Monday, May 20, 2024

Tolar High School rodeo dreams in Hood County


The Hood County Reunion Grounds were once again the testing grounds for young high school athletes determined to prove themselves in the sport of rodeo. Rodeo teams from across North Texas came to the Reunion Grounds Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 where they competed in various rodeo events throughout the weekend. This marks the 19th rodeo event of the 2023-2024 North Texas High School Rodeo Association season and all points scored at this rodeo help get the young athletes closer to the coveted finals. This rodeo was hosted by the Tolar High School Rodeo Team.

Two Hood County athletes placed in the top 10 in the barrel riding event. Granbury High School athlete Ainsley Reeves had an impressive 17.14 second ride and walked away with a total of 70 points for the barrel racing event the buckle. Neelie Stafford of Granbury earned 35 points and sixth place with her 17.708 second ride in the same event. Ashtyn Liming of Granbury just missed the top 10 with a 14.051 second ride in the ride-up goat tying event.

Granbury wasn’t the only Hood County team that showed up. The Tolar Rattlers competed but missed out on the points. Rylee Rickabaugh barely missed a top 10 spot in the walk-up goat tying event with a 9.370 second run behind Caitlyn Colley of Azle, who turned in a 9.028 second run. Right on the tails of Liming in the ride-up goat tying event were Rickabaugh and Pyper Boggs of Tolar.

Overall standings for Hood County teams and individuals for the NTHSRA 2023-2024 season as of press time:


The Tolar High School rodeo team is currently ranked seventh overall out of 66 North Texas teams with a total of 2,968 points.

The Granbury High School rodeo team is just behind the Tolar team with a total of 2,863 points.


Reeves of Granbury currently sits at 10th for barrel racing with 357 points.

Breakaway roping

Kyley Kenley of Tolar is currently 11th with 308 points — just one point away from top 10.

Chute Dogging

Joseph Rickabaugh of Tolar is currently in first place with 819 points.

Levi Johnson of Granbury is in fourth place with 553 points.

Goat Tying/Horse

Rylee Rickabaugh of Tolar is in sixth place with 651 points.

Goat Tying/Walk Up

Grace Burdick of Granbury is in sixth place with 651 points.

Rylee Rickabaugh of Tolar is 11th with 322 points, 35 points from the top 10.

Saddle Bronc

Levi Johnson of Granbury is currently sitting at second place with 280 points.

Team Roping (header)

Takota Kenley is currently fourth place with 427 points.


Hood County rodeo teams have three more opportunities to earn more points for the 2023-2024 North Texas High School Rodeo Association season. April 12-13 is the NTHSRA Queens and Cowgirls Rodeo at the NTHSRA Arena. On April 19-21 the Byron Nelson Rodeo is the 21st rodeo of the season. It will also be held at the NTHSRA Arena. The final rodeo before the finals will be the Perrin Rodeo April 27-28 at the NTHSRA Arena located at 6229 Windy Ryon Way, Fort Worth, TX 76179. For more information about the North Texas High School Rodeo Association go to or look up the NTHSRA on Facebook.