Limestone County Cowgirls advance to state in Rodeo
Three local junior high competitors will compete in barrel racing, pole bending
Fair season is upon us, but rodeo takes place year-round and three Groesbeck ISD students have earned a spot in Texas Junior High Rodeo Association (TJHRA)’s state competition set for late May, the only competitors to advance from Limestone County. Eighth graders Emily Chiglo and Carley Rand will be competing in cloverleaf barrel races and seventh grader Destin McGrew will be competing in pole bending. The girls, called the Limestone County Cowgirls by their family and friends, all competed in the qualifying competition for the first time and advanced to state. The girls are in it for the competition and continue working hard to perform their best at the upcoming state finals, looking forward to various aspects of the event.
“I like making new friends and just having good competition,” Emily said.
“Same,” Destin agreed. “There's a lot of competition but it's fun at the same time.”
“I like to be the center of attention,” Carley quipped.
Chiglo, McGrew and Rand have been competing in rodeos for a long time, all starting at ages ranging from three or four to age seven or eight. The girls are each largely responsible for taking care of their own horses and practice multiple times a week. Their parents expressed that the girls are fairly self-motivated.
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