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2001/07/10

Zach Jenkins Learns Practice Is Key To Bronc Success by Kevin DeBusk Zach Jenkins, of the Mid-South Little Britches Association, works hard to be the best he can be at bareback riding. Zach, along with several other members of the Mid-South Little Britches Association, will be heading to the National Little Britches Finals in Colorado Springs, Colorado the first week of August. Zach is the son of Johnny and Tammy Jenkins of Eudora, Miss. "The only thing I can say about my success is it's all God," Zach said. "I couldn't do it with out him. "I've been doing this about four years. I started when I was thirteen because someone mentioned that I was the right size to ride bulls. I tried it and fell in love with it. Now my little sister has started riding barrels, poles and flags. "I started with bulls because it's every little kids dream. It's the most popular event on TV. Then one day I decided to give bareback a try. I've been riding saddle bronc, bareback and bulls for the last couple years but after our (Mid-South Little Britches) finals I decided to quit bulls and saddle bronc so I can concentrate on bareback. "I waited till the end of the year so I could qualify for the All-Around. I won the (Mid-South Little Britches) All-Around by twelve points this year and sit first in the national standings in bareback and saddle bronc." Zach is seventh in saddle bronc and tenth in the All-Around in the national standings. Zach made his first trip to the National Little Britches Finals in Colorado Springs in 2000. "I didn't have that good a year last year," Zach reported. "I made it to the short go in bareback last year. That's all I wanted to compete in at the finals. "This year I'm leading the nation in bareback and I plan to go a lot further. That's why I'm only going to compete in bareback. Last year I wanted it but the action wasn't as good as it could be. I didn't practice every day and I wasn't thinking about it. This year I do something every day. I lift weight, practice my form or ride stock. "The people from the Mid-West have been in rodeo a lot longer and that makes it harder to win. It makes me get stronger and makes me work harder. I know I'm going to have to give 100 percent." Zach understands he plays an important role in working with the younger riders. "There are always going to be younger kids looking at you," he said. "I try not to think about it. I try being a good role model for them. It's important that I don't loose my temper in or out of the arena. I have to be a good sport when I'm thrown. "We're all extremely close and help each other out. We teach others what we know and will let them borrow our equipment. People from Louisiana, that come here to compete, say they love it. We compete and have fun. That's what it's all about getting better and having fun." PRCA bareback rider Clint Corey is whom Zach watches. "He is picture perfect every time," Zach said. "He makes it look easy and that's what I want my rides to be like." After graduation Zach plan to continue rodeoing and ministering. "I definitely want to keep going," he said. "It's not an option to quit. I'm in the PCA now and plan on going on to college and compete. "Rodeo is my second option though ministry is my first. My dad and I have started Bucking J Rodeo Ministries. That's why we are in rodeo to minister and for the love of the sport." He continued saying one-day he might compete in the PRCA.

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