Ontario High School Rodeo Association

2006 Northeast: Bull relaxing Bull relaxing during the 1st Annual Northeast Regional Rodeo. It was held Easter weekend at the Agriplex in the Western Fair Grounds.
Thanks to volunteers like Bubba our students get to participate in well organized professional rodeos. 2006 Northeast: Bubba Helping
2006 Northeast: Participants
Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia traveled to Ontario to participate in the Northeast Regional Rodeo.
After the Saturday afternoon rodeo the contestant were invited to a dance. 2006 Northeast: Dance
2006 Northeast: London Agriplex The 1st Annual Northeast Regional Rodeo was held in London at the Western Fair Agriplex on the Easter Weekend. We will be holding that event again this year.
The opening ceremony with the Grand Entry of the flags and queens at the Northeast Regional Rodeo. 2006 Northeast: Opening Ceremony
2006 Northeast: Brooke McArthur Brooke McArthur was the OHSRA Queen for 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.
Flags flying in London. 2006 Northeast: Flags Flying
2006 Northeast: Jessie Goat Tying Jessie goat tying in London.
Shelby and Callie selling programs at the Northeast regional rodeo. 2006 Northeast: Selling Programmes
2006 Northeast: Brooke at the Rodeo Brooke at the Northeast Regional Rodeo.
The Northeast Regional Rodeo was extremely well received. The programs and posters were very professional, they were put together by Joe Scully. 2006 Northeast: Posters and Programmes
2006 Northeast: Having some fries Having some fries in London.

The following write up, by Joey Scully, was published in the NHSRA Times Magazine!

An Easter Long Weekend to remember...1st Annual North-East Regional Invitational High School Rodeo, London, Ontario, Canada.

For the first time outside of the National High School Finals Rodeo, a multitude of rodeo teams of different States and Provinces clashed in North-East North America for a record-setting Event. The best from the Ontario High School Rodeo Association, Michigan High School Rodeo Association, Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association, West Virginia High School Rodeo Association, Indiana High School Rodeo Association and the Ohio High School Rodeo Association totaled over 150 Contestants as they competed Head-to-Head for Championship Prizes at the 1st Annual North-East Regional Invitational High School Rodeo April 14th-16th, 2006 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario, Canada.

Producing the inaugural event was the Award-Winning Rawhide Rodeo Company, providing International Finals Rodeo winning, qualifying, and caliber stock, Short-Round Stock from the second-largest Rodeo in Canada, Ste. Tite, Quebec, and some premier timed-event cattle.

From the onset the event was nicknamed, “The Marathon”, as the entry numbers were massive, and there were to be 2 Go-rounds plus a Short Go. Inclusive of such, there would be over 130 Barrel Runs, 70 Tie-down Roping Runs, 58 Bull Rides, and more, as the standard events of the National High School Rodeo Association were held. However, the host association, the Ontario High School Rodeo Association, pooled a ton of volunteers to orchestrate the event, and with the exceptional co-operation of the Contestants, the Event happened extremely smoothly, and the performances and sections of slack finished well within ideal timelines.

For State and Provincial Points, Go-Rounds #1 and #2 were treated as two separate Rodeos, however, the top 10 in the aggregate over the 2 would move on to the "Championship Round" on the Sunday for Gold Buckle prizes. Prizes went to the Go-Round Winners, the aggregate Champion "won" prime position in the draw/order in the Championship Round, and the Championship Round Winners got Gist Silversmith Championship Buckles.

For bareback bronc the chutes were lined with Top-Ranked horses from the Rawhide Rodeo Company Canada and the Rawhide Rodeo Company USA. 7 Cowboys tried to ride the premier stock of the North East, and only one made the buzzer in Go-Round #1. Mt. Gilead, Ohio's Jarred Tucker covered Rawhide Rodeo's #943 Mike's Special for 67-Championship Points and the win. A National High School Finals Rodeo Qualifier, Tucker covered his second horse in the second rodeo, Rawhide Rodeo's #37 PowerStroke for the win in the Aggregate. His score in Rodeo #2 was a 66, which gave him second in that Go. The winner of the Second Go was Joshua Chase from Michigan. Chase covered Rawhide Rodeo's #643 Black Bart for 73 Points.

Only Tucker and Chase covered a horse over the first two rounds, therefore, it was a head-to-head match-up in the Championship Round on Sunday. Rawhide Rodeo's #114 Mr. Canada and #789 It's About Time were the victors, and put the cowboys down early. With 133 Points on his two broncs, Jarred Tucker of Ohio won the Gist Buckle.

Steer wrestler Johnny Shore competing just outside of his hometown of St. Thomas; Ontario won Go-round #1 with a 4.28-second run. The run would ultimately be the fastest run of the weekend. Go-Round #2 had a Michigan Cowboy at the top of the Leader board with Kristopher Morrell laying his steer down in 4.36 seconds. Shore won the Aggregate and last position to "dog" in the Championship round with a combined time of 8.92 on 2.

2005 Indiana High School Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year, and an Offensive Player of the Year in Football, Palmyra, Indiana's Ty Brown continued his recent winning ways in the Championship Round with a 4.35-second run for the Championship Buckle.

Dalton, Ohio's Dani Forrer was the Top Break Away Roper after two rounds with 5.49-seconds on two-head. The reigning Ohio High School Rodeo Association 04-05 All around Champion Cowgirl swept the go's with wins in both after a 2.83 and a 2.66-second run respectively. The fastest run of the weekend took place in the Championship Round as Belwood, Ontario's Beth Stewart caught her calf in 2.27-seconds for the Championship Buckle.

The working cowboy's event was an intense one over the three days as the some of the best High School Contestants in North-East North America battled it out. Bub Bowman of Elizabeth, Indiana had the fastest run of Round #1 with a 10.81 Second-Run. The reigning 2005 State Champion Tie down Roper added an 11.4 to win the aggregate after the two rounds and hold the last to "rope" position in the Championship Round. Michigan Cowboy Cody McCartney roped opposite of Bowman, with a 11.93 in Go-round #1 and a 10.5 in Go-round #2, grabbing first place in the second round. Sunday's Championship round had 2 of top 10 roping under 10 seconds, and Justin Musselman of Jamestown, Indiana won the Championship Buckle with the fastest run of the Round and the Weekend stopping the clock at 9.33 seconds.

Once again, the Animal Superstars of Rawhide Rodeo were rough and tough, and fans only got to watch 1 of the Cowboys cover all weekend. Ian "Shmee" Charman of Alliston, Ontario, reigning Ontario High School Rodeo Association Bull Riding Finals and Year-end Champion, covered Rawhide Rodeo's feature horse #1X Pale Face for 68-points in Go-Round 1. The only Cowboy to Qualify to the Championship Round, Charman was bucked off by Rawhide Rodeo's #347 Sutton. With the sole ride of the weekend, Charman was awarded the Championship Gist Buckle.

More than forty-five Pole Benders ran their fast horses through the 6 poles each go-round, and the times came down to thousandths of seconds. Ancaster, Ontario’s Jessica Mathieu, a Rookie in the Ontario High School Rodeo Association took round one. Ontario took Round #2 as Hillsburgh's Tamaran Gray, Ontario High School Rodeo Associations reigning Girl's Cutting and Goat Tying Year-end and Finals Champion, ran a 20.727-second run. The Aggregate Champion was Junction City, Ohio's Jessica Lynn Smith, with 42.244 over her two runs. Smith, a multiple National High School Finals Rodeo Qualifier, would take the win and the Championship Buckle in the Championship Round with the fastest run of the Weekend...19.501!

Hillsburgh, Ontario's Tamaran Gray took the wins in the first two Go's, running a 14.046 and a 13.843-second run respectively. With the Aggregate win after 2 go's, she would even be the fastest on 3, with 42.213 her accumulative time including the Championship Round. However, a Michigan cowgirl won the Gist Championship Buckle during the Championship Round on Sunday; Caitlin Callaway was the fastest of the top 10 to run, she stopped the clock at 14.180 seconds.

Local Cowboys Jarod Nooren and Johnny Shore of St. Thomas Ontario were the top Team in Team Roping after Two Go's. The reigning 2005 Ontario Rodeo Association Year-end Junior and Senior All-Around Champions respectively were 9.34 for the win in the first go and 10.46 for 3rd in the second go to win the Aggregate and the last position in the Championship Round. Reigning Ontario High School Rodeo Association Year-end and Finals Champion Team Ropers Cody Mousseau and Paul Yacobucci won the 2nd Go-round with a 7.59-second run, the fastest run of the weekend. Michigan Cowboys Cody McCartney and Josh Rouse Qualified for 3rd Position in the Championship Round, but were the Top Team at the end of the Round with a 7.88-second Run to win the Championship Gist Buckles on Sunday Afternoon.

Quite possibly with the stiffest competition at the North-East Regional Invitational High School Rodeo, Goat Tying had an abundance of quick runs over the 3 rounds. Dalton Ohio's Dani Forrer took Go-Round #1 with a 10.57-second Run. Indiana's reigning Barrel Racing Champion and Girl's Cutting Champion, Maria Thornton of Covington, Indiana, was 9.36-seconds for the win in the 2nd Go, and won the Aggregate for last to "tie" in the Championship Round with a combined time of 20.08 over the 2 rodeos. Of the 10 contestants qualifying for Sunday's Championship Round, 6 hailed from Indiana. Ohio took the Championship Round though, as Dani Forrer completed her run in 9.94 seconds.

Twenty-four Cowboys tried to ride, and only 5 made the Buzzer in the First Go in the World's Most Dangerous Event, Bull Riding. Michigan's Kristopher Morrell was tops in the First Go with a 78-point ride versus Rawhide Rodeo's #012 Foul Play. Morrell repeated a "Bang-up Bull Ride" in Rodeo #2/Round #2 with a 78-point Ride for the win once again versus Rawhide Rodeo's #12 Dump Truck. His two scores gave him the win of the Aggregate with 154 on the two head. In the Championship Round, the best of the massive pen of bulls were selected to compete against the top 10 over the two Rodeos. A number of these bulls were familiar with the venue, the London Western Fair Agriplex, recently raising terror at the North American Professional Cowboys Extreme Tour Finals at the Agriplex New Years Eve 2005. Sunday's fans saw Cowboy after Cowboy hit the dirt ahead of the 8-second Buzzer, while only one Cowboy lasted the required time aboard his draw in the Championship Round. Indiana's Paul Myers covered Rawhide Rodeo's #Z71 to walk away with the Gist Championship Buckle.

Surrounding the Successful Rodeo were several well-attended and enjoyed events. A Dance and Pizza Party DJ'd by a former Ontario High School Rodeo Association Cowboy, DJ Scotty "Too-Hottie", took place on Saturday Night...with some exciting contests and entertainment. Doug Brennamen of Cowboys for Christ of Pennsylvania led an Easter Sunday Church Service for the Cowboys and Cowgirls and their families.

Weekend long action was captured by V. B. Productions, and contestants and fans are invited to request their runs and rides on DVD via e-mail by contacting victorbaigent@rogers.com. The highlights of Saturday's Round and Sunday's Championship Round will be shown on http://www.horsetv.com Horse TV Channel within the next few months, check out their website to see if it's available in your area, and when it will be on the air.

Three solid rounds of North America's Greatest Sport, and a premier showcase some of the best High School Contestants in the North East of North America, the 1st Annual North-East Regional Invitational High School Rodeo was a hit, and contestants, families and fans are excited for the 2007 edition. The North East Rocked the Continent on Eastern Long Weekend!


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