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    (L-R) Emily Chiglo sits atop her horse Cheyenne (though Mr. Fine is the horse that helped her advance to state in barrels), Destin McGrew rides her barrel horse Hummer and Carley Rand riding her horse Shiner take a casual ride outside the arena while attending a rodeo in Crocket.
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    Limestone County Cowgirls (l-r) Emily Chiglo, Destin McGrew and Carley Rand will all be competing in the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association (TJHRA) State competition in late May, the only competitors to advance from Limestone County- and they all advanced on their first year’s attempt!
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    Carley Rand rounds a barrel atop her horse Shiner in the Revolution Barrel Race in Bryan, working to improve her time before competing at the State rodeo.
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    Destin McGrew and her horse Ellie Mae round a pole at the TJHRA Region IX Rodeo, both intensely focused on completing the challenge as fast as possible.

Limestone County Cowgirls advance to state in Rodeo

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer

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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