Josi Johnson, from Meridian, MS, is a member of MidSouth Little Britches Rodeo Association. Events she competes in are Junior Girl Trail, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, and Barrel Racing on her horse, Champ. Josi is a 6th grader at West Lauderdale Middle School. Josi is in the Junior Beta Club, Quest, and is also the West Lauderdale High School Knights mascot for the football team. She rides her horse while she is dressed as the Knight mascot at every home football game. She circles the field proudly carrying the American flag during the National Anthem. Josi and her mom, Lisa Johnson, are active members of Clark Venable Baptist Church, where Josi enjoys singing in the choir and volunteering.
BLAKE YOUNG – 2016 RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION JUNIOR BULL RIDER!
Blake Young, from Louisville, MS, finished his last year in Junior Boy competition with a bang. Blake won the title of 2016 Reserve World Champion Junior Bull Rider after an amazing week of bull riding. Blake also competed in dally ribbon roping, goat tying, and team roping.
Blake worked hard all week and came in strong by placing 1st in bull riding in the first round with a score of 81. His second round bull landed him in a tie for 4th place and his short go bull won the battle at 5.2 seconds. Blake finished 3rd in the average and secured his first Reserve World Champion title. Blake won 4 buckles, $750 in scholarships, jackpot cash and Wrangler apparel. Blake can’t wait to start this 2017 season as a Senior Boy and come back to Guthrie to compete for another title.
Blake is a member of Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association and is the son of Peanut and Penny Young. He plays varsity football and is a freshman at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center in Louisville, MS.
GRACYN TILLMAN WINS 2016 RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION TITLE!
Gracyn Tillman 9, of Union, MS won 2016 Reserve World Champion Little Wrangler Goat Tail Untyer and finished 3rd in the world in Little Wrangler Flag Racing at the National Little Britches Finals in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
AVERY MINOR WINS BIG AT GUTHRIE, OK
Little Wrangler Avery Minor won several titles while competing in the 2016 National Little Britches Rodeo Finals in Guthrie, Oklahoma. During the second round of the Little Wrangler Goat Tail Untying, Avery won 1st place with a go-round time of 6.77 seconds. This huge win placed Avery 4th in the World Title race and 6th in the Average World Title race for the week! Congrats to Avery on a job well done!
Kaitlyn Sanborn, from Noxapater, MS, was a Junior Girl competitor at the 2016 National Little Britches Rodeo Finals in Guthrie, OK during the week of July 5, 2016. She qualified and competed in several events while at the finals this year, and took home several top prizes In the Junior Girl Trail Course, Kaitlyn placed 5th in the first go-round of competition. Then in the second go-round of competition, Kaitlyn again placed 5th. She won buckles for both event placings!
She also competed in the Junior Girls Breakaway division, placing 4th in the second go-round of competition. This win placed her 3rd in the Finals Average in the Breakaway event. She won buckles for both these event placings! She also ended up 5th in the world in Junior Girls Breakaway for 2016!
Congratulations Kaitlyn, MSLBRA is so proud of your accomplishments!
MSLBRA HALL OF FAME
MSLBRA crowned it’s All-Around Champions during the June 2015 Awards Ceremony. Pictured with Judd Sanborn, president are:
Alex Bierman – 2015 Little Wrangler All-Around Champion
Preston Day – 2015 Junior Boy All-Around Champion
Brook Blakeney – 2015 Junior Girl All-Around Champion
Lee Shumaker – 2015 Senior Boy All-Around Champion
Haleigh McNeill – 2015 Senior Girl All-Around Champion
CARA BETH CALHOUN WINS 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!
Cara Beth Calhoun of Brandon, MS, won the World Championship Little Wrangler Barrel Race title at the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo in Pueblo, CO during July. Cara Beth competed for a week and finished second place in the first go round, fifth place in the second go round, third place in the Short go and won the average and World Championship for 2015.
Cara received a $1000 scholarship, cash prizes, four buckles, spurs, a trophy saddle, clothing from Wrangler, Cruel Girl apparel and a hat from the American Hat Company.
Cara Beth attends second grade at Stonebridge Elementary School in Brandon, MS.
She competed on her 10-year old horse, Lady Bug, to win the championship. Cara is the daughter of Shawn and Emily Calhoun. Cara Beth is a member of the Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association.
GRACIE NEWELL WINS JUNIOR MISS DIXIE NATIONAL 2015 TITLE
Meridian, Mississippi, is home to Gracie Newell, Junior Miss Dixie National 2015. She is the 14 year old daughter of Dr. Daniel and Amy Newell. She lives on a 120 acre farm where her family raises Corriente Roping Cattle. Gracie is in the 9th grade at Southeast High School where she is a member of the Varsity Cheer Team. She is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and National Beta Club.
Gracie is a member of the Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association (MSLBRA) where she competes in Trail Course, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping, and Dally Ribbon Roping. She was the Jr. Girl Breakaway Roping Champion for 2015, the Reserve Pole Bending Champion, and Reserve Champion Dally Ribbon Roper. Gracie also finished 3rd place in Team Roping and Jr. Girl’s Trail Course. She was most proud to receive the Top Hand Award, which is a sportsmanship award given to a boy and a girl by the MSLBRA board each year.
Gracie was honored to be a part of the 50th Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo. Along with welcoming the fans to each performance of the rodeo, Gracie made appearances at events throughout the week including the 50th Anniversary Gala, Dixie National Rodeo Breakfast, Dixie National Parade, and the Junior Sale of Champions. She hopes to continue to use her title to promote the sport that has helped to mold and shape her into the young woman she is today.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will direct your paths.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
COLE MCCORKLE FINISHES STRONG AT THE 2015 NATIONAL LITTLE BRITCHES FINALS
Cole Morris McCorkle of Winona, MS, won third in the world in the Little Wrangler Flag Race at the National Little Britches Finals in Pueblo, CO during July. Cole competed for the week in flags, barrels, poles and goat un-tying. He finished the week winning 5th in the short round, 2nd in the average, and 3rd in the world in flags. Cole received scholarship money, cash prizes, buckles and spurs.
Cole is the son of Andy and Delinda McCorkle; he is currently homeschooling and enjoying the extra time to practice and work on the ranch and stockyards with his Dad.
Cole will be competing in the 2016 rodeo season moving up to the Junior Boy category as a member of Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association.
Cole stated, “That attending the finals has really given him a new outlook and boost to practice more and become even more competitive as a junior boy.” When asking Cole what his favorite part of the rodeos are, “Being with my friends for the weekend.” As a parent, this statement means a lot, because on rodeo weekends they are not just friends outside the arena but cheering each other on inside the arena too. Mid-South Little Britches is like one BIG family. (Delinda)
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