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Seminoles rack up rodeo honors

Jobe Johns and Blevyns Jumper compete in team roping at the FHSRA state finals in Okeechobee. (Mike Rastelli photo)
Jobe Johns and Blevyns Jumper compete in team roping at the FHSRA state finals in Okeechobee. (Mike Rastelli photo)

The Seminole Tribe is assured of being well represented on the national rodeo scene this summer, and beyond.

Thanks to their achievements in the Florida High School Rodeo Association this season, Courtney Gore, Jobe Johns and Blevyns Jumper will compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo July 17-23 in Gillette, Wyoming. The 68th annual rodeo is expected to draw about 1,500 competitors from 41 states, Canada and Australia.
FHSRA’s season wrapped up May 12-15 with the state finals at Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center.

Courtney, daughter of Lonnie and Donnie Gore, won the Miss Florida High School Rodeo Queen contest. She’ll represent the association throughout the upcoming year and serve as an officer. She will compete at nationals against other champion queens from throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia for the national title.

Courtney Gore holds flowers after she was named Miss Florida High School Rodeo Queen in May during the Florida High School Rodeo Association state finals in Okeechobee. (Mike Rastelli photo)
Courtney Gore holds flowers after she was named Miss Florida High School Rodeo Queen in May during the Florida High School Rodeo Association state finals in Okeechobee. (Mike Rastelli photo)

Courtney, 18, will be heading into her senior year at Moore Haven High School this fall. She competes in breakaway roping and barrel racing.

Jobe won FHSRA’s top honor by capturing the Boys All-Around Cowboy award. He generated 364 points throughout the season that ran September through May. The son of Tara and Billy Joe Johns also won the tie-down calf roping championship and the Top Hand award. He finished third in steer wrestling and cutting.

Jobe graduated from the Alpha Omega home school program. With a goal of becoming a horse dentist, Jobe, 17, plans to attend the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho starting in January. He doesn’t plan to college rodeo, but instead will rodeo professionally. Jobe will compete in calf roping, cutting and steer wrestling at nationals.

Blevyns, son of Andrea and Josh Jumper, qualified for nationals in steer wrestling after finishing as the reserve champion. Blevyns has signed with Ranger College in Ranger, Texas. He plans to study ranch management. As for rodeo, Blevyns, 19, will compete for Ranger in the Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Jobe Johns quickly gains the upperhand in tie-down calf roping during the Florida High School Rodeo Association state finals. Jobe won the season championship in the event. (Mike Rastelli photo)
Jobe Johns quickly gains the upperhand in tie-down calf roping during the Florida High School Rodeo Association state finals. Jobe won the season championship in the event. (Mike Rastelli photo)

Blevyns recently graduated from American Heritage School in Plantation. He played for Heritage’s football team and was a member of the 2015 state championship squad.

The Seminole trio will be joined at nationals by Logan Hyatt. Logan, a Muscogee (Creek) from Alabama lives with the Johns family. He will compete in steer wrestling at nationals. He won the steer wrestling championship at FHSRA. Logan graduated from the online school James Madison High School. He will college rodeo in Texas.

Jobe, Blevyns and Logan earned full scholarships to their respective institutions.

 state champion steer wrestler Logan Hyatt eyes his target during the state finals. (Mike Rastelli photo)
State champion steer wrestler Logan Hyatt eyes his target during the state finals. (Mike Rastelli photo)
Blevyns Jumper brings down a steer during the steer wrestling competition at the FHSRA state finals May 12-15 in Okeechobee. Blevyns finished as the reserve champion for the season. (Mike Rastelli photo)
Blevyns Jumper brings down a steer during the steer wrestling competition at the FHSRA state finals May 12-15 in Okeechobee. Blevyns finished as the reserve champion for the season. (Mike Rastelli photo)
All-Around Cowboy state champion Jobe Johns is joined by his parents, Billy Joe and Tara Johns at the state finals. (Mike Rastelli photo)
All-Around Cowboy state champion Jobe Johns is joined by his parents, Billy Joe and Tara Johns at the state finals. (Mike Rastelli photo)
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