Several local high school students have recently competed on both state and national levels of rodeo competition.
The Upper Cumberland High School Rodeo Club is a local group of students from the Upper Cumberland Region. These students compete in High School Rodeo's in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and some even go on to compete at National levels such as Oklahoma, and Wyoming. Local students placed in the State Finals and the National High School Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Brady Foster a 2012 graduate of DeKalb County High School placed in the top 10 at the Tennessee State High School Rodeo Finals and placed in the top 10 for the 2012 season with Team roping partner Cody Hattaway. Brady also went on to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Srings, Wyoming where he placed in the top 15 in light rifle firearms competition.
Cody Hattaway a Junior at DeKalb County High School placed in the top 10 with Team roping partner Brady Foster, Cody also placed 2nd at the Tennessee High School Rodeo Finals in steer wrestling or also known as bull doggin. Cody went on to compete at the National High School Finals in the trap shooting and placed in the top 20. Cody placed 13th in the Steer Wrestling.
Shara Adcock a sophomore at DeKalb County High School placed in the top ten in Team roping with partner Ramsey Goolsby from Watertown and placed in the top 10 in both break away roping and goat tying at the Tennessee High School Rodeo Finals.
Ramsey Goolsby a sophomore at Watertown High School won Rookie of the year at the Tennessee High School Rodeo Finals. Kelsy Bussell a senior at Cookeville High School also placed 13th at the National Finals.
Upper Cumberland Rodeo Club members for the 2012-2013 year are Katlyn Franklin, a senior from Sparta, Kelsy Bussell, a senior from Cookeville, Cody Hattaway, Waylon West, and Brandon Barnes, all juniors from Smithville, Shara Adcock, a sophomore from Smithville, Ramsey Goolsby, a sophmore from Watertown, Bubba Allison, a freshman of McMinnville, and Katie Bilbrey, a freshman from Cookeville.
On the College Level Clark Adcock from Smithville and Ben Walker from Cookeville, both students at the University of Tennessee at Martin placed 5th at the College National Rodeo Finals in Wyoming in the Team roping competition. The Upper Cumberland High School Rodeo will also be hosting a High School Rodeo at the Hyder-Burks Paviliion in Cookeville on October 6-7. There will be a special needs rodeo on Saturday October 6th at 2:00.