Wayne County’s own Kasen Brewer, Weston Buie, and Harley Staggs competed in National Little Britches Rodeo Associations (NLBRA) in Tennessee (TriStar) and Alabama (ALBRA) for the 2018-2019 rodeo season. They were privileged to qualify and compete along with 1,200 other young cowboys and cowgirls from across the United States in the National Finals Rodeo. This event was held at the world famous Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma on July 2-7, 2019.
Kasen qualified and competed in the Little Wranglers division goat tail untying, barrel racing, and flag racing at Nationals. He had a solid run in the first and second round of goat untying, and finished 6th in the second round. Those times put Kasen through to the short go on Championship Sunday where the top 20 competed. Kasen’s run allowed him to finish 8th in the world.
Kasen is the son of Kyle and Brandi Brewer of Waynesboro. He was also champion on goat untying, reserve champion in barrels, and 3rd in flags overall for the TriStar Rodeo Season. He was very successful in ALBRA, placing reserve champion in goat untying, reserve champion in barrels, and 4th in flags overall for the season. Kasen is also very competitive in Ranch Rodeos in Tennessee and Alabama. He will be entering the 4th grade and moving up to the Junior Boys division this fall.
Weston qualified and competed in Junior Boys goat tying and flag racing. He cut his fastest times in the first and second rounds and was just off the leaders by 0.5 seconds at the end of the second go round. Weston finished Nationals 22nd in the country.
Weston is the son of Jonathan and Mandy Buie of Waynesboro. He completed his Rookie Year 4th in flag racing and 6th in goat tying overall for the TriStar Season. He was also 6th overall in flags for the ALBRA season. Weston competed in breakaway roping and has been very successful in other events in youth rodeos in Tennessee and Alabama this season. He is a 2018-2019 Wayne County 4-Her of the Year and has earned Tennessee 4-H Honors. Weston will be entering the 9th grade and moving up to the Senior Boys Division this fall.
Harley qualified and competed in Senior Girls Division goat tying at Nationals. She had excellent 9.0 second runs. Harley is an outgoing Senior for NLBRA. She also competed in breakaway roping, team roping, and barrel racing this season.
Harley is the daughter of Steve and Paula Staggs of Collinwood. She has been competing in rodeos since an early age, having huge success and always helping younger cowboys and cowgirls. She attends Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on a rodeo scholarship. Harley is a member and competes on the 3R Raiders Rodeo Team and in the Ozark Region. She is working toward qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo that will be held in Casper, Wyoming. Harley is pursuing a career in the medical field and will be a sophomore this fall.
The National Little Britches Rodeo Association began in 1952. The association provides youth an opportunity to win buckles, saddles, money, gift certificates, and college scholarships. The level of competition is second to none. Each year over 3,000 youth from across the United States compete in nearly 500 Little Britches Rodeos with dreams of qualifying and competing in the National Finals Rodeo. These cowboys and cowgirls compete rain or shine, hot or cold at indoor and outdoor arenas with their best trusted/trained horses in the toughest rodeo competitions where tenths of seconds count. They spend countless hours in the saddle and arena each year. These athletes are always striving to beat their last best time. Congratulations Kasen, Weston, and Harley, and best of luck in the upcoming rodeo season!