Competing in rodeo is a family affair. Take it from some Natchitoches residents who’ve recently competed in events and are already competing to win the honor to participate at the 2021 National Finals.
Natchitoches Parish student Addi Moore, daughter of Kasie and Lance Moore, just competed for her first year in the Little Britches National Rodeo Association in barrels and poles. Her horses’ names are Cash and Miss Kay. She trains once a week with her trainer Chole Jordan who also works at the Martha Josey Ranch. Addi finished in the top 75 in both her events in both rounds of competition at the finals in July in Guthrie, Okla. She is looking forward to starting her second year of competing where she has now moved up age division from little wranglers to junior girls.
Jacob Townsend, a 15-year-old Natchitoches resident, competes in the senior division in Little Britches. His events are steer wrestling, tie down roping, and ribbon roping. Jacob won Steer Wrestling Champion at Cajun Little Britches and Louisiana Little Britches. He qualified for National Finals in July in steer wrestling and ribbon roping and he advanced to the short go in steer wrestling. Jacob rides a 21-year-old horse named Red for steer wrestling and his dad hazes for him on an 8-year-old horse named Seemore. Jacob rides a 15-year-old horse in tie down named Jag. He is the runner for his partner in ribbon roping. He enjoys rodeoing and seeing all his friends across the state.
Jaxon Townsend, 9-years-old, competed in Little Wranglers 2019-2020. He moved up to Juniors in August and competed in flag race and goat untying. He won second place in flag race and fourth in goat untying at Louisiana Little Britches and qualified for National Finals in both of his events. Moving up to Juniors he will compete in break away roping, goat tying, and flag race. He rides a 19-year-old paint horse named Jesse in goat untying and flag race. Jaxson has enjoyed learning how to rope and goat tie over the past year and his goals for the upcoming rodeo season are to qualify for national finals in all of his events.
Ava Grace Townsend, 7-years-old, competes in the Little Wrangler age division. Her events are barrel racing, pole bending, goat untying and flag race. Ava won Champion Barrel Racer at Louisiana Little Britches. She qualified in all of her events for National Finals and was blessed to take home a buckle at Finals for sixth place in the second go in barrel racing. Ava Grace rides her brother’s horse Jesse in goat untying and flag racing. She rides her 21-year-old horse Castro in pole bending and her 11-year-old palomino horse Josey in barrel racing Ava hopes to one day make it all the way to the top and run at the NFR in Las Vegas!
The Little Britches participants received their awards during a rodeo competition in September.
The NPJ knows that there’s a large rodeo community in Natchitoches Parish and this article highlights just a few of its members. If you’d like to showcase your athlete’s achievements through the Journal email photos and information from your competitions to NPJNatLa@gmail.com.