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Tri-State Finals Rodeo


By Sydney Caen

Jackson, Mississippi became a cowboy town from November 14-16, 2014 for the Tri-State Rodeo Association Finals. The top fifteen cowboys and cowgirls from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi converged at the Kirk Fordice Equestrian Center in Jackson, Mississippi to, hopefully, end the year with a championship title.

Team Roper David Johnson said he loves the Tri-State Rodeo Association because even though it’s a smaller association, contestants make enough money competing to really look forward to finals weekend. 

The Tri-State Rodeo Association (TSRA) keeps President Chuck Sullivan busy. Chuck said that a lot goes into organizing the finals, everything from finding judges and funny men, to getting entry forms organized, and finding host arenas.

Chuck isn’t the only one who works hard at the finals though. Stock Contractor Shelby Bearden told us that the hardest part of his job is equally matching bucking stock to contestants. Though it is a tough job, it’s a job that Shelby loves.

“The best part is traveling thousands of miles to arenas across the county and watching our animals perform.”

And those bulls and horses did perform, but it wasn’t too much for bull rider Joe Johnson. He finished second for the year, but before the performance on Sunday, Joe decided to do a victory lap. For Grand Entry, Joe followed the contestants, but unlike the other contestants, he wasn’t on horseback; he just “loped” around the arena on his own two feet! “The finals only happen once a year and I wanted to go out with a bang!” he said. His fun spirit sums up what a great group of members makes up the TSRA.

For more information about the Tri-State Rodeo Association please visit 

Tri State Rodeo Association 2014 Champions

 Bareback – Colt Kitaif; Calf Roping - Glen Breaux; Breakaway - Millie Bankston; Saddle Bronc - Brad Bates; Steer Wrestling - Lane Holland; Team Roping Header - Justin Johnson, Team Roping Heeler - Rowdy Lee; Barrel Racing - Jenny Smith; Bulls - Koby Radley

Tri State Rodeo Finals 2014 Average Winners

Bareback - Colt Kitaif; Calf Roping - Austin Davis; Breakaway Roping - Ashlea Pierce; Saddle Bronc - Brad Bates; Steer Wrestling - Lane Holland; Team Roping Header - Ruston Ferguson, Team Roping Heeler - Wesley Barlow; Barrel Racing - Angela Gilliam; Bull Riding - Koby Radley

2014 Rookie Champions      

Barrel Racing Rookie -Labrellah Hutchins; Bull Riding - Koby Radley; Calf Roping - Kolton Vaughn; Breakaway - Blake Brady; Steer Wrestling - Luke Addison; Team Roping Header - Patrick Hemphill; Team Roping Heeler - Keith Inkenbrandt. 

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