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Eighteen 4-H members from Dona Ana County competed at the State 4-H Rodeo Finals Sept. 6 and 7 in Grants, N.M. A total of 84 4-H'ers from across the state were vying for All-Around Year-End Awards, Event Year-End Awards and Finals Awards.
New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service administers 4-H programs in New Mexico. This year rodeos where hosted by Grant, Sierra, Socorro, Catron, Dona Ana and Quay counties. In order to participate in the finals, contestants must have competed in a minimum of three rodeos and have received a least one point in each event they competed in to participate in those events at the finals.
Contestants are allowed to carry points from 10 rodeos to the finals. Points are awarded based on the contestants placing in an event and are tallied from each rodeo. At the end of the finals, the contestant with the most points in an age division is awarded the All-Around Award and the contestant with the most points in an event wins the Event Year-End Award.
All-Around winners and event winners are awarded saddles made by Corriente Saddle Company in Anthony, N.M. Second place winners received a belt buckle; third place, breast collar; fourth place, head stall; and fifth place, spur straps. Average winners received a bronc halter.
"Dona Ana County ended the year very well," said Teresa T. Dean, agricultural livestock and 4-H agent for Dona Ana County. "Congratulations to all participants."
Jocelyn Massey brought home two saddles, winning All-Around Novice, the 9- to 11-year-old division. She also won first place and average in the finals for the poles, second place in the barrels, third place in the goat tying and fourth place in the flags.
Her younger sister, Bailey Massey, also brought home a saddle-winning first place in the barrels. Other novice age division winners were: Brewen Middagh, first place in steer riding, and Avery Ledesma, fifth place in flags.
In the 12- to 14-year-old Junior age division, Emilee Parra placed third in the poles and Jamee Middagh placed fifth in the barrels. In the 15- to 19-year-old senior age division, Jordan Morris won a saddle for first place in the goat tying, third place in the breakaway roping, fourth place in the poles and fifth place in the barrels. Landon Prouty won second place and average in the finals for steer wrestling, and Justin Prouty won third place in steer wrestling.
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