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COMMUNITY - "Youth Rodeo Athletes Honored at LJRA Awards Banquet"

TREMONTON - January 3, 2023

Future rodeo stars from Box Elder County and throughout northern Utah participating in Utah's Legacy Junior Rodeo Association (LJRA) gathered together at the Box Elder County fairgrounds in Tremonton for their annual banquet held November 15, where a special guest was in attendance to help present the awards.

The Legacy Junior Rodeo Association held in Tremonton holds 10 rodeos per season, gives 16 all-around saddles, several buckles and thousands of dollars back to the future of rodeo per year. It is a non-profit association for the youth with 250 members joining each year. Visit their website at for more information.

LJRA 2022 Awards:

Pee Wee Girls: All-Around: Charolette Widdison Reserve All-Around: Whitley Bair

Pee Wee Boys: All-Around: Mac Lloyd Reserve All-Around: Holden Gammon

Boys 7 & under: All-Around: Steele Hipwell Reserve All-Around: Tyke Talbot

Girls 7 & under: All-Around: Kashen Francis Reserve All-Around: Kashlee Hill

Boys 8-11: All-Around: Krey Keetch Reserve All-Around: Hayden Buttars

Girls 8-11: All-Around: Kenna Hodson Reserve All-Around: Taycee Hipwell

Boys 12-15: All-Around: Rowdy McKee Reserve All-Around: Ty Grant

Girls 12-15: All-Around: Sofie Williams Reserve All-Around: Mylee Solomon

Rusty Wright, a highly acclaimed saddle bronc rider in Utah and throughout the country and a 5-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Milford, Utah, was a presenter at the awards banquet. Wright, a two-time National High School Finals Rodeo champion (2012 and 2013) happily posed with fans of all ages for pictures during the event.

Read more about Rusty Wright on the links below.

The Legacy Junior Rodeo Association, "strives to keep western heritage alive by bringing regional recognition to the sport of rodeo for youth, ages 6 through 15," according to their website HOME | LJRA Utah. "In addition, the LJRA works to promote the utmost level of conduct and sportsmanship, foster relationships between its participants, while increasing and maintaining interest in the sport of rodeo."

Photos by John Hurley


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