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Tennessee High School Rodeo


Tennessee High School Rodeo competitors were on the road in Cookeville, Tennessee October 6-7, 2012, traveling to the home turf of the Upper Cumberland High School Rodeo Club. Main performances were at 7:00 pm Saturday and 1:30 pm Sunday. Church services were held at noon before Sunday afternoon’s performance.

Cookeville Rodeo Saturday winners were: 
Barrels: Summer Weldon, score: 14.898
Goat Tying:  Mckenna Cox, score:  9.810
Pole Bending:  Kayla Edmondson, score: 21.463
Bareback:  Logan Hughes, score: 57
Calf Roping: Adam Jensen, score: 15.780
Team Roping: Ethan Wheeler and Bryer Hamilton, score: 13.430
Breakaway:  Ashley Brooks, score: 2.850
Steer Wrestling: Palmer White, score: 6.90
Bull Riding: Tray Watkins, score:  75
Cookeville Rodeo Sunday winners were:
Breakaway:  Stonie Read, score: 3.60
Barrels: Kelsey Sanders, score: 15.190
Goat Tying: Brittany Gist, score: 10.560
Bull Riding: Tray Watkins, score: 69
Bareback: Houston Herbert, score: 66
Barrels: Kelsey Sanders, score: 15.190
Calf Roping: Client McClellan, score: 14.870
Team Roping: Carson Farmer and Wyatt Brown, score: 11.890
Pole Bending: Kayla Edmondson, score: 20.849

An interesting addition to the Cookeville Rodeo weekend was a Special Needs Rodeo on Saturday afternoon, sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Rodeo Club. This rodeo was mainly for handicapped children ages 6 and older. The High School Rodeo contestants helped kids and adults participate in the Special Needs Rodeo. “It was such a blessing to watch these young men and women share their talents with others,” said photographer Talisa Gibbs. “There were stations set up with barrels, poles, bull riding, roping, calf and goat tying. The High School contestants took them around to each station to introduce them to each of the events. Tennessee High School Rodeo Queen Kenzie Rainey autographed a few hats for fans.”

Chandra Adcock explained more about the Special Needs Rodeo: “We do this as a community service project of sorts in cooperation with the Structured Athletics for Challenged Children (SACC) group in Cookeville. We had 34 special needs participants this year. They each received a rodeo back number to wear- courtesy of Co-Op (they get into the rodeo free with the back number), and a free T-shirt donated by the Upper Cumberland Rodeo Group, and free cowboy hat provided by BJ's Western World of Rickman, TN. Each cowboy or cowgirl pairs up with one or two HS contestants and participates in as many activities as they wish. They can ride a horse through the barrel or pole-bending pattern, tie a goat dummy, rope a calf or steer dummy, ride a mechanical bull, or enter the ribbon pulling using a real goat. Both groups enjoy this and seem to make fast friends. They can get their back numbers autographed by their cowboy friends and they always pose for pictures. It's a day filled with lots of smiles and cheers, and sometimes even tears of joy. We sure appreciate everyone who participates in this special event, particularly our sponsors. The participants and their families always have compliments and express their appreciation to the group for hosting such a unique event.”

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