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Tennessee High School Rodeo at Martin


breakaway roping & pole picture is Blaize Deere

breakaway roping & pole picture is Blaize Deere

flag picture is Hannah Hungate, TNHSRA Queen.
By Bebe Wilder; photos by Mark Herron

Tennessee High School Rodeo Association (TNHSRA) invited Kentucky High School Rodeo to compete in a challenge rodeo at UT Martin, Martin, Tennessee on May 1-2, 2021. Anytime these associations come together, it is always full of friendly competition as well as comradery. The weekend began with an open 4D barrel race Friday night, showing a great turnout. Tennessee’s Ali Covey had the fastest time of the night with 13.588 seconds on the clock, followed by Kenzley Wilson, James Denton, Keilee Garton, Ashley Teems, and Taylor Dunlap. 

Saturday morning began with Slack, followed by some free time, and, later, great competition in the main performance at 6 p.m. The night ended with a fun tennis ball fundraiser, in which the winner won a one-of-a-kind “Trump” cooler. 

Following the rodeo, contestants got to dress down for a kick ball game that has been coined the Battle of the Boot.  Unfortunately, Team Tennessee had to give up their coveted boot trophy to Kentucky, but will be ready to battle it out at their next joint rodeo.  

Sunday began with Cowboy Church and Coach John Luthi bringing the message. Tennessee then hosted another smoothly run rodeo, with points tallying for Tennessee and Kentucky to see who would win the Challenge Trophy.  The Tennessee team came out the winners, handily beating the Kentucky team.

The talent runs deep on both teams. Following are the first and second places for each round of the weekend’s events (Saturday & Sunday respectively):

 Barrels: Ali Covey 12.837, Ashley Teems 12.863; Elizabeth Alder 12.742, Anna Wilder 12.968
 Poles: Taylor Dunlap 20.362, Hailey McCann 21.531; Anna Wilder 20.543, Sadie Yearwood 21.001
 Breakaway Roping: Lainey Hutchison 2.38, Owen Gibson 2.91; Lainey Hutchison 2.4, Anna Wilder 2.61
Goat Tying:Anna Wilder 8.39, Emma Kate Wilder 8.71; Blaize Deere 7.9, Lauren Shultz 8.81
Tie Down Roping:Bryson Tays 11.23, Lane Webb 11.9; Bryson Tays 10.78, Blair Mabry 11.29
Team Roping:Bryson Tays and Lane Webb 7.87, Hailey McCann and Tanner Kane 9.37; Lauren Shultz and Johnson Yarbro 9.4, Hailey McCann and Tanner Kane 10.4
Steer Wrestling:  Blair Mabry 4.75, Mason Johnson 6.27; Dylan Delmas 4.59, Mason Johnson 6.95;
Bareback Riding:Connor Griffith 70; Tate Papszycki  68, Connor Griffith 10
Saddle Bronc Riding: Connor Griffith 63; Connor Griffith 64
Bull Riding:Grant Mayfield 68, Tyler Greer 60; Grant Mayfield 69, Sage Isom 68.

TNHSRA’s next event was state finals at UT Martin, May 27-29, where national qualifiers for the NHSFR in Lincoln,  Nebraska in July were determined. If interested in learning more about TNHSRA, visit our website at or email

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