LaFAYETTE – Chambers Academy student Allyson Noles is taking part in two big rodeo events this month. She’ll be competing in the week-long International Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma, starting Sunday July 11 through Friday July 16. Cowgirl events include barrel races, pole vaults, rope breaks, and goat tethers. For the guys, there’s team roping, roping, steer, bull, saddlebrake and bareback.
Ashlee, who is 15, will be in her second year at Chambers this fall. She has been practicing barrel racing since the age of five.
Like athletes in any other sport, girls who do well in barrel racing are dedicated to being the best they can be. They train a lot to stay in top physical condition and they train almost every day on their favorite horse in a rodeo arena. Allyson’s favorite mount is a 13-year-old quarter horse. Her name is Demopolis, but she calls it “Mop” for short. Allyson and Mop practice barrel racing almost every day at Chambers County Rodeo Arena in LaFayette.
Competing in youth rodeos isn’t just for Ashlee. It’s more of a family affair. She goes to competitions with her identical twin cousins â€‹â€‹Colton and Wyatt Allen from Dadeville. They will compete in the team lasso and calf lasso at the big event in Oklahoma and at a follow-up event in Nebraska.
Allyson is the daughter of Andy and Ashlee Noles from LaFayette. They support her a lot as a barrel racer. Her mother will travel with her and her two cousins.
Once the Oklahoma competition is over, Ashlee, her mom and cousins â€‹â€‹will drive north to Lincoln, Nebraska and another big rodeo competition for kids, the high school national finals will be held the week of the 18th. through July 24 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln. .
The competition is sanctioned by the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA), founded by Texas educator Claude Mullins
There will be 1,700 athletes from 43 US states, five Canadian provinces, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. This will be the largest number of competitors of any rodeo in the world. To participate in this event, Allyson and his cousins â€‹â€‹were successful early on. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners of each event.
Scheduled events include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle horse riding, roping up, roping breakaway, steer wrestling, goat tying, bending over pole vault, barrel races, boys ‘cup, girls’ cup, framed cow horse, queen contest, trap shooting and a light shooting event.
â€œI love barrel racing,â€ Allyson said. â€œI do it every day that I can. I train everyday to stay in shape and love training with Mop at Chambers County Arena.
The rodeo will air on the Cowboy Channel.