Texas TJHRA Competition Unveils the Brilliance of Young Rodeo Prodigies

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Texas is renowned for its deep-seated love for the timeless tradition of rodeo, and this fervor transcends generations, even permeating the young talents of the state. Witnessing the awe-inspiring prowess of the next generation of rodeo stars was the highlight of the recent Texas Junior High Rodeo Association (TJHRA) Competition.

Originating in 2004 under the guidance of the esteemed National High School Rodeo Association, the TJHRA has emerged as the nurturing ground for aspiring rodeo champions. Catering to a diverse group of more than 850 5th to 8th graders spread across ten regions, the TJHRA provides a vital stepping stone for these enthusiastic young contenders.

Membership in the TJHRA demands not just active participation but also a commitment to academic excellence. Every member must maintain a minimum of 70% in their academic endeavors, ensuring a balanced focus on education and their rodeo ambitions. Even homeschooled students are welcomed, provided they furnish the necessary evidence of their full-time student status and academic performance.

Moreover, the association encourages its members to engage in various fundraising activities, fostering a spirit of community involvement and teamwork while also contributing to the acquisition of well-deserved awards and recognitions.

The 2023-2024 rodeo season kickstarted with great fanfare at the Burleson County Fairgrounds in Caldwell on October 7th, marking the beginning of a thrilling journey for 69 junior high students. The event not only provided a platform for these youngsters to compete and learn but also served as a testament to the spirit of camaraderie and joy that rodeo brings.

One shining star amidst the talented TJHRA members is the dynamic Cort “Baby” Stapleton. At the tender age of 11 and a spirited 6th grader at Madisonville Junior High, Stapleton has already made a remarkable impression in the rodeo community, marking his second year of participation in Region 9.

Having achieved significant milestones in his inaugural year, including a commendable qualification for the Texas Junior High State Finals in goat tying and team roping, Stapleton has set his sights even higher this year. In an impressive display of versatility, he aims to showcase his skills in tie-down roping and chute dogging, in addition to his already established expertise in goat tying, team roping, ribbon roping, and breakaway roping.

Stapleton’s love for rodeo was nurtured from an incredibly young age, attending his first rodeo at a mere 4 weeks old and mastering the art of horse riding before even taking his first steps. With his brothers Luke and the author of this piece, Stapleton has traversed numerous rodeo competitions across the nation, steadily carving his path as a force to be reckoned with.

Among his various accomplishments, it is the art of team roping that holds a special place in Stapleton’s heart. Partnering with his trusted companion, Shiner, Stapleton has celebrated triumphs that underline his exceptional talent in the field. His notable victory at the Fire It Up rodeo in November 2022, where he secured the fourth position among a competitive field of over 400 ropers, and his subsequent triumph at the Leon County Youth Rodeo in July, are testaments to his unwavering dedication and skill.

The recent weekend witnessed Stapleton’s exceptional performance in goat tying, chute dogging, tie-down roping, and breakaway roping, as he accumulated crucial points that propel him closer to his cherished dream of clinching the championship saddle by the year’s end.

Expressing his heartfelt aspirations, Stapleton shared, “I aim to conquer the all-around title. While the initial rodeo in two new events posed challenges, I’m eagerly anticipating the journey ahead.” He attributed his progress to the invaluable guidance of Cedrick Brice, stating, “Cedrick has been instrumental in my horse riding and calf tying skills. Having him witness my performance at the rodeo meant a lot to me.”

In turn, Cedrick Brice lauded Stapleton’s dedication, remarking, “Baby has made tremendous strides in the past month, which is truly commendable. He’s a delight to work with, always putting his best foot forward in every endeavor.”

Stapleton’s journey has been marked by unwavering support from the local community, with figures like John Schueneman, Colby Lovell, and Lane Stapleton, all Madisonville natives, contributing significantly to his growth and success as a competitive athlete.

As the season unfolds, the anticipation to witness Stapleton’s remarkable journey and the collective achievements of all the exceptional athletes in Region 9 continues to build, fostering an atmosphere of enthusiasm and sportsmanship that is emblematic of the rich rodeo culture in the heart of Texas.

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