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June 4th - 10th in Abilene...Staggs, Strawser, & Stroad heading to High School Rodeo State Finals

THS STUDENTS CARLY STAGGS, Jared Strawser, and Whittnee Stroad will be heading to the Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals set June 4th - 10th in Abilene. Carly and Whitnee are both juniors at THS and Jared is a senior.

Teague High School Rodeo Team members Jared Strawser, Carly Staggs and Whittnee Stroade will be traveling to Abilene, Texas, June 4th through 10th to compete in the Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals.

Whittnee and Carly have been riding ever since they were little girls. Whittnee commented that their families? rodeo and that was how she and Carly grew up. This will be Whittnee?s second year to go to the state finals. ?Making it to state requires an abundant amount of hard work, dedication, and faith in myself, my horse, and God. It also would not be possible without my family supporting and encouraging me,? said Whittnee.

This will be Carly?s third time to participate in the state finals. ?To make it to state you need a great mind set with a lot of hard work and dedication. You need a great combination and a good connection, between you and your horse. Making state isn?t all that easy to do, it takes long hours in the practice pen to be at the top in Texas High School Rodeo,? said Carly.

The last but not least member of the trio from Teague heading to Abilene is Jared Strawser, who has been riding bareback for a year and a half now and who also went to the state finals last year. Jared said, ?Everyone hears about the bull riders, but I?m just not sure about that, seems safer to stick with horses. There?s a lot of hard work and dedication that I?ve put in that has helped me make it to finals.?

The State Finals Rodeo is an annual, week-long event where high school students across the state of Texas and surrounding states come and compete for numerous awards, scholarships and the opportunity to represent Texas at the National High School Finals Rodeo held in July each year.

The contestants compete in rodeos throughout the year in one of 10 regions across the state. At the last rodeo of regional level competition, the top 10 competitors in each event are announced. These contestants are then given the opportunity to represent their region on the state level at the THSRA State Finals.

Jared Strawser, a Teague High School senior, THSRA region 9 member, will be competing on the state level in the Bareback event. Carly Staggs, a Teague High School Junior, THSRA region 9 member will be competing on the state level in Pole Bending, Barrel Racing and Goat Tying. Whittnee Stroade, a Teague High School Junior, THSRA region 9 member, will be competing on the state level in the Barrel Racing event.

Rodeo performances as well as other events held throughout the week are open to the public each morning and afternoon. Shuttle services will be offered on the Taylor County Expo Center grounds, and tickets will be sold at the gates. Schedule updates will be posted to the THSRA Facebook and Twitter pages regularly throughout the week.

The Texas High School Rodeo Association is a 501-C non-profit organization, which is the largest, most prestigious state high school rodeo association in the nation. THSRA sponsors over 125 rodeos per year throughout 10 regions across Texas. The rodeo year begins in August and concludes with the Texas High School Finals Rodeo in June. It is here, at the largest rodeo in the state of Texas, where ?The Elite Compete? featuring the top cowboys and cowgirls from each region. They compete for numerous awards, scholarships as well as the coveted honor of representing the state at the National High School Finals Rodeo held each July in Wyoming. For additional information visit www.thsra.org or contact Holly DeLaune at delaune.holly@gmail.com.

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