Aravaipa cowboys win team roping championship

xDSC_0038.JPG

By John Hernandez

John Henry Gaona, Jr. of Aravaipa is part of Arizona’s best junior high school roping team. John Henry, along with his partner Jose “Junior” Zambrano III from Tucson, took first place in Team Roping at the Arizona State Junior High Finals Rodeo in Prescott on May 14.

Their time at the state rodeo was 6.480. It was nearly two seconds better than the runner up team. Last year, the two were state champions and finished second in the National Junior High Rodeo finals.

The top four places in each event at the Arizona State Junior High Rodeo qualify for the National Junior High Rodeo (NJHR). Zambrano also qualified for the NJHR in the Tie Down and Ribbon Roping events by finishing third in both events.

John Henry and Junior have been roping together for a little more than two years now. They met each other while competing in jackpot roping contests around the state. They decided to team up and are now two time state champions.

They practice daily on their own with other partners, Junior in Tucson and John Henry at his family’s Aravaipa ranch. Occasionally they get together for practice but they have enough of an understanding of each other’s moves and roping skills to be the champions they’ve become.

John Henry and Junior both were selected for the Arizona Team Cinch of the National High School Rodeo Association Junior High Division. Team Cinch honors those elite cowboys and cow girls in high school and junior high rodeo that have excelled in rodeo competitions and the class room.

The 2013 National Junior High Rodeo will be held June 23 – 29 at Red Rock Park in Gallup, New Mexico.

See more photos online at: http://bit.ly/14UmhyB

DSC_0030.JPG

Junior Zambrano, left, and John Henry Gaona Jr. together make up Arizona’s best junior high roping team. (John Hernandez photos)

admin (7654 Posts)


Leave a Reply

  • Stories Just Posted

    Superior Substance Abuse Coalition helps Panthers get back to school

    7 hours ago
    by

    The Superior Substance Abuse Coalition (SSAC) once again hosted their annual Win to Swim event. This year there was record attendance, just about all of the 225 back packs filled with


    Resolution makes donation to QV Fire Department

    7 hours ago
    by

    In the good old days, you could count on your neighbor to lend a hand in a time of need.


    Superior Police Report

    8 hours ago
    by

    According to state law, police may arrest suspected offenders by two methods. The suspect may be physically taken into the department and booked into jail, or the arresting officer may write


    Darlene Patricia Rowlands-Lloyd

    8 hours ago
    by

    Darlene Patricia (Butterfield) Rowlands-Lloyd, 61, died July 13, 2014 at her home in Mesa, AZ.


  • Stories Just For You

    Resolution Copper Mining begins worker trainee program

    February 6th, 2014
    by

    SUPERIOR, Ariz., Jan. 28, 2014 – Resolution Copper Mining is beginning a Worker Trainee Program as part of its commitment […]


    Oracle Schools to consider moving kindergarten to the Mountain Vista Campus

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    By Dennis Blauser Superintendent, Oracle Schools On Feb. 18 the Oracle School District Governing Board will discuss the idea of […]


    Enjoy a day of outdoor recreation and history at the Third Annual Legends of Superior Trails Eco-Tourism Festival

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    The Legends of Superior Trails invites you to enjoy a day of history, and adventure at the Third Annual Legends […]


    Couple who held daughters captive in Pima County now facing Pinal County charges

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    A couple accused of keeping the wife’s three daughters captive in Pima County are now facing added charges in Pinal […]


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather