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County kids place in MRCA finals

County youth MRCA finalists

Hagen Houck of Byers, Dally Parker of Byers and Katie Jo Blanscet of Henrietta participated in the MRCA youth rodeo finals in Duncan, Okla.

The Mid-South Youth Rodeo Cowboys Association held its rodeo finals Sept. 2-5th in Duncan, Okla.  Hagen Houck, Dally Parker and Katie Jo Blanscet of Clay County qualified and competed in three go’s at this year’s event.

MRCA has over 160 members and holds 20 rodeos throughout the year in Texas and Oklahoma.  After the 20 regular rodeos, the top 15 in each event qualify for the finals.

Hagen Houck of Byers was awarded a trophy saddle for being the champion tie-down roper in the 10-13 age group.  He also placed in the top six in breakaway roping, ribbon roping, and goat tying and was reserve champion in the all-around.

Katie Jo Blanscet of Henrietta was the champion in poles for the 14-19 age group and was presented a trophy saddle.  In addition she placed in the top six in barrels and goat tying and was fourth overall in the all-around.

Dally Parker of Byers qualified and placed in the finals for the 6-and-under age group in the barrels, poles, and goat ribbon and was seventh in the all-around.

All three Clay County contestants received numerous awards including buckles, jackets, and tack for placing at the finals.

Established in 1979, MRCA draws great competition from Oklahoma and Texas.  Some of the MRCA alumni have gone on to prove themselves in the professional rodeo world, among them are Trevor Brazile and Janae Ward.  The 2011-12 rodeo season will kick off with the first rodeo on Oct. 29-30 in Comanche, Okla.  For more information, go to www.mrca-rodeo.com or call (580) 656-4783.


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