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Jr. NFR to Las Vegas


From Cliff Goodrich

Several young mid-south riders, some coached by Cliff Goodrich, are excited about a special event coming up December 7-14, 2017: the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last year was the inaugural event, which runs in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo. Again this year, there will be qualifiers and finals in eight events: Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, 19& Under Girls Breakaway, 14 & Under Girls Breakaway, 10 & Under Boys and Girls Breakaway, 15 & Under Team Roping, 19 & Under Team Roping, 19 & Under Tie Down Roping, 13 & Under Tie Down Roping, 11 & Under Barrel Racing, and 16 & Under Barrel Racing.

Junior NFR Qualifying Events held this year were: in April: Taylorsville, NC and Tunica, MS; in May: Jacksonville, FL and Harriman, TN; in June: Morristown, TN and Wirtz, VA; in July: Piney Flats, TN.

Following are profiles of these mid-south Junior NFR riders who will compete, in their own words.

Lane Webb: 13 years old, from Byrdstown, Tennessee. He will be competing in Roy Cooper’s Jr. Tie Down Calf Roping 13 & Under at the Jr. NFR in Las Vegas. He loves Calf Roping and Team Roping. He loves to break ponies in his spare time with his younger brother Cy.
His Horse’s Name is Caddy. Lane won these honors to qualify:
2016 Tennessee Jr. High Cinch Breakaway Champion
2016 Tennessee Jr. High Cinch Ribbon Roping Champion

Cy Webb: 8 years old, from Byrdstown, Tennessee. He will be competing in the Mini Bareback Pee Wee Division at the Jr. NFR in Las Vegas. He loves Miniature Bull Riding and hopes to qualify for Las Vegas in the Miniature Bull Riding when he is old enough.  He enjoys Breakaway and Steer Stopping when he ropes. He, also, loves to break ponies in his spare time with his older brother Lane.
He qualified for Las Vegas last year, so this is his second year to compete in the Mini Bareback division at the Jr. NFR.
His Horse’s name is Sonny. He won these honors to qualify:
2016 Ultimate Youth Mini Bareback Champion
2016 TYRA Reserve Miniature Bull Riding Champion

My name is Mollie Carter. I am 12 years old, from Eads, Tennessee.  I am in the 6th grade at Collierville Middle school.  I qualified for the Jr. NFR on my horse Chase at the qualifier in Tunica, Ms.  My favorite sport is rodeo.  Rodeo is so important to me because my entire family can participate and spend time together; we all perform together.  I want to thank God first, then my family and friends for helping me have this opportunity to go to Las Vegas!

My name is Jesy Lovelady and I am 12 years old. I live in Town Creek, Alabama, and I’m in the 6th grade at Hatton Elementary School. I am a two-time Jr. NFR Qualifier. I qualified this year in Tunica, Mississippi.  I love rodeoing because of getting to work with my horses and being involved in a sport that teaches me valuable life lessons. I owe everything to God, my family, friends, and, last but not least, my hard working horses. Las Vegas, here we come!

I am ten-year-old Chism Goodrich. I life in Humboldt, Tennessee. I am in the sixth grade and I am homeschooled. I am very excited about getting invited to Vegas for Roy Cooper’s 10-and-under breakaway and the Resistol Jr. Shootout in the 10 and under breakaway. I have been roping off a horse since I was five years old. I love to go to the barn and rope, or play with my goats. I thank God and my parents for the opportunity to go and compete. Even though it is 1,500 miles away, I know I will enjoy the ride with my family and my two horses, Barber Bill and Noah. I cannot wait to get to the bright lights of Vegas in December!

Hudson Bolton, 11 years old from Milan, TN; he is a 6th grader at Milan Middle School. Hudson qualified to ride bulls by competing in the Leal’s Junior Bull riding Southeastern Circuit, which was a series of six rodeos held in Alexandria, Alabama. Hudson’s favorite bull rider is Jess Lockwood.
Hudson’s favorite thing about riding bulls is the adrenaline rush! He says it’s fun! See y’all in Vegas!

My name is Connor Griffith, and I qualified for the Jr. NFR in saddle bronc and bareback riding. I have been rodeoing since I was 6 years old.

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