A local brother and sister duo, Seth and Macey Lee, claimed Grand Champions in Team Roping at the Arkansas Junior High School Rodeo Association (AJHRA) State Finals in Benton, on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.
Scores from their times both days and placing second in the average brought them back to a tie for the lead, where they had been all season before falling back to second earlier this month. With Macey’s clutch heading and Seth heeling one leg to add a 5-second penalty in a rope-off was enough for the siblings to win their first team roping championship together.
They will represent Arkansas at the National Junior High Rodeo in Gallup, N.M., June 23-29. Arkansas Junior High Rodeo district/regional’s were held statewide September through May. The top 4 in each event qualify for Nationals. The Nationals are represented by 47 states, Australia, and Canada. Team Roping is the only rodeo event where men and women compete equally together.
Macey participated in the AJHRA last year and qualified for nationals in five events and was the 2012 Girls Rookie All-Around Champion. She and her partner placed fourth nationally in ribbon roping. She has qualified in four events: goat tying, breakaway calf roping, ribbon roping, and team roping for the 2013 Nationals. She is also the current vice-president of the AJHRA.
This is Seth’s first year with the AJHRA and in addition to qualifying in team roping, he is the 2013 Boys Rookie All-Around Champion. Macey and Seth both attend Carl Stuart Middle School and are in the 7th and 6th grade, respectively.