*This story first appeared in The Budget’s July 4, 2018, Local Edition.
Garaway Middle School students Hadassah “Dassy” Mullet and Reese Graham traveled to South Dakota June 25-30 to participate in the National Junior High Rodeo as part of the Ohio team.
Ohio for breakaway roping, barrels, pole bending and ribbon roping. She was the Reserve Champion in team roping. She was also the All-Around Cowgirl and Rookie of the Year.
Graham showed her skills in South Dakota. During the course of the week, she was fifth in the world in ribbon roping. She was also in the top 10 for the short round.
Graham faired well in Ohio as well. She placed second in barrels, second in pole bending, second in goat tying, third in breakaway roping and was Mullet competed girls breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending and ribbon roping. She was the Reserve All-Around Cow Girl.
The week featured over 1,000 contestants from all over the United States, Canada, and even Australia and Mexico. Over $80,000 in prizes and more than $200,000 in scholarships were available as well as the title of champion. In addition, participants had the opportunity to tour the area and learn about Huron, South Dakota.