Wylie Jo Hodges doesn’t horse around
Wylie Jo Hodges has been on a remarkable ride this year and although she competes in the 10U class she’s all business in the saddle.
The young equestrian, who competes in the Southwest Arkansas High School Rodeo Association (SAHSRA), finished her 2020 season Memorial Day weekend at the fairgrounds in Texarkana.
Association riders compete in rodeos from September to May.
During that time she won two saddles, was named the 10U All-Around Champion Cowgirl and was the 10U Barrel Racing Champion.
Wylie Jo was also reserve champion in the 10U Goat Tying, placed third for the year in 10U Poles, made the top 15 in the 10U Breakaway and won five belt buckles to go along with numerous other prizes.
Running WJ Barrel Race
In June Wylie Jo placed ninth out of 650 barrel racers at the Running WJ Barrel Race in Texarkana, and qualified for the Vegas Tuffest in the 10U Breakaway. That event will take place in December in conjunction to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and will be televised.
As of this article she tried to qualify in barrels before the end of August.
Elite Youth Rodeo Association
Wylie Jo finished the 2019-2020 Elite Youth Rodeo Association season in Sulphur Springs Aug. 1. She won the 10U All-Around Cowgirl saddle there as well. She also finished out the year as the 10U Barrel Racing Champion, 10U Pole Bending Champion and the 10U Ribbon Roping Champion.
Josey Jr. World
Wylie Jo ran in the Josey Jr. World competition Aug. 7-9. She placed in the second round with a 16.7 to win fourth in the 2D and make it back to the final round.
There she placed seventh in the 2D final round and finished in the top 20 overall.
Wylie Jo brought home lots of prizes and $1,500 for her amazing efforts.
Wylie Jo, who is sponsored by Hodges Farms of Omaha, Texas, has been competing since the age of five and has won five saddles, 35 buckles and more than $15,000 in her 6-year rodeo career.
The horses she rode this past rodeo season are her barrel horse, Cici, pole horse, Sal, and her roping and goat pony Sally. She also has another barrel horse named Reina and is roping on Cici as well.