Young rodeo athletes end year with strong finish
La Vernia’s Shaye Lynn Jessee shows her competitive side in a youth rodeo competition. Shaye Lynn earned a saddle during the Texas Youth Rodeo Association while competing in goat tying at state.
Two earn saddles for placing first at state
GONZALES -- Two junior-level cowgirls rode away with Texas Youth Rodeo Association saddles for their horsemanship skills in the state finals, held the last week of July in Gonzales. Shaye Lynn Jessee of La Vernia won in the junior goat-tying event, while Mayce Marek of Pleasanton earned a saddle in the junior polebending event. The junior division is for those between the ages of 9 and 13.
Shaye Lynn’s involvement in different events led to her 10th-place standing in the All-Around. She was ranked first in goat tying, eighth in breakaway, and served as a runner on a ribbon-roping team. Shaye Lynn competed in all of these events in state competition, placing eighth in goat tying with a combined time of 31.40, and ninth in junior ribbon roping. She also competed in poles.
Mayce had a combined total of 63.725, to win the junior pole competition at state. The 17th-place All Around cowgirl accumulated points in six different events.
In state competition, Mayce place 12th in goat tying and 14th in cloverleaf. She also competed in figure 8 and breakaway, and served as a runner in ribbon roping.
Cowboys and cowgirls ages 8 and younger compete in the sub junior division of the Texas Youth Rodeo Association.
Among the All Around leaders were Allison Howard of La Vernia, who ranked 18th, and Tess Underbrink of Pleasanton, 19th.
Allison competed in figure 8, poles, and cloverleaf, and advanced to state in cloverleaf.
Tess competed in poles and cloverleaf.
Joining Shaye Lynn in the top 10 in the Junior Girls division of the All-Around was fellow La Vernian Emily Douglas, who ranked ninth. Other All-Around cowgirls included 2013 Miss Rodeo Stockdale Princess Sydney Dockery of Karnes City and Lindsei Harvey of Seguin.
Emily was ranked sixth in the standings in goat tying, but in state competition, she placed third with a combined time of 27.185 in three rounds. She also placed fourth in figure 8 competition, with a combined time of 27.058.
She returned to the arena to finish 10th in breakaway. While serving as a runner in ribbon roping, her team placed 12th. She also competed in cloverleaf at state, and accumulated points in poles.
Sydney was ranked sixth in poles, which qualified her for state competition. She also accumulated points for competing in cloverleaf, figure 8, breakaway, goat tying, and ribbon roping (runner).
Lindsei competed in cloverleaf, breakaway, and ribbon roping (runner).
Stockdale’s Wells Mitchell was ranked ninth in the All-Around. Joining him were Casey Crow of La Vernia, Gregory Wilkison of Stockdale, Cash Fretwell of Pleasanton, and Fisher Underbrink of Pleasanton.
Wells was ranked sixth in ribbon roping (roper) and advanced to state competition in this event, as well as in tiedown.
A pair of “eights” were in store for Wells. While he qualified for state competition in eighth place in breakaway, he also placed eighth at state. In the first go, he timed a 3.84, followed by a time of 3.65.
Cash also accumulated points by competing in breakaway, ribbon roping (roper), and tiedown.
Fifth-ranking ribbon roper Casey advanced to state in this event, as well as tiedown. He also accumulated points by competing in breakaway.
Gregory competed in state in ribbon roping (roper) and in tiedown. He also competed during the year in breakaway.
Fisher competed during the last season in boys breakaway and tiedown.
Abby Slagle, a member of the Poth FFA, represented Wilson County and finished the year in 15th place in the All-Around. Others recognized in the All-Around were Marissa Vader of Seguin and Brooke Hester of Nixon. This age division is comprised of youth ages 14-18.
Abby ranked 11th in two events, goat tying and poles. She also competed during the year in breakaway.
In state competition, Abby finished second in poles, with a combined time of 65.497.
She finished third in goat tying with a combined time of 27.474 in three rounds. Her best time was an 8.884 in the second go.
Brooke accumulated points during the season while competing in cloverleaf and breakaway.
Marissa placed seventh in state breakaway with a first go time of 4.28, improving her time with a 3.850 in the second go.
Caleb Blandford of Stockdale finished the All-Around in 14th place. He was joined in the All-Around by Chase Watt of Jourdanton, Cody Hines of Seguin, Cameron Crow of Floresville, Joel Poth of Pleasanton, and Ian Chachere of Poteet.
Ian was ranked fifth in bull riding for the season, while Chase accumulated points in ribbon roping (roper) and tiedown.
Ranked second for the season in tiedown, Caleb placed 13th in state competition.
Caleb, who served as a roper on his ribbon roping team, competed at state in this event.
Cameron also served as a roper on a ribbon roping team and competed at state in tiedown, where he placed 10th.
In state competition, Cody served as the header in ribbon roping and placed sixth during state competition. He also competed at state in tiedown.
While most contestants compete against athletes in one of the three divisions, team roping had rodeo athletes of all levels competing against each other.
Two juniors -- Cash Fretwell and Wells Mitchell -- competed at state as a team. Cash served as the header, with Wells as the heeler.
Senior cowboys and cowgirls competing at state included third-ranking Abby, who served as a heeler; fifth-ranking Joel, who served as a header; and headers Chase and Marissa.
As the new rodeo season has begun this autumn and with the number of area athletes involved in the rodeo arena, Wilson, Guadalupe, and Atascosa counties will be represented well.