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Tuesday, Oct 08 2013 06:00 AM

TMRA wraps up Junior Rodeo season with awards

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Junior Zach Miller wrestles his steer to the ground in the chute dogging competition Photo by Nick Smirnoff

Most Inspirational Buckle winner was Jason Paul Gruppie. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

Team roping partners Savannah Osuna and Julie Donovan are pictured throwing their loop. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

Volunteer of the Year award Hunter Tognazzini with TMRA Junior Rodeo Chairman Jimmy Montoya. Photo by Nick Smirnoff

The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association celebrated a wonderful 2013 Junior Rodeo season with a finals rodeo on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds.

The stands were filled with enthusiastic family and friends who cheered on the pee wees (ages 6 and under) in dummy roping, stick horse racing and stick horse barrel racing. Our young contestants also hopped onto some wooly four-legged friends for our ever-popular mutton busting.

The buckaroos (ages 7-11), juniors (ages 12-15) and seniors (ages 16-20) competed in exciting events such as barrel racing, flags, pole bending, breakaway and team roping, steer stopping, goat and calf tying, and chute dogging. There was lots of bucking action in calf riding for our buckaroos and steer riding for all juniors plus senior girls

The evening culminated with a dinner and awards program where beautiful Bob Berg western buckles were awarded to the "All-Around" in each event of our four age divisions. In the pee wee division top honors went to Gavin Eaton, cowgirl Keeley Osbrink who won the buckaroo division, Julie Donovan who captured the top honors in the junior division and Lindsay Krueger who happily accepted her buckle in the senior division.

Divisional event top awards

Pee wee

Dummy roping and stick horse barrels: Gavin Eaton

Mutton busting and stick horse racing: AJ Anderson

Buckaroo division

Goat tying, Barrel Racing and Flags: Keeley Osbrink

Breakaway roping: Travis Sturckow

Pole bending: Janis Osbrink

Junior division

Chute dogging, steer stopping and calf tying: Zach Miller

Goat tying: Allison Hegle

Breakaway roping and Barrel Racing: Julie Donovan

Flags and steer riding: Baylee Talbot

Pole bending and team roping: Savannah Osuna

Senior division

Goat tying and team roping: Lindsay Krueger

Barrel racing: Jessika Lopez

Flags and pole bending: Kendra Bunn

Breakaway roping: Amanda Hop

Steer stopping and calf tying: Garrett White

A most inspirational award went to our young buckaroo Jason Paul Gruppie who traveled all the way from Acton to be a part of our junior rodeo family and a TMRA Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Hunter Tognazzini.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who gave countless hours to help make this 2013 Junior Rodeo season such a success. TMRA also wishes to thank all the parents of our contestants for their wonderful show of sportsmanship throughout our season.

The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association believes that junior rodeos build a strong foundation of character, discipline and self esteem in our youth. Our association was founded as a youth rodeo and it is with great pride that we have returned to our roots with the desire to educate our youth on the "Western Way of Life". We feel that bringing our western heritage to these young people will form strong family bonds, as well as help to set the stage for tomorrow's rodeo athletes to carry on this rich western tradition.

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