Photo Credit: 
Photos courtesy of Shy's Photography

WOODWARD — Cousins Carson New and Briar White both participated in the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association finals (OKJHSRA) this past weekend in Woodward.

Carson walked away as the 2019- 2020 State Champion, winning the Saddle Bronc Steer Riding Championship. He received a Todd Slone Trophy Saddle and a State Champion Gist Buckle for his efforts. Carson is the son of Kelly and Jennifer New of Sterling and also the brother of his biggest fan, Gunner New. Briar White won 1st in the average in ribbon roping and 2nd in the average for the finals. He also finished 3rd in breakaway for the season. Briar is the son of Justin and Amber White of Sterling. The season coincides with the school year starting in August at Shawnee and ending in May with the State Finals in Woodward. The students competed at five rodeos across the state in the fall but, unfortunately, a majority of the rodeos were canceled in the Spring due to the pandemic. Carson and Briar both qualified, along with the other event winners and the top four in each division, to represent Oklahoma at the National Junior High Finals held June 19-23 in Des Moines, Iowa. However, due to COVID-19 that event has been canceled and not rescheduled to be made up.