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|Two Gilbert cowboys ride in rodeo finals in New Mexico|
You don't have to go to Texas to find real cowboys, we are growing them right here in Franklin Parish.
Two Gilbert Junior High School students —seventh grader Stran Smith and eighth grader Justin Barlow — will soon be riding and roping in the world's largest junior high rodeo.
The boys, who have been competing in the rodeo circuit together for a year, have earned the right to compete at the National Junior High Final Rodeo in Gallup New Mexico from June 27 to July 3.
The event will feature more than 1,000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces and Australia.
In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will be vying for more than $80,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a world-class rodeo champion.
To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 22 after two go-rounds as intense competition before advancing to the final championship performance.
The championship performance will be televised nationally as part as the "Cinch Town Tour" telecast series.
The boys parents are confident that they will perform well and say having a few sponsors to help with expenses would be appreciated.
"They are both good kids and have been traveling together to compete in numerous rodeos throughout the state of Louisiana, said Tonya Smith, Stran's mother.
To help sponsor the boys, call Tonya at (318) 419-4681.