Rodeo: Riding away champions – Decatur seniors end high school careers by winning saddles

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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DYNAMIC DUO – Decatur’s Chase Wilson and Carolyn Spear came home with three saddles and eight buckles from the North Texas High School Rodeo Association’s finals last weekend. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

In the ring, Chase Wilson and Carolyn Spear formed the “dynamic duo.”

With Wilson steering the steer straight for her, Spear won the season title in steer undecorating at North Texas High School Rodeo Association.

“Chase is the best hazer,” Spear said.

It was one of three saddles the pair brought home from the association’s finals last weekend. The two seniors also garnered eight of the Decatur squad’s 18 buckles.

“We tried to go out with a bang,” said Wilson, who won saddles for the season title in chute dogging and steer wrestling. Wilson also won the finals rodeo in two events. He was the reserve champion all-around cowboy.

Spear won the breakaway roping event at the finals along with finishing fifth in steer undecorating in the rodeo.

“I had some awesome calves that came out of the box good,” Spear said about her victory in breakaway roping. “I’m really glad it ended that way for my last rodeo.”

For Spear, the season-ending finals at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, was the end of her career. It was her fourth year to qualify for the finals.

“I won’t be competing in college. I’m going the medical field route and need more time for studying than rodeo,” said.

She will start next fall at Blinn College with hopes of transferring to Texas A&M.

Wilson is headed to South Plains College to join its rodeo team.

This year was his third straight year to win the steer wrestling title. He was proud of that honor, but was extremely satisfied with the chute dogging title that came 21 years after his father Rick won the event.

“Everything worked out perfect,” Wilson said. “The steers came out perfect. The horse ran great. I had never won the average before.”

After 27 weeks of competing in NTHSRA events, Wilson is not taking a break. He is preparing to compete next month in Abilene at the Texas High School Rodeo finals in steer wrestling. He hopes to qualify for nationals.

With their careers competing with the Decatur team over, Spear and Wilson thanked Tanya and Rick Wilson and Stephanie McLeod for their work with the program.

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Kimberly Luco: 3rd place season for walk-up goat tying; 4th place season in ride-up goat tying; 3rd finals average ride-up goat tying

Derek Winter: Reserve champion calf roping; 6th place finals average calf roping; 5th ribbon roping

Dillan McGuire: 2nd place finals average steer wrestling; 5th place season steer wrestling

Nick Martinez: 2nd place finals average chute dogging

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