‘Dare To Be A Cowboy’ Journeys To Reno Rodeo, National High School Finals Rodeo
by Joey Crandall, firstname.lastname@example.org
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — It took about 13 months for ‘Dare To Be A Cowboy’ – a non-profit foundation geared toward helping introduce the sport of rodeo to youth worldwide – to move from a simple idea in the mind of Carson Valley resident Hannah Beth Tems to center stage at the Reno Rodeo.
If that seems like a whirlwind, consider Tems’ schedule over the past month and a half: After graduating from Douglas High in the final week of May, she competed in the Nevada State High School Finals Rodeo – winning reserve champion in goat tying. That qualified her for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. – where she is this week (She’ll compete Tuesday, July 14 in the evening performance and Thursday, July 16 in the morning performance). From June 16 to 25, she was heavily involved in the Reno Rodeo, promoting the Dare To Be A Cowboy mission and introducing to Northern Nevada after seeing the organization grow be leaps and bounds globally over the past year.“It was crazy busy,” Tems said. “I was able to do interviews with Channel 4 and Channel 8 and they let me speak in front of the whole Reno Rodeo crowd. It was good to get the word out on a more local basis. People were coming up and talking with me, saying they wanted to help out.”
More importantly, she got to see the heart of the mission play out as Carson Valley resident Victor Campos, 5, got to compete in mutton busting in front of the rodeo crowd.
“He’s just a sweet kid from here that we’ve been able to help get involved in rodeo,” Tems said. “The rodeo queens came and talked with him and everyone really went out of their way to make it a big deal for him. He got to sign autographs after the performance, and sit next to the guy who won the calf roping competition.
“In the beginning, he was really nervous, not talking at all. But by the end, he was talking with everyone and signing autographs. It was really cool.”
The foundation also had a two-page spread in the Reno Rodeo program.
“We were able to meet a lot of people, and we have some key people within the rodeo that were able to introduce us, and the Dare To Be A Cowboy mission to a number of organizations who may be able to help us,” said Michelle Tems, Hannah’s mother.
The foundation, which has produced a popular line of apparel to help fund its efforts, just added a vendor in Australia.
In May, they hosted a free roping clinic in Reno. There were 37 children in attendance, many of whom had never been around rodeo before.
“Right after the clinic, there was a jackpot roping competition,” Hannah Beth Tems said. “That was really neat for me to watch. These kids got to participate in the clinic, then they roped their hearts out and had the chance to win their first buckle. It was what I really hoped to do when I first started this.”
Dare To Be A Cowboy also put together a mini-clinic of sorts during Kids Day at the Reno Rodeo last month.
Tems will compete in goat tying Tuesday night (July 14) at the National High School Finals Rodeo. The performance, which begins at 6 p.m. PST (7 p.m. in Wyoming) will be shown on Cinch TV, at http://nhsratv.com/
“It feels really good to make it,” she said. “I did high school rodeo for two years, it’s a big accomplishment for me.”
Carson Valley resident Cassidy Champlin is also at the national finals, competing in barrel racing. She posted the second-fastest time during the first performance on Sunday.
For more information on Dare To Be A Cowboy, visit www.daretobeacowboy.com. To purchase from their apparel line, visit www.dtbac.com.
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