Scholarships are given to the three youth competitors with the top fastest average times out of the two Youth 4D Barrels Races combined.
Kelsey Crawford, of Troy, Texas, won a $10,000 scholarship on her horse, Flits Alibi, with a combined time of 31.264 on two runs.
Crawford, who is a freshman at Troy High School, hopes to attend Tarleton after high school graduation in 2014. She said she is excited about the scholarship and the help it will provide for college. Crawford said “Big Al,” who is trained by her mom, Tammi Reynolds, is “fast and easy to ride.”
The second highest average time of 31.341 was run by Gage Brown, of Bracketville, Texas, on her horse, Nolan Jet, whom Brown lovingly calls “Brother.”
Brown is a junior high cheerleader and on the All A Honor Roll at Jones Elementary. She already has her eye on Baylor University after high school graduation in 2016. Brown said Brother, whom she got one year ago, is “so sweet.” She is very excited and wanted to thank her family for allowing her to rodeo and supporting her. Brown also wanted to thank Kimbra Pierce for helping her and giving her Brother.
Amy Winn, of Chapman Ranch, Texas, rode her horse, Troy, to win the $8,000 scholarship for her average combined time of 31.422.
Winn, who shares Troy with her sister, Sissy, says He acts like a dog, and is really sweet.” Although Winn has been riding for 10 years, the family has owned Troy for just two months and this was only Winn’s third run on him. She is the National High School Fifth Champion Pole Bender and was a member of the 2009-2010 Two Time National Champion Team. Winn is happy that all her hard work has paid off and wanted to thank her parents, Tom and Melissa Winn, her sister Sissy, Kimmie Byler, the people at Brazos Valley Equine, and the Resistol All Around Team.
This year, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has committed $8.5 million to education. The amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, Calf
Scramble program and show premiums paid to youth in the state of Texas. This brings the total amount that the organization has committed since the inception of the Scholarship
Fund in 1984 to over $105 million.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas. For more information, visit sarodeo.com.