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.
Quay Lloyd, Student President
Region II cowboy from Balckwell, Texas. Has been rodeoing since age 3. Competes in tiedown, ribbons, team roping, chute dogging. Honor student at Highland Junior High where he plays cross country, football, basketball, track, tennis, one-act play and UIL. Trinity Baptist youth group member.
"Seek opportunity, count your blessings, hold tight to precious memories, and work hard at what you love. "
Braedon Scott, Student Vice-President
Region IX cowboy from Huntsville, Texas. Has been rodeoing since age 5. Competes in tie-down roping, breakaway, ribbon roping, team roping and goat tying. Student at Mance Park Middle School where he also runs cross country, half marathons, and shows animals at their local fair.
"Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. Always remember, Win or Lose, do it for His glory and you will be a winner every time!"
Bradi Freeman, Student Secretary
Region VI cowgirl from Altair, Texas. Has been rodeoing for 6 years. Competes in poles, breakaway, barrels, goat tying and ribbon running. Attends Rice Junior High where she plays volleyball, cheerleads, is in band and gymnastics. Plans to attend Texas A&M and become a doctor.
"I know God has a plan for me and I know it involves rodeo!"
Laramie Dearing, Princess
Region III cowgirl from Paradise, Texas. Competes in breakaway, team roping and ribbon roping. Honor student that plays volleyball, basketball, track and field, cheerleads, active 4H and FFA member, and sings in church band.
"Growing up in rodeo has helped me stay grounded to the importance of treating people and animals the way you want to be treated while pushing each other to be a better version of themselves both in the arena and in pageants."