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High School and Junior High School Rodeo to be held in New Windsor Sept. 11-12

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Over 100 high school and junior high school students from throughout Illinois will compete at a rodeo in New Windsor Sept. 11-12.

Don’t miss the exciting rodeo action of youth 12-18 years of age who will travel to New Windsor to compete for prize money and points at one of their fall rodeos. The high school contestants will compete in saddle bronc riding, break-away roping, tie-down calf roping, goat tying, pole bending, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping and bull riding. The junior high contestants will compete in break-away roping, tie-down calf roping, goat tying, pole bending, barrel racing, chute dogging, team roping, ribbon roping and bull riding.

Some of the area rodeo contestants who will be competing include;

• Seniors: Gared Botts, Amboy; Samantha Briese, Fulton; Alyssa Coopman, New Windsor; Anna Danielson, Batavia; Carly Diss, Grand Ridge; Chance Stewart, Illinois City; Meggan Vogt, Yorkville.

• Juniors: Maggie Adamson, New Windsor; Randi Beck, Toluca; Jennifer Cox, Gilman; Cassidy Hammon, Newark; Dustin Jacobson, Cambridge.

• Sophomores: Brooke Akers, Gladstone; Logan Boydston, Berwick; Karina Danielson, Batavia; Mikhayla DeMott, Rio; Evan Golliday, Lexington; Jesse Haynes, Abingdon; Jacob Schulenberg, Coal Valley; Lindsey Yochum, Granville.

• Freshmen: Marcel Autmon, Bourbonnais; Josh DePooter, Illinois City; Samantha McGrath, Marseilles; Reed Pezanoski, Utica; Dylan Schulenberg, Coal Valley; Kelsie Thurman, Amboy; Kaitlyn Staley, Roseville.

• Junior High (6th, 7th, and 8th graders): Brianna Akers, Gladstone;

Chloe France, Industry; Kyle and Shanna VanDerLeest, Morrison; Colton and Tayler Streeter, New Windsor.

Rodeo action can be seen at the New Windsor Rodeo Fairgrounds on

Saturday, Sept. 11, starting at 8:30 a.m. for the junior high

contestants, 12:30 and 7 p.m. for high school contestants and again on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. Admission to the rodeo is $8 for adults, free for children 12 and under with paid adults. Join us for Cowboy Church on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Parking is free. Concessions stand on grounds.

This event will be the second rodeo of the season at the New Windsor

Rodeo Fairgrounds in New Windsor. The event is sanctioned by the Illinois High School Rodeo Association and the Illinois Jr. High Division Rodeo Association.

The rodeo season runs with the school year, August-May with state finals in June and the national finals in July in Gillette, Wy.

Contestants must end the year in the top 15 of their event to move on to the state finals rodeo. At the conclusion of the state finals rodeos the top four in each event will qualify for the National Jr. High School next July in Gallup, NM and the High School Rodeo National Finals next July in Gillette, WY.

The Illinois High School Rodeo Association (IHSRA) aims to promote high school rodeo on a state-wide basis by bringing state-wide recognition to this program; to promote horsemanship, sportsmanship, and character; to keep the Western Heritage alive in America and certainly in the State of Illinois; to promote closer relationships amongst the people interested in this activity and the organization that they represent; to promote the humane treatment of animals at all times. And, most importantly, we encourage students to continue in school and to improve their education to the best of their ability. Any high school student under the age of 20 enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade, must maintain grade eligibility and meet behavioral conduct standards set forth by their high school and the IHSRA. For information about the Illinois High School Rodeo Association visit www.ihsra.org  and the Jr. High Division visit

www.illinoiswranglerdivision.net.