Gillian Darcy a Dumas native will be traveling to Abilene, Texas, June 7-13 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.

Gillian, a Dumas High School junior, THSRA Region 1 member, will be competing on the state level in the pole bending events.

“Faith in God and my 23 year old pole horse Sweet Pea, is what got me to the finals this year.  I believe the good Lord brought her to me about 4 years ago to show me patients, determination and to help build my confidence. I thank Him everyday for bringing her into my life.  She has such heart for this sport and absolutely loves her job.”

Gillian will be competing in pole bending (June 8 for the 1st round of competition and June 9 of second round competition).

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

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