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2019 National Student-Athlete Day

April 6, 2019

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.

Leah Freeman


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.

Justin Tomlinson

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.

Laramie Wedeyemer

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!


2019 Rodeo Student Athlete Contest

March 28, 2019

We’re giving three rodeo student athletes a Cavender’s gift card! Nominate your student athlete below starting March 28 through April 3, 2019. Winners will be notified by April 5. Nominees must be in grades K-12 and actively participate in at least one rodeo event.

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2019 Rodeo Student Athlete Contest – Rules

March 28, 2019

Cavender’s rodeo student athlete nominations must be made by 4/3/2019 at 11:59 PM CST. Winners will be announced and contacted via email by 4/4/2019 date.

    1. No Purchase Necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning. Subject to applicable federal, state and local municipal laws and regulations.
    2. Prizes
      Contest begins on 3/28/2019, and will end on 4/03/2019 at 11:59 PM CST. Three (3) winners will be selected from entries to receive a prize of a Cavender’s gift card. One grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card, 2nd place will receive a $50 gift card and 3rd place will receive a $40 gift card. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries during the Sweepstakes Period. One (1) prize per person.
    3. Eligibility
      This contest is open to residents of the contiguous 48 states plus Alaska and Hawaii. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of, Cavender’s, vendors of Cavender’s, their families and significant others are ineligible.
    4. Entering
      To enter, a student athlete must by nominated in the form on entry post at No purchase necessary to win. Cavender’s will only use personal information to notify you if you are chosen as a winner. Only two (2) nominations/entries allowed per person.
    5. Winners Selection, Notification and Acceptance
      Winners will be selected based on the nominations submitted through the form. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received by the due date. Winner will be notified via email from a representative of Cavender’s. Winner must respond to notification by email or phone in order to receive the prize. In the event that the winner does not respond within 48 hours of notification, a new winner will be selected at random. Prize will be mailed to the winner as soon as a response to the notification is received. Prize are not assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by the winner. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Prizes not won or claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Cavender’s. Winner will be posted below after the completion of this contest.
    6. Participation
      By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these rules. Winner releases Cavender’s, the prize manufacturers, and each of their affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from any responsibility or liability in connection with any loss, accident, or death incurred in connection with the use of the prize won in the contest. Any tax liabilities are the responsibility of the winner only. Prize is not exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash. Cavender’s reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the contest at any time, reject any entry, or make any revisions to the official rules as we deem necessary.
    7. Construction
      The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise enforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Facebook.
    8. Final
      The decisions of Cavender’s regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest, shall be final and binding in all respects.