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By: Hailey Kinsel, 2018 World Champion Barrel Racer
If I could go back and tell myself a few good things about horses, competing, and life, boy, would I jump at the chance. I would save myself some heartbreak, some lessons, and some precious time. Now, I would not change how things went for me, because the blood, sweat and tears that could have been avoided made me into who I am today. With that said, there are some hoops I maybe did not have to jump through to get here. I’d like to give the young, aspiring cowboys and cowgirls a few words of advice coming from someone who has been there. Here are 3 key things to remember on your wonderful journey through youth rodeo.
Moms hold a special place in our hearts. But looking for the perfect gift for the perfect mom isn’t always the easiest task. We’ve compiled some of our favorite gifts to help you with your Mother’s Day shopping list!
Today, we are excited to introduce the 2019 Cavender’s Youth Rodeo Team. Consisting of 14 rodeo athletes from nine states, ranging in age from 7-18, these athletes were carefully selected based on specific criteria including their success in the classroom, on the dirt and in the community, as well as their history of high morale and character.
We couldn’t be more proud of these youth rodeo athletes and honored to have them as members of Team Cavender’s. We look forward to cheering them on and supporting them throughout the year!
There aren’t many things more synonymous with the western world than the sport of Rodeo. As proud supporters of local, regional and national rodeos, we are dedicated to doing our part to help advance the sport, athletes and industry. As part of that promise, this week we are celebrating the future of rodeo by spotlighting three high school rodeo student-athletes for National Student-Athlete Day on Saturday, April 6. These athletes stand out by excelling in the classroom, in the community and on the dirt.
As a 9th grade student from Milford, Indiana, Leah Freeman is a member of the Indiana High School Rodeo Team, Elkhart County Saddle Club, and the FFA. Leah is dedicated to giving back to the community by being active in various service projects locally and worldwide through her local FFA chapter. This past Christmas they packed over 50 boxes to be sent around the world for Operation Christmas Child.
In 2016, Leah’s family purchased Donk, a 5-year-old horse with very little training. Leah spent countless hours working with her and was determined to make Donk her next barrel horse. Her dedication paid off in the summer of 2018 as they became Reserve Champions at the Indiana Junior High Rodeo State Finals, punching their ticket to the National Junior High School Rodeo Finals. Now, a freshman on the Indiana High School Rodeo team, they compete in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway with the hopes of winning a state and national championship during her high school career.
In addition to her success on the dirt, Leah is an all-star in the classroom as well as having earned honor roll distinction every semester.
There aren’t many evenings you won’t find Justin Tomlinson practicing his roping either with live steers or with the dummy. Justin was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been riding all of his life but didn’t start rodeoing until 2014. Competing in chute dogging, calf roping and team roping, Justin competes in the Jr. Southern Rodeo Association, North Carolina Youth Rodeo Association and North Carolina High School Rodeo Association and won a reserve All-Around and breakaway title last season. Justin works hard around the farm doing odd jobs to earn enough money to pay all of his own entry fees in three different rodeo associations.
Justin is also very dedicated and motivated in the classroom. Despite his busy rodeo schedule, Justin devotes time to his studies to maintain a spot on the A/B honor roll while taking all honors and AP classes.
Hailing from Lindale, Texas, Laramie Wedeyemer’s passion for the western industry is illustrated in everything she does. As the President of the Lindale FFA chapter, retired Student Advisor for the Mineola District FFA, a member of the National Honor Society, student board member for Texas Bank and Trust and a church camp counselor for Camp Wow in Oklahoma, Laramie is an inspiration to her peers. Her dedication to serving and giving back never goes unnoticed.
In addition to being active and serving around the community, Laramie also has found success on the dirt in roping and running barrels. She is a LSHSRA Champion barrel racer and State Fair of Texas Youth Rodeo Champion barrel racer.
Congratulations to these outstanding rodeo student-athletes!
Nashville, Tenn. (March 7, 2019) — MCA/Universal Nashville recording artist Clare Dunn made a splash at two high-profile events over the last two weeks. The artist, dubbed “absolutely magnetic” by Rolling Stone, delivered a powerful halftime performance during the Dallas Mavericks’ Country Night, presented by Budweiser, on February 22nd. The CMT Next Women of Country alum — who joins Cassadee Pope and Hannah Ellis on the road next month — performed a four-song set at American Airlines Center, bringing the crowd to its feet in applause as she closed. Continue Reading…
I’ve been traveling all over the country with my husband to rodeos for years, and one of the most fun parts of going with him, aside from cheering him on and being his number 1 fan, is getting the chance to dress up. See, when we aren’t at rodeos, we are at home on our ranch in small town Oregon. Honestly, the cows don’t care how I look, as long as they get fed. So anytime we hit the rodeo trail, you know I’m taking full advantage of the chance to dust off my turquoise and get dressed up! We’re headed to RodeoHouston so I’m going to share my outfit planning tips and tricks. Let’s get started!
The western industry has been our home for over 50 years. Since the inception of Cavender’s, we’ve prided ourselves in outfitting America with the best in western fashion while providing unmatched customer service. Throughout our success, we’ve been grateful enough to be honored by some of the most distinguished brands, organizations and partners. And for that we are incredibly humbled.
Last week, we had the privilege of adding another accolade to our story, an induction into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. In front of a crowd of over 200 family members, vendors, friends and many long-time employees, some of which have been with us from the beginning, Joe, Mike and Clay, alongside their mother, Pat and sister Traci accepted this great honor on behalf of their late father James.
“It’s just not us, standing here, being inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame tonight, it’s our associates, our long-term employees, our vendors, it’s all of y’all. And we’d just like to say thank you.” – Clay Cavender
Guests were welcomed by Pam Minick, Mistress of Ceremonies with Red Steagall providing the Invocation to kick off the evening at Billy Bob’s Texas in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards. After hearing from all the great 2019 inductees, Robert Earl Keen closed out the evening with a short acoustic set for guests to enjoy.
Other members of the 2019 Texas Hall of Fame induction class included Dr. Glenn Blodgett, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, King Ranch, and Robert Earl Keen.
Relive the 2019 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony