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2001/09/18

Coleman and Parkinson Win At Little Britches National Finals by Kevin DeBusk Nicole Coleman and Candy Parkinson took top honors at the 2001 National Little Britches Finals, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 1-4. Both competitors are from Mississippi and represented the Mid-South Little Britches Association. For fifteen-year-old Nicole Coleman, of Sturgis, this was her third consecutive World All-Around title. "I'm real proud of her," Nicole's grandmother Estelle said. "I was surprised when I won," Nicole said. "Going out I was leading but anything can happen." In 2000 Nicole moved up to the senior division and didn't expect to achieve the same success. "I had some friends in that predicament and they didn't do as well," she said. "It's harder competition. I really have to work hard to make up points in the association shows to do well in Colorado." Practice is an important part of staying on top. "I practice everyday," she reported. "I do six events and have to excel in all of them. My mom stays at school till five thirty and I have to make time when we get home." She continued saying her suggestions to others starting or already rodeoing would be practice as often as you can. Candy Parkinson's horse RENOS GOLDIE was named Junior All-Around Horse of the Year. Candy, a Mid-South Little Britches rookie in 2000-2001, also placed second in junior pole average and sixth in breakaway roping average. A fourteen-year-old, from Koscuisko, Candy and her horse has been together twelve years. "She was born here," Candy commented. "When she was young my dad used her to rope cows off of and she has competed in the NBHA finals three or four times. "I was really hoping she would win because dad is breeding her this next breeding season. I knew she had a good chance. She was the only horse that did everything out there." She continued saying her parents were more excited than her. "They give out an event horse in each event and she didn't win any event; it was like oh no," she said. "Then they announce the All-Around and dad started grinning from ear to ear." So what about this year? "I would like to win the All-Around," she commented. Other competitor taking home honors were: Trevor Stokes, of Louisville, Ms., with forth place finishes in both senior calf roping and steer wrestling average; Orry McDonald, of Senatobia, Ms., with third/forth/fifth place split in bull riding; Zach Jenkins, of Hernando, Ms., with a first go split of sixth and seventh place in senior bareback; Cody Holladay, of Houlka, Ms., with a first round finish of fifth in senior bulls; Ashley Adams, of Calhoun City, Ms., took forth in the second round in breakaway roping; and Dixie Massey, of Starkville, Ms., had a fifth place round in senior pole bending. Congratulations to all twenty-six who attended this years National Finals. You're all winners!

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