The rodeo season is winding down for youngsters. And several Rim Country kids have enjoyed strong campaigns competing in the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association.
Local kids won seven champion saddles in the AJRA Finals held May 17-18 in Prescott.
The finals culminate the season, which features monthly rodeos across the state from September through May.
The top 10 competitors in each age group qualified for the finals and received finalist jackets.
Monty James, 16, was named 2014 All-Around Cowboy. He is the finals All-Around Cowboy and finals calf-roping champion. He also qualified for the finals in ribbon roping, chute dogging and team roping.
In addition to earning the year-end championship in calf roping, he’s also the year-end champion in team roping and reserve champion in ribbon roping and chute dogging.
Chelsie Stodghill, 18, was the finals barrel racing and ribbon roping champion and year-end champion in barrel racing and team roping. She also qualified for the finals in team roping and breakaway. She is a reserve champion in breakaway and ribbon roping.
Bryndee Hall, 14, qualified for the finals in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway and ribbon roping. She was the year-end champion in pole bending and barrel racing and the reserve champion in ribbon roping and finished third in goat tying.
Bree Hall, 9, qualified for the finals in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and ribbon roping. Her horse, Marilyn, was given a
special award this year for being the “horse with the most heart.” Marilyn is known throughout the state for her accomplishments and the many children who have learned to ride, compete and win on her.
Bryce Stodghill, 16, qualified for the finals in calf roping, team roping, chute dogging and ribbon roping. He was named reserve champion in calf roping.
Brinna Hall, 7, qualified for the finals in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying.
Next up for the junior high kids are the Arizona Junior High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Sonoita on May 23-24. The top four there qualify for the Junior High Nationals next month in Des Moines, Iowa.
High school-aged kids will compete in Sonoita May 24-25.
The Arizona High School Rodeo Association State Finals are June 11-14 in Payson.