MHSRA GRADUATING CLASS of 2019/20
Events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Breakaway roping, & Goat Tying
My name is Kally Bodin, I have been a member in MHSRA for 7 years. Of course, that doesn’t include the years sitting on the sidelines watching or warming up my big brothers’ horses.
I have cherished all the friends and memories I have made over the past seven years. This association has taught me many valuable lessons that I will carry with me as I enter the next chapter of my life. MHSRA has given me the opportunity to do what I love and I will miss it along with many of my rodeo families.
Future Plans- I plan to attend Brandon Robertson Career College to obtain my Massage Therapy diploma gradually working into the Sports side of massage therapy. I also plan to do as much as I can with my horses, riding, hitting a few jackpots and even a few rodeos.
Events: Barrel Racing and Pole Bending
My name is J’lyn Funk, I have been a member of MHSRA for 3 years. I have really enjoyed the people I have met at each and every rodeo and partaking in all of our fun activities. I have really learned a lot in three short years. MHSRA has given me a chance to compete in events I love and I will miss traveling around Manitoba every weekend.
Future plans- I plan to attend the University of Regina to get my degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies with hopes of becoming a Physician Assistant.
My name is Tyler Vodon. I have been a member of MHSRA for 7 years and started attending high school rodeos since I was in Grade 2, when my oldest brother joined.
I compete in Team Roping & Tie Down Roping.
I will always cherish the fun times and lifelong friends I have made throughout my years in MHSRA. I’d also like to thank my parents for taking me to Nationals in 2018 when I qualified in both events.
Future Plans: I have decided to start apprenticing this fall to become a Heavy Duty Ag Technician.
Events: Team Roping, Break Away Roping, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, and Pole Bending.
My name is Jenna Lee McKay, I have been apart of MHSRA for the past 6 years. Through my years in MHSRA I have most enjoyed being in the arena, competing at nationals in Rock Springs Wyoming, and spending my weekends with my rodeo friends. All of my time in MHSRA has been memorable but a few of my favorites would be Karaoke at the Oak Lake dance, announcing the Roblin fun rodeo, and chute dogging with Jacey Boyes. The MHSRA experience has provided me with many valuable lessons and friendships that will last a lifetime. I will miss seeing my High School Rodeo families every weekend. I wish all of the graduates and members good luck with their future in rodeo and life endeavors.
Future plans: I plan on farming alongside my dad and two brothers Rob and Riley. I also plan to continue rodeoing and playing sports.
Years in MHSRA: 6 years
Events: Tie-Down Roping & Team Roping
I have enjoyed being a member of MHSRA for the past 6 years. It has allowed me to grow as a person and a competitor. Being able to compete against kids my own age has given me the confidence to excel in the sport that I love. I have been amazed by how our small communities come together to put on these rodeos for us kids. I am thankful for these communities because of their hard work and dedication, it gave me the opportunity to compete at large events like the National High School Finals Rodeo and the Rising Stars Canadian Finals Rodeo. These are the things that I will always look back on and be thankful to have been a part of MHSRA.
Future Plans: I will be attending New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico to further my education and rodeo career.
My name is Hayden Whelpton and I have had the pleasure of competing in the MHSRA for the past 7 years. My events that I competed in are Team Roping and Tie-Down Roping. Now that my time in this great association is coming to an end, I am saddened, but excited for what the future holds. I have had many memorable experiences over my years of involvement and will greatly miss all the weekends I got to hang out with my family and friends. I am planning to continue rodeoing for many years to come. In the fall of 2021, I hope to be accepted into the Police Studies program at the Assiniboine Community College.
Events- Tie Down Roping & Team Roping
My name is Shay Stewart. I’ve been a member of MHSRA for two and a half years. I’ve really enjoyed being apart of this great association and the experience I’ve had. Even though I’ve been a member for a short while, I’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of friends. I am very thankful to MHSRA, sponsors, committee members, volunteers and especially my parents for giving me the opportunity to pursue what I love and make some memories I will never forget.
Future Plans- I will be attending Olds College in Alberta to get my diploma in Farrier Science. I also plan to pursue my rodeo career, continue training horses and working on our family farm.
Events: Tie Down & Team Roping
My name is Peyton Hawtin, and I have been a member of the Manitoba’s High School Rodeo Association for three years. My involvement in MHSRA has been an experience, which I will treasure. I have learned so many things and many lessons, which I will carry with me for the rest of my life. MHSRA has many amazing people and during my time as a member, I have made lifelong friends. The families I’ve met and the memories I’ve made is what I will miss most, as I graduate this year. I am so thankful for everyone, that has guided and mentored me and made this fantastic experience possible.
Future plans: I plan to continue my education in post secondary while rodeoing
Events: Barrel Racing and Pole Bending
My name is Kaleigh Currie I started out by Hometowning for two years and then became a member in 2019. I compete in Barrels and Poles. I have enjoyed getting to rodeo in different communities throughout Manitoba. I appreciate all the community support and the hard work that the committees did to make it such a great experience. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to have been able to compete with Princess and Jace.
Future Plans- In the fall of 2021 I hope to be accepted into Olds College and take the Farrier Science Course.
Events: Breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping,pole bending and barrel racing
My name is Jules Smyth, I have been a part of MHSRA for the past 7 years. I will always cherish the years being a MHSRA member. It has allowed me to grow substantially as a competitor and a person and for that I am forever thankful. I have also been given the opportunity to compete at nationals twice, once in junior high and once in highschool which was a big eye opener and allowed me to push myself harder. I will miss being an MHSRA member but I am so thankful for the friends and memories made while in the association.
Future Plans: I plan to attend Casper College in the fall and pursue a degree in Animal Science. I also plan to continue rodeoing.
Events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Breakaway Roping
My name is Callie Helmeczi, and I have been an active member of MHSRA for the last seven years. MHSRA has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a rider which would not be possible without the families and committees that help put on each rodeo. While I have been apart of MHSRA I have had the opportunity to attend the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming once which was an amazing experience. I will miss competing at MHSRA events so much and thank you to everyone who has helped me.
Future Plans: In the fall of 2020 I will be attending Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta to study Agribusiness, I will also continue rodeoing while I am at school.
Events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat tying, and Breakaway Roping.
My name is Avery Buchberger, and I’ve been a member of MHSRA for 4 years. I have made so many cherished memories within the association, as well as life long lessons that I will carry with me throughout my years! Being apart of MHSRA has been taught me so many lessons, as well as created many new friendships. MHSRA has given me the opportunity to do what I love, and given me a chance to improve and grow. I will greatly miss all my friends and rodeo families I have made within these years.
Future plans: I will be attending the Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta in the fall of 2020. I will be studying Equine Bioscience in a two year program. I will also be taking my horse along to continue as a part of the rodeo team!
Events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying
My name is Chloe Anderson. Although I’ve only been a member for 3 short years, MHSRA has helped me to make many friends and has lead me to make many memories I will always remember. Being a member has also helped encourage me to become a better competitor in and out of the arena by being encouraged by my friends and peers.
Future plans – I plan to attend Brandon University in 2021 to take my Bachelor of Nursing and will continue to compete as often as I can.