Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019

Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019 | SLO Horse News

Years of practice, lots of time on the road, set-backs and successes all comes to fruition for five Local Teen Rodeo Stars competing at the National High School Rodeo Finals. With the completion of California High School Rodeo Association’s State Finals Rodeo June 9 -15, 5 members of CHSRA’s District 7 will be heading to Rock Springs, Wyoming to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo, July 14-20, 2019.

D7 High School Rodeo Contestants

District 7 High School Rodeo Contestants (D7 is comprised of High School students residing in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties) will compete in a variety of Rodeo competitions such as: Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Light Rifle & Trap shooting, Reined Cow Horse, Girl’s Cutting, Goat Tying, Bareback Riding, and Team Roping. 10 High School Rodeo contestants qualified for the National High School Rodeo.

Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Josie Pereira – 4th Place Nationals Qualifier Goat Tying

List of Local Teen Rodeo Stars Qualifying for the National High School Rodeo

  • Skylar Alves of Camarillo—Barrel Racing
  • Jamie Fontes of Fillmore – Team Roping
  • Jared Javadi of Paso Robles – Light Rifle & Trap
  • Chance Leatherman of Simi Valley – Reined Cow Horse
  • Gracie Lopez of Solvang – Girls Cutting (State Champion)*
  • Sammy Massey of Parkfield – Girls Cutting
  • Josie Pereira of Arroyo Grande – Goat Tying
  • Chase Shrode of Arroyo Grande – Bareback Riding
  • Maggie Usher of Santa Ynez – Goat Tying & Team Roping
  • Kincade Varian of Parkfield – Trap

National High School Finals Rodeo – July 14-20, 2019

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico, the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) is the world’s largest rodeo.

In addition to competing for more than $150,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $375,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

A Big Shout Out to All the Local Teen Rodeo Stars Who Competed in the California High School Rodeo Association Finals Rodeo – June 9-15

Here are the top ten placings of CHSRA D7 members at the State Finals Rodeo. Results of the Rodeo events highlight if a contestant won the Go Round, how he/she ended up in the State standings, and if he/she qualified for Nationals.  Since points and awards are to 10th place, the results only include the top 10 placings. The State Finals Rodeo placing is how the contestant placed in that particular rodeo. The top 4 automatically qualify for Nationals (NHSFR).


Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Jared Javadi – Reserve State Champion Trap and Kincade Varian – 3rd Place Trap
.22 Light Rifle

4th place – Jared Javadi, 11th grader from Paso Robles

5th place – Maggie Usher, 12th grader from Santa Ynez

6th place – Jaron Blank, 11th grader from Paso Robles

8th place – Kadin Javadi, 9th grader from Paso Robles


Trap

Reserve State Champion & Nationals Qualifier – Jared Javadi, 11th grader from Paso Robles

3rd place & National Qualifier – Kincade Varian, 9th grader from Parkfield

6th/7th place – Antonio Silva, 11th grader from Paso Robles

10th place – Jaron Blank, 11th grader from Paso Robles


Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Chance Leatherman – 6th Place National Qualifier Reined Cow Horse
Reined Cow Horse 

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

6th place & National Qualifier – Chance Leatherman, 11th grader from Simi Valley

7th place – Sophia Patino, 9th grader from Santa Maria


Boys’ Cutting

Progressive Round Winner: Jared Javadi, 11th grader from Paso Robles

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

9th place – Jared Javadi, 11th grader from Paso Robles


Girls’ Cutting
Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Gracie Lopez – State Champion Girl’s Cutting

First Go Round Winner: Gracie Lopez, 10th grader from Solvang

Second Go Round Winner (Split 1st/2nd): Taylor Scott, 9th grader from Los Alamo

Progressive Round Winner (Split 1st/2nd): Gracie Lopez, 10th grader from Solvang and Sammy Massey, 10th grader from Parkfield

Short Go Round Winner: Sammy Massey, 10th grader from Parkfield

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

State Champion & Nationals Qualifier – Gracie Lopez, 10th grader from Solvang

Reserve State Champion & Nationals Qualifier – Sammy Massey, 10th grader from Parkfield

6th place – Ashley Lewis, 10th grader from Templeton

9th place – Josie Pereira, 10th grader from Arroyo Grande

10th place – Trinity Scott, 11th grader from Los Alamos


Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Skyler Alves – 2nd Place Barrel Racing
Barrel Racing

First Go Round Winner: Skylar Alves, 9th grader from Camarillo

Progressive Round Winner: Skylar Alves, 9th grader from Camarillo

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

2nd place & National Qualifier – Skylar Alves, 9th grader from Camarillo


Breakaway Roping

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

7th place – Sutton Mang, 9th grader from Lompoc


Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Maggie Usher – Reserve State Champion Goat Tying
Goat Tying

Second Go Round Winner: Maggie Usher, 12th grader from Santa Ynez

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

Reserve State Champion & Nationals Qualifier – Maggie Usher, 12th grader from Santa Ynez

4th place & Nationals Qualifier – Josie Pereira, 10th grader from Arroyo Grande

6th place – Lynnde Cole, 12th grader from Arroyo Grande


Pole Bending

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

7th place – Sammy Massey, 10th grader from Parkfield

8th place – Maggie Usher, 12th grader from Santa Ynez


Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Jamie Fontes and Maggie Usher – 3rd Place Finishers Team Roping
Team Roping

State Finals Rodeo Placing:

3rd place & National Qualifier – Jamie Fontes, 9th grader from Fillmore and Maggie Usher, 12th grader from Santa Ynez

5th place – Antonio Silva, 11th grader from Paso Robles and Blayne Twisselman, 11th grader from Atascadero


Local Teen Rodeo Stars Competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo 2019  | SLO Horse News
Chase Shrode – Reserve State Champion Bareback Riding
Bareback Riding

State Final Rodeo Placing:

Reserve State Champion & Nationals Qualifier – Chase Shrode, 12th grader from Arroyo Grande.


Please watch the CHSRA D7 website, Facebook page, or Instagram account: @chsrad7, for updates from Nationals and information on the membership meeting for the 2018-2019 year, which will be held in August.  Jr High & High School rodeos are open to any 6th-12th graders.  District 7 is home to Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties.

A big THANK YOU to Roxanne Usher for providing information and the results for this story.

Cover Photo: Sammy Massey – Short Go Round Winner Girl’s Cutting

All Photos Credit: Suzanne Usher


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