Devan Running, a Dumas native will be traveling to Abilene, Texas, June 7-15 to compete in the Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals.

The state finals rodeo is an annual, week-long event where high school students across Texas and surrounding states come and compete. Numerous awards, scholarships and the opportunity to represent Texas at the National High School Finals Rodeo held each July are all up for grabs.

Contestants compete in rodeos throughout the year in one of 10 regions across the state. At the last rodeo of regional level competition, the top 10 competitors in each event are announced. These contestants are then given the opportunity to represent their region on the state level at the THSRA state finals.

Devan Running, a Dumas High School junior and THSRA Region 1 member, will be competing on the state level in both barrel racing and THSRA Queen competition.

Devan will be riding her barrel horse, Sugar, who helped her take the 6th average overall Regional Finals showing last April in Childress to qualify for state. Devan is also representing Region 1 as she competes for the crown of Miss Texas HS Rodeo Association Queen. “God has blessed me with the opportunity to rodeo and has allowed me this opportunity to be among the best in the state. I am excited and kind of nervous.” As for her upcoming Queen contest, Devan stated “I feel that this is one of the best ways I can represent my Lord and give something back to Him for all He has blessed me with.”

Devan will be competing in the queen competition June 7-9, with the crowning of the 2019-2020 Queen occurring at 2:30 on June 9. Her first-round barrel competition will take place the morning of June 11 and her second-round competition the evening of June 12.

Rodeo performances, as well as, other events held throughout the week are open to the public each morning and afternoon. Shuttle services will be offered on the Taylor County Expo Center grounds, and tickets will be sold at the gates. Schedule updates will be posted to the THSRA Facebook and Twitter pages regularly throughout the week.

The Texas High School Rodeo Association is a 501-C non-profit organization, which is the largest, most prestigious state high school rodeo association in the nation. THSRA sponsors over 125 rodeos per year throughout 10 regions across Texas. The rodeo year begins in August and concludes with the Texas High School Finals Rodeo in June. It is here, at the largest rodeo in the state of Texas, where “The Elite Compete” featuring the top cowboys and cowgirls from each Region. They compete for numerous awards, scholarships as well as the coveted honor of representing the state at the National High School Finals Rodeo held each July in Wyoming. For additional information visit www.thsra.org or contact Holly DeLaune at delaune.holly@gmail.com.

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