"Fun-Filled Day at the MAC" to serve as fundraiser for seven high school bull and bronc riders.
A fundraiser for seven local and area cowboys who are currently working toward qualifying for the National Finals will be held Saturday, May 23 at the Morehouse Activity Center.
The National Junior High Finals Rodeo will take place in Des Moines, Iowa while the National High School Finals Rodeo is set for July 12-18 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Proceeds from the May 23 fundraiser will go toward expenses for the trip.
“The Fun-Filled Day at the MAC” gets underway with a little kids stick horse at 10 a.m. Pony rides and jumpers will be also be offered. Other activities will include a little kids rodeo, a junior rodeo and a North Louisiana Rodeo Association youth rodeo. Calf roping starts at 4 p.m., followed by ladies barrel racing and a Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo with broncs and bulls.
Barbecue and hamburger plates will be available, along with a cake auction and a silent auction.
For more information on the event, call Jessica (669.2250) or Clint (669.2249).
A capsule look at the seven rough stock riders:
* Kyle Casillas — The Bastrop High School senior has been riding bulls for four years, and is currently sitting sixth in bull riding for the Arkansas High School Rodeo Association. Unfortunately, a recent broken collarbone has sidelined him from competing for the next eight weeks.
* Hunter Green — It's been a big week for Green, who signed with Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Wednesday and graduated from Prairie View Academy on Thursday night. A member of the Louisiana High School Rodeo Association, Green has already qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals. He is currently in first place in bareback riding, an event he has been competing in for two years. In 2014, he was Rookie of the Year in the LRCA and LHSRA. He has also been selected to be a member of the 2015 Bloomer Trailer high school rodeo team.
* Michael Mattice — A sophomore at Bastrop High, Mattice has competed in bull riding for the past five years and is in his first year as a saddle bronc rider. He is currently in first place in saddle bronc and in eighth place in bull riding in the Arkansas High School Rodeo Association standings. Leading the saddle bronc standings going into the Arkansas State Finals, Mattice has secured a spot in the National High School Finals Rodeo.
* Ty Duncan — A junior at Crossett High School, Duncan competes in bareback and bull riding as a member of the Arkansas High School Rodeo Association. He began riding bulls three years ago and added bareback this year. Duncan has won championship buckles this year in Monticello (bulls), Conway (bulls), Benton (bareback) and Springdale (bareback). In addition, he won the bareback at the AHSRA benefit rodeo in Pine Bluff. Currently, Duncan is in second place in both bareback and bull riding, and will compete in the AHSRA State Rodeo in Texarkana in June, and the National High School Finals in Wyoming in July.
* Corby Sturdivant — The Crossett High School senior, who began riding bulls at a young age, is in fourth place in the Arkansas High School Rodeo Association bull riding standings. Besides the AHSRA, he has competed in Bull Palace, Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association, Sturdivant Farms and North Louisiana Rodeo Association events.
* Braden Smith — A 13-year-old from Laran, Smith attends D'Arbonne Woods Charter School. A member of the Louisiana Junior High Rodeo Association, he has been competing in bareback for three years. This year, Smith has won at New Iberia, Gonzales, Monroe and DeRidder, and is currently ranked third in the state.
* Luke Thrash — A sixth-grader at Prairie View, Thrash rides bareback and saddle bronc steers as a member of the Arkansas High School Rodeo Association. He is currently sitting in first place in bareback and in third place in saddle bronc. Thrash has qualified for the National Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Des Moines, Iowa.