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.
Garrett Talamantes, Student President
Region VIII cowboy from Carrizo Springs, Texas who has been rodeoing since the age of 5. He is also the current Region VIII Student President and competes in Tie-down Roping, Ribbon Roping, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, Goat Tying and Chute Dogging. Garrett is an 8th grader at Carrizo Springs JH, where he is a member of the Student Council, Football Team, Track Team, Band, UIL Academic and Theatrical Teams, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Garrett is also well known for his work on social media, where he strives to highlight the accomplishments of his fellow competitors by means of his youth rodeo oriented YouTube channel. In addition, he is an aspiring singer/guitarist and can often be heard performing the National Anthem in arenas around the state.
When he is not competing, he enjoys volunteering his time with several local charitable organizations and serving as a youth leader at Vacation Bible School.
"There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking"
Emma McCarthy, Student Vice-President
Kinley Shook, Student Secretary
Region VII cowgirl from Needville, Texas. Kinley is 12 years old and attends Needville Junior High where she is a cheerleader and plays volleyball. She is involved with her community, several youth rodeo associations, and Region VII. I compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping, pole bending, ribbon running, and goat tying. My favorite event is goat tying. I competed my first year at the Junior High finals in barrel racing and goat tying. I am a member of Needville FFA, UIL, All A Honor roll and attend Parkway United Methodist Church. When we are not rodeoing I enjoy practicing and training my young horses and hanging out with my friends. I am very excited about serving as the TJHRA State Secretary.
Vie Vie Blanchard, Princess
The Region IV cowgirl from Celina, Texas, competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and reining. You can find her traveling the State of Texas this year and visiting all 10 Regions. Vie Vie is an entrepreneur and started her own business, she also blogs on her youtube channel VV Rodeo Bling. It is her goat to get more young cowgirls involved in the TJHRA pageant. Vie Vie says, “I have gained so many valuable skills and want to help other girls experience the same!” She is starting “Vie’s Vintage Closet” to help young girls be able to compete in rodeo pageants with beautiful donated outfits! Contact Vie for more info!