Hub Area 4-H Rodeo Junior and Senior Ambassador competition begins July 5

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There are 15 ambassador contestants competing for the 2014 Hub Area 4-H Rodeo Junior and Senior Ambassador titles. The competition will begin its schedule of activities Saturday, July 5, with registration for Ambassador Contestants at 7 a.m. Starting off the Hub Area 4-H Rodeo will be Junior Ambassador Horsemanship at the rodeo grounds on the Brown County Fairgrounds at 7:30 a.m. The Senior Ambassador competition will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Centennial Village on the Brown County Fairgrounds with speeches and interviews. There is no charge to come and watch the competition.

Coronation of the 2014 Hub Area Rodeo Ambassadors will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 6 at the Brown County Rodeo Grounds followed by the Rodeo Grand Entry. The rodeo is free and open to the public.

Junior Contestants

• Lacey Westphal is the 9-year-old daughter of Wes and Christi Westphal of Leola, S.D. She will be in the fourth grade at Leola Elementary School this fall. She enjoys playing volleyball, doing crafts, and reading. She was the May Star Student of the Month and participated in the Dakota Players Theatre. This is Lacey’s second year participating in 4-H rodeo and she will compete in barrels, poles, breakaway, goat tying, and the Ambassador Contest She enjoys riding pens at the LDL feedlot with her dad and going to cattle brandings.

• Cally Anderson is the 12-year-old daughter of Corey and Crystal Anderson of Huron, S.D. This is her third year in 4-H Rodeo and she will participate in the Ambassador Contest, breakaway, barrels, and goat tying. She will be in 7th grade this fall at Wolsey-Wessington School. In school she participates in Cross Country, Volleyball, Track, and Oral Interp. In 4-H she competes in rodeo, horse judging, horse show, home environment, horticulture, foods and nutrition, and shooting sports.

• Camy Anderson is the 11-year-old daughter of Corey and Crystal Anderson of Huron, S.D. This is her third year in 4-H Rodeo and she will participate in the Ambassador Contest, barrels, and goat tying. She will be in the 5th grade at Wolsey-Wessington and will participate in basketball this fall. In 4-H she participates in shooting sports, foods and nutrition, home environment, horse judging, and photography.

• Kennedy Ross is the 13-year-old daughter of Darin and Lynde Ross of Aberdeen, S.D. This is Kennedy’s first rodeo. She attends Aberdeen horse shows and area barrel races. This is her fourth year as a member of the Rural Lads and Lassies 4-H Club. She shows sheep, goats, and horse. While in school she is busy with basketball and soccer. She is also in a school youth group called Youth Power that helps with community service. In her free time she loves hanging out with family and friends and being outdoors.

• Paige Snyder is the 13-year-old daughter of Michele Snyder of Bath, S.D. She will be in the 8th grade this fall. In school she plays the violin in the orchestra and the tenor saxophone in the school band. She plays hockey and volleyball and is on the “A” honor roll. She started playing hockey when she was 4 years old. She will be competing in barrels, poles, goat tying, as well as the ambassador contest. Her 4-H projects are in the areas of horse, rodeo, and community service.

• Danielle Podoll is the 11-year-old daughter of Michelle Podoll and Scott Podoll of Aberdeen, S.D. She will be in the 6th grade this fall where she participates in soccer, golf, and hockey. She will be competing in barrels, poles, goat tying, and break away, as well as the ambassador contest.

• Shelby Lang is the 11-year-old daughter of Troy and Stephanie Lang of Chancellor, S.D. This is Shelby’s second year of 4-H rodeo. She will be competing in barrels and poles and this is her first ambassador contest. She is learning how to goat tie and rope. In school she participates in basketball, volleyball, declam, band, and dance. Shelby says she is looking forward to making many new memories.

• Callie Aamot is the 10-year-old daughter of Bjorn Aamot and Anne Aamot of DeSmet, S.D. Callie will be a 5th grader at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary in DeSmet this fall. In 4-H Callie shows her dog, cat, and horse. She also shoots BB gun in the 4-H shooting sports program. She is involved in the Hope Reins Therapeutic Riding for Children. Callie enjoys spending time with her family.

• Rachel Boyd is the 9-year-old daughter of Robby and Carrie Boyd of Hayti, S.D. She is going to be in the 4th grade at Castlewood School this fall. In school Rachel participates in basketball and chess. She is a member of the Norden Farmers West End 4-H Club. She shows her dog and horse as well as building exhibits. This is Rachel’s second year in 4-H Rodeo, her first in the ambassador contest.

Senior Contestants

• Doryian Hedges is the 17-year-old daughter of Roy Hedges and Denan Zerr of Aberdeen, S.D. Doryian will be in the 10th grade this fall where she does debate. She competes in the National Barrel Horse Association barrel races and other barrel racing organizations. She enjoys visiting the nursing homes and hanging out with friends.

• Roni Jankord is the 16-year-old daughter of Carmen and Wayne Jankord of Castlewood, S.D. She will be in the 11th grade this fall at the Castlewood School where she plays basketball and volleyball. Roni also plays softball. She has been in 4-H rodeo for 5 years competing in barrels, poles, breakaway, ribbon, and team roping.

• Kaylee Braun is the 15-year-old daughter of Jon and Lesley Braun of Mina, S.D. Her school activities include basketball, volleyball, band, vocal, and FBLA. In 4-H she shows dog and horse as well as exhibiting photography. She will be competing in barrels, poles, goat tying, and the Ambassador Contest. She is the reigning Ipswich Jr. Miss Snow Queen.

• Aleisha McCarthy is the 16-year-old daughter of David and Kathy McCarthy of Miller, S.D. She will be a junior at Miller High School this fall. In school she is involved in FFA, wrestling manager, and a strong supporter of anti-bullying in her school. She also plays track, volleyball, and soccer. She has been involved in 4-H for 8 years. Aleisha belongs to the Rushmore Riders 4-H Horse Club. Her hobbies include photography, baking, cooking, gardening, and of course, horseback riding. Rodeo has always been her main passion. She would like to wish all the contestants good luck.

• Ashley Theobald is the 15-year-old daughter of Roger and Carolyn Theobald of Ft. Pierre, S.D. She will be in the 11th grade at Riggs High School this fall where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. Her goal is to attend a Division I University to obtain a degree in Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering, allowing her to remain active in agriculture as a career. She has been a 4-H member since she was 8 years old. Her project areas include rodeo, photography, and beef. In rodeo she competes in barrels, poles, breakaway, ribbon roping, and the Ambassador Contest. Her other interests include competitive swimming, dance, track, cross country, swim coach, swim club athlete representative, and a Special Olympics volunteer.

• Mickeala Boyd is the 14-year-old daughter of Robby and Carrie Boyd of Hayti, S.D. She will be a 9th grader this fall. In school she is involved in volleyball, cheer, basketball, and track. Her 4-H events are dog, rodeo, and building exhibits. This is her third year in 4-H rodeo. She competes in barrels, poles, and the Ambassador Contest. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends and works at the Lake Norden Drive Inn.