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Meet the Member Luke Dubois
story by Chiara Bacque
Luke Dubois competes in five events in the Louisiana Junior High School Rodeo Association: tie-down roping, team roping ( header for Grant Foster), ribbon roping ( ropes for Kylie Cliburn), chute dogging and goat tying. He and his partner won the state team roping title, placed 4th in tie down roping and 3rd in Ribbon roping at state qualifying him for his first National Junior High Finals in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Fourteen your old Luke is most proud of his paint gelding, “ Batman” because they share the same birthday and age. Batman was given to Luke as a gift from his Grandpa. “My dad helped me train him and I can do anything off of him. I can pen cows, head, heel and rope calves on him. Knowing that I helped train him makes him even more special to me.” Luke is a a 4th generation cowboy and began riding when he was able to sit up and began competing at the age of six. “I love every event in rodeo but my favorite is tie-down roping.” Roping calves is a passion he would like to perfect in the next few years. “Rodeos are won in the practice pen so I practice a lot.”
Luke grew up in his families horse training business in Cankton, Louisiana, with his parents Shel and Jeanne Dubois, Grace (12), Faith (10), John David (8), Gabe (5), and Clay Michael (3). Everything that he has learned about horses has been taught to him by his parents. His father is a third generation cowboy and his mother is a LHSRA alumni. . “I spend a lot of time assisting my dad and learning how to train horses.” He loves having a large family because there is always lots of love and he has a large cheering section at the rodeo. “I always have someone to rope and ride with and everyone helps with the chores.” While Luke admits the horse training business requires effort from the entire family, cleaning stalls is his least favorite chore. “We all pitch in to get it done.” All of the siblings are preparing to follow in Luke’s foot steps in Louisiana Junior High Rodeo. They help Luke in the practice pen by pushing up cattle and working the chute gate. In the future, Grace and Luke will pair up in the team roping event. “It’s easy to practice when you rope with your sister.”
The 7th grader attends David Thibodeaux Stem Magnet Academy where he enjoys making new friends. He loves math and social studies and would like to attend college to pursue a mechanical engineering degree. He is an active member of the 4-H club . “ I would like to college rodeo and qualify for the NFR”. Luke is always thinking about riding and roping. “ I like to track the sled dummy and rope on young horses. I think good horsemanship is important.”
Trevor Brazil inspires him to be a good horseman and to try to become a great all around cowboy. “ I would love to spend time with Trevor.”
For fun, Luke likes shooting skeet, wake boarding playing basketball and hanging out with friends and family. On rainy days, watching Total Team Roping and Spin to Win on television are his favorite activities. He is an active member in 4-H and competes in several equine competitions and team roping throughout the year. While traveling he loves to eat hamburgers, fries, and beef jerky. . Making new friends at rodeos is something he really enjoys.
Luke has a special bond with his parents. “They help me with everything and want me to do my best.”Taking me to rodeos is a lot of work for my parents. I’m very blessed because I wouldn’t be able to rodeo without the help of my parents.”