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Fletcher 3rd in breakaway roping as Dodge Pro Rodeo returns to Prater Farm site

Among some of the Southeastern United State’s top rodeo talent — mostly men — at Lakeside Stables in Farragut last week was a seemingly fragile little girl.

No way.

Lucinda Fletcher, a freshman-to-be at Farragut High School later this month, was anything but fragile after finishing third among all cowgirls — including women — in breakaway roping during the Dodge Pro Rodeo circuit event at Prater Arena (Prater Farms) Friday and Saturday, July 28-29.

Two other west side youth competing in this National Cowboys Association event were Lucinda's younger sister, Natalie, a rising seventh-grader at Farragut Middle School, and Haley Newport, a rising freshman at Bearden High School.

All three won state titles in June while turning in solid performances nces during the 2006 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M. last month (see July 20 farragutpress issue, page 1).

Natalie competed in both breakaway roping and barrel racing, while Newport competed in barrel racing.

With dozens of the south’s top talent on hand locally last week, Carlissa McCullough, secretary for the NCA, said the Prater Arena event was “outstanding, a very huge turnout.”

Among the men in eight main events were the following winners:

• Bareback, Jason Dover

• Saddle bronc,

Larry Schneider

• Calf roping, Jordan Southern

• Breakaway roping,

Jessie Little

• Steer wrestling, Waylon Hasty

• Barrel racing, Kerrie Lewis

• Team roping,

Zeb Chapman/Southern

• Bull riding, T. J. Smith


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