Haley Schram - FYR 2016 Senior All Around ChampionIs a 14 year old freshman from Hastings NE. She is an honor student at Hastings SR High school, where she also plays volleyball and basketball. Haley enjoys hanging out with friends, but by far her favorite place is the barn. Horses and dogs have been Haley’s loves since before she could walk. Growing up, Haley had the good fortune to ride her grandparent’s horses on visits to their farm. But at age 9, when God sent her a Hastings College Rodeo team member to babysit her new baby brother, her riding life took off. She took lessons weekly and learned quickly. Her Grandpa had a soft spot in his heart for his little rodeo girl and sold Haley her first rodeo horse for a nominal fee. Dad ponied up and bought ‘Little Blue” a very small, bright blue, front load bumper-pull two horse trailer. It was just then we made our first appearance at the Fremont Youth Rodeos. We pulled up with Little Blue towed behind our 1999 white Dodge Durango and unloaded Haley’s 25 year old mare, Lady. You Gotta Start Somewhere and we sure did. We learned how to rodeo that year and Lady did pretty well!
As Lady matured toward retirement, Haley grew into and purchased her uncle’s roping horse Cooter. Cooter is a phenomenal horse and has been by her side for the last three years. On Cooter, Haley runs poles, barrel races and goat ties. Haley has taken part in the Fremont Youth Rodeo series for 3 years, includeing Donna’s barrel racing and goat tying clinics. She runs in open barrel races when she can, earning a 2D 2017 Bonus Race Finals qualifier. She currently participates in Nebraska high school rodeo, with an 8th place pole finish in the State Fair HSR and consistent in the top 20 barrel racers. Currently, she is training her 3 yr old quarter horse and a 9 yr old thoroughbred.
Haley has been very fortunate to have amazing mentors, trainers and help all along her journey. She is a city girl living a country dream. She would like to thank all of her family, along with Donna Rankin, Shelby Sanford, Jenny Anderson, Carol and Dan McWhirter, Brit Vegas, Dr. Adam Gengebach, Dr. George and Colleen Adam, Dr. Tyler Adam and Mike Spady. A big thank you also to the sponsors of Fremont Youth Rode which include Hillcrest Animal Clinc, Wolf Brothers Western Store, Sand Creek Post & Beam, Going Green, and Twin Oaks Elk Farm. Other sponsors are Coop, etc
Annsley Vernon - FYR 2016 Junior All Around ChampionAnnsley Vernon Twelve year old, Annsley Vernon is the daughter of CC and Amy Vernon. She is currently a six grader at York middle school in York, Nebraska. Annsley is a rodeo role model to her little brother, Cole who is 5 years old. Annsley is a fifth generation cowgirl. Her favorite rodeo events are goat tying and roping. Outside the arena she enjoys playing basketball and soccer.
This year, Annsley competed on three main horses, Willis, Shorty, and Badger. Willis is an 18 year old gelding, he is a barrel and pole horse. He was raised, owned, and trained by Johnna Cloninger. Willis was a big confidence builder for Annsley. Shorty is a nine-year-old 13 hand bay mare. She is Annsley's main goat tying horse but is pretty much an all-around horse. She puts up a good fight with the other barrel and pole horses in competition but also takes care of her little brother Cole. Last, but not least, is her 13-year-old horse named Badger. Badger gives Annsley a consistent second run in all of her events.
She would like to thank those that help her along the way. Many have provided a place to practice, helped with horses, assisted to hone skills, and cheered her on. These people include: Aurora Coop, Kenny Real, Sam Moyer of Heritage Bank, Allie Hoier, Johnna Cloninger, Tyler & Lindsay Kester, Craig Wetzel, Greg Kramer, James Jensen, and Doc Smith of Aurora Vet Clinic
Colby McCabe – 2016 FYR COWPOKE CHAMPIONColby McCabe is the 2016 Fremont Youth Rodeo Cowpoke Champion. The greatest compliment that Colby received this year was at one of the last rodeos of the season where the comment was made about the confidence that Colby had gained and how much he had grown as a rider.
Colby, who turned 10 in August, started the 2016 FYR season mainly riding his 21 year old paint horse, ‘Spot’ (Smooth Reed Lynx) but was also running barrels on ‘Hemme’ (La Hemme Win). As the year progressed, Colby gained enough confidence to compete on Hemme in every event. Colby had a lot of confidence on Spot and trusted her so moving on to Hemme was a big step for him. Hemme is 12 and Colby’s Mom and Dad (Judy and Seth) compete on Hemme in barrel racing and team roping events. Colby trained Hemme as a Pole Bending horse and by the August they were consistently making 24 second pole bending runs and they are continuing to improve. By August, Colby began barrel racing on ‘Roper’ (Roping To Win), the horse that his mom competes on at rodeos. This was a big accomplishment for Colby because he had always thought that Roper was too fast for him to ride and that he wouldn’t be able to control Roper. Once Colby began riding Roper, he gained the confidence to believe that he could ride faster horses and began going faster on Hemme, also. It is extra special that Colby is competing on Roper because Judy and Seth have both won saddles on Roper in barrel racing and team roping events.
Colby has been riding for most of his life. When he was 3 years old, he started competing in the PeeWee Barrel Racing Class at the National Barrel Horse Association events, riding Spot. By the time that he was 5, he was helping to move steers during team roping competitions and was riding in the Grand Entry at rodeos. When he was 6, he won his first Dummy Roping buckle. In 2015, Colby found out about the goat tying event. Once he discovered goat tying, he wanted to attend every FYR event and worked hard to improve.
The Fremont Youth Rodeos have helped Colby to grow as a horseman and person. The rodeos are teaching him about the importance of hard work and practice and also helping him to be ready to compete in Junior High Rodeos in a few years. He looks forwarding to attending the Fremont Youth Rodeos not only to compete, but also because of the good friends that he has made. The Fremont Youth Rodeos are teaching him about sportsmanship and how to cheer for his good friends that he is competing against.
Colby is in the Fourth Grade at Lawton/Bronson schools in Iowa. When Colby is not competing at rodeos, he enjoys playing football, basketball and his X-Box. Colby would like to thank Donna for putting on this great Youth Rodeo Series, Roger for all that he does and Marie for always being there and having Nachos ready for him. He also would like to thank Hillcrest Animal Hospital, Wolf Brothers Western Store, Sand Creek Post & Beam, Going Green and Twin Oaks Elk Farm for sponsoring the FYR. The end of year prizes were great and helped to motivate the youth to practice and work hard.
Erika Cruikshank - FYR 2016 Wranglers All Around ChampionErika Cruikshank, of Valley Nebraska, is the eight year old daughter of Dustin and Tammy Cruikshank. She is a second grader at St. Paul's Lutheran School by Arlington. Erika is active in her church, Clover Kids 4-H, karate, gymnastics, and rodeo.
Erika loves riding horses and competing at youth rodeos. Erika has been blessed with several old horses. They have and continue to take very good care of her.