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EXECUTIVE BOARD STATE PRESIDENT KEN BRAY

PO Box 1634 • Granbury, TX 76048 817.219.0436 • kbray@equibrand.com

1ST VICE PRESIDENT MIKE ISELT

1656 E CR 327 • Lincoln, TX 78948 979.540.8863 • iseltpaint@aol.com

2ND VICE PRESIDENT COLE SEALY

PO Box 566 • San Saba, TX 76877 325.247.0545 • colesealy@yahoo.com

SECRETARY/TREASURER SUSAN BALDWIN

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

In This Issue

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

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BRIAN ROBERTS

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

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The Annual Equine Professionals Issue

Aging Horses: Kelly Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D. Senior Nutritionist, Equine Technical Solutions The impacts of aging in horses aren’t always visible, but they can be significant. To find ways of combating the effects of aging on horses, Purina and the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center studied the effects of Purina® ActivAge® prebiotic on immune and vaccination responses in senior horses. This is important because horses are staying active, competing and living longer than ever before. Even in upper-level competitions, some top horses are staying in their prime and competing well into their 20s. It’s a testament to better management practices and advances in feed research, horse veterinary care and sports therapies. While we don’t know for certain how old horses can live, and we can’t define when a horse is considered geriatric, research shows a horse’s immune response can decline as it ages. Immune functions decline as a horse ages... Horses, like humans, are affected by aging in different ways – our joints creak a bit more, it takes longer to warm up for a ride and we might become more susceptible to illness such as the flu or a cold. Overall, a decline in immune function is known as immunosenescence. Immunosenescence can lead to increased risk of illness and may reduce response to vaccinations. This is why it’s commonly recommended for older horses (and humans) to receive the flu vaccination. As the body ages, inflammation naturally increases.

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Vaccinations & Immune Response

This is known as inflamm-aging. Inflamm-aging is caused by a gradual rise in certain inflammatory modulators secreted by the immune system. These modulators are called inflammatory cytokines, and they include the cytokines TNF-a and IFN-g. Vaccines for senior horses As horses age and their immune systems decline, it’s important to work with your veterinarian for an appropriate vaccination protocol for your senior horse. Inflamm-aging and the reduced vaccine response caused by immunosenescence can leave aging horses susceptible to infection and age-related health conditions such as arthritis, Cushing’s and laminitis. Purina partnered with the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center to investigate the effects of Purina® ActivAge® prebiotic on aging horses. In a comprehensive, multi-year study, researchers looked at both how supplementation with Purina® ActivAge® prebiotic affected immune and vaccination responses in senior horses. In addition, they conducted studies to determine the most effective supplementation level. These studies showed that feeding senior horses ActivAge® prebiotic helped support response to the flu vaccination and supported their aging immune function.1,2 What is ActivAge® Prebiotic? ActivAge® prebiotic is a proprietary, yeast-derived prebiotic found exclusively in Equine Senior® and Equine Senior Active® horse feeds. In addition to sup-

porting the immune system and supporting response to the flu vaccination in older horses, ActivAge® prebiotic supports a healthy hindgut microflora, helping aging horses look and feel their best. Greatness never ages. Learn more about senior horse health and ways to help your senior horse thrive in his golden years. 1Adams, AA, et al. 2015. The effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (DHA) and prebiotic supplementation on inflammatory cytokine production and immune responses to vaccination in old horses. JEVS35(5):407-408. 2Adams, A.A. 2016. Immunosenescence and How It Affects Care of the Older Horse. AAEP Proceedings, 62:481-490, 2016


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We are proud of our Texas roots and pleased to sponsor the Texas Jr. High and High School Rodeo Associations, organizations that embody and represent the values of sportsmanship, hard work and competition. Congratulations to all of this year’s participants! We wish you well!

Several Lone Star employees were fortunate to attend Region X’s September 14th rodeo event in Hamilton. Lone Star President Aundrea Williams (3rd from left) was thrilled to meet some of the students who competed that day, as well as Larry Dowell, THRSA Board Member for Region X and his daughter.

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TEXAS EQUINE HOSPITAL Bryan

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Sneaky Lameness? Try Scintigraphy.

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Casey Larsen, DVM Animal Imaging – Irving, TX

here is nothing worse than your horse coming up lame right utilize this increased cellular turnover to determine which areas are more before a big event. As veterinarians, we do our best to help active and more likely to be the cause of lameness. A bone scan requires you keep your horse healthy and sound all year. Sometimes an intravenous (IV) injection of a radiopharmaceutical (Technetium-99 the source of discomfort is obvious, however there are times hydroxydiphosphonate), essentially making your horse radioactive for when it can be very subtle and complex. A lameness exam a short period. The radiopharmaceutical in this case has been linked is often helpful for isolating pain to a specific area or joint. Typically, to a phosphorus molecule and therefore will preferentially bind to the this includes watching the horse remodeling bone, similar to the move at a trot and noting any attraction of metal fragments asymmetry. Diagnostic analgeto a magnet. A special camera sia (a short-term nerve block) called a gamma camera is then is often utilized to localize the used to image your horse. The lameness. Once the painful area camera detects a specific type is numb the asymmetrical gait of radiation called gamma rays returns to a normal even gait. which are released during the Finally, diagnostic imaging decay of the radiopharmaceutisuch as radiographs or ultracal. The release of this radiation sound are utilized to diagnose creates an image of the bones to abnormalities. With this inforassess the amount of the radiomation, a treatment plan can be active molecules bound to your put into place to help your horse horse’s skeleton. Active areas The arrow notes increased binding of the radioactive molecules to the lateral third recover and return to perforof bone will have an elevated of the distal phalanx (coffin bone) mance. However, sometimes the number of radioactive molelameness cannot be localized, is cules drawn to them, making subtle or involves multiple limbs making the lameness evaluation much specific areas darker or brighter, otherwise termed as “hot areas”. These more complex. “hot spots” help us to localize the lameness to a specific region. Further One imaging modality that can be useful during a complex lameness imaging such as radiographs or ultrasound can then be used to further workup is nuclear scintigraphy, otherwise known as a “bone scan.” Often, assess the abnormal tissue or bone. we think of bone as a static organ, however nothing could be further from All findings (bone scan, radiographs, ultrasound, etc.) are correlated the truth; bone is in a constant state of remodeling. Areas under extreme with the lameness exam and utilized to make specific treatment recomstress or damage subsequently have an elevated turnover rate or rate of mendations. Not every lameness exam needs a bone scan to localize a replacement of unhealthy cells with healthy cells which strengthen and lameness (and they should only be performed at the discretion of your vetsupport the bone. This may occur within the bone or along the margins of erinarian), but this less common imaging modality can also be supremely the bone, including at joints or where ligaments and tendons attach. We can helpful in more complex cases.

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owdy! My name is Rylee Dodson. This year I was fortunate enough to be elected your 2019-20 THSRA Vice President. I also happen to be serving on this officer team with two of my very good friends, your president Jake Kahla, and secretary Shyanne Bauerle. I grew up & currently live around Uvalde, TX, and my family has always been involved with horses. I mostly showed reiners until I was about 9 years old, when I then fell in love with rodeo & have competed in TJHRA, THSRA and other associations since. I have competed in Region 8 since junior high, doing almost every event from running poles & barrels, to tying goats and, my personal favorite, roping breakaway. I am an incoming junior at Uvalde High School, where I enjoy participating in FFA competitions along with showing hogs. THSRA is an organization that I am very passionate about, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve and represent everyone involved. Rodeo is a very humbling sport, and I appreciate every chance I get to swing a leg over a horse. It has introduced me to some of my greatest friends and influences, and I only want to use this position to give back to an association that has given me so much. I hope to work together with my team this year to improve THSRA in any way possible. Thank you, & God bless!

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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 DAVID CHRISTIAN 10200 S Blessen Rd • Amarillo, TX 79119 806.674.1397 • david.christian@11ranch.com

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PERFORMANCE REPORT THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUINE DENTISTRY

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COMMON ISSUES There are many unknown issues that may be occurring in your horses mouth. These can include sharp teeth that can cause cheek and tongue lacerations, as well as wolf teeth which cause discomfort with bit contact and could be the cause of poor performance. A few other common problems are broken or excessively worn teeth, gum disease, and tooth abscesses. By EMERY MASK

– Performance Reporter

n today’s equine world it is more important than ever to keep your horses in tiptop shape, from vet checkups to everyday maintenance, there are so many things that contribute to keeping our horses healthy. However there is one horse health industry that seems to be mildly overlooked; equine dentistry. When thinking about what might be going on with your horse, very seldom do teeth come to mind, but they are actually a very important variable in a horses performance. There are many questions surrounding this subject. WHEN IS IT TIME TO GET TEETH DONE? There are many different signs to indicate a much needed trip to the horse dentist. If a horse starts having problems eating or is dropping weight drastically then you might want to get them an appointment as soon as possible. Any kind of bit resistance or uncharacteristic misbehavior, such as poor performance, failing to turn or stop, or even bucking, could also stipulate dental issues.

HOW TO TREAT DENTAL ISSUES When dealing with teeth troubles there are many different procedures to help get your horses teeth back into good shape. First and foremost, scheduling yearly checkups will prevent many dental problems. Though when it is time to get your horses teeth done, the treatment is usually the floating process. When you get a horses teeth floated the sole purpose is to remove any uncomfortable overgrowth, achieve maximum jaw mobility and increases the comfort and acceptance of the bit. The result of floating is enhanced performance and eating ability. SOURCES: https://aaep.org/horsehealth/importance-maintaining-health-your-horses-mouth https://www.texvetpets.org/article/equine-dentistry/ https://www.1animalcare.com/animal-care/equine-services/equine-dentistry.html https://www.pilchuckvet.com/articles/the-importance-of-equine-dental-care https://aaep.org/horsehealth/equine-dental-care-what-every-horse-owner-should-know


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PO Box 62862 • San Angelo, Texas 76904 512.618.9233 • csbaize@yahoo.com

STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - SAYER SENTER VICE PRESIDENT - ALLISON BAIZE SECRETARY - MADALYN RICHARDS

JODY MCELROY Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432.448.7810 • rodeosecretary1@gmail.com SECRETARY - JODY MCELROY Box 224 • Balmorhea, Texas 79718 432-940-0385 • secretary@thsra2.com

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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By MADALYN RICHARDS – Performance Reporter

egion 2 has had a great fall season! Every rodeo has been successful and fun. Region 2’s members truly appreciate the many people that help our rodeos run smoothly and quickly. We could not do it without Jody McElroy, Kelly Wood, Kenny Stewart, Brent Charlesworth, the directors, and the countless other volunteers. At two of our fall rodeos, San Angelo and Sweetwater, we had some unusual fundraisers. Our student president, Colee Charlesworth, decided that we should have dog races in order to raise money for the region. At

most of Region 2’s rodeos, we have team ropings as fundraisers and entertainment after the rodeo. But not everyone team ropes, so we were looking for other ways to get the entire region involved. The dog races were a huge success. Our student officers and directors ran the races and took entries. We had a cowboy auction and gave out cool prizes. The dog races were an easy and amusing way to make money and have fun. In the dog races, we had 3 categories, small, medium, and large dogs. The winners of each category then raced for the championship. At San Angelo, TJ Bohlander and his dog, Suzie, won the race and a Yeti cooler. Then at Sweetwater, Madison Bean and her speedy wiener dog, Big Red, destroyed the competition. They won the entire race and a new cooler. But as fun as the dog races were, I think that the human races were even more entertaining. At San Angelo, Dane Driver raced Kenny Stewart. It was a tight race, but Dane Driver and his ponytail won by a dramatic dive and mere inches. Brent Charlesworth and Brandi Richards also raced after the dog races. The speed walking competition was nothing short of hysterical. It was close, but Brent eventually prevailed after Brandi came tumbling down. Between the races and the rodeos, I think that Region 2’s fall semester was a great success and a ton of fun!


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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - LARAMIE DEARING VICE PRESIDENT - KYLEE COOK SECRETARY - SYDNEY MUNSTER DUANE OVERTON 2110 FM 3027 • Mineral Wells, TX 76067

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eeping our equine athletes feeling their best is so important in our sport. Something I feel is commonly overlooked, is stomach ulcers. An ulcery horse will be anxious, poor looking, cinchy, and moody.

they can have a loose stool and many other similar symptoms. If you ask Dr. Wilkins she will tell you that over 90% of performance horses have stomach ulcers. There are many ways and supplements to prevent ulcer, but to treat ulcers, Omeprazole is a key factor. It is the only FDA approved medicine on the market for treatment of gastric ulcers in horses. Omeprazole works because it is a proton pump inhibitor. This means it works by reduced the amount of acid the horses stomach makes, thus helping heal the ulcers. After a treatment, it is recommended to keep horses on a good gastric supplement. Some good supplements are Purina Outlast, OE Nutra The Solution, MVP Gastro-Plex, and a cheaper option is Ulc-R-Aid by Animed. It is very important to stay on top of ulcers in your equine athletes. Help them performer to the fullest potential and it’ll help you win!

Region III

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

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 - ERIC HUSTON PO Box 945 • Decatur, TX 76234 817.368.8885 • ehuston1972@gmail.com

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STUDENT OFFICERS PRESIDENT - BRYLEE BRADEN VICE PRESIDENT - MAKENZIE MAYES SECRETARY - GRACEY BROCKAWAY

DR. TANDY FREEMAN

STATE DIRECTORS / REGION OFFICERS THOMAS BROCKWAY 8016 CR 2419 • Royse City, 75189 thomas.brockway@woodpartners.com 214.770.5302

MARK KELLEY 155 Pole Bridge Road • Combine, Texas 75159 214.316.6770 • kkcarroll1218@gmail.com

Region IV

SECRETARY - TINA BRADEN PO Box 549 • Horatio, AR 71842 870.832.3149 • tbbraden@earthlink.net

BRENT CHADWICK 2915 N US HWY 69 • Mineola, TX 75773 903.569.1569 • brentchadwick87@gmail.com PRESIDENT- SEAN SUNDBERG 5113 CR 862 • McKinney, TX 75071 919-518-6670 • sundberg.sean@yahoo.com

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By Lilly Eakes – Performance Reporter

his semester has been a great one here at Region IV! We have all new officers, a president, and competitors! We are so happy with the year that we are having and can’t wait for the break to be

over! Our 2019-2020 TJHRA officers are, Dixie Tabb as President, Lulu Eakes as Vice President, and Jodee Young as secretary. For THSRA your President is Brylee Braden, your Vice President is Makenzie Mayes, and your secretary Gracey Brockaway. This year Region IV’s Whatakid is Laramie Chadwick. As you know it takes a village to help run the rodeo and we are so thankful for everyone who helps out. This year we have a new president Sean Sundberg. He has done amazing things so far and we are so thankful for him. We would also like to thank our secretary Tina Braden for keeping everything in order and always lending a helping hand! It has been an amazing semester and though we are happy to have a small winter break; we are so excited for the 2020 semester and cannot wait to see what the new year brings!


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

STUDENT OFFICERS

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

PRESIDENT- JEFF PARSLEY 655 CR 4703 • TROUP, TX 75789 903-574-3910 • jparsleygeraniums@earthlink.net

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MOVING FORWARD STEP BY STEP By HARLEY JO PERKINS – Performance Reporter

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llow me to introduce to you a strong, persistent Region V alumni cowgirl who has given me the opportunity to share her story with y’all about moving forward step by step through the changes that life gives us unexpectedly. Kate Weber is a young woman who is now a Legal Assistant for Provost Umphrey Law Firm and a cancer survivor. Last November, Kate was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that effects the soft tissue, such as muscles in the body. When Kate was told she had cancer, the first thoughts that ran through her mind her very concerned and scared. “Right off the bat, I was just scared. I honestly was never scared of dying, but I was scared of treatment and how it would it change my life as a young adult. I was also scared for my parents and how it would affect them, especially if something were to happen to me.” When these first thoughts of fear

and worry withdrew, it didn’t take Kate long to turn the situation around. “After those initial thoughts, the next day my attitude changed, and I was just ready to take the next step and do what I had to do.” The next step consisted of numerous treatments that would affect her health and body in hard ways. While Kate endured these treatments and

KATE WEBER HERE AT HER HOME IN FRONT OF HER BARN, WITH HER HORSE ANGEL AND DOG.


ultimately a change of lifestyle, she reminded herself of something positive to keep moving forward each day. “The thing that helped me the most was remembering that God’s plan is better than mine. Even though treatment was hard, I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. Me sharing my experience and being positive has helped others that are going through the same thing, and nothing makes me happier than that. I’ve met people, experienced things that I never would have if it wouldn’t have been for having cancer. If I can get through cancer and treatment knowing that, other things that I face in life seem small, and I’ve just learned to play the hand that I’m dealt and move forward.” With Kate’s advice about the unexpected changes in her life, I encourage you to keep moving forward with whatever changes you are facing right now. I hope and pray that you will seek God’s plan for the circumstances you find yourself in and remain positive knowing that God has so much good in store for you. For I know the plan I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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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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One Big Happy I

By HADLEY HARRIS

– Performance Reporter

f you Google the definition of family, the first thing that comes up is: 1. a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household. The next description is: 2. All the descendants of a common ancestor. Finally, scrolling down, the third definition hit the nail on the head. It reads: The true meaning of family…Family consists of the people who support and love you, and the people you can confide in and trust. To begin, I have an older brother and a younger sister who also rodeo with me. My parents come to every rodeo we compete in, and my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins come when they can. We are lucky to have a close family that supports one another. Very few of us would be able to be involved in the sport we all love so dearly without our parents. Take a minute to look around at the next rodeo and you’ll notice parents, brothers, and sisters pushing calves, setting up barrels, pulling bull ropes, opening gates, and even penning steers in the back of the arena. Make sure you give them a hug and say thank you. Moving on to the second description, we are all descendants of a common ancestor. My opinion is that we are all children of God. This makes every

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contestant, parent, volunteer, and worker my family. We should love and respect each other for that very reason. We appreciate the church service every Sunday morning even if it is early and cold. Our opening prayer gets us started whether there’s 10 or 1000 people in the stands. We are all thankful for the opportunity we have to rodeo, and it started way before any of us walked this earth. I often see fellow rodeo contestants bowing their head with hat in hand asking for safety before their run. This saving grace is what keeps us all headed down the right path and always trying to do what’s right and just. The third definition is the one that best describes the sport of rodeo. If we give it some thought, we see it all over the arena. We support each other and trust one another. Sometimes I get nervous and back up in the roping box without finding someone to push my calf. There’s always someone jumping in there whether I know them or not. I’ve seen my dad haze for every single steer wrestler at a rodeo or jackpot because

THE WREN KIDS FROM HARPER GETTING READY FOR SOME REGION 6 RODEO ACTION


there was nobody else there to help. I met one of my best friends last year when her dad offered to rosin my goat string and give me some powder before my run. I’ve even seen a barrel horse get hurt and someone else offer them a ride to get them through the day. Our Region 6 President, Secretary, and volunteers are always going out of their way to help and assist all of us. Our judges are always there to call it how they see it, but then help us learn from our mistakes with a positive tone. Fundraiser donations, saddle sponsors, announcers, volunteers, and more keep this wonderful sport of rodeo going out of love for the sport and their love for all of us. The rodeo family will be there all of our lives. This family ranges from Saturday playdays all the way up to the NFR. We’re not just friends, we’re family. To take it one more step, the Ohrt family should probably be the next definition if you scroll down Google a little farther. On behalf of the THSRA, TJHRA, and Region

THE HARRIS KIDS GETTING READY FOR A REGION 6 WEEKEND FULL OF RODEO ACTION

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6, Cole is definitely our family, our brother. Although I’ve never met him, I love and respect his positive attitude and desire to keep us all looking upward. I love to see the Cole Strong shirts at the rodeos worn by so many of his family members. We all pray that he continues to get better. Hang in there Cole! Please remember to count your blessings as we are all blessed in many ways. Thank a family member every chance you get. Reach out to those in need, and always try to be a positive role model. After all, we are all family. Vaya con Dios, and remember to stay ColeStrong!

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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT Interviewing Our Regional Secretary

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By JAYCI LEE BYLER

– Performance Reporter

was able to interview the person who keeps our region humming like a Ferrari engine. The one who takes all our entry blanks and puts them into the computer to turn them into our draw sheets. The one who schedules all of our rodeo and cutting dates for bookings. The one who confirms our rodeo stock numbers with the stock contractors. The one who lines up our time keepers and judges. The one who keeps our parents and contestants informed. The one who cheers for all her region 7 kids. I have known our Region 7 secretary, Ms. Nena Boettcher throughout my entire life. I thought I knew her but I quickly realized as I interviewed her, I was to learn so much on how her life was throughout the years before she became our region secretary and how it has impacted her life. I asked her a few explicit questions and some personal questions. Here are some of the questions that I had asked her: Where were you born and raised? What was your maiden name? “I was born and raised in Alpine, TX. My maiden name was Powell.” Where do you live now? “I live in East Bernard, TX.” How long have you been married? Where did you meet your husband? Do you have children?

“I have been married for 26 years. I met Harlan in Uvalde, TX at Southwest Texas Junior College. We have two sons Cade and Mason.” Did you start your two sons riding when they were little? “Mason and Cade both started rodeoing at the age of 4 years old.” Did your sons compete in Jr & High School rodeo? “Yes they both started out in Jr High rodeo. One went to the Jr High Nationals and one to High School Nationals” What year did your two sons qualify for Nationals for the Texas team? “Cade qualified for High school Nationals in 2018 and 2019. Mason qualified for Junior High Nationals in 2009. He also qualified for the CNFR in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He has also won the NIRA Southern Region three years in a row in the team roping.” Did you grow up rodeoing? “Yes I did grow up rodeoing.”

MASON, CADE, MRS NENA & HARLAN BOETTCHER AT TEXAS GAME


Did you compete in High school rodeo? “Yes.” So you are an Alumni to the Tx High School Rodeo Assoc that is really cool. You were once competing to get to State Finals just like all of us. What events did you do in High school? “I competed in barrels, team roping, and break away.” Was there any other sport that you played in your high school? “I played High school basketball in freshman and sophomore years. I was a member of the FFA for nine years. I showed lambs at all major shows in the state of Texas.” How many years have you been the region secretary? “I have been the region secretary for eight years.” You also serve as the Region 6 secretary? Does that conflict with being the Region 7 secretary? “It’s mostly depending on how the calendar year falls because some dates do conflict but Amy Kretzschmar and Anne Dollery are always there to help me.” MRS. NENA & HER SON CADE AT MRS. NENA AND HER BROTHER How has being the region secretary impacted your life? NATIONALS THIS SUMMER TURTLE POWELL “Being a region secretary, has kept my impact in rodeo going and I enjoy seeing all of the contestant, watching them grow and develop in their rodeo and be successful.” region secretary. That’s why I encourage you to get to know the people What has been the funniest memory of being the region secretary? who help put on your region rodeos. There is a gold buckle of knowl“A random phone call/text I get in the middle of the night from someone asking me edge all around you………. a random question about the rodeo.” How many hours a week do you put into getting the books and entries ready for the rodeo weekend? “It takes about 40 hours a week on a big weekend or at least 35 hours on a slower.” Was there any other job that interested you besides being a rodeo secretary? “Yes. It was Ranch House Designs. It was a marketing company that I liked but I liked being a secretary because I was able to see the boys and be at home during the week.” What is the most common struggle that you have with being the secretary? “When a contestant does not check the draw and then they’re up in the wrong event.” Who is the person you turn to when you are in need of extra help? “When I am working at home, I always have Amy and Kasey Kretzschmar to help me and also Dee Rawlinson.” “We always have such a good group in Region 7, our parents help make the rodeos run smoother and the fundraisers be more successful. Without the Region 7 contestants and parents working together my job would not be as successive without their support. They help me whenever I need them at all times.” –Ms. Nena Boettcher Concluding with my interview with Ms. Nena I asked her my final question: What is your favorite Bible verse? “My favorite Bible verse is Matthew 17:20, ‘Our Faith can move Mountains.’” I loved talking with Mrs. Nena. I had an amazing time during the interview, we shared some laughs and I enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about my

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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

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

TEXAS

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By Rylee

Howton – Performance Reporter

ecember is synonymous with one thing, the time to set Las Vegas ablaze with electrifying sportsmanship events that constitute the National Finals Rodeo. A time to be with your family and watch as our heroes compete for gold buckles, be part of a cross-generational heritage and demonstrate the highest respect for the animals. It’s that time of the year to be part of something truly incredible as we continue to honor a 60-year legacy of riding, roping and mentorship. Las Vegas is the

biggest rodeo of the year, it’s the grand finale, it’s the NFR! Ten nights, ten grueling nail biting performances, and a lifetime of wishes and dreams come down to the last performance to see who gets crowned the 2019 World Champion. Like every inspiring young barrel racer, I too, share the dream to one day go down the alley of the Thomas & Mack Arena. Every father, mother, uncle, or aunt has hopes of watching as their little athlete showcase their skills and enthusiasm for the sport illuminated by the bright lights of Las Vegas. Buckle up and come witness as 15 of the best cowboys and cowgirls outsmart each other for nightly go-round presentations at the South Point Hotel Casino, and Spa. Qualifying for the NFR is the most prestigious title a contestant can have on the pro ranks. The same feelings and excitement are experienced by high school contestants who qualify to compete at the Texas High School Rodeo Association Founders Invitational. Recently, the top four THSRA athletes from all ten regions traveled to Hallettsville, Texas to compete at the location where High School Rodeo began in 1946. The Founders Invitational Rodeo started in 2014 with the aim of bringing together THSRA elites to compete at the exact same place where high school rodeo started at the Lavaca

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Exposition Center. Not only were Invitational Championships up for grabs, but also $20,000 in additional money and scholarships for event champions. Call it a mini NFR, Texas style pitting only the best high school contestants from the great state of Texas. Once again, Region VIII was very well represented at the Founders Invitational Rodeo. The following exhibitors qualified through the long-go on October 12th to compete with the best of the best rodeo athletes, as they battled tooth and nail in an extremely tough short-go on Sunday morning. Thank you, Shelby Lynn Photography for providing the action photos for this month’s article. Tress Mendietta- 1st place Saddle Bronc, 6th place Calf Roping, 9th place Steer Wrestling Tess Underbrink- 2nd place Pole Bending Shyanne Bauerle- 3rd place Goat Tying Rymond Haby- 4th place Calf Roping Tyler Bauerle- 6th place Steer Wrestling Rylee Howton- 7th place Barrel Racing Emma Smith- 9th place Barrel Racing Cutter Reese & Tres Mendietta- 10th place Team Roping These high school rodeo competitions, which demand our attention and imagination, are the creation of one youth-focused Deputy State Superintendent with the Texas State Department of Education, Claude Mullins. As a person who grew up in the countryside in the early years of the 20th century, Claude Mullins was at home with horses, cattle and cowboy sports. Small localized rodeo competitions began to appear in this area starting in the 1930s, and it did not escape the attention of Mullins. The educator noted with interest how some of the local boys would head straight to the town arena daily after school to tie-down calves and steers for sport and personal amusement. This curious behavior and the enthusiasm the youths exuded when doing their thing that inspired Claude Mullins to maul over the idea of a state championship for the best high school dogger, calf-roper and similar rodeo themed competitions, just like any other high school sports competition at the time. He himself being a staunch rodeo enthusiast and athlete, Claude Mullins was appointed the district school board Superintendent in Hallettsville, Texas on July 1, 1946. Around this time, Mullins teamed up with two other gentlemen, Alton Allen and Leon Kahanek, who shared the same enthusiasm and plans to see rodeo competitions become like other ordinary high school sports. Before Claude Mullins passed away in 1990, he said that the dream of a NHSRA Finals would have never seen the light were it not for the hard work and vision of his two buddies. So as not to interfere with regular school sports, all other state and national high school rodeos were held during the summer months. From this rather humble beginnings, rodeo competitions continue to positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of students, sponsors, and fans spanning the United States, Canada, and Australia. From Hallettsville, Texas, began something truly incredible that ensures that families and students have something to occupy them occasionally, as well as providing much needed educational scholarships, fitness exercises, and tons of fun. I believe that winning is as deeply a matter of dedication to the loving

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memory of Claude Mullins of Texas, as it is about keeping the heritage of the Texan cowboy alive. In this respect, I have no doubt that Texas will once again dominate the National Finals Rodeo. As an ardent fan and aspiring barrel racer, I commit to the spirit of rodeo and promise to one day, be crowned a champion. Safe travels to everyone this holiday season and good luck to all Region VIII members competing at the Jr NFR, All in Barrel Race and Team Roping World Series. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Till next year….”Life is just a rodeo all you have to do is stay in the saddle” George Jung

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

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By Boyd

Hanagriff – Performance Reporter

ere we are back to the top, the beginning of the season, and a fresh start. All the standings start over; everyone is gearing up as we begin our road to Abilene. The real question we need to ask ourselves is how we will get there, and what will we need to do to start the year, right? If this is your first year and your goal is to make it to state, maybe this is your second year, and you want to beat your performance of last year, or this is your last year, and you want to make it the best year you have ever had. No matter who you are, you want to reach your goals, and the experience you have had will help motivate you to achieve those goals. So, the first step to a successful year is an encouraging start. That successful start may not happen right away; you may miss that first calf of get bucked off in the first three seconds. If there is a lag in your start of the year, don't get discouraged, get back up, and keep going. Everyone has had setbacks, and everyone with success will tell you they have had struggles to help them understand the value of their

eventual success. Josie McMahon, one of our region members, knows all about struggles and overcoming adversity. Josie was winning the region last year, but about half-way through the year, she lost her horse to severe colic. However, Josie borrowed horses and was able to finish the 4th in the breakaway for our region. She has started the 2019-20 year right on her new horse by winning one of our first regional rodeos this year and having success in other youth events. Jose says that she "was able to compete this past year and improve this year with help from her dad and friends." Josie also talked about the importance of practice and how it is sometimes hard to find time considering schoolwork and other school activities. Roger Hanagriff, former college rodeo coach at Sam Houston State and Texas A&M Kingsville, always says to focus on specific areas to make your practice time count. Another critical area to think about as we begin our year is to keep a winning attitude. I am fortunate to be involved in the Priefert Junior Elite Program, and each month we get a chance to listen to professional rodeo athletes talk about what it takes to succeed. Jerome Davis, who was a professional bull rider and stunt double for Luke Perry in the movie Eight Seconds and he was recently a guest speaker. He was injured riding bulls and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He spoke about having a winning character and how important it is to surround yourself with people that have that same attitude. Lisa Lockhart, a professional barrel racer that holds several world titles and records, says that reputation is outstanding, but character helps maintain that reputation. She also mentioned that we must have respect, courage, and other vital traits and focus those to keep that strong character. I hope everyone is off to a great year and that each of you can manage your responsibilities, practice like a champion, surround yourself with people that encourage your progress, and build your character through our great sport of rodeo. JOSIE MCHAHON

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PERFORMANCE REPORT

Horse Health in Winter

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By CHAINEY

WEITZ – Performance Reporter

ust like any other athlete, horses need to be taken very good care of. Not only is it important to keep them in good shape and keep them from getting overheated in the summer, it’s also important to keep them warm and fed well in the winter. To keep your horse in good condition in the winter you need to: keep a blanket on them when it gets colder mostly in the morning and night. Always make sure the water is not frozen because they always need water. In the winter your feed might need to be a little heavier or maybe give them a little more hay to keep food in front of them and make them warmer by eating. There are many more things you can do to keep your horses warm. We all dread that time of going out and practicing in the freezing cold and it’s not fun at all! But even though it may seem terrible at the time it definitely pays off when your in the winner circle. Make

sure to keep your horses exercised even if you may not want to. It helps them stay in shape, warm them up, and get out of the stall. I’ve asked a few people from region X their regiment on how they keep their horses in shape for the winter. Here are their responses. What do you do to winterize your barn? - “I definitely put blankets on and have a heater running for my horses to stay warm. I also close some big barn doors that could block any winds.” - Kallyn Snedecor. What are some tips for helping you practice while it’s cold outside? - “Layers are definitely a must have for practicing in cold weather. Most of the time I will wear tights under my jeans and warm socks. A couple jackets and some gloves as well.” -Saige Brown How do you keep your horses in shape during the winter? - “I make sure I exercise them well, and sometimes turn them out to let them run around to get exercise too.” - Riley Webb Taking care of your horses is a huge part of how they perform. Even if they don’t perform the things should not change. Make sure to always treat your horse like an athlete because they are one!


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 2020 THSRA State Finals.

The Norris Family of Region III C by Catelyn Felts

ongratulations to the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch family of the month, the Norris Family! Jered and Lindsey Norris; along with their kids, Carsen and Cooper; and Jered’s parents, Jerel and Diane Norris, own and operate the YL/Norris Farm and Ranch located in Canadian, Texas. The family operation began in 1941 when Jered’s grandpa, who was originally from Perryton with a desire to live in Canadian, and a gentleman from Canadian who wanted to live in Perryton decided to swap land deeds with a hand shake! The family owns a black Angus cow herd, and the business consists of running yearling cattle, and a cow/calf operation. Jered and Jerel are the head honchos in both operations, but the entire family plays a vital part in the operation. Everyone pitches in when it comes to shipping cattle, doctoring, checking fence lines, checking waters, making sure all of the livestock are healthy and so on. Everyone know their part, and it’s so important that everyone stays on top of their tasks. “If someone misses their duties, it throws everything out of sequence,” the family said. Both Carsen and Cooper are Texas High School Rodeo Association members, and both compete in the

breakaway roping while Carsen also competes in the pole bending, and Cooper competes in the goat tying. Throughout their time as competitors in the organization, the family said they have loved getting to meet new people and make new friends. “Rodeo doesn’t affect our lives,” Lindsey said. “It is our life.” All of the families’ rodeo horses double as ranch horses and are used for everything from shipping cattle to checking fences. “We work as a team. Everyone knows their job”; including their horses. When the family isn’t ranching or rodeing, they said they love going to water parks! They also enjoy shopping at McCoy’s when they are near one. “Having horses and cattle require daily maintenance,” the family said. “A store like McCoy’s is a great place to get the everyday necessities.” The family said they are so honored and thankful to be chosen as the McCoy’s Farm and Ranch Family of the month. “We would like to thank McCoy’s for their continued support to all of the kids in THSRA,” the family said. “To be chosen out of all of the amazing families in region one is quite humbling!” Congratulations to the Norris family!

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ROBBIN RICE OF REGION VII 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, Robbin Rice! This eighteen-year-old senior is an all-around amazing woman. In the arena, she competes in breakaway roping, cutting and reining cow horse. Of the three, reining cow horse is her favorite. “It is a feeling like no other,” Robbin said. Robbin rides four different horses: Dunny, Dinero, Chavez and The Dual. She ropes on both Dunny and Dinero. When talking about Dinero she mentioned that, “I raised him since he was a yearling. My dad helped me train him to rope off of.” She rides Chavez for reining cow horse while The Dual is her cutting horse. Matlock Rice, Robbin’s dad, has helped her train most of her horses. “My dad helped me perfect everything on my horses, from learning how to ride them to show them better. Besides The Dual, every horse that I have performed off of, I have gotten the opportunity to make them what they are with the help of my dad,” Robbin said. “That’s probably one of my favorite things about my horses. We don’t go buy them; we just make them great with what we have.” Robbin has been a part of rodeo her whole life. “It is just a way of life for my family and me. My dad is a horse trainer and everybody in my family, even my 78-year-old grandfather, shows and ropes. I am just glad that I have been raised this way,” Robbin said. She has been competing since she was around four and is currently a member of THSRA. Robbin’s favorite rodeos have been the Abilene State Finals, the very first World’s Greatest Youth Horseman Competition back in February, and the Summer Spectacular for NCHA. She really enjoys showing in Fort Worth “because it is such a historic place to show at. That is where championships are won,” Robbin said.

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In 2017, she was named rookie all-around cowgirl at the THSRA State Finals. She is also extremely proud that this past summer she got awarded the very first NCHA Christian Leadership Award. Although those awards and achievements are amazing, Robbin considers accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior her biggest accomplishment. “I think that is the most important thing that anyone can ever achieve or decide,” Robbin said. Not only does Robbin compete in rodeo, she is also a member of the varsity volleyball team, National Honor Society and Future Farmers of America at Bellville high school. She also takes her academics very seriously as she is in the top 10% of her class. Robbin mentioned that her favorite teacher was her mom, Susan Rice, who taught her seventh and eighth grade algebra and pre-algebra. In her free time, Robbin enjoys sharing God’s Word and being involved in ministry. “Pretty much any show or rodeo that I go to on a Sunday, I am preaching at it,” Robbin said. She has gotten the opportunity to preach at her Church, All-Around Cowboy Church in Sealy, Tx. “It is really cool because my grandparents pastor that church. I have always been in the church, but they have had a big impact on me stepping out and sharing what God has done in my life, as well as just what He does in everybody’s lives and how awesome He is,” Robbin remarked. She has even been invited to preach at the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, TX. “Live in such a way that those who don’t know God but know me will come to know God because they know me” is a saying that Robbin lives by. She believes that it is extremely relevant and something we can all remind ourselves of everyday. This saying especially helps her as she is preaching and putting herself out there on such a big platform because, “I have to sacrifice what the world will think of me and what people will say. Sacrifice my pride and just do it because that is what I am called to do,” Robbin said. Someone that Robbin looks up to is Tony Reina, one of her best friend’s fathers. “Not only is he successful in the rodeo arena, he is just an all-around awesome person. He truly does live the life that God has called us to live. He is always there for anyone who needs him,” Robbin explained. She also looks up to her uncle, Boyd Rice, because he has been extremely successful and dominant in the reining cow horse and cutting businesses. She realizes that she couldn’t do anything without her mom and dad. “They support me more than anyone in the whole world. Both of my brothers, Cade and Casey, are also just a phone call away anytime I need them for any advice or anything else,” Robbin said. “My family is just awesome, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them at all.” In the future, Robbin plans to attend Weatherford College and then Texas Tech University. She hopes to be part of Tech’s ranch horse team and graduate as either an agricultural business or economics major. From there, she would like to go into agricultural pharmaceutical sales and continue with her ministry. Robbin is honored to be chosen as this months Whatakid!


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TJHRA STUDENT PRESIDENT

arrett is a Region VIII cowboy from Carrizo Springs, Texas who has been rodeoing since the age of 5. He is also the current Region VIII Student President and competes in Tie-down Roping, Ribbon Roping, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Goat Tying and Chute Dogging. Garrett is an 8th grader at Carrizo Springs Junior High, where he is a straight A and Gifted and Talented student. He is a member of the Student Council, Football Team, Track Team, Band, UIL Academic and Theatrical Teams, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Garrett is also well known for his work on social media, where he strives to highlight the accomplishments of his fellow competitors by means of his youth rodeo oriented YouTube channel. In addition, he is an aspiring singer/guitarist and can often be heard performing the National Anthem in arenas around the state. When he is not competing, he enjoys volunteering his time with several local charitable organizations and serving as a youth leader at Vacation Bible School. “There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking�

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REGION VII As Tough As It Gets

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by Kinley Shook

i my name Kinley Shook, I am the TJHRA State Secretary and compete in Region 7. We have a tough Region this year and it will be a battle in the all-around race as well as the event races all the way to the last rodeo. Nena Boettcher is our secretary and does a great job of keeping us all in line. Craig Miller is our President and has done a great job of filling Clint Rawlinson’s shoes. We still get to see Clint as he has judged several of our rodeos this year. We are very excited this year to see a lot of new faces, some from other regions and several that are new to Jr. High rodeo. We are half way through our season with 6 rodeos completed. Currently Carson Sonnier is winning the boys all around and Heath Harkins is winning the rookie all around with Bryce Ehlinger hot on his heels. In the girls all around Kaitlyn Torres is winning the girls all around and the rookie all around as well. We have a tight knit rodeo family with several parents who used to rodeo that helps everything flow so smoothly. The coolest thing is to watch how everyone is there to help each other out when in need. We had our region benefit at our November rodeo and raised right at $18,000 through a live/ silent auction and a benefit team roping. Our region isn’t the biggest region but it is as tough as it gets. Good luck to all of the Junior High contestants. I can’t wait to see all of my friends and contestants at the State finals in Gonzales. It will be here before you know it.

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2nd VICE PRESIDENT SHANE HANCOCK

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Region V RICHARD BALDWIN 936-332-5466 JUSTIN KLEIN 936-590-0229 BRADY SCARBER 936-590-0585 Region VI CHARLES HENRY 979-221-4450 DENNY PATTERSON 832-330-3054 CLAY OHRT 361-571-1040

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REGION VIII Taking Aim at Nationals

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by Garrett Talamantes

he temperatures may be cooling off, but our regional rodeo action is heating up. Coming off a year that sent a total of seven Region VIII Jr High and High School contestants traveling to Nationals, the 2019-2020 rodeo season promises to bring the same high stakes action and excitement “The Ocho” is known for. With five rodeos already under our belt, it’s clear to see our athletes are bringing their A-game as they prepare for state competition and a chance at the National Finals. Speaking of state, Region VIII came out with guns a blazing as Kirby McNeil (State Champ), Paden Thigpen and Boomer Smith all qualified for a trip to Huron with their Sharp Shooting skills. 6th grader Tylar Ellis capped off a stellar rookie year by placing 4th in the average and qualifying in Pole Bending. On the political front, yours truly Garrett Talamantes, was elected TJHRA State President. As we roll into Christmas Break, it’s important we stop to thank our family and friends for the support and encouragement they provide as we travel down the rodeo road. For understanding when we miss another family gathering, or social function because “we have a rodeo”. Enjoy some time off, spend time with loved ones and give your horses an extra treat or two. From Region VIII, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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FOCUS IS POWER by Donene Taylor, Author, Heart of a Champion that 80 percent of our thoughts are negative. Your mind can literally sound like a chattering monkey most of the day. This statistic does not need to be you. You have the power to control what you think about. It takes practice. I assure you the practice is worth it! Developing your focus skill set is priceless. Focus is an incredibly important mental performance skill set you must train to obtain in order to run down your Bold Goals. The following are two proven and actionable Mental Performance Strategies that you can immediately implement to help train your focus.

STRATEGY 1: SQUASH YOUR ANT AND GET AMPT.

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et me ask you ask you a few questions to help you gain awareness of your focus. What are you thinking about during the day? When tackling a task are you locked in, dialed in, only on the task in front of you? Or, do you find your thoughts are scattered, quickly shifting from topic to topic, as you tackle the task at hand?Experts have discovered we each can have 12,000 – 60,000+ thoughts per day. Research shows that as many as 95 percent of these thought are the same or similar as the day before. Research also indicates

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You may notice you have an ANT running through your mind. ANT is an acronym for Automatic Negative Thoughts. I want to encourage you to Squash your ANT. Replace it with an AMPT. AMPT is an acronym for Automatic Motivational Productive Thoughts. Here is an example of an ANT and how to change it to an AMPT. If you are getting ready to compete and are thinking; don't break out again, all I have to do is catch, don't miss, don’t hit a barrel, don’t get bucked off, I must get some points today... SQUASH THOSE ANTS!!! Replace with AMPT; score sharp, use my left hand, give full effort, ride to my spot, I am prepared, trust my process, I am grateful to be here. Gaining awareness of what you are thinking about is the first step in making a change in developing


your focus skill set. As soon as you notice your ANT, redirect your thoughts by picturing a giant Stop Sign or see yourself closing a big green corral gate on the ANT and then replace it with an AMPT. I have invested a lot of time picturing Stop Signs and shutting big green corral gates in my mind. It works!

STRAGEY 2: BE WHERE YOUR FEET ARE TO W.I.N.

When you are thinking about things you wish you would of, could of, should have done, previous experiences, or about regrets, your thoughts are in the past. When you are thinking about what if this happens or what if that happens, experiencing doubt or fear, or thinking about the results/outcome, your thoughts are in the future. These types of thoughts may cause anxiety. You have no control over the past or the future. However, you do have control of what you are doing right here, right now, in the present moment. Thinking W.I.N. is a Mental Performance Strategy that can instantly put your mind into Present-Moment Focus. The acro-

nym W.I.N. stands for What’s Important Now. Thinking W.I.N. can shift your thoughts immediately into present-moment focus. W.I.N. helps you Be Where Your Feet Are especially when you need to be locked in while practicing or competing.

DEVELOP A HEART OF A CHAMPION

More strategies to easily implement and train your focus can be found in my book, Heart of a Champion, Proven Strategies to Help You Discover the Heart of a Champion That Beats Within You. Investing time developing your focus is invaluable, in fact I spend a lot of time coaching professional athletes on how to do just that. You probably have some Bold Goals set for yourself: Win your Region, Qualify for State, Be the National Champion! However, Bold Goals do not happen by accident, they happen by intention. I want to encourage you to be intentional training your focus. Your focus is powerful. Your focus determines your future.

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Hallettsville 2019 Founders Invitational Rodeo

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Where It All Began

he Founders Invitational began in 2014 to bring THSRA elite competitors back to where high school rodeo all started in Hallettsville, Texas in 1946. The top four in every event from each region are invited to compete in October at the Lavaca Exposition Center, where not only the Invitational Champion Title is up for grabs, but so is $20,500 in added money. In addition to the rodeos, the THSRA & TJHRA State Boards held their meetings in Hallettsville. The majority of those meetings were state finals planning and reviewing and awarding bids to state finals contractors. The weekend is also an opportunity to celebrate our association and its early beginnings. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Claude Mullins, Alton Allen and Leon Kahanek were all locals of Hallettsville back in the 1946 and these three men started what we

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now know as Texas High School and National High School Rodeo. They began with a goal of enriching the lives of agricultural youth and encouraging them to stay in school. Today, their investment has paid off with an association whose members know the value of dedication, hard work and tough competition. During the invitational rodeo, many families visited the Lavaca Historical Museum, which showcases some of the station champion saddles won by competitors in the early years of THSRA and the “Hallettsville Barrier.� Alton Allen revolutionized the hand pulled barrier by making it a mechanical operating system, which is triggered off of the calves breaking to give everyone a fair shot created the barrier. To this day we are thankful for these men who had a huge impact on rodeo. Thank you to the City of Hallettsville and Lavaca Exposition Center and its board of directors who work tirelessly to hold this event each year.

RYLEE HARDIN

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2019 FOUNDERS INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS JAYDEN THOMAS ALL AROUND COWGIRL

BRADLEE MILLER REGION 9 BAREBACK RIDING AND BULL RIDING AND ALL AROUND RYLEE HARDIN POLE BENDING REGION 3

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CARSON THOMAS AND COOPER BROWNE TEAM ROPING REGION 6 MADISON NEAL GOAT TYING REGION 3

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JAKE KAHLA

CARSON THOMAS & COOPER BROWNE

HARLEY JO PERKINS

TRES MENDIETTA REGION 8 SADDLE BRONC COLTON GREENE CALF ROPING REGION 2 CARLI RAWLINSON REGION 7 BREAKAWAY HARLEY JO PERKINS BARREL RACING REGION 5 JAKE KAHLA STEER WRESTLING

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EMERY MASK OF REGION I by Catelyn Felts

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

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ongratulations to our THSRA Whatakid of the month, Emery Grace Mask! This Amarillo, Texas senior competes at region one in the barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping events. She has been a member of Texas High School Rodeo Association all four years of her high school career, and plans to continue rodeing on the college and professional levels once she graduates. Throughout her time as a THSRA member, Emery said the lessons she has learned from THSRA have played a large role in the person she is today. “I’ve developed leadership skills, good sportsmanship, responsibility, courage, and so many other amazing traits,” Emery explained. Besides the life lessons that accompany the time spent in the rodeo arena, Emery said her favorite part about THSRA is the healthy competition that has pushed her into becoming a stronger athlete. “Being in rodeo my whole life sets me apart from other people my age because I was taught from a young age what it means to work hard and give everything your all,” Emery said. “I feel like students who don’t rodeo realize these things much much later in life than rodeo kids do.” Rodeo can’t take all the credit for the person Emery

is though. Success in the arena is typically accompanied with a strong support system. For Emery, her biggest supporters happen to double as her heroes. “My heroes are definitely my parents,” Emery said. “My mom and dad are the most hard working, strong, and dedicated people that I have ever met in my life, and I hope to obtain all of those admirable traits throughout my lifetime.” Emery also explained how she looks up to Haily Kinsel. “She is so grounded in her faith, and she uses her platform to do amazing things such as the We Can Help Campaign and to serve God.” Emery even has had first hand experience with the We can Help Campaign as she was selected as a team leader for the 2018 campaign. For her part, Emery chose the Grace Loncar Foundation which aids in spreading awareness about mental health, and supporting those who are struggling with mental illnesses. Additionally, this foundation initiates school programs created to aid teenagers who are struggling with mental illness to find the appropriate help. With the money raised throughout the We can Help Campaign, the team was able to fund a new school program and work toward breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. When Emery isn’t rodeoing, practicing for a rodeo, or giving back to the community, she finds ways to stay busy. She has an impressive list of hobbies, as she enjoys painting, drawing, leatherwork, “and pretty much any other creative outlet.” She also has a jewelry business called E.G. Jewelry, and enjoys reading, writing and watching movies. She said she is honored to be selected as the Whatakid of the month. “To be selected as region one’s Whatakid of the month is pretty special,” Emery said. “It’s an honor to think that out of all of the athletes they could have picked, they chose me.” In the future, Emery said she plans to continue her rodeo and educational career at college and pursue a degree in communications. While she isn’t 100 percent positive on where she wants to take her career, she is confident in what she wants to achieve. “Overall I want to accomplish the goals that I have set for myself and do amazing things to make the world a better place.” She also works to liver her life by Psalms 46:5, “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved.” Congratulations to our Whatakid of the Month, Emery Mask! We wish the best of luck to Emery in all of her future endeavors.

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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 2020 THSRA State Finals.

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by Jacqueline Knox

ongratulations to this month’s Farm and Ranch Family, the Beams! In order for L&JRanch to be the success it is, Amy works alongside her fourteen-year-old daughter MaryBeth and her parents, Louis and Jackie Cernoch. The roots of the business go back to 1964, when Louis bought his first calf.“My dad started out with a third of a calf. He split it between his two sisters until he was able to buy them out. Since then, we have grown into a full-time working ranch,” Amy said. The ranch spreads over thousands of acres with the headquarters located in Poetry, TX (Region 4). The business began as a purely feeder stocker operation, but they have grown since then to also run cow calf pairs. Amy shared that they have around 1,800 head, including cattle in the feed lot. They also farm marshall ryegrass and hay to help fed the livestock. Every day, the local calves have to be checked, fed and doctored. Once that is done, the pairs also have to be checked. “We are really spread out so we can’t get to everything in one day. So, we may check over in this area today and then another area tomorrow, but it is a constant situation of saddling horses and hooking up trailers,” Amy said. “We work hard every day. At the end of the day, we eat something good and go to bed.” Every member of the family is vital to the ranch operation. Since she homeschools through an online academy, MaryBeth saddles

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every day to do whatever needs to be done. She is even considered the top hand around the ranch. “She is our number one roper. If we have a tough cow that won’t come in, she is the first one there to drag it in the trailer. Anything anyone else can do she will just get in there and do it too. She is not afraid,” Amy exclaimed. While Jackie makes sure that everyone is getting along, Louis works as the ranch’s foreman, making sure everything gets done when it needs to be. “We spend a lot of time praying to make it successful. That’s always a big part of our day too. Praying that God is going to take care of us, our animals and what we are trying to accomplish,” Amy remarked. She used to work as a teacher but felt like God kept calling her to be back on the ranch. So, she traded her stacks of graded pictured: Louis Cernoch, Jackie Cernoch, Amy Beam, MaryBeth Beam and Amy’s grandmother on her father’s side, Kitty Cernoch homework for cowboy boots. “You have to love it. You have to love what you do to get up in the snow, rain and heat and do it again and again. We feel like God gave it to us and it’s our duty to God to take care of what he has given us. So, we do it every day,” Amy said. Amy loves everything that ranching has taught her and hopes it teaches MaryBeth the same. Not only has Amy learned how to be a self-starter and independent in what she does, she has also learned how to be confident and brave. Although all of these are valuable lessons, Amy believes that the most important thing ranching has taught her is how to trust in God. “There are going to be days and times on the ranch that are going to be hard, but you just have to know that God is in control of it all. At the end of the day, He gets you where you need to be,” Amy said. When they aren’t working cows on the ranch, the Beam family can be found at the rodeo, where they love watching MaryBeth compete. MaryBeth does it all when it comes to rodeo. She is a member of THSRA and competes in barrels, poles, breakaway, team roping, light rifle, reining cow horse and cutting. The family also enjoys spending time together hunting mule deer, whitetail and wild game. The closest McCoys to the Beams is located in Terell. They usually shop there for maintenance and repair supplies. “It is a great honor,” Amy said when asked about how it feels to be selected. “We are thrilled to be given this title. I feel like it is also just another way that God is letting us know that we are doing a good job.”


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