Local competitors fare well in youth rodeo association finals

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MRCA finalists are Ace Hand, Dane Lancaster, Rilee Grace Parker, Hadley Gee, Tater Jordan, Dally Parker, Kat Hand, Rexa Hand and Katie Jo Blanscet.

MRCA finalists are Ace Hand, Dane Lancaster, Rilee Grace Parker, Hadley Gee, Tater Jordan, Dally Parker, Kat Hand, Rexa Hand and Katie Jo Blanscet.

Nine area cowboys and cowgirls competed in all three go-rounds of the Mid-South Youth Rodeo Cowboys Association finals Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Duncan, Okla.

The top 15 in each event qualify for the finals.

Ace Hand of Deer Creek placed seventh in all-around, finishing in the top 6 in goat tying, top 10 in breakaway roping, and top 10 in ribbon roping. Ace was also presented with the Horse of the Year Award for his horse Elvis, which he trained.

Dane Lancaster of Bowie was the reserve champion breakaway roper for the 7-9 age group, and placed second in breakaway average, fifth in the tie-down average, finished in the top 10 in ribbon roping and top 10 in tie-down roping.

Rilee Parker of Wichita Falls was a first year finalist in barrels.

Hadley Gee of Dean was a first year finalist in poles and barrels, placing in the top 10 in barrels.

Tater Jordan of Dean was the all-around champion for the age 6 and under division. He was the ribbon goat champion, reserve champion in poles, average pole champion, and placed third overall in barrels and third in sheep riding.

Dally Parker of Byers was third in all-around in the ages 7-9 group, reserve champion in poles, sixth in barrels, seventh in goat tying, top 10 in breakaway and won the sportsmanship award.

Kat Hand of Deer Creek was the reserve all-around champion for the ages 10-13 girls, finishing fourth in barrels, fourth in goat tying, fifth in poles, eighth in breakaway and won the sportsmanship award.

Rexa Hand of Deer Creek was the reserve all-around champion for the ages 7-9 group, winning reserve champion in barrels, average champion in barrels, fourth in goat tying, sixth in breakaway and seventh in poles.

Katie Jo Blanscet of Henrietta was the average champion for poles, third overall in poles, fourth in all-around, seventh in goat tying, seventh in breakaway and finished in the top 10 in barrels. She also received a scholarship.

MRCA has more than 250 members and holds 22 rodeos throughout the year in Texas and Oklahoma. There were 162 members who earned a trip to the finals.

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