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Tennessee High School Rodeo


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The Tennessee High School Rodeo Association (TNHSRA) held its second rodeo of the 2019 season March 9-10, 2019 at the Show Place Arena in Memphis, Tenn. It was a joint rodeo with the Cinch Jr. High division (6th – 8th grades) that included two performances – plus some added attractions.  The first rodeo of the season was at Scottsville, Kentucky on February 16.

On Friday morning, TNHSRA for the fifth year hosted the 4-H/Inner City rodeo, giving local youth an opportunity to learn about rodeo events, but this year with a special guest. Gov. Bill Lee came to watch the students learn about horses and rodeo with the Tennessee High School Rodeo participants, and took a few minutes to speak to the students. Gov. Lee encouraged the 3rd grade students to ask questions about what agriculture is and where their food comes from. He said, “If we can know more about [where our food comes from], we can know more about how to be healthy adults. Agriculture is a very important sector of the economy.  For kids to understand what agriculture is and where their food comes from, and even consider Ag as part of their future – that is important.” While at the Agricenter International, Gov. Lee toured the innovation center at Helena Agri-Enterprises and the automated greenhouse that are on the Agricenter campus.

TNHSRA spokesman Joe Gibson said, “We had about 100 kids come on Friday morning, with Tim Roberts of the Agricenter organizing the trip.  Dr. Samantha Tate with Tennessee Equine Hospital spoke to the kids and gave them an idea of what is involved in caring for horses. The Tennessee High School Rodeo contestants discussed and demonstrated the different rodeo events.  Then the kids got the opportunity to go into the arena and try their hand at roping dummies, tying goat dummies, and petting horses. Governor Bill Lee visited on Friday and spoke to the kids before joining them in the arena for a few minutes.  Afterwards, the students were treated to lunch provided by Agricenter.”

On Friday night March 8, TNHSRA hosted a separate barrel race as a fundraiser for TNHSRA, which included Kiddie Barrels (10 & Under), $300 added Open 4D, $50 added Youth 3D, $50 added Masters Class, $50 added Adult 3D Barrels (19-39), and $50 added Open 3D Poles. This barrel race was both Tenn. and Miss. IBRA approved.

On Saturday night, TNHSRA hosted a Parent-Member Rodeo, Gibson said, “The events included Parent/Member Dally Ribbon Roping, Men’s Barrel Race (but could not be on a barrel horse), Unmounted Goat Tying, and Women’s Chute Dogging.  We had over 100 entries and everyone had fun.” 

Selected results for this rodeo:

Winners on Saturday March 9
Barrel Racing: Bayleigh Choate, Choutta, TN, 13.776
Breakaway Roping: Owen Gibson, Gadsden, TN, 3.470
Bull Riding: Dustin Douglas, Limestone, TN, 63.0
                   Jesse Hay-Smith, Morristown, TN, 58.0
Calf Roping: Blayne Saine, Detroit, TN, 12.830
Goat Tying: Blaize Deere, Scotts Hill, TN, 8.100
Pole Bending: Kyla Matthews, Athens, TN. 20.509
                     Taylor Dunlap, Dyer, TN, 20.604
Steer Wrestling: Jesse Keysaer, Culleoka, TN, 5.180
Team Roping: Owen Gibson, Gadsden, TN, 18.230

Winners on Sunday March 10
Bareback Riding: Dawson Moore, Lexington, TN, 46.0
Barrel Racing: Caroline Crawford, Lambert, TN 14.335
                      Kyla Matthews, Athens, TN 14.415
Breakaway Roping: Bethany Stallons, Hopkinsville, KY, 2.740
Bull Riding: Dustin Douglas, Limestone, TN, 76.0
                   Sage Ison, Hodges, TN, 55.0
Calf Roping: Zane White, Scotts Hill, TN, 12.480
Goat Tying: Abby Shultz, Orlinda, TN, 9,020
                   Blaize Deere, Scotts Hill, TN, 9.200
Pole Bending: Kyla Matthews, Athens, TN, 20.189
Cody Dowell, Olive Branch, MS, 20.601
Steer Wrestling: Jesse Keysaer, Culleoka, TN, 4.850
Team Roping: Lane Webb, Byrdstown, TN and Bryson Tays, Crossville, TN 8.420

In addition to the traditional rodeo events, TNHSRA has made opportunities for their members to participate in Reined Cowhorse shows, hosted by the Volunteer Ranch Horse Association, on March 16-17 at the Show Place Arena and in Martin, TN on May 4 -5, 2019, which runs in conjunction with the TNHSRA rodeo at Martin.  Plus, interested members can compete in Cutting Horse events at Arena One in Batesville, MS on April 6-7, 2019.

Next on the TNHSRA circuit is the rodeo in Franklin, TN on April 13-14, 2019. Find more information at:

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