Sarah Chinners and Sierra Motley, both of Van Alstyne, competed at the THSRA Region IV Rodeo Finals in Terrell, where they both qualified for the State Rodeo Finals. Chinners will compete at the Texas Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Gonzales, while Motley will tackle the Texas High School Rodeo Finals in Abilene.
Chinners is the daughter of Bill and Trish Chinners of Van Alstyne and is an 8th grader at McKinney Christian Academy. She ended the Region IV rodeo season as the Reserve Champion All-Around Cowgirl, Reserve Champion Barrel Racer, Reserve Champion Pole Bender, Reserve Champion Breakaway Roper, Champion Ribbon Roper/Runner, and took home seventh place in goat tying.
Motley is the daughter of Damon and Dawn Motley and is a senior at Van Alstyne High School. Sierra ended the Region IV rodeo season as the Champion Goat Tyer and nabbed fourth place in Breakaway Roping.
Texas is divided into 10 regions in which junior high and high school students can compete. The top 10 contestants in each event at the region level qualify for the state finals.
There will be 100 contestants at the state finals in each event from the 10 regions. The top four contestants in each event at the state finals earns a spot on the Texas Team which allows them to compete at the National Rodeo Finals. The National Junior High School Rodeo Finals will be held in Gallup, N.M., and The National High School Rodeo Finals will be held in Gillette, Wyo.