MHSRA GRADUATES

MHSRA Graduates 2023

Brenna Johnston
Brenna Johnston
My name is Brenna Johnston and I have been a member of MHSRA for the past four years competing in pole bending and barrel racing. I am graduating from Virden Collegiate Institute, from there I will be taking Agribusiness at ACC in Brandon. I hope that I can find a good job in the ag field and give back to the community around me with the knowledge I've learned, and hopefully have some sheep! I have always gone to the high school rodeos but it wasn't until my grade nine year when I stepped out of my comfort zone and finally entered one, and I'm happy I did. Whether you're between events or warming up, there will always be someone to tell you good luck or ask how you did. The competitors of MHSRA have helped me make new memories and have taught me millions of things; including how to dance which I'm actually very grateful for. The association has also provided me with achievements as well as amazing friends and has opened so many new doors for me. I will be forever grateful for the company I have been surrounded by at these rodeos and the endless support I've received. Along with the people I've been surrounded by, I'm incredibly grateful for my horse who has never let me down and has always gave his all even when he didn't want to. The people of MHSRA have taught me to be kind, hardworking, humble, and thankful which I hope I can carry out into others around me. Thank you to my fellow grads who have always been willing to cheer me on, push me to be my best and have been nothing but kind and funny (and great dancers) I wish you all the best wherever life takes you! Finally Thank you to the committee, volunteers, parents, grandparents, and animals that make these events possible, we may not show it all the time but we are forever thankful
Dylan Byrne
Events: Team Roping, Cutting, Reined Cow horse, Trap Shooting.
Hi, my name is Dylan Byrne, I have had the opportunity to be a part of MHSRA for the past 5 incredible years. Throughout those 5 years, I created friendships and core memories to last a life time. As well as being able to constructively mature as a competitor and individual. But that wouldn’t be possible without the genuine folks who fill this association. I will be forever grateful for my parents for their guidance and encouragement setting me up for success with MHSRA. It’s an association like no other. Huge thanks to my family, friends, MHSRA bored, sponsors and committees for past 5 unforgettable years. As I move forward, I plan to head back to Arizona in the fall to continue my apprenticeship with world champion Team Roper Jeremey Buhler. As well, I plan to pursue a career in Equine Dentistry.
Dylan Byrne
Ricki Hill (2)
Ricki Hill
I will be graduating from Virden Collegiate Institute in June MHSRA events that I participate in are Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping This fall I will be attending Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB taking the Animal Health Technology diploma program Huge Thank You to all the parent volunteers and members who make MHSRA possible each and every year.
Kali Johnson
I have been apart of the MHSRA for one and a half seasons. I am from Gainsborough Saskatchewan and I participate in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, and break away roping. Although I started later than the rest of my fellow graduates, I have learned so many life lessons. I have made life long friendships and memories that I will cherish forever. High school rodeo has taught me how to be independent and responsible for myself and others. I learned how to make time to feed and walk the horses while also making sure that I’m not late for entry fees. Well I was late once, but believe me when I say I’ll never be late again. I have enjoyed my time being apart of this organization and I want to thank everyone who was helping me out behind the scenes. Hauling horses for me, letting me stay in their trailers, and making room for me in their trucks so I’d be able to go to the rodeos when my parents weren’t able to come. Those people know who they are and I am so grateful to them. I also want to thank my mom for hauling me places and being my biggest supporter. Along with my dad who holds down the fort at home when I am away and always makes sure that the truck and trailer are in tip top shape. Thank you to the committee who puts on these amazing rodeos and everyone else who made me feel to welcome this past season. I will continue to rodeo and curl at Lakeland College where I got accepted into their Crop Technology course.
Kali Johnson
Kalder McPherson
Kalder McPherson
I grew up in Ashern, Manitoba working on the farm. I enjoy the outdoors - hunting and fishing are two of my favourite activities! Rodeo has taught me many life lessons. To persevere, keep pushing forward and never give up. Rodeo has also given me a new focus on determination, the drive and commitment I use to achieve my goals. After graduation from Ashern Central, I will be attending Dickinson State University and competing on their rodeo team in bull riding.
Denver Braithwaite
I am graduating from Seine River Collegiate in Ste Anne Manitoba. I am currently working at PBX trucking, after graduation I plan on going to work with my Dad in Alberta and to continue rodeoing in Alberta. This is my second year with Manitoba Highschool Rodeo. I am currently competing in Saddle Bronc.
Denver Braithwaite
Lexie VanDeKerckhove
Lexie VanDeKerckhove
I have been a part of MHSRA for the past 3 years and have enjoyed every moment of it. Although my time with MHSRA has flown by quickly, the memories I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned will last a lifetime. This association holds a special spot in my heart, as I didn’t come from a rodeo family. I’ve been able to push myself and better my skills in an amazing environment to do so. I am beyond thankful for the amazing people I’ve been able to cross paths with through high school rodeo and the friends I have made. I will be graduating from Winnipegosis Collegiate Institute this year. In the future I plan on going into the nursing program at Red River College, to become a Registered Nurse. I hope to rodeo in the summers while continuing my education. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who makes these rodeos possible and helps them run smoothly. Lastly I’d like to thank my parents for supporting this wild dream of mine, it wouldn’t have come true without you. Congrats class of 2024!! I wish you guys all the best in your futures.
Rayna Monroe
Events: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying
I’m Rayna Munroe and I attend Killarney School. I have been a member of MHSRA for 3 years. I have made life long friends through rodeo and it is has shaped me into the person I am today. I’d like to thank my parents for taking me to every rodeo possible and always cheering me on. They have pushed me to always do my best and have supported me through everything. In the fall I will be attending Lakeland College in Vermillion Alberta. I am taking Animal Science Technology:Livestock Major. I am so excited to start this new chapter of my life and to see what life has to offer!
Rayna Monroe
Natalie Elias
Natalie Elias
Events: barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping
My name is Natalie Elias and I have been a member of MHSRA for 3 years. I attend high school in Winkler, and I have been accepted to U of M for the fall. Participating in MHSRA has been a challenge for me, since I did not grow up on a farm and I never had my own horse until 4 years ago. It has been a fun challenge learning new events, and I am still learning. I plan to get my Bachelor of social work, and I would eventually like to be a school social worker clinician. I would like to say thank you to the volunteers and parents who have helped me behind the scenes at our rodeo events, you have made me feel welcomed and helped me along the way!
Sadie Hollingshead
I have been apart of MHSRA for 7 years now and I have enjoyed every minute of it. It has gone by so fast and I am thankful for all of my family and friends who supported me and were by my side every step of the way. I have made life long friendships and memories. I learned many valuable lessons that have made me grow as a person. Next year, I will be attending Lake land college in Vermilion, Alberta to continue rodeoing and further my education in agriculture sustainability. Congratulations to all of my fellow graduates and good luck to you all with your future plans!
Sadie Hollingshead
Rylee Olafson
Rylee Olafson
I’m Rylee Olafson and I am graduating from Morden Collegiate Institute, I’m very excited to be able to continue my education journey. I have been accepted to Lakeland College in Vermillion Alberta and am looking forward to taking part in the Crop technology Program. High school rodeo has been a part of my life since the 8th grade and it’s been nothing but great memories and learning experiences. I have made life long friends through doing something we love together and will always be able to look back on these 5 years and think of all the experiences I got to have because of this association. I competed in barrel racing, Pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, lite rifle and trap shooting in these 5 years and improved my skills so much. Pole bending and lite rifle have come to be my favourite events, in the lite rifle shoots I was one of the first competitors to represent Manitoba in lite rifle competition at the NHSFR. While attending college I will be competing on the Lakeland college rodeo team in breakaway roping, barrel racing and pole bending. I would like to thank everyone in the high school rodeo community, including board members, parents, announcers, sponsors, judges, my fellow competitors and friends for coming together to make these rodeos happen and for pushing me to be my best at every rodeo. See you down the rodeo trail!
Laramie Collen
Events, Calf Roping and Team Roping
I have been a part of MHSRA for seven years, I have enjoyed my time competing at MHSRA and I have met people that have helped me become better as a competitor and as a person. I'd like to thank the Stewart family, Dunham family, Brown family and Campbell family for helping me better myself throughout the years. I would also like to thank all the sponsors and communities that made all these rodeos happen through the years. Most of all I'd like to thank my family for helping me, from running the chute to driving to the rodeos. I couldn't have done it without them. In the fall I will be attending Howard College in Big Spring, Texas to further my education and be apart of the Howard College rodeo team competing in Calf Roping
Laramie Collins
Coy Gervin
Coy Gervin
I attend high school at Rocanville School in Rocanville, SK. I have been a member of the MHSRA for 7 years and have enjoyed it so much. As a high school member I am currently competing in Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping, Cutting, Trap Shooting, and Light Rifle. I am grateful for all the lifelong friendships and experiences I have gained throughout my high school rodeo career, as well as all the life lessons it has taught me. I plan to continue my education at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK studying mechanical engineering.