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Jessee, Crow compete at nationals

 
Jessee, Crow compete at nationals
Shaye Lynn Jessee of La Vernia shows her competitive side during barrel racing in the state finals in Gonzales. The Region 6 All Around leader qualified in breakaway, finishing 12th in New Mexico.

Two La Vernia rodeo athletes were among the cowboys and cowgirls representing Texas during the national junior high rodeo competition held June 23-29 in Gallup, N.M. Casey Crow and last year’s rookie of the year, Shaye Lynn Jessee, qualified for national competition in breakaway.

Breakaway is similar to calf roping, except after the roper lassoes the calf, he or she does not dismount the horse; instead, the rider signals the horse to stop. This allows the rope tied to the saddle horn with a string to break away, which marks the end of the run.

Shaye Lynn proudly represented the Lone Star State, placing 12th in the girls breakaway average during national competition in New Mexico.

The Texas Region 6 All Around leader ranked first in three events for Region 6. She also qualified for nationals in girls breakaway by ranking first in state competition.

To qualify for state competition, the athletes accumulate points in rodeos held in 10 different regions of the state.

The all around honors are given to the athletes for points accumulated in different events in each region of the state.

Shaye Lynn, an eighth-grader at La Vernia Junior High School, ranked first in ribbon roping, girls goat tying, and girls breakaway in the region. She placed 10th in barrel racing and also competed in pole bending.

In the Texas Junior High State Final Rodeo competition, held May 25 through June 1 in Gonzales, Shaye Lynn’s first-place finish in the girls breakaway qualified her to advance to national competition.

In the first go, she timed in at 2.87, followed by a second go of 3.55. In the third go, she improved her time to 2.420, for an average of 8.840, just edging second-place finisher Victoria Pineda of Caldwell, with a time of 8.890.

In the girls goat tying at state, Shaye Lynn placed 12th. She also competed in barrel racing and as a runner in the ribbon-roping contest.

Casey Crow

Casey ranked 15th in Region 8 All Around in his first year of competition on the junior high rodeo circuit. The sixth grader garnered points by placing fifth in boys goat tying, seventh in ribbon roping, and eighth in boys breakaway.

Casey’s fourth-place finish at state in the boys breakaway qualified him to advance to national competition.

In the first go, he timed a 2.93, followed by a second go of 2.79, concluding with a 3.82 in the third go. His average time for state competition was 9.540.

Casey also competed in boys goat tying during the state competition and served as a roper on a ribbon roping team.

A member of the Texas boys team, Casey placed 54th in the boys breakaway during the national competition in New Mexico.

The son of Kelly and Cheri Crow of La Vernia, Casey follows his older brother, Kelby, who also competed in the youth rodeo circuit.

State competition

Two other La Vernia cowgirls and one from Seguin also competed at state.

Lindsei Harvey of Seguin ranked second in Region 6 All Around honors. She ranked second in two events -- ribbon roping and barrel racing. Lindsei also placed fourth in girls goat tying and fifth in pole bending, and competed in girls breakaway. She competed at state in all these events, finishing the season by placing 22nd in barrel racing.

Ciara Jenschke, an eighth-grader at La Vernia Junior High School, ranked sixth in Region 6. In state competition, she placed first in barrel racing, fifth in girls goat tying, and sixth in pole bending. Ciara also competed in girls breakaway.

Emily Douglas of La Vernia was ranked 12th in Region 6 All Around. She accumulated points by placing third and fourth, respectively, in girls goat tying and girls breakaway. She also competed in pole bending and barrel racing.

During state competition, Emily placed 16th in the girls breakaway and competed in the girls goat tying.

Since Shaye Lynn was among the eighth-graders competing this year, next year is set to be an exciting year on the high school rodeo scene. The door is also wide open for other cowboys and cowgirls who will return for another year of excitement at the junior high level.

 
 
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