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Southlake Rodeo Team to Kick Off Second Season This Fall

Jul 21, 2015 07:42PM ● By Kevin

Southlake Rodeo's Inaugural Team

Southlake got a brand new rodeo team in 2014 thanks to the ambition of six Carroll students, joining the North Texas High School Rodeo Association for competition.

With a year under their belts, the girls will hop up on their saddles once again, adding two freshmen to the squad

According to team parent Kim King, whose daughter, Bailey is a sophomore specializing in barrel racing and pole bending, the season runs September through June and is almost every weekend, except for about 5 weeks during Christmas break. The rodeos are Friday through Sunday, and the team member picks which night they want to run for that weekend. 

Friday nights start at 8 p.m., Saturday starts at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. There are some adjustments to those times and it can be found on the league website under the schedule tab. Most of the rodeos are held at the Saginaw Arena and each weekend is hosted by a different school.

"These events are very fun and family friendly!" King said. "It teaches the students responsibility and that hard work really pays off!"

The participants have to maintain passing grades to participate. The NTHSRA has operated for more than 40 years.

"While rodeo is not recognized as a regular high school varsity sport, no other athletic activity in history was ever developed which so embodies the traditions in history of an entire way of life," the NTHSRA website says. "The events in rodeo grew out of actual day-to-day duties of the American cowboy, or were dreamed up to further test the courage, stamina and ability of these Westerners."

The rodeo offers many events during each of the rodeos, including: Bull Riding, Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Calf Roping, Goat Tying, Breakaway, Steer Undecorationg, Ribbon Roping, Walk Up Goats, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Barrels, Poles, Chute Dogging.

Below are quick profiles of the team, including head coach/team manager Michael McGibson.

Head Coach

Michael McGibson

Tell us a bit more about your history in rodeo: I started rodeo my 10th grade year of high school as a bull rider. I went through the motions of trying other sports like football, baseball, soccer and swim team, but rodeo was my calling and my true love of sports. 

I did some bareback and roping, but always found myself going back to the bulls. It wasn’t until midseason of my 11th grade year that I got so messed up that my parents had to take a second mortgage to pay for the medical bills.

That’s when I thought to myself “where was my protection, where were the rodeo clowns.” So that summer I trained to be a rodeo clown.  I didn’t want the same fate as I was dealt to happen to another cowboy. I went on to do rodeo in the U.S. Army, in college and then went and got my PRCA card in the early 90’s as a rodeo clown, now known as a rodeo bullfighter by today’s terms.

How did you come into coaching this team? I called Rachel Wilson “our current team President” about a horse she had for sale. We got to talking about how I took over managing another high schools rodeo team. She stated that she wish Southlake Carroll had a team. I told her I thought they did and that would check on it. 

A couple of days later I found out that there was only one person left on the team “Miss Katie Wright, our current rodeo team Queen.” So I spoke with the manager of SLC team and she gave me her blessing to take the team over. We put the word out that there was a SCL rodeo team and the rest is history.

What is your overall outlook of the team this season? This is a young team, but a hungry team. They are very dedicated to the club and to the sport, and that makes them dangerous and a great competitor. I believe they will continue to push each other and themselves to be better. I feel anyone on this team will surprise anyone they go up against.

What makes coaching this sport unique to other sports? Unlike most of your team sports this sport is a competition against everyone, even your team mate. Although the team gets points as a whole, it’s up to the individual member to place or score for their win. Also unlike other high school sports it does not fall under UIL so team uniforms nor equipment is provided by the school.

The individual on the team is solely responsible for supplying their own equipment, horse, trailer and team uniforms. Some of these things can be provided by local business or corporate sponsors. This also includes their entry fees for each rodeo. The plus side is if the team member places for the weekend they win money.  

Anything else you'd like to add? I don’t coach or manage this team because I have son or daughter on this team. I coach and manage this team out of love of the sport and the bond I have with this team.  I see myself in a lot of these members as they push to be better and the love they have for a sport that has No strikes, No timeouts, No instant replays, No halftime, No agents, No contracts, No hesitations, No guarantees, No wimps and No mercy ... Rodeo.


Taylor Tornow  

Taylor Tornow

Speciality: Barrel Racing 

Favorite Thing About Southlake: I love having the connivence of a big city packed into a small town and being able to keep a small town feel.

Hobbies outside of rodeo: I love to water ski, wakeboard, and snow ski. I also enjoy reading and learning to play guitar.

Future Aspirations: I would love to have a job that allows me to travel around the world. 

What got you interested in rodeo: I've always loved riding ever since I started when I was 7 years old and thought it would be fun to start competing.

Main Inspiration in life: I really look up to my Mom and Dad.

Cassidy Oehl

Cassidy Oehl

Specialty: Barrel Racing

Favorite thing about Southlake: Something I love about Southlake is the wide variety of opportunities there are for sports/academics, and how supportive a lot of people are.

Hobbies outside of rodeo: Outside of rodeo, I like to spend time with family & friends, volunteer and travel.

Future aspirations: I plan on going to college to be an elementary school teacher or a high school teacher.

What got you interested in rodeo: I have always loved riding horses, and when the offer came about to join the rodeo team, I decided to give it a try and ended up loving it!

Main inspiration in life: I look up to all of the successful people surrounding me, especially my parents, who encourage me to do my best in everything I do.

Rachael Wilson

Rachael Wilson

Speciality: Barrel Racing

Favorite thing about Southlake: Team spirit

Hobbies outside of rodeo: Giving Horseback riding lessons and camps to children, Training horses, church youth group, mission trips, Texas a&m football games.

Future aspirations: I want to attend Texas A&M and become an equine vet.

What got you interested in rodeo: I have been riding since I was seven and like to be competitive so I decided to start barrel racing.

Main inspiration in life: Fallon Taylor is my inspiration because i’m striving to one day be a pro barrel racer and she is very positive and hopeful.


Katie Wright 

Katie Wright

Specialty: Barrel Racing 

Favorite thing about Southlake: My favorite thing about Southlake is that the entire community is very unified. In times of terrible loss and tragedy, we all mourn together and in times of triumph and victory, we all celebrate. And of course, we love to come together and watch our favorite football team play every Friday night. The sense of community is very strong here and it's a large part of why I love Southlake.  

Hobbies outside of rodeo: Other than barrel racing, I love running and competing in triathlons. I also enjoy training horses and teaching younger kids how to ride and barrel race.  

Future aspirations: In the future, I hope to either be an equine veterinarian or a horse trainer. I ultimately hope to be happy and successful in whatever I end up doing.  

What got you interested in rodeo: I've ridden horses sporadically throughout my life, but I really became interested in rodeo when I first saw barrel racing at a camp. Once i started to barrel race, I fell in love with the atmosphere at rodeos and the adrenaline rush of barrel racing and the other rodeo events. 

Main inspiration in life: My main inspiration in life is Jesus Christ because He's taught me to be fearless and love others unconditionally. Because of my faith, I can fully enjoy each day that I get to ride horses and do what I love.


Bailey King

Bailey King

Specialty:  Barrel Racing and Pole Bending

Favorite thing about Southlake: Southlake is a unique place to live.  I love that Southlake has that small town feel but it also has a lot to offer like a bigger city.  My favorite thing about Southlake would have to be the teachers that I have had in school.

Hobbies outside of rodeo: I have been in 4-H for 7 years.  During that time, I have held different offices and I am the current V.P.  Over my 4-H career, I have competed in photography, cooking, public speaking, and in 4-H rodeos and local rodeos.  The 4-H program has also been a great way to learn about many things, to help the community and to improve my horseback riding skills and knowledge.

Future aspirations: My long-term goal is to graduate from Texas A & M with a Veterinarian Degree. I would like to become a Vet and specialize in small animals. But on the side, I want to keep riding and become a professional barrel racer. By redoing in 4H and in the high school rodeo, I hope to make that happen.

What got you interested in rodeo: I started riding when I was 8 years old at a summer camp held at Ride With Pride.  Ever since then I have been competing in as many play days and rodeos as possible.  I love horses and the challenge of earning their trust in order to become their leader/team mate.  Once you earn your horses’ trust, that horse will want to do anything you ask.

Main inspiration in life: My horse trainer is a very important person to me.  I have been her student for almost 4 years.  During this time, I have progressed through three horses and I have learned so much. My trainer, Kenda has taught me the importance of patience. She has also taught me how important it is to get the basics down first before moving on to the next step.  This process helps you to build trust and to bond with your horse. Through theses lessons, I have not only learned patience, but also responsibility, compassion and that hard work will make a big difference.

Kelsie Mooney

Kelsie Mooney

Specialty: Barrel Racing

Favorite thing about Southlake: The team spirit community wide. Community involvement and "Protecting the Tradition!"

Hobbies outside of rodeo: Spending time with family and friends, our Ranch and hunting, going on the lake, and working with special needs children.

Future Aspirations: Equine Therapy 

What got you into rodeo: I have always been around horses since  birth , my grandmother and I participated in western pleasure  and Horsemanship. She  taught me how to ride and  then started me in rodeos. I won my first "First Place" ribbon when I was 5 years old.  

Main Inspiration:  I have always had a passion for horses  ever since i could remember as a small child. Fallon Taylor is a huge inspiration to me,  because I too want to be a professional Barrel racer.


Raquel Gourley

Raquel Gourley

Specialty/Favorite Event: Barrels, Poles, goat tying

Favorite thing about Southlake: In Southlake there is so much that you can do and so many groups of people that it's hard not to find one that becomes your second family.

Hobbies outside of rodeo: I have golfed since I was a little kid and everything that involves the outdoors.

Future aspirations: When I grow up I want to be in a field that will help people in need 

What got you interested in rodeo: When I was little my mom put me on a horse and I just clicked so I grew up riding horses and becoming attached to the sport.

Main inspiration in life: In my life I look up a lot to my brother and sister because they have made it this far and they haven't fallen short and have always fulfilled what was asked of them.

Marialyssa McDavid

Marialyssa McDavid

Specialty: I run barrels, pole bending, breakaway and team roping, goat tying and steer undecorating. I'm going for all around cowgirl this year. 

Favorite thing about Southlake: My favorite thing about Southlake is the team spirit.

Hobbies outside of rodeo: Outside of rodeo I do 4H, play basketball and field hockey, an artist, and riding horses in general; reining, working cow, stock horse pleasure, trail (stock horse versatility).

Future inspiration: In the future I plan to go to college and get my degree in either Sports medicine, Interior designer or go into the Navy. While also I want to train horses. 

What got you interested in rodeo: I grew up on the back of a horse and fell in love with the sport immediately. 

Main inspiration in life: 
Kelli Hurst is my main inspiration in life, she taught me to ride from the beginning and still helps me today. She's a cancer survivor. She's also been there for me through thick and thin.

Southlake Rodeo Fall 2015 Schedule