Neal earns top honors in state

Posted 7/28/20

14-year-old Jaley Neal took the state’s top prize in barrel racing at the 2020 State 4-H Horse Show at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, which took place July 19-25. She also finished fourth overall in the stake race and third in goat tying.

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Neal earns top honors in state

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14-year-old Jaley Neal took the state’s top prize in barrel racing at the 2020 State 4-H Horse Show at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan, which took place July 19-25. She also finished fourth overall in the stake race and third in goat tying.

“I was just happy that God blessed me to have that chance,” said Neal. “It was very exciting.”

Neal qualified for the state competition after competing in the district show, which also took place at the Brazos County Expo the week before. She earned top finishes in the barrel race and stake race, junior division, and earned a second place finish in pole bending.

She also received the Junior Horseman Award at the district competition for earning two top place finishes along with a second.

Neal competed in the Junior Intermediate Division and went head-to-head with roughly 30 competitors in each category.

Neal has now qualified for state in junior high rodeo twice. She also competes in the National Little Britches Rodeo Association, where she has qualified for nationals twice.

The name of her horse is JHB Driftwood Diann. She has participated in rodeo events since the age of seven.

“I probably ride about four times a week at the very least, usually more,” said Neal. “I would like to continue to get more training in.”

The Texas State 4-H Horse Show is the pinnacle of the 4-H horse project and offers many opportunities to 4-H youth including up to 40 classes of competition, educational programs, scholarships, and college preparation opportunities.

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