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All Around Junior Boy
story by Siri Stevens
Trevor Hartshorn from Hermosa, South Dakota, is the 2019 National Little Britches Junior Boy All Around Champion. He also earned the World Champion Junior Ribbon Roping saddle with his partner Gabe Glines from Ogallala, South Dakota. He was the 2018 NLBRA Junior Boy World Flag Racing Champion. He made the 14 hour trip to the Lazy E with his two horses and his brother’s horse. His brother, Levi, competed in the Little Wrangler events; barrel racing, flag racing, pole bending and goat tail untying.
“In the ribbon roping I felt confident going into the short go, but in the flag racing and the bareback riding I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Gabe and I were fifth in the short round and I was second in the flags and placed seventh in the bareback riding.” He likes team roping the best. “I feel like that’s the one event that’s going to take me the furthest. That event doesn’t ever change, just the competitiveness of it.”
Trevor enjoys the finals, especially the short round. “That seems like where it ends,” he said. He also enjoyed spending time with his friend Jack Rodenbaugh, who moved up to the senior division. Trevor will make that move next year. “I’ll calf rope, team rope, ribbon rope and try bull dogging – I’ve got down on one so far and I think I like it.”
Trevor and his 9-year-old brother, Levi, are the third generation of their family to rodeo. Their dad and grandpa both team roped. “I look up to my parents,” Trevor said. “My dad, Travis, farms and ranches and my mom, Jennifer, works for social services. “They help me a lot with travel expenses, entry fees, taking me to practices—just about everything,” says Trevor. The family takes their vacation at the Lazy E and they enjoy hanging out with friends between perfs and relaxing.
A sophomore at Custer High School, Trevor does well in math and algebra in particular, though he admits it’s not his favorite subject. He plays basketball, but realizes the season is so long, he may have to choose between being a guard and rodeo. He likes to hunt and fish and do leather work, something he learned from his dad. “I’m making a rattlesnake skin belt right now,” he said. He spends his spare time helping on the family ranch, either with the cattle or helping with the hay.