Rodeo Office Contacts
Anne Dollery, TJHRA Secretary
PO Box 1818
Gonzales, TX 78629
Welcome to the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association! With ten competing regions in the big state of Texas, we are proud to represent the youth of tomorrow - encouraging sportsmanship, character and a spirit of competition in and out of the rodeo arenas. All TJHRA members are expected and encouraged to maintain high standards in their education and are held accountable. The TJHRA Rodeo Season begins every August and ends in May at the Texas State Final Junior High Rodeo where they compete for numerous awards and scholarships, as well as the coveted honor of representing the State of Texas at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo held each June.
The TJHRA is proud to support and encourage the development of High School and Junior High Rodeo as we hold on to our rodeo heritage creating opportunities fo families to spend their time together.
We are a non-profit 501C3 Association created in 2004 by the the NHSRA to bring the excitement of the sport to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and to serve as a feeder system into the high school ranks of the Association. We are a family, proud to help continue the positive image of rodeo maintaining our western heritage.
Rodeo is a sport that grew out of the cattle industry in the American West. Its roots reach back to the sixteenth century. The Spanish conquistadors and Spanish-Mexican settlers played a key role in the origin of rodeo with the introduction and propagation of horses and cattle in the Southwest. Skills of the range cowboy led to competitive contests that eventually resulted in standard events for rodeo.
Rodeo actually comes from the Spanish word 'rodear,' meaning 'to surround’ The rodeo has come a long way since its start as impromptu contests between cowboys and cowgirls in the wild west. Prescott, Arizona, in 1888 was the first to charge an admission. Pecos, Texas, held their first rodeo on July 4, 1883, and in 1929 began running annually without interruption.
With its roots deep in Southwest history, rodeo continued to evolve until it has become a professional sport for men and women, and also, is being perpetuated by youth rodeo organizations. The NHSRA Junior High Division was established to bring the excitement of the sport to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and to serve as a feeder system into the high school ranks of the Association. Today, all 48 states and provinces that belong to the NHSRA also produce a Junior High Division as well, with over 2,500 members in total now competing. Junior High Division students compete in a variety of events, including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Ribbon Roping, and Junior Bull Riding, Bareback Steer Riding and Saddle Bronc Steer Riding.
Jesse Everett, Student President
Region II cowgirl from Tarazan, Texas. She has been rodeoing a long time. Competes in breakaway, goat tying, pole bending, ribbon roping, and team roping. She is a student at Grady ISD where she runs cross country and track, plays basketball, and participate in UIL Academic Events.
"Pray, practice, and love what you do. It doesn't get any simpler than that. "
Ceily Simpton, Student Vice-President
Region XII cowgirl from Navasota, Texas. She been rodeoing a long time. Competes in barrels, poles, breakaway, goat tying and ribbon roping. Student at Navasota Jr. High where she plays volleyball, and shows animals at their local fair.
"Always have fun at what you are doing."
Zoey Hortenstine, Student Secretary
Region II cowgirl from Bronte, Texas. She has been rodeoing for a long time. Competes in poles, breakaway, barrels, and goat tying. She is an 8th grader where she plays volleyball, basketball, tennis, track and cheerleads. She is an A Honor Roll and a GT Student.
Amber Simons, Princess
Region VII cowgirl from Needville, Texas. Competes in barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying. She was recently elected to be on the High School Debate team, she is a member of the gifted and talented program at the Needville High School, she also volunteers her time at the local SPCA shelter and at the local Nursing Homes where she likes to play games and read to the residents.
"I believe that perseverance, determination, and self motivation helps to mold us and prepare us for success in all that we do. Rodeo teaches and humbles a person to understand that no matter what you know, you'll never know enough. Work hard and never give up...even in the face of adversity. And above all give glory to God in all that you do and may we spread his good word to those that we meet, so that they may also walk in his footsteps. Never give up the opportunity to profess his name."