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Elmore County student heads to High School Rodeo National Finals


Story and photos by Brian Tannehilll | Director of Photography

Brodie Maddox, a student at Elmore County High School, and also a contestant in the Alabama High School Rodeo Association will be heading to Lincoln, Nebraska July 18-24 to compete in the National High School Rodeo Finals. Maddox, a senior at Elmore County HS competes in team roping, steer wrestling, and trap shooting at the Alabama High School Rodeo. He is one of 29 AHSRA team members heading to Lincoln to represent Alabama in the HS National Rodeo Finals. 

Brodie will be competing in Steer Wrestling and Trap shooting at the National Finals. He finished second place overall in steer wrestling at the Alabama HS rodeo State Finals held in Andalusia Alabama. He is also handy with the steel finishing first in trap shooting. “I started going and working stock at a couple high school rodeos which got me into it” Said Brodie. “Steer wrestling is my favorite event. And my goal is to at least place in each round and come out good in the average but hopefully bring home the world title.”

Just like any other sport, these kids are working hard through the summer months as well. Brodie has four big rodeos in the month of July alone. July 6 he travels to Decatur, Texas for the Durango Youth Timed Event Series. July 11-16 to Shawnee Oklahoma for the International Finals Youth Rodeo (lots of Alabama kids go to this as well). July 18-24 finds him representing Alabama at the National HS Finals Rodeo in Lincoln Nebraska, and finally wrapping up the month at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie Oklahoma at the World Champion Junior Rodeo. “It means a lot to represent Alabama at the National Finals, says Maddox. “I’ve put in a lot of work, and dedication at practice”.
When he’s not riding and roping, he can be found at his home working horses and cows, which can be a full-time job in itself. He also has a part-time job cutting grass and tearing apart docks for LS Dock Service. 

All AHSRA events are self-funded through the support of sponsors and friends. If you would like to donate to help the team, it is tax-deductible. You can watch the AHSRA team compete at the National Finals on the Cowboy Channel.

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