Editor’s note: Today, we are going to turn over Extra Points to Bryndee Hall who wishes to thank all those sponsors and supporters who helped her realize her dream of competing in the National Finals Junior Rodeo.
We can all be proud of Bryndee and the type of young lady she has become.
“Attending the 2013 National Junior High Rodeo Finals was a most memorable experience for me. I was able to realize that all my years of hard work and setting goals for myself is worth it.
“I continue to strive to do better and have already set my sights on qualifying for the 2014 finals to be held in Des Moines, Iowa. During the 2012-2013 school year I traveled to rodeos each month in different parts of the state, which prepared me for traveling to Gallup, New Mexico for the nine-day event of a lifetime!
This experience would not have been possible without the support I received from the community of Payson! What a great hometown I have! Not only did friends and family donate items for my rummage sale and raffle, but they helped me with their many encouraging words!
“I would like to thank the following for their support: Payson Concrete and Materials, Black Mountain Excavating, Hoot and Bobbie Jo Haught, George White, Nick and Cruz Landress, Angie Luchessi, The Sweet Shoppe, the Best Western hotel, Charlene Brown, the Payson Rodeo Committee, Sandra Butler, David and Melissa Daniels, Geneva Horne, the Haug Family, the Jenkins Family, Tom and Shirlene Connolly and the many others that bought tickets, rummage sale items and so much more! A special congratulations to everyone that won some of the great donated prizes for the raffle!
“It was an extraordinary experience to be in the finals with 1,000 other kids my age from all areas of the United States as well as Canada and Australia. I was able to become better acquainted with other Arizona qualifiers and made new friends from all over the country.
“One of the highlights of the week was being a starter on the Arizona volleyball team! After several tough matches against other states, I am proud to say that Arizona was named the champion for the first time in the history of the event!
“This year I qualified in poles and ended up 26th in the nation, but next year I plan to qualify in more events and hopefully attain new goals I have set for myself during my 8th-grade year!
“I want to close by thanking all of my friends for their support! The James family, my aunts and uncles, cousins and sisters for their love and encouragement.
“A very special thank you to my Grandma and mom and dad for helping me to make this a reality! Of course I need to thank my horse, Babe, for being a winner and always giving me 110 percent.”