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Meet the Member “Stitch” Jeanalee Martin
story by Ruth Nicolaus
Holler out the name “Jeanalee Martin” at a rodeo and very few people will know who you’re talking about. But if you ask for “Stitch”, you’ll get someone. And that someone will be a 13-year-old blond cowgirl from Sulphur, La., who is a member of the Louisiana Junior High School Rodeo Association.
Stitch, got her nickname when she was a toddler. Her mama said she got into everything, like the alien Stitch in the movie of the same name, and the name stuck.
Stitch is a breakaway roper who rides a 16-year-old sorrel mare named Tinker Belle. Tinker Belle used to not be very good at her job, “she couldn’t stop very good,” Stitch said, but after her older sister Mia trained her a bit, she improved. Stitch began breakaway roping last year.
She is an eighth grade student at Our Lady’s School in Sulphur, LA, where she loves to study American History, especially the Civil War. If she could choose one famous person from the past to visit with, it would be President John F. Kennedy.
She also loves to read. Her favorite book is If I Stay, and she estimates she’s seen the movie at least 10 times.
Stitch is historian for the Student Council, which involves taking pictures and making a scrapbook. She also plays basketball and volleyball and is on her school’s honor roll.
The Martin family has three dogs: Maverick and Minnie, who are mini-Australian shepherds, and Reno. They love it when she gives them snacks and treats.
Stitch qualified for state finals last year, her first year of junior high rodeo, and finished in ninth place.
She has two brothers: Tristan, who is 19, and Preston, who is four, and four sisters: Mia, age 16, Bella, age 10, Alysa, who is eight, and Timber, age one.
She is the daughter of Stoney and Mandy Martin.