The 2013-14 Texas Junior High Rodeo Association Region III rodeo season has come to an end for junior high students.
Several local students competed in the Region Finals held at Lone Star Arena for a chance to advance to the State Finals. The top 10 competitors in each event move on to the TJHRA State Finals held in Gonzales.
Henderson Junior High students Presli Bray, Catherine Clayton, Calli Schmutz, Chance Britain and Corye Daily dominated the standings at the end of the weekend along with Wyatt Bray of Granbury and Jarett Freeman of Tolar.
Here are the winners: In the team event of Ribbon Roping, cousins Wyatt and Presli Bray were crowned Year End Champions. The Finals Champion and Year End Reserve Championship went to Calli Schmutz and her partner. The team of Jarett Freeman and Catherine Clayton earned a 5th place finish.
The Team Roping had local students dominating the top 5. The Year End Champion was Wyatt Bray and his partner Jake Vance with the Finals Championship buckle going to Chance Britain and Holden Myers, in 4th spot was the team of Jarett Freeman and Grant Carter, and 5th place went to Cowgirl Presli Bray and partner Kash Koch.
Wyatt continued his winning streak with the Breakaway Roping Champion title and Chance earned another state qualification by placing 3rd. Jarett swept the Tie Down Roping by winning both the Year End and Finals Championships.
Boys Goat Tying state qualifiers are Wyatt in 3rd, Jarett 6th and Chance 10th. Chute Dogging will have local representation too with Jarett and Corye Daily placing in the top 10.
The Polebending Champion was Catherine Clayton. She was also crowned Year End Girls Goat Tying Champion with fellow student Presli Bray winning Reserve Champion. Presli also took home the Finals Champion buckle. These cowgirls traded spots for the Breakaway Roping with Presli taking the Year End Championship and Catherine in Reserve and winning the Finals Championship. Gilbert Intermediate 6th grader Jesse Headstream roped well this year and earned a spot in the top 10.
In the Barrel Racing, Catherine qualified for state with a 6th place finish. The Youth Division, which is for students 5th grade and under, was also well represented by Gilbert student Paige Clayton and Hook 4th grader Coy Eakin.
Paige was crowned Year End All Around Champion. Coy was sidelined with a broken foot but still held Reserve Champion in steer riding and finished 9th in the Double Mugging Event.
We also saw the end of the 2013-14 Texas High School Rodeo Association Region III rodeo season at Lone Star Arena. Like the Junior High, there were many Stephenville High School and local home schooled students who competed in the Region Finals. These cowboys and cowgirls were also vying for a top 10 place to be able to move on to the THSRA State Finals held in Abilene.
Saturday night started off the first round of the High School Finals with our Senior Ride where Stephenville High School graduating seniors Jacob Lewis and Tate Elston presented their parents with words of thanks and a rose. Then we went right into the rodeo action of Round 1 with the rough stock events.
Jacob was sidelined from competing during the Region Finals in the Saddle Bronc riding with a broken foot, but he still managed to finish 3rd for the year end. In the Girls Goat Tying, Katie Stewart was crowned Reserve Champion for the Year End, 3rd place went to Lariat Larner, who also clinched the Finals Championship buckle, and Cheyenne Britain qualified in 10th. In the speed event of Barrel Racing, Tillar Murray was crowned Year End Champion as well as our Region Finals Champion, and sister Catherine Murray qualified to State with a 4th place finish.
The event of Team Roping was yet again dominated by local students. Jacob Lewis didn’t let his broken foot affect his roping, he and partner Seth Gillespie finished the year in 3rd place, 8th place went to Ky Redstrom and partner Chase Chambers, and cousins Ky Bray and Paden Bray tied for 9th and 10th for the Year End. In the Girls Breakaway, Cheyenne Britain was the Year End Champion as well as our Finals Champion, Katie Stewart earned another State qualification by finishing in 3rd place, and Tillar Murray finished the year in 4th place.
In the boy’s event of Tie Down Roping, Sy Felton was our Reserve Champion for the Year End and Jacob earned another State qualification by finishing 9th for the Year End. In the Pole Bending, Tillar cinched an additional State qualification by finishing the year in 3rd place while also placing 2nd in our Region Finals. Girls Cutting will also have local representation with Catherine Murray placing 5th, sister Tillar finishing a close 6th place, and Cheyenne qualifying to State in 7th place.
In the Boys Cutting Tate Elston was crowned Year End Champion as well as our Finals Champion with Jacob qualifying once more to State in 2nd place.