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Kohen Hudman advances to National High School Rodeo Competition
From June 6-13, Texas High School Rodeo Association members across all 10 regions have been keeping busy, competing in events ranging from trap shooting to steer wrestling.
Some of those competing include twins Kohen and Kyna Hudman, children of Richard and Lichele Hudman; Hadley White, grandson of Ora Beth and the late Noel White and siblings Cutter and Jaclyn McNeely, children of Casey and Erika McNeely.
In fact, 16-year-old Kohen placed fourth in trap shooting at the Texas State Finals Meet on Saturday, June 6, guaranteeing him a spot at the National High School Rodeo Competition.
For his hard work, Kohen received a “National Trap Shooting Qualifier” belt buckle presented to him by 2020 Texas High School Rodeo Queen Laramie Dearing.
With this being his first year as part of the National High School Rodeo Association Trap Shooting Division, Kohen will
travel to Oklahoma, near the Lazy E Arena, next month to represent Team Texas.
Alongside Kohen will be State Champion Cade Currie, Reserve Champion Tyler Ehlinger and third place Laramie Chadwhick, helping represent Team Texas in trap shooting.
Besides trap shooting, Kohen fills his time with numerous other activities. He has been a member of the Garza County 4-H Gun Club and has participated in exhibiting swine for Post FFA. He also enjoys riding horses, hunting, fishing, learning to weld in ag shop class and attending robotic meets with his teacher and classmates.
His twin sister Kyna, who has been a THSRA member for two years now, said she is excited to cheer on Kohen at the national meet next month.
Like Kohen, Kyna also competed at the meet, running two go-rounds at the Taylor Telecom Arena Tuesday, June 9 after ranking third in her region in barrel racing. Facing 99 other competitors, Kyna unfortunately was not able to make the short go. Yet she remains fortunate, knowing that she and her mare Dolly ran tough.
Kyna also has a long list of accomplishments and experience on her rodeo resume.
In fact, Kyna has competed in riding, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing at youth playdays, 4-H shows, 4D and 5D barrel races, NBHA shows and the Post Stampede Rodeo from a very young age. Kyna also enjoys raising and showing swine at major stock shows and being part of the FFA Livestock Judging Team. She rides horses daily and even competes on three of them. Currently, she is starting a younger gelding for future use. Two of her mentors she credits are Martha Josey of Karnack, TX and Lisa Ogden of Gail, TX.
Also at the Texas State Finals were siblings Cutter and Jaclyn McNeely, former Post residents.
With Jaclyn placing tenth in Region 2 in goat tying, she participated at the Texas High School State Rodeo as well but did not place high enough to compete in the short go.
Cutter McNeely competed in team roping alongside heeler Hadley White. Coming into the finals in sixth place, McNeely and White tried their hardest but ultimately did not make the short go.
Hadley also competed in cutting and steer wrestling. In cutting, Hadley took twelfth and in steer wrestling he took seventeenth, putting him too far down the line for a chance at Nationals.
The 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo is set for July 17-23 at 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, Oklahoma, 73044.