About Us

Rodeo Office Contacts

Anne Dollery, TJHRA Secretary
PO Box 1818
Gonzales, TX 78629
Phone: 979-412-2551
Email: texasjuniorhighrodeo@gmail.com

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Families enjoying some down time between events.

Families enjoying some down time between events.

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.  

TJHRA is a family organization!

TJHRA is a family organization!



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.

Work hard at whatever you want to do and are good at - whatever that is, give 110%. Try hard every day, all day long. Put all your effort into that thing you are passionate about. Trust the process, and be thankful for every moment.
— Hailey Kinsel
We chose to rodeo with Texas Junior High Rodeo Association for many reasons. Experience in and out of the arena, building life long friendships are just a few of the many positive things we enjoy about TJHRA.
— Natalie Kothmann
TJHRA was a very big stepping stone in help mold my career in bull riding. I was a lot smaller the year I made Nationals and wasn’t sure if I was ready for Jr Bulls. I rose above my fears because I believed in myself and ended up winning both go rounds and reserve national champion. Using what I know now it helped me overcome what I thought was impossible at the time. Never give up on yourself.
— Trey Benton, III
It’s great for me to see Junior High and High School rodeos together. It is such a good feeling to this family tradition of rodeo keep going. It puts back the old American family value of rodeo tradition and where it came from. The whole thing of rodeo to me especially at this time in our country, when our kids, families and contestants take their hats off to our American Flag - THIS IS THE SPORT OF RODEO. Rodeo is the only professional sport that was derived from an actual industry, this would be the cattle industry. You should be proud to be a part of the American sport.
— J.C. Trujillo, General Manager, Prescott Frontier Days
If you’re going to get into rodeo, just like pop warner or little league, TJHRA is a step ladder where you step up to RODEO. Texas Junior High Rodeo is the foundation of a ten story building…..solid and tough, built to stay. You learn work ethic, you learn how to practice and why you need to practice and to compete. TJHRA is a family affair. You will know once you’ve rodeod with TJHRA if it is what you want to do, and go onto High School Rodeo and so on.
— Joe Beaver


The first TJHRA national team in 2005

The first TJHRA national team in 2005

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.


Our Leaders

Executives and Directors of TJHRA

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Region presidents and secretaries of tjhra 

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student leaders

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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"

Contact: 830-255-0958

Emma McCarthy, Student Vice-President

Coming Soon….

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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.



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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!

Contact: 919-594-2233