Ten young Jasper area cowboys and cowgirls competed in the Region V Division of the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association competition over the weekend in the Nacogdoches Expo Center. In order to qualify for the state level rodeo, they compete in a dozen events that began in September of last year and wrap up this month.
Cole Pugh and Sam Shofner, both from Jasper, won the overall in the team roping and received a trophy saddle. Cole was also top 10 in the chute dogging and breakaway roping and he received trophy buckles for those events. Sam was also in the top 10 in the chute dogging and in the calf roping; he also received buckles for each event.
Mac Street, of Brookeland, was the top winner in the chute dogging and he won a trophy saddle. Mac also finished in the top 5 in calf roping and boys goat tying. He and his partner, Harley Odom, also from Brookeland, were in the top 10 in ribbon roping, with Harley also finishing in the top 10 in the girls goat tying and breakaway roping.
Shaeli Brown, another Brookeland cowgirl, placed in the top 10 in the poles and the girls goat tying
Andrea Martin, of Jasper, also finished in the top 10 in the girls goat tying.
Jasper’s Hunter Ruiz was in the top 5 in bull riding and he also participated in chute dogging and boys goat tying.
A pair of Jasper cowgirls, Natalie Shaw and Alexa Orchosky, were both in the top 5 in ribbon roping, and they both also competed in poles and barrels.
Brookeland cowboy Matthew Murray finished runner up in chute dogging, and he was also in the top 5 in calf roping and top 10 in goat tying.
Each cowboy and cowgirl that finished in the top 10 in each event will participate in the Texas Junior High State Finals, May 27th through June1st in Gonzales and they’ll be vying for a chance to compete in the Nationals at Huron, South Dakota in late June.