Vernon Parish Cover Sheet
Vernon Parish Giving Back Project
High School Heeler Needed
Kaylynn LeBlanc’s team roping partner is injured and Kaylynn is in need of a heeler. If interested, please call her father, Chet LeBlanc, at (337)215-6436.
LHSRA Board of Directors Meeting
The LHSRA Board of Directors will meet as follows:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:30 PM
Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Room
203 South Third Street, Leesville, LA
For directions, call (337) 208-8005
Agenda Items to Date:
LJHFR and LHSFR Issues
Selection of Stock Contractor
Selection of Rodeo Personnel
Sponsorship Committee Report
Finals’ Committee Report
Review Draft of Finals’ Schedule
Northeast High School Rodeo Tee-Shirt Proposal
Any Other Finals’ Issues
Qualification of Reined Cow Horse Judges
Proposed Judge’s Use of Barrier Flag
Review of Previous Rodeos
Finals’ Sponsorships Now Being Sought!
LHSRA members, parents and friends are asked to assist in identifying potential sponsors for the 2015 Louisiana Junior High and High School Finals’ Rodeos. Help in requested in one of two ways:
- If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring the Finals’, please download and complete the 2015 Sponsor Form, located under the State Finals’ Info and Forms button on the left.
- If you know of potential sponsors that LHSRA might contact, please email the business or individual name, their contact, phone number and/or email address to email@example.com or call (337) 540-4623. Someone will contact your reference on behalf of LHSRA.
Thank you for your assistance in this very important task!
- Online entries open on Friday, and call-in entries open on Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesday morning, all as noted below. Take advantage of the convenience of online entry by obtaining a password and user name from Rodeo Sports Network (1.800.547.6336) during regular business hours.
- Members who have not yet submitted their first book of tickets and payment have been blocked from entering. To remove your name from the blocked list, please put your tickets and payment in the mail, as follows, immediately:
831 LaHaye Road
Mamou, LA 70554
- New members who recently received packets will have both books with payment due at the Vernon Parish Rodeos in Leesville.
Rodeo Prom 2015 Wrap-up
Rodeo Prom photos are available at http://alishav.instaproofs.com/store/.
Special thanks are extended to all who made the evening a success! Without all the volunteers, it would not be possible. In 2016, we will celebrate the 20th Annual LHSRA Prom, so start looking for old prom pictures that we plan to feature!
Congratulations to the 2015 Prom King Jace Gilbert and Queen Elise Guillory and their court:
Seniors Dustin Bonnette, Kelsey Chesson, Landon Smith and Cheyenne Benoit;
Juniors Justin Smith and Lexie Smith;
Sophomores Logan Fontenot and Kati Murphy;
and Freshmen Blake Chauvin and Jessica Neely.
The remaining 2012-2013 yearbooks from two years ago will be available at spring rodeos. There are a few extra copies. Please email Dr. Hudspeth at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve an extra copy. (The 2013-2014 yearbook is nearing completion and will be distributed this spring.)
Again, we thank Dr. Kelly Hudspeth and Mrs. Carrie Johnson for chairing the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 books, respectively. Also, we thank Mrs. Christy Hebert for collecting the orders and ads for both books.
A special message from Colton Rodriguez' mom, Mrs. Jessica:
"Please let everyone know how much Colton, Joe, Lauren and I appreciate the magnitude of well wishes, prayers and donations. Our hearts have forever been touched by our rodeo family. We can truly say that we know we could not have made it through this as well as we have if it weren't for the amazing families of rodeo. We are so blessed to be a part of this great sport. We love you all!"
REMINDER!!! Full western attire is required one (1) hour prior to the start of each and every rodeo and throughout the duration of all rodeos for all contestants, junior and senior high school, in and around the arena, grandstands, warm-up areas, concession areas, etc. Full western attire includes long-sleeved western shirts tucked in, jeans with a belt, boots, cowboy hats, and the official back number pinned with two pins on the contestant’s back. Contestants are not allowed to compete wearing hoodies. Jackets are acceptable and must have a number pinned on back. During cold weather events, one number should be pinned to the western shirt and one to the back of the jacket. Western shirts are required under all outerwear.
Service Projects’ Updates
Recipients of LHSRA Service Projects express their gratitude for the assistance that has been provided in so many ways through the efforts of our rodeo families. While all acknowledge that fuel and other costs make the sport of rodeo a privilege and families typically sacrifice to provide this activity for their children, the concept of “giving back” has certainly taken on a life of its own this year. Thanks is extended to everyone who takes the time to pick up a few extra canned goods or whatever other items are being collected to make a difference in the lives of families who are truly struggling.
- The Calcasieu Rodeo Club collected and distributed 87 cans of food to Abraham’s Tent in Lake Charles.
- The Tri-Parish Rodeo Club donated 35 cans to The Welcome House in Maxey.
- The Bell City Rodeo Club collected 182 canned goods and non-perishable items for the St. John Vianney Holiday Food Baskets for the Needy in Bell City. They also collected 441 hats that will be delivered to teen cancer patients undergoing treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
- The Hackberry High School Rodeo collected 107 canned goods and a donation for Colton Rodriguez' expense fund.
- The Pointe Coupee Parish Rodeo collected several plastic containers of toiletries and books for homeless youth in the Baton Rouge Homeless Shelter, as well as canned goods that assist in providing their hot meals.
- The CENLA Rodeo Club collected 117 canned goods that are being donated to the Sieper Community Church Helping Hands Project.
- The Sulphur Rodeo Club collected a wide variety of tack including everything from halters to buckets, much in new and never-used condition. The services of therapeutic riding are priceless to the individuals who benefit from the services. Additionally, one box each of brand new toys, as well as gently used toys, will surprise youngsters on Christmas Day!
Check the Draw Carefully Each Week!
Please carefully check the draw and be sure that all of your information is accurate. If you feel that there is any type of error, you must call Rodeo Sports Network immediately at (800) 547-6336, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, but no later than Thursday at 4:00 PM. Have your confirmation number available, as that will direct the operator to the audio recording of your call. Corrections cannot be made at the rodeo, including any issues with the jackpot.
Those wishing to draw out of any event must call Central Entry on Thursday (the day before the rodeo begins) between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM with their name, card number and events that they no longer wish to enter. No excuses are needed and no entry fees will be due.
Interested potential members are welcome to join at any time during the rodeo year.
LHSRA Membership and Entry Info (This info is also inlcuded in hard copy with membership card)
★ Back number, rule book and raffle tickets will be received at the first rodeo that you enter.
★ Your LHSRA Membership Card Number is used to enter online or through call-in and as an insurance policy number, in the event NHSRA insurance is used.
★ Membership Cards are pre-numbered and cannot be duplicated. Take a photo of your card and save it on your phone and/or make a hard copy and store it in a safe place.
★ Online entries give you the longest window of time to enter. Online Entries are open the Friday before the week of the rodeo through Tuesday at midnight at www.entries.rodeosportsnetwork.com/entries/. User Name and Password from previous years remain active; members new to online entries must call 1 (800) 547-6336, Mondays through Wednesdays, to obtain User Name and Password.
★ Call-in entries are available the week of the rodeo on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at 1 (800) 547-6336. Have your card number available.
★ Late entries are accepted on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 - 12:00 noon through call-in only at 1 (800) 547-6336. Late entries incur a $25 late fee.
★ Rodeos that offer both Junior High and High School competitions do not require two preferences. All contestants will be guaranteed their preference. However, contestants entering a High School Rodeo that does not offer a Junior High Rodeo will be required to give a first and a second preference. Contestants are not guaranteed their first preference. All performances may be limited.
★ A jackpot option is available at $15 per event in High School and $10 per event in Junior High.
★ All rodeos are computer drawn. Per the NHSRA Rule Book, once the rodeo is drawn, no changes are made.
★ The draw is posted at www.rodeosportsnetwork.com on Wednesday afternoon.
★ The confirmation number is your verification that aligns with the audio recording of your entry. If you feel an error was made, it is the contestant's responsibility to call 1(800) 547-6336 before 4:00 PM on Thursdays to investigate the issue.
★ Entry problems cannot be corrected at the rodeo. The jackpot option cannot be added or removed at the rodeo. All issues must be resolved through Rodeo Sports Network prior to 4:00 PM on Thursday.
★ Buddy groups of no more that 4 contestants must be indicated when entering. The person handling the entry must have all card numbers.
★ Contestants may buddy events or enter events individually.
★ One person may enter multiple contestants with each contestant's card number.
★ Drawouts are handled by call-in only to Rodeo Sports Network at 1 (800) 547-6336 on Thursday only from
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
★ The Preference Menu will provide details of each rodeo.
★ Rodeo Entry Fee Breakdown: (Junior High) Rodeo Entry Fee Breakdown: (High School)
$12.00 Per Rodeo $13.00 Per Rodeo
$5.00 State Finals Award Fund $5.00 State Finals Award Fund
$5.00 Central Entry System $5.00 Central Entry System
$2.00 LHSRA $3.00 Scholarship
$15.00 Per Event $15.00 Per Event (except GC,BC & RCH)
$10.00 Qualifying Rodeo Committee $10.00 Qualifying Rodeo Committee
$5.00 Rodeo Personnel $5.00 Rodeo Personnel
$10.00 Jackpot (Optional) $50.00 Cutting/Reined Cow Horse
$15.00 Jackpot (Optional)
★ Special Notes:
Entry Fees are paid at each rodeo by check or in cash. NSF checks incur a $30 fee, in addition to the amount of the original check. Jackpot checks are mailed.
Cowboys and Cowgirls in Service to Others
The Student Officers President Joseph Denison, Vice-President Remey Parrott, Secretary Kati Murphy and State Queen Kayli Meaux, have declared the 2014-2015 rodeo season a year of “Service to Others”, particularly to those in need. Every club is urged to sponsor a non-perishable foods’ drive at each respective rodeo, encouraging members and spectators to participate. A count of all goods collected will be submitted and an award will be given to the sponsoring rodeo club with the largest amount of food items donated. The club may then give the food to any non-profit food bank or association that feeds the needy in their community or the Student Officers will be happy to transport and deliver to Abraham’s Tent in Lake Charles. An opportunity is also being planned for members to actually serve the hungry during the 2015 Louisiana High School Rodeo Finals. Rodeo Clubs are also encouraged to select any other type of service project for their particular rodeo, in addition to the LHSRA service project, if there is interest in other worthy projects. Special thanks to the Student Officers for recognizing the opportunity to give back in service to others!
NEW NHSRA ROUGHSTOCK HELMET RULES IN 2014-2015!
All bull riders are required to wear helmets - Junior High and High School Bull Riding.
All Junior High Steer Bareback and Steer Saddlebronc Riders are required to wear helmets.
These are mandatory NHSRA rules with no exceptions or exemptions!
2014-2015 RODEO APPLICATION INFO (Memberships are welcome throughout the year!)
Only the official LHSRA application, under the respective tab at left, completed in its entirety, will be accepted for LHSRA membership. The application is fillable online and is required to be typed on a computer and then printed, signed, notarized and mailed, along with required supporting documents and membership fee in the form of a money order. Because original signatures, notary signatures, membership fees and additional documents are required, emailing and faxing are not options.
Please be reminded that the following required documents must be submitted with the appropriate application:
New LHSRA Members
Copy of Birth Certificate
Copy of Current Grades for 2014-2015 School Year
Returning LHSRA Members
Copy of Current Grades for 2014-2015 School Year
First year in Home Study:
Current Louisiana Department of Education Approved Application
Formerly in Home Study:
Current Louisiana Department of Education Approved Renewal
To access home study applications and guidelines,
NHSRA requires members to be enrolled in a state-approved public, private or home study program. There are no other options. Louisiana Department of Education approval forms MUST be submitted at the time of application to LHSRA.
Any signatures or missing documents will delay processing your application until all required components are submitted.
Recently Approved NHSRA Events:
Mandatory at all JH Rodeos: JH Steer Bareback Riding and Steer Saddlebronc Riding
Optional at HS Rodeos: HS Reined Cow Horse
(For more info, visit http://nrcha.com/nhsra-reined-cow-horse/)
All three will be included at the State Finals and will qualify four contestants each for the National Finals
Ongoing Partner Requests!!! Please advise once a partner is acquired!
Lane Briley is in need of a header or a heeler for JH Team Roping. If interested, please call Mrs. Rachel Bolfa at (337) 308-1825.
Anna Williams is in need of a roper for JH Ribbon Roping. If interested, please call Mr. Brad Williams at (318) 664-8198.
Christal Mixon is in need of a heeler for HS Team Roping. If interested, please call (985) 517-5562.
Dora Dawson is in need of a roper for JH Ribbon Roping. If interested, please call (318) 267-5524.
Jacob Tidwell is in need of a heeler for HS Team Roping. If interested, please call Mrs. Tidwell at (225) 279-0290.
LHSFR Year-End Results
LJHFR Year-End Results
Congratulations to each and every member of the National High School Team!
Summary of NHSFR Results
NHSFR ALL AROUND COWGIRL
NATIONAL CHAMPION GOAT TYER
NATIONAL CHAMPION STEER WRESTLER
FIRST GO ROUND TOP FOUR
Breakaway Roping Kelsey Brashear Reserve Champion
SECOND GO ROUND TOP FOUR
Breakaway Roping Baylee Istre 3rd
Boys Cutting Ty Fogleman T-3rd
Pole Bending Chloe Frey 4th
Barrel Racing Kelly O'Neal 4th
SHORT GO ROUND TOP FOUR
Tie Down Roping Justin Smith Champion
Steer Wrestling Tristan Martin Champion (Fastest Time of NHSFR)
Goat Tying Mia Manzanares Champion
TOP 20 IN THE AVERAGE
Tie Down Roping Justin Smith 5th
Boys Cutting Ty Fogleman 5th
Girls Cutting Morgan Matte T-7th
Breakaway Roping Mia Manzanares 9th
Steer Wrestling Zack Jongbloed 9th
Bareback Riding Derrick Chaisson 12th
Queen Contest Kayli Meaux 12th
Girls Cutting Mallory Gilbert T-14th
Breakaway Roping Halie Hebert 16th
NHSFR Scholarships Earned:
Senior Academic Scholarships
Peyton Leflett $1000 Tristan Martin $1000
Mallory Gilbert $500 Torey Little $500 Kennedy Darbonne $500
Kelsey Brashear $100 ~ Ty Fogleman $100 ~ Chloe Frey $100 Baylee Istre $100
Kelly O'Neal $100 ~ Justin Smith $100 ~ Tristan Martin $100 ~ Mia Manzanares $100
Morgan Matte $350 ~ Ty Fogleman $350 ~ Mia Manzanares $350 ~ Justin Smith $350
Tristan Martin $2050 ~ Zach Jongbloed $350 ~ Mia Manzanares $2050
Mia Manzanares $6500
TOTAL EARNED: $13150
Congratulations to each and every member of the National Junior High Team!
Summary of NJHFR Results
NATIONAL CHAMPION TEAM ROPERS
Tyler McGuffee & Mason Pitts
RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION GIRLS GOAT TYER
TOP 20 IN THE AVERAGE
4th – Kaylee Cormier, Girls Goat Tying
6th – Hannah Forsythe, Barrel Racing
8th – Ashlynn Poole, Girls Goat Tying
9th – Quincy Mudd, Barrel Racing
13th – Blake Chauvin, Tie Down Roping
18th – Camaren Johnson, Girls Goat Tying
18th – Evan Darbonne, Tie Down Roping
21st – Evan Darbonne & Brooklyn Gunter, Ribbon Roping
FIRST GO ROUND TOP FOUR
Champion– Blake Chauvin, Tie Down Roping
3rd – Kaylee Cormier, Girls Goat Tying
4th – Ashlynn Poole, Girls Goat Tying
SECOND GO ROUND TOP 4
Champion – Katy Fogleman, Girls Breakaway Roping
3rd –Kaylee Cormier, Girls Goat Tying
3rd – Tyler McGuffee & Mason Pitts, Team Roping
SHORT GO TOP FOUR
Champion – Kamryn Duncan, Girls Goat Tying
3rd – Tyler McGuffee & Mason Pitts, Team Roping
TOP 20 TEAMS
6th – Team Louisiana
2nd – Louisiana Girls’ Team
20th – Louisiana Boys’ Team
PROFESSIONAL’S CHOICE MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
$750 Scholarship Recipient
PROFESSIONAL’S CHOICE RESERVE FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
$500 Scholarship Recipient
GREAT TEAMS! GREAT KIDS!! GREAT PARENTS and FAMILIES!!!