of luck. Personally, I got the opportunity to get to know Caroline a bit better this year and she was very humbled by the situation and was content that God was preparing her for something even better in the future. Caroline had no problem “trusting the process”. In the end, even through the challenges, it is vital that you keep your faith in the Lord. You should never turn your back on him, no matter what the obstacle is, because he is preparing you for something even greater in the end. Be sure that through it all you trust in his plan, and you continue to work hard. Always remember that even the best in the sport have trials, and you too can overcome them. Therefor, keep “trusting the process” so in the end you can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. - 2 Timothy 4:7

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when someone meets you for the first time. So what do you want people to think when they see you sitting in the stands or riding in the arena? If you have a hard time pulling a look together, then it’s a great idea to get inspiration from others (check out fashion bloggers like @fashionposse on instagram, search #nfrfashion on social media or search western fashion on Pinterest for inspiration). We can’t wait for you to thumb through these new looks in our fashion feature! Continued on Page 16

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eniors, are you counting down the days until graduation? Ready or not the rodeo season is winding down with just a few left; I hope you are still “reaching for the stars”?! Do you have plans? Are you thinking of what you want to do or where you are headed? Or are you undecided at the moment? As Miss Tubman said “Every great dream begins with a dreamer”. Follow your passion and let your passion direct your path. I had a few moments to visit with a few of the Region 4 seniors. These seniors have their plans figured out!

Peyton Cooper told me that she “plans to go to Mount Pleasant, Texas, in the fall and continue to rodeo while pursuing her dream of becoming and EMT. Cole Martin is planning to attend NTCC in Mount Pleasant, Texas, this fall and will also continue to rodeo while getting his degree in Agricultural Management. Cole told me he plans to manage his family owned ranch after graduating. Natalie Green, a senior from Longview High School, is planning on attending Texas A&M University Commerce. She is undecided as of now on her major but plans to continue rodeoing in during the

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE REGION 4 JUNIOR HIGH OFFICERS FOR THE 2018-19 YEAR! President: VieVie Blanchard Vice President: Mary Beth Beam Secretary: Dixie Tabb

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fall semester. Stormi Britton has a dream to be an Equine Dentist. She will attend NTCC for her Associates in Business and then get her Vet Tech Degree at Tyler Junior College as well. From there Stormi plans to attend Idaho Equine Dentistry Trade School and after that she will continue to follow her dream of becoming an Equine Dentist. Ty Salisbury will attend Texas A&M University in the fall and pursue an Animal Science Degree. He will continue to rodeo while attending school.

Since this is their last season to participate in High School Rodeo Region 4, I asked “What advice would you give new members?” Peyton says; “Always stay humble and try to be a helping hand. My favorite memory of Region 4 is every time I go down the alleyway and do what I love! That adrenaline is what keeps me going!” Natalie offered; “Just have fun! Rodeo is a very humbling sport and it can become very competitive at times, but never lose sight of why you are in it to begin with! This sport is meant to be fun and the winning will come with it!” Stormi’s advice; “Meet as many friends as possible and enjoy it all while it lasts! High school rodeo doesn’t last forever!” Ty had this for advice for new members and fellow competitors; “Just don’t be nervous and have as much fun as you can because before you know it…..you’ll be graduating!” My question to Cole was; “Why did you decide to continue to rodeo?” His answer; “Rodeo-ing is my life. I eat, sleep and breathe it! Rodeo is something my whole family does, it’s who we are! My reason is my dad. He wanted this way of life for me. My family has encouraged and pushed me to be my best.” Some great advice for fellow seniors continue to work hard, stay humble, learn from your mistakes and always, always remember to keep reaching for your dreams and follow you passion!

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RHEAGAN COTTON OF REGION IX 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 the Whatakid of the month, Rheagan Cotton! The Fairfield, Texas native, and Fairfield High School junior is currently a third-year competitor in the Texas High School Rodeo Association. Over the course of her three-year involvement with THSRA, Rheagan said she has learned many lessons and picked up positive character traits such as confidence, and respect toward her peers and fellow rodeo athletes. “My favorite part of THSRA is meeting new friends and growing a bond,” Rheagan said. “No matter the circumstances of the rodeo, I still have fun with my friends, and I praise God for everything He has given me.” She expressed how rodeo has not only helped develop her own character, but it has also opened her eyes to the impact the western world has on youth as a whole. “Many people that are not in this industry have not learned the same things as me,” Rheagan ¬-said. “Such as having the responsibility of taking care of livestock and respecting my elders and my peers.” In the midst of rodeoing, Rheagan manages to stay on top her grades as an AB honor roll student and is a member of the FFA Horse judging team, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also the secretary for Region IX and was recently voted the most improved girl for her region. Rheagan competes in the barrel racing, pole bend-

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ing and breakaway roping; however, she claims breakaway as her favorite event, which might have to do with her breakaway horse being her favorite equine partner. Chipmunk, aka Chip, and Rheagan were united a few months after the unfortunate loss of Rheagan’s number one breakaway horse. After searching and searching for the perfect horse, Rheagan and her family happened upon Chip in a Facebook post. Rheagan said she had been praying for a great match but was feeling discouraged in her search. Once she tried Chip, Rheagan knew the sorrel horse with a flaxen mane and tail, and white strip down his face was the answer to her prayers. The two seem to make a great pair as she has since made the short round at the Rising Stars calf roping, qualified for the 2019 American Jr. Finals in the 19 & under breakaway roping and has experienced various other wins. When discussing mottos, Rheagan expressed she tries to live her life by the saying, “Pursue what sets your soul on fire.” Being driven typically is a result of being inspired, and thankfully we have quite a few inspiring role models in the rodeo industry. One person Rheagan especially looks up to is Lari Dee Guy. “I look up to many people, but my hero of all time is Lari Dee Guy,” Rheagan said. “I have always been a fan, but since I have met her in person, I have grown to like her even more. She is so humble in her roping, and she is also a true fan of the Lord.” Rheagan expressed how thankful she is for all of the opportunities she has been given. “I just want to say thank you to the good Lord above for everything I’m able to do,” Rheagan said. “I would not be able to pursue what sets my soul on fire without the continued support from my friends and family and everyone who has pushed me and encouraged me through everything. Being selected as the Whatakid of the month for region IX brings me great joy.” In the future, Rheagan said she plans to attend a junior college and then continue her college career at either Tarleton State University of Sam Houston University. She dreams of pursuing a career in the real estate industry. We wish Rheagan the best of luck in all of her future endeavors!


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JESSEE YOUNG OF REGION IV by Jacqueline Knox

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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 the Whatakid of the month, Jessee Young! This eighteen-year-old senior is a force to be reckoned with! She competes in barrels, goat tying, breakaway roping and working cow horse. Although she loves all her events, breakaway is her favorite because “pushes me to see how fast I can go.” Jessee rides three different Sorrell horses. Her barrels horse is named A Different Deal, but she goes by Dealin. AC is her goat tying and breakaway horse. Finally, her working cow horse is named Lola. Starting rodeo at about three-years-old, Jessee has always loved the sport. “When my older sister starting doing rodeo, I wanted to do it also. I have been involved in rodeo ever since,” Jessee said. “After the first few rodeos, I told my dad that he didn’t have to lead me anymore. I could do it on my own.” She was a member of TJHRA and now competes in THSRA. Her favorite memories come from rodeo and she is extremely grateful for all that she gained through the rodeo experiences. “I am thankful for my Region 4 Rodeo Family. They are a great group of people. There are so many great

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memories and friendships I have made along the way,” Jessee said. Her biggest accomplishment is going all the way to nationals in 2018 in breakaway. “My sophomore year (2017), I qualified for State in barrels and goat tying but not in breakaway. Being at state, I couldn't stand the thought of not having a rope in my hand,” Jessee said. “I was determined that the next year I was going to qualify in all my events. I worked extra hard on breakaway and ended up the Region 4 Breakaway Champion 2018, qualifying for State in barrels, goat tying, breakaway and working cow horse. At State, I ended up going into the Short go as #2 in breakaway and over all #3, meaning I qualified for Nationals in Rock Springs, WY. This was exciting and extra special for me because my hard work and dedication paid off. I also have to give credit to my amazing horse AC as he never lets me down.” The start of this year has been tough for Jessee as she had to begin her senior year without her barrel horse Big due to a knee injury. “We have gone thru so much together. He has the biggest heart and a no quit attitude,” Jessee said. Jessee’s sixth grade year, the pair was Texas Jr High State Champions and ended up fifth in Nationals in barrels in TJHSRA. They were also the High School Region 4 Barrel Champions in 2017. Being a part of rodeo has taught Jessee a lot about herself and she is very grateful for that. “I like rodeo because it is competitive and teaches you responsibility, discipline and not to give up. The competition pushes you to work harder than you realized you could,” Jessee said. She is also thankful to be a part of the Texas High School Rodeo as it is a fantastic association. “I am very thankful for time the volunteers, board and directors and mostly the parents give back to this organization. Without all of them this association would not be where it is today,” Jessee said. Other than rodeo, Jessee is involved in FFA at North Lamar High School. She has been a member of FFA for four years and is currently the Secretary. She has also competed on the track team but decided to take her senior year off in order to focus on rodeo. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteer and practice with her little sister, Jodee (11). Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is Bible verse that Jessee always has in the back of her mind. “When the times get hard, it really helps me to push through and stay positive,” Jessee said. She is very grateful for the talent God has blessed her with. Johnny, or JR as they call him at home, and Whitnee Young, Jessee’s parents, really inspire her. She is extremely thankful for both of them. “They push me to be my best and stay motivated. They are my biggest fans and without them I couldn't continue to do what I love to do,” Jessee said. In the future, Jessee plans to go to college and continue competing in rodeo. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in the medical field. She is extremely excited and honored to be chosen as this months Whatakid!


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STUDENT OFFICERS

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

Region V

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

JOE GLENN KAHLA 612 FM 1747 • Jasper, Texas 75951 409.384.0921 • jgk@mklawyers.com JEFF LUMMUS PO Box 646 • Orangefield, Texas 77639 409.313.7765 • jeff.t.lummus-1@dupont.com

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to you. Whatever it may be that God has gifted you at He has given you that gift to fulfill a plan He has in mind for you. For those plans to be accomplished, we must stand strong and prepare ourselves in the best way possible for the next opportunity that we see. A great example of someone who has qualities such as perseverance and confidence is Ty Harris. His quote is something every person should apply to their work ethic and practice mind set: “It does not matter if you have won the last ten rodeos or missed the last 10 calves you ran, always prepare as hard as you can and keep entering with confidence. It is not an easy thing to do. Try not to let your highs be too high and your lows be too low, stay as even keel and confident as you can be, always try to keep your blinders on and run your race. At times, growing up there will always be someone tougher than you but if you set your goals, keep your head down, keep practicing, and stay confident…you will have success.” Another aspect that is so important to success in the opportunities that come your way is consistency. Practicing on a regular basis and staying consistent in your prayer life are the two biggest things that help you succeed in the rodeo arena and in life. Praying and studying God’s word helps you prepare mentally for the challenges that come with rodeo other than the deep ground or fresh calves. Preparing physically by practicing on a regular basis also helps you and your equine athlete stay at the top of your game. By doing these two things you are giving yourself the best shot at succeeding and being the best competitor you can be. Honor God in whatever you do so that He may bless you will bigger and better opportunities. Continue to have confidence in yourself to step up and get after it. God is calling you to fulfill those plans He has for you. All you have to do is have courage and practice with a purpose.

s I watched my brother’s baseball game a couple of weeks ago, the Lord gave me something to share with y’all. The bases were loaded as the next kid shuffled up to the plate. A wide smile lit up his face as he let out a chant of excitement, “oh yeah, oh yeah”. He saw the opportunity for grand slam, and he was pumped about it. He saw the best thing that could happen and had confidence that he could do it. I realized that’s how we should view the opportunities God sets before us. We need to be confident in ourselves and in God that He can make the most out of every opportunity that comes our way. In order to step up to the opportunities that God has in store for us we need to have courage and be secure in the abilities He has given us. Maybe you’re a good header, you paint outstanding, or you can shoot skeet like nobody’s business. Maybe you work well with young horses or maybe For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-discipline. teaching kids how to rope comes easy 2 Timothy 1:7

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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 2018 THSRA State Finals.

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ongratulations to this month’s Farm and Ranch Family, the Wilsons! Brandon and Jennifer work alongside their two children, Brennen (15) and Addison (12), in order to make their business, Brandon Wilson Cattle, a success. It’s such a success that, Brandon Wilson Cattle has been in business for 25 years! The Wilson’s home base is located in Gilmer Texas (Region 4). Their company is a feeder and stocker cattle operation. With an average of four cattle sales per week, the Wilson’s are always busy buying and selling cattle. “I think what we love most is that we can all take pride in some aspect of our business. There is something for all of us to do and take ownership of. At the end of the day all of our efforts show up somewhere and don't go unnoticed. We get to enjoy being outside as a family working together. It's one of those things if you love what you do is it really a job? My favorite part of it all is getting to be with my family,” Jennifer explained. Every day, the livestock have to be fed, doctored, and checked. The yearlings also have to be shipped off to the feedlot on a weekly basis. “It takes everyone at our place to make things work daily,” Jennifer said. Brandon is in charge of the many of the big decisions: buying and selling cattle, shipping schedules and processing of cattle. Jennifer takes care of the books, ensuring they have all the necessary paperwork and bookkeeping completed. The Wilson’s also have the

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help of six additional employees, who are vital to the operation. Both of the Wilson children also have important jobs when it comes to the family business. During the school year, Brennen and Addison help out daily after they finish school. They work processing and helping load trucks going to the feedlot. In the summer, they ride pens doctoring cattle on a daily basis. “The biggest thing we hope to pass down to the children is our hard work ethic and honesty,” Jennifer said. “Honesty and a lot of hard work everyday is what it takes to be successful in this business or any business.” The Wilson’s have always been around cattle. Brandon comes from a long line of cattleman. He grew up in this business, as his parent also run the same type of feeder/stocker cattle operation. “Brandon started making cattle sales when he was 18 years old and he has grown our business to what it is today,” Jennifer said. Jennifer also grew up around a registered cattle business, making the current business fit with both of their backgrounds. However, when the family is not working, rodeo is their favorite thing to do together. Addison is TJHRA contestant and currently competes in Barrels, Poles, Breakaway, and Ribbon Roping. Brennen competes as a part of THSRA in Tie Down Roping and as the Header in Team Roping. The Wilson’s are grateful for a lot, but one thing they are especially grateful for is the opportunity to have their kids competing in rodeo. “I think the biggest thing is our family gets to live this life on a daily basis. The kids can correlate their work ethic as well as many other things into their rodeo activities. They see hard work not only pays off in real life but in the practice pen. We get to live the life we love daily from work to rodeo,” Jennifer explained. Luckily, the Wilson’s have a McCoys in the neighboring town and they often shop there. “There is so much you can buy at McCoys! Obviously, fencing supplies would be the number one purchase for us as well as wood to floor trailers, farm supplies, oil to service tractors and really anything else you can think of,” Jennifer said. The Wilsons are honored to be named this month’s McCoys farm and ranch family. “I think it is a great honor and privilege to be named McCoy's family of the month. Our children get to participate in the great sport of rodeo, which we all love because of great sponsors such as McCoy's. It's nice to know that there are still people that give back to the rodeo community and that makes us proud,” Jennifer said.


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STUDENT OFFICERS

SECRETARY - NENA BOETTCHER PO Box 833 • East Bernard, Texas 77435 281.468.8973 • Region6thsra@gmail.com

Region VI

STATE DIRECTORS SHANNA NETTLE LOGAN PO Box 1882 • Brenham, TX 77834 979.421.2912 • samlogan89@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT - BRINLEE FREEMAN VICE PRESIDENT - SAGE SPIVEY SECRETARY - MARY MCLINEY

MISTY SMITH 1701 FM 99 • Whitsett, Texas 78075 512.848.6343 • rdmssmith@yahoo.com PRESIDENT - DAVID FREEMAN 1039 Mockingbird Lane • Eagle Lake, TX 77434 832.221.1253 • chlfreeman@yahoo.com

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egion VI has many exciting events coming up this next month! But before we talk about the future, let’s mention a few things about our fundraiser we had on February 9th. Saturday night, Region VI had a dinner, live auction, silent auction and raffle to support our athletes. Thank you to everyone who came out and donated their time and money. Each donation, big or small, makes a difference. We can’t thank everyone enough for all the support and gratitude that was received. It was greatly appreciated! On the topic of support, we also had our THSRA sponsor Henson Family

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Dealership bring the THSRA/TJHRA truck on Saturday. Region VI thanks you for sponsoring THSRA and can’t wait to see you soon at state finals! A quick update on the Region VI cowboy Cole Ohrt. The Ohrt family is planning on taking a trip CASH SHIVERS IN FRONT OF THE to China for 6 months or so HENSON TJHRA/THSRA TRUCK. for surgery, intense rehab and stem cell treatments. We know it’s scary, but we would like to wish Cole and his family good luck and we’re hoping that everything runs smoothly. Please keep the Ohrt family in your prayers and CANYON BASS IN FRONT OF THE HENSON TJHRA/THSRA TRUCK. feel free to follow them on Facebook for further updates at “Cowboy Tough Cole Strong.” Coming up on March 9th we will be having our region cowboy prom. We encourage everyone to attend whether it’s with a date, group or by yourself. It will be fun! The theme is Cowboys and Indians ranchy rodeo prom and it will be held at the Texas Remarketing Service building. This is a formal dance and there will be a DJ, dinner and of course lots of dancing! Also, on Sunday, March 10th awards will be held after our last Region VI rodeo. Congratulations to everyone who has had a good year and is on top. If you’re in a bad spot in the standings, just remember to keep your head up. The only competition is yourself so always try your hardest! Your reputation does not depend on you making it to state or not, it is based off your efforts and time put into doing what you love. Goodluck to everyone at the last two Region VI rodeos of this season and we will see you at state!

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

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS RORY KOEHN 1669 CR 230 • Weimar, Texas 78962 979.263.5644 • koehnranch@cvctx.com

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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

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CHAMPIONS By JAYCI LEE BYLER

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egion VII's High school and Junior high concluded their season last week at Edna, Texas. The cowboys and cowgirls delivered a fierce and fiery weekend of competition in the arena. I am sure that each contestant could write a book about all the trials and tribulations they each have been dealt throughout the year. Everyone came prepared, some more than others. Each understood and believed in themselves when they entered the arena. We all had the same goal in mind and we were determined to achieve that goal. This past weekend, cowboys and

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cowgirls rose and fell in the standings with a quick catch in the breakaway or a down pole. There was several cheers from the crowd and an occasional gasp as a calf or steer got away. As I walked amongst my fellow competitors, I continued to hear words of praise and encouragement.When one cowboy or cowgirl would say a kind word it continued to flow from others JAYCI BYLER mouths too. Encouragement set the tone for the weekend and our Region VII was paying it forward one by one. The evenings were spent with family and friends cooking out for one another. It was time for sharing of stories and good old fashion arena football games. Breaking of bread and sharing it among one another, it doesn't get any better than that. For in the morning we were dueling competitors in the arena and friends outside of it. On Saturday morning our first year end Champion was awarded his saddle by Tony Reina, in memory of Will Byler, who was a past Region VII Champion. Sponsored by past Region Steer Wrestlers & Families, Kody Dollery, Shawn Dollery, Troy Lee Keaton, Brady Barham, Reid Halbert, Cole Dollery, Rhett Sbrusch, Wyatt Sbrusch, Mitchell Hutto, Dylan Schroeder. There was not a dry eye amonst all who watched as Landris White of Angelton stepped forward to receive his Steer Wrestling Title. Here are the Region VII High School Champions 2018-19: In the Team roping: Tanner Tomlinson from Angleton, Texas and Cade Boettcher from East Bernard, Texas. Saddlebronc: Jake Bazar from Damon, Texas. Reigned cow horse: Robbin Rice from Sealy, Texas. Pole bending: Jayci Byler from Bellville, Texas. Goat tying: Makenna Shook from Needville, Texas. Girls cutting: Lexington Slaughter from Hempstead, Texas. Calf roping: Nick Achille from Alvin,Texas. Bull riding: Toby Carpenter from Brookeshire, Texas. Breakaway roping: Aspen Miller from Santa Fe, Texas. Boys cutting: Carson Ray from Groveton, Texas. Barrel racing: Jayci Byler from Bellville,Texas. Bareback riding: Hunter GreatHouse from Sante Fe, Texas Boys All Around: Shane Krolczyk from Cypress Boys All Around Champion Boys Rookie: Nick Achillefrom Alvin


A Salute to our seniors may your future be bright Iris Baker, Brooklyn Bean, Bryce Belnap, Cade Boettcher, Jose Luis Camacho, Niki Carter, Garrett Fields, Kaleb Friedel, Blaire Giese, Logan Grimm, Georgia Hilton, Joan Johnson, Shayne Krolczyk, Colton Mitchell, Connor Norris, Tanner Rawlings, Michael Stansbury, Reagan Tipton, Tanner Tomlinson

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Girls All Around and Rookie: Jayci Byler from Bellville Jr High Champions Region VII Girls All Around, Barrel racing & Pole Bending: Hannah Bass of Brenham Boys All Round Champion, Calf Roping & Bullriding Colin Fox of Manvel Team Roping Guy Raasch of Sweeny & Cade Muegge of Edna Boys Breakaway Cade Muegge Saddle Bronc Steers & Chute Dogging & Boys Goat Tying, Blaze Byler of Bellville, Ribbon Roping Whitley Williams of Sandia & Guy Raasch of Sweeny Girls Goat Tying & Girls Breakaway Ceily Simpton of Navasota Bareback Steers Brayze Schill of West Columbia Rookie Girl, Kyla Shay Casey of Angelton Rookie Boy Coleman Canton of Navasota Put your faith in God, be patient, and trust in Him. We all have dreams but in order to make dreams come into a reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort to make them happen. Congratulations to all of our event leaders and to everyone who has worked so hard this year to make it to State Finals. To our State Bound Teams, Dig Deep & Believe It! #GodIsStillGood #W&B

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Sell 3 Bloomer Tickets and Get One Free That's right, if you sell 3 Bloomer Tickets, your family will get to enter one time for free! Claim this offer when your turn in your Bloomer tickets to your Region Secretary and she will give you a free ticket to put your families name on!

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• Clarendon College competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwestern Region. • The team is coached by Mr. Bret Franks, a three time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo in Saddle Bronco Riding (1997, 1998, and 2000). Mr. Franks attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Panhandle State University.

• Clarendon College is the home of Wyatt Casper, the 2016 National Champion Saddle Bronc Rider (pictured at right). • Clarendon College’s agriculture programs are located on a beautiful 107-acre campus on the west edge of Clarendon, TX. • Outstanding practice facilities on campus - Two arenas each 140’ x 250’ – 1 outdoor, 1 indoor - Roping chutes in each arena plus 4 bucking chutes. • 69 covered runs and 12 box stalls available for students • Rodeo scholarships are available low tuition & fees! • Daily practices • Tremendous community support

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#RedforBaileeByler A few days before Valentines Day, a call went out across social media to "GET OUT YOUR RED SHOES� in honor of Bailee Ackerman Byler. Bailee loved to wear red shoes, so those who loved her the most thought that Bailee would be smiling from heaven to see all of her friends and fans wearing red shoes just for her on the national day of love. The pictures poured in and social media lit up with pictures of red shoes in all shapes and sizes and a #RedforBaileeByler in support of Bailee and the families that miss her dearly. The families looked at every single picture and comment and felt overwhelmingly loved and commented with this statement: "Today was so heart warming seeing everyone participate in wearing red shoes in remembrance of our sweet Bailee and Will Byler-- our family was all apart today, but we all felt their love and presence amongst us. Thank you everyone for showing the love, I can guarantee there were lots of dimples flashing in heaven today! Bailee girl, I hope we made you proud even tho you will ALWAYS wear red shoes best!!!�

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - MACKENZIE BRYCE VICE PRESIDENT - EMMA SMITH SECRETARY - KATE MCNEIL KIM NICHOLSON 8434 N. US Hwy 183 • Goliad, Texas 77963 830.570.7302 • kim_nicholson@att.net

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

JASON UNDERBRINK 520 Phillips Rd • Pleasanton, Texas 78064 210.854.7718 • jasonunderbrink@yahoo.com 3005 Santa Ana St. • Corpus Christi, Texas 78415 361.739.9858 • region8thsra@gmail.com

Region VIII

SECRETARY - CELINA FETTY

385 ECR 401 • Falfurrias, Texas 78355 361.813.7078 • masolomon1962@gmail.com

PRESIDENT- MIKE SOLOMON

385 ECR 401 • Falfurrias, Texas 78355 361.813.7078 • masolomon1962@gmail.com

PRESIDENT- MIKE SOLOMON

PERFORMANCE REPORT

LAST TIMES

By Mackenzie

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Bryce – Performance Reporter

s our 2018-2019 region rodeo season is coming to an end, it is starting to set in to some of us that we are about to be “has beens”. Seniors are embarking on the end of their high school career as a high school rodeo athlete. With this time of year, comes many deadlines and interviews. One important calendar event in a senior’s planner is scholarship interviews. This year Region VIII had twelve seniors apply for scholarships on the region level. The board is proud of the group of kids

this year, as our scholarship judges informed the board that all of the students were very polite and well-rounded individuals. THSRA was well represented. I want to encourage everyone that is a 2019 Senior to not let the outcome of this year’s rodeo season or the interviews determine who you are and how you continue your path in this world. Rodeo is a family sport that makes us all family. New friendships are made and old friendships are strengthened through this the lifestyle we call rodeo. The friendships we have made through high school rodeo are ones we will have for a lifetime. Even for those who don’t continue to rodeo, the memories and friendships we have built throughout our four years in high school are something that we will cherish for years to come. For those of us who are seniors, the year has been filled with many “last times.” The biggest “last time” has yet to come for us, our last Region rodeo. So many of us will cry and think of this as an ending to a chapter. I’d like to remind you that this is also a beginning to a new one. New friendships will be made, new lifetime memories, a new life of living on our own at college. The first time we cook our own dinner and we burn it, the first time we have car problems and dad isn’t there to fix it, this a time of learning new things, learning how to survive on our own. College will be a time of trial and error but also a time of happiness and joy. It’s not the school that makes our experience great it will be what we make out of it. I’d like to wish all THSRA seniors good luck in college and with the triumphs and tribulations it brings.

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

Half Way There

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

979.251.4131 • laceyaubihl@thsra9.com

Region IX

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS EDDIE DYSON

JONATHAN LAWSON

SECRETARY - LACEY AUBIHL 1326 PR 5011 • Ledbetter, Texas 78946

838 SH 150 • New Waverly, Texas 77358 936.520.1401 • fivedowell@gmail.com

460 Bishop Road • Huntsville, Texas 77320 713.417.6042 • donjackson321@gmail.com

DON JACKSON

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

PRESIDENT- MIKE GHORMLEY

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

By ALY GHORMLEY– Performance Reporter

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he weekend of January 12 and 13 brought Region IX to the halfway point of the year. With six rodeos in the books and six more to go the competition is definitely not giving a half effort. Saturday was a beautiful day for a rodeo, and Bradlee Miller started the day in Bareback with a beautiful ride of 73 points to earn the day win. He continued his winning on Sunday scoring a 70 to take the top points again. Barrels were then rolled out to start the event with the greatest number of competitors, but past Region Champion Ashlyn Wright didn’t let this bother her and took home the win with a 16.824. On Sunday, Junior American Qualifier, Grace Jackson, sped things up and clocked a 16.401 to win the day money. Then rookie cowboy Bradlee Miller came back in the Bull riding to take the only ride of the weekend, and show everyone he may have the title “rookie” but

he is here to win! The girls were up next in the breakaway, and Taylor Lawson took a quick loop of 3.5 to win the day in hopes of repeating her Region Breakaway title. Sunday’s win went to Josie McMahon with another quick throw of 3.6. The rodeo stayed in the roping boxes where Charlie Fisher won the tie down with a 12.6, and on Sunday “roughie” Bradlee Miller showed he could rope too and won with a 13 flat. With the events for the day half way completed past Region Champion Lacey Bruening smoked a 6.99 in the goat tying to maintain her ZOEY KORENECK yearly lead, but newcomer Brooklyn Balch came back on Sunday to take the win with a 7.51. The steers were then loaded for the big man event of the day; Tyler Bednarz took the first win with a throw of 5.0 in the steer wrestling. The steers tried to take the upper hand in rodeo two, but Boyd Hanagriff prevailed and took down his steer to win with a 15.0. The new steers were loaded for the team ropers, and the steers might be fast, but our Region IX team ropers are faster. The team of Ryan Davis and Grisham Vaught took two loops in a 7.26 to win Saturday, but William Lindsey and Jake Starns sped it up even more to win with a 6.19. Eight down and one to go, so up goes the poles for the last event of the day. Saturday’s win in the pole bending went to Zoey Korenek with a 20.718, and Aly Ghormley turned in the only 20 of the day on Sunday to take the day points with a 20.846 and maintain her year-end lead. Any region or organization can’t be successful with “half” efforts of its members or leaders. The region would like to take time to thank all the student officers, student directors, adult event directors, executive board and everyone else that has helped in any way throughout the year so far. Region IX could not be what it is today without the efforts of everyone working together to create such a great organization. Keep working Region IX and strive to be great; keep practicing, keep being positive, keep helping and keep giving it your all – not just a “half” effort. I leave you with a famous quote from our Lord Jesus Christ from Acts 20 – “It is more blessed to give than receive.” See you down the rodeo trail. May God, bless you all!

TAYLOR LAWSON

BRADLEE MILLER


STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - SAIGE SEALY VICE PRESIDENT - AINSLEE MORRIS SECRETARY - BRITTNE THOMAS LARRY DOWELL 370 CR 220 • Marlin, Texas 76661 254.715.8814 • fivedowell@gmail.com

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS

817.648.2723 • texasregion10@gmail.com

COLE SEALY PO Box 566 • San Saba, Texas 76877 325.247.0545 • colesealy@yahoo.com

SECRETARY - STEPHANIE SHOEMAKER 6500 CR 1202 • Cleburne, Texas 76031

MATT SILAR 104 CR 867 N • Teague, Texas 75860 903.388.2531 • matt.silar@patriotinsp.com PRESIDENT - JERRY WRIGHT 434 CR 315 • Oglesby, Texas 76561 254.290.4965 • jerrywrighthomes@hughes.net

PERFORMANCE REPORT

Extraordiany ST UDENT OFFICERS

By BRITTNE

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THOMAS – Performance Reporter

ur student board pretty extraordinary. They do their best in whatever they do and

it shows. Our president of Region X is Saige Sealy. Saige is competing in breakaway, goat tying, barrels, and pole bending. She was elected as our president this term and has done a great job. Saige wanted to become our president because it is a competitive region, but also a family. She wanted to represent us at her best ability, and she believed that way was to become Region X’s president. She has the responsibility to make sure everything goes according to plan, and try to help the kids better the region. Outside of the arena she enjoys to train horses. When she is not competing she is practicing to better herself. She strives to do her best in and out

of the arena in whatever she does. Saige would like to wish everyone good luck and compete to their best ability, and excited to see a our Region X kids represent us at state. Our vice-president Ainslee Morris is a sophomore in high school. Ainslee is competing in goat tying and breakaway. Ainslee was elected as our vice president this season of Region X and is doing a wonderful job. She decided to be a part of our student board, as vice president, because she felt as if it was her job to help. She loves helping out and she knew she would be great for the job, and knew that she could handle the responsibilities that came with the job. Some of

SAIGE SEALY

AINSLEE MORRIS

SAIGE SEALY

AINSLEE MORRIS

her responsibilities being our vice president includes helping out in the arena in any way possible, as well as setting a good example in the arena. When she is not competing in rodeos she loves to tool leather and to work on horses.

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THSRA Student Officer Trip

n an effort to improve awareness about Texas High School and Junior High Rodeo Associations, the officer teams travel to both Ft. Worth and San Antonio Stockshows to meet with sponsors, rodeo officials and potential members. The officials from each stockshow and our sponsor team made these trip an experience to remember! Some of the officers wrote highlights from each trip on what they learned and accomplished during their tours.

EQUIBRAND by Aubrie Fields, Miss THSRA 2018 The Texas High School and Jr High officers had a wonderful time getting to see some of the behind the scenes of our sponsor operations. One of the most interesting ones is Equibrand. Under the umbrella of the name, Equibrand is different branches including Classic Ropes, Rattler Ropes, Martin Saddlery, Classic Equine, and a new social media platform to educate people about the western way of life. Mr. Ken Bray and his brother were kind enough to show the officers around the rope factory in Stephenville first. Classic Ropes is the only rope factory where they weave and die their own fibers. Each rope has a different twist in the fibers to give it a specific feel. Something that some people may not know is that ropes are made differently for winter and summer months. The dipping and stretching process was something that many people do not get to see and the officers were very fortunate to have the opportunity to experi-

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ence it. After the tour of the Classic Ropes factory, the officers traveled to Granbury to see the Equibrand headquarters. Mr. Bray surprised the officers with a special guest, Sherri Cervi, to talk to them about how to keep their mental game strong and a few other tricks of the trade. Afterward, they were allowed to see how some horse blankets are manufactured. Coming from an officer myself, I am honored to be part of the Texas High School Rodeo Association where we have Texas made products and amazing sponsors such as Classic Ropes and Classic Equine. I am so thankful for the opportunity to get to see first hand how things in our industry come about. SAN ANTONIO STOCKSHOW AND RODEO Next, the officer team headed to the grounds of the San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo. The high school officers met SALE scholarship committee members for dinner and were able to thank them for giving $30,000 in college scholarships to THSRA for the last several years. The junior officers worked the Rodeo Experience booth where they were flooded with spectators that wanted to get some hands on rodeo knowledge from them. The last day, the officer team assisted Whataburger with the Exceptional Kids Rodeo on the floor of the AT&T Center. Each officer paired up with a child and showed them how to be a cowboy for the day. This event was a trip highlight. Thank you to SALE for inviting us to take part in this event, treating us to a great rodeo performance and for supporting our organization.


McCOY’S BUILDING SUPPLY During the San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo the student officer teams started their trip off by visiting the headquarters of McCoy‘s Building Supply in San Marcos. The tour was led by Andrew Obanon and we learned how McCoys has been a family owned company since 1927. The company currently operates 88 Building Supply locations, two McCoy’s Millworks facilities and five internal distribution centers within a five state area. On the top floor of the building is CEO, Brian McCoy's office. Mr. McCoy stepped out to greet the officers and convey that they are proud to be a sponsor of THSRA and TJHRA and they are committed to supporting tomorrow’s agricultural leaders. FORT WORTH STOCKSHOW AND RODEO Ft. Worth Stockshow and Rodeo rolled out the red carpet for the THSRA and TJHRA Student Officers teams. During their visit FWSSR treated them to a BBQ Dinner, behind the chutes tour before the rodeo and of course great seats to their legendary rodeo. The most memorable experience of the trip was the tour through Will Rogers Coliseum, as the building was hosting its last FWSSR before their big move in 2020 to the new Dickies Arena across the street. There is something special about Will Rogers from its hand-painted murals of western legends, art deco style to how visitors have cheerfully rubbed ole Will’s nose for good luck for decades (so much so that his nose is a little flatter for it). At the event, the officer team also had a chance to visit with David Murry from Kubota Tractors, one of our organization’s great sponsors. Mr. Murry spoke to the officers about the worldwide brand that is Kubota and introduced them to unique features of their tractors.He also encouraged any member who is interested in a career with Kubota after high school to contact him because they are alway looking for talented young

RESISTOL HAT FACTORY by Jack Wright, THSRA Student President My officer team and I had a fantastic opportunity to visit Resistol Hat Factory during the Ft. Worth Stockshow. Resistol Hats are entirely made in the U.S.A. There are two factories that make Resistol hats, one in Garland (where they finish out the hats), and Longview Texas (where they take the fur and make the bodies of the hats). A fun fact is that the same machines that have made the hat that you wear on your head are the same machines that made your grandparent's hats! The leather band that is sewn into the inside of your hat is hand cut to perfectly fit your head to ensure the best fit and comfort. Some men and women that work in the factories have held the same job for twenty plus years and many of the workers are the second and third generation of their family to work at Resistol. Just think, parents are working with their kids everyday to bring you the finest hats made — that shows what pride they take in the business. Each Resistol fur hat goes through a long process that includes over 50 steps before it lands in a western store near you. The felt hats start out as bundles of fur, then through the felting process the fibers get tighter, and stronger. Every wonder what is the difference between a 10X and 100X? Well, the more beaver fur that is in the felt hat the higher the X! Each and every straw hat is hand woven, then dipped into lacquer to get that fine crisp finish. (We had no idea that our straw hats had been hand woven!) After watching the time, care and attention that goes into making each Resistol Hat, it will make you think twice about just throwing your hat in the back seat of your truck! Each Resistol Hat is a work of art and a symbol of the American Cowboy and the fine folks at Resistol Hats who have been a sponsor of our organization for years— thank you! people with a great work ethic (just like rodeo students possess). During the rodeo, Dr. Tandy Freeman (THSRA Sponsor) invited the officers down into the training room between events and introduced them to the Justin Sports Medicine Team. He talked about how wonderful it is that rodeo athletes receive free sports medicine at events because of Justin Boots. Notable doctors from all of the DFW area volunteer their time during the rodeo to provide their services to athletes during the event. The rodeo action was great and if you haven’t been to the FWSSR before you should defiantly put it on your “bucket list” as it is said to be rodeo in its purest form.

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JUNIOR HIGH 48

REgion V: fun times & tough competition by HARLEY ODOM – TJHRA Region V Student Secretary

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he Region V division of the Texas Jr. High School Rodeo Association is drawing a conclusion to their rodeo season. It has been an exciting year of rodeos and fun filled activities. Region V has a twelve rodeo season that was kicked off by the Get Acquainted Rodeo in August and will concluded with the Finals on March 9th and 10th . Contestants have competed for the top standing through sunshine, rain, hot, and freezing days to earn their trip to the Texas Jr. High School Rodeo Finals in Gonzales, Texas. Although the competition has been tough, Region V knows how to have fun; there were after the rodeo dances, goat dressing fundraisers, team

roping fundraisers, and the fabulous winter dance. Each rodeo season is marked with memories the contestants carry with them into High School Rodeo. Matthew Murray, eighth grader moving to high school rodeo said, “He is going to miss all the adults that have helped him and all the contestants throughout his years in Jr. High.” Shaeli Brown said she has enjoyed her Jr. High Rodeo experience as she moves to high school and the rodeo dances have been the best. As eighth graders make the move forward to high school rodeo, we will soon welcome a new set of sixth graders to make their memories with Region V Texas Jr. High School Rodeo. Good Luck and see y’all in Gonzales.


TEXAS JUNIOR HIGH RODEO ASSOCIATION NEWS

REgion VI:

gettng ready for the final push

by BRADI FREEMAN – TJHRA Region VI

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e have had a great year here at Region 6! Everyone has worked so hard and we are getting ready for our last rodeos in March when we will finish up the season. Everyone is spending a lot of time in the practice pen getting ready for the final push to qualify for the state finals. At Region 6 we are so grateful for the volunteers that keep the rodeo running quickly and smoothly. Everyone works so hard from running the chutes, helping with cattle, and setting barrels and poles. We really appreciate everyone’s help! Two ladies that go above and beyond for our region to make sure everything is ready and in order are Nena Boettcher and Anne Dollery. Our region wouldn’t be where it is today without their help and dedication.

We’re getting ready for our Cowboy Prom which will be held in March. We can’t wait to see everyone looking good for this fun event! We also had our region fundraiser in February which was so much fun. We had a delicious fajita supper and a live and silent auction that raised a lot of money for prizes in our region. We even had some awesome music that night! Thanks to everyone who helped out with the fundraiser! We are truly blessed to have had another great rodeo year here at Region 6. It’s really special to be a part of a sport where everyone supports you no matter what. We are so fortunate to be able to compete with the people we love! Good luck to everyone at our last two rodeos!

2018-2019 JUNIOR HIGH STATE DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD NATIONAL DIRECTOR JOHN E. BLAND

806-679-2037

jeblandnspade@yahoo.com

PRESIDENT SCOTT SHOOK

281-437-8214

scottshook@yahoo.com

1st VICE PRESIDENT BRENT CHARLESWORTH

432-386-6214

brent@crcompany.net

2nd VICE PRESIDENT JOE RICHARDS

806-676-5970

joe@diamondcattlefeeders.com

DELEGATE 2 YEAR TERM DAVID FREEMAN

832-221-1253

chlfreeman@yahoo.com

DELEGATE 2 YEAR TERM SHANE HANCOCK

254-379-3516

shanehancock74@yahoo.com

DELEGATE 2 YEAR TERM ERIC HUSTON

817-368-0159

duaneoverton6113@gmail.com

DELEGATE 1 YEAR TERM STAN MCDONALD

979-229-5963

stanmcdranch@aol.com

DELEGATE 1 YEAR TERM MARIE SMITH 830-570-7058 bmsmith1996@sbcglobal.net SECRETARY ANNE DOLLERY 979-412-2551 texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

STATE DIRECTORS

Region I MATT HOGANSON GUY ELLIOTT LANCE GAILLARD

flyingM79@hotmail.com glelliott@wilbargercscd.com lsgaillard@yahoo.com

806-440-1961 940-839-6354 806-898-3748

Region II CASEY BAIZE 512-618-9233 KEITH KENT 325-665-8100 SHANE HANCOCK 254-379-3516 Region III VENITA DEARING 817-223-5355 KEVIN STEWART 817-307-7303 ERIC HUSTON 817-368-0159

coolchickroper@yahoo.com meb522@yahoo.com duaneoverton6113@gmail.com

Region IV AMY BEAM SEAN SUNDBERG JAMES TETTENHORST

LJRanchGRL@aol.com sundberg.sean@yahoo.com JamesTettenhorst@gmail.com

214-435-1579 919-518-6690 903-521-1511

csbaize@yahoo.com keith@johnroleylevelland.com shanehancock74@yahoo.com

Region V RICHARD BALDWIN 936-332-5466 DERIS MARTIN 936-366-1568 BILL WHITE 337-304-0748 Region VI CLAY OHRT 361-571-1040 GARRET OHRT 361-649-4060 TOMMY OHRT 361-550-5202

ohrt6@hotmail.com Julesoh@hotmail.com 1107cattle@yahoo.com

Region VII KIMMI BYLER CODY KENNEY DAN SIMPTON

bcross1@aol.com Cody.Kenney28@gmail.com dansimpton@yahoo.com

979-472-0034 979-922-9534 936-870-5779

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by Zoey Hortenstine, TJHRA State Secretary

ooey is a proud supporter of TJHRA/THSRA. Joey Austin, owner and founder of Hooey hat company, met with the Texas Junior High and High School Rodeo Association State Officers on Friday, February 15, 2019 in Spring Branch, TX. Joey started the company with 2 hat designs in a spare bedroom of his house in 2009 and then moved to a small office space, which is where our tour started. The company soon outgrew this location and moved down the road to a larger space. After a fire in 2016 at this location, Hooey moved back

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to the small location, but the company was so much larger that he also had to rent office spaces in downtown San Antonio. While drving down HWY 281, Joey and wife Lauren saw a "For Sale by Owner" sign and soon purchased the 15 acre lot in 2018 as the site for their headquarters. After rennovations and building a new warehouse, Hooey Company now has its forever home. Joey took us through the offices, design rooms with current hats, warehouse (which included a cross fit gym/workout area) and onto Papa Dell's Arena where we had an impromptu goat tying match. He talked to us about what it


takes to be an entrepreneur and encouraged us that if you have an idea and put in a lot of hard work, then we could be successful too. Joey takes great pride in his company and products. He believes is a big believer in "giving back.” For example, when a product with a headdress is sold, a portion of the proceeds go to the Commanche Nation Elder Council. He also loves high school and junior high rodeo, as he himself competed growing up. That is why Hooey is now the official cap of the State Finals and the Official Backpack of THSRA/TJHRA. Members should be really excited, because this means that every state finalist will be receiving a Hooey Contestant cap at the state finals this year! Hooey company has grown from caps to now producing products ranging from hoodies, shirts, backpacks, knives, stickers, speakers, phone cases and more. The company uses the best fabrics and supplies for each product. Hooey makes caps for a lot of companies you might know including the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Cactus Ropes, Resistol, and Lone Star just to name a few. They also make many products that are 100% American made in the only cap factory located right here in Texas! The TJHRA/THSRA is proud to be sponsored by Hooey. We look forward to many years and this opportunity we have with such a great Texas owned company.

CEO of Hooey, Joey Austin, put on a goat tying challenge with the student officers in the Hooey Arena for fun.

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