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DUBLIN — Though it may seem surprising, there are more girls than guys that participate in the Virginia High School Rodeo Association. Chelsea Gusler, a sophomore at Pulaski County High School, is one of those girls.
Although she has attended the VHSRA’s state finals rodeo in the past, this will be Gusler’s first year as a participant in the rodeo, which will be held this weekend at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin.
“I went to the state finals last year and just thought it would be fun to get involved with,” Gusler said.
With the help of some local rodeo enthusiasts, along with friends who were already involved with the VHSRA, Gusler became an active member of the association this year.
One such friend who helped Gusler to get involved with VHSRA is Ty Burton, who is one among the minority of males in the organization. He will also participate in this weekend’s rodeo.
Burton, who is a junior at PCHS and serves as student treasurer of the VHSRA, said this will be his third year involved with the organization.
“I grew up going to rodeos and being around horses,” Burton said. “Over the years, I just gradually got more involved.”
In this weekend’s rodeo, Burton will participate in the calf roping, team roping and cutting events, while Gusler will put her skills to the test in the barrel racing and pole bending events. In addition, she will be in the running for VHSRA Queen and will compete in that contest on Saturday night, where she will be judged on horsemanship, a speech and modeling, along with several other aspects.
Gusler said that what she enjoys most about being involved with the VHSRA is the fact that the events are different from many sports in the way that they always seem to present new challenges. And to add to that, the events are just “really exciting,” she said.
Gusler, who is the daughter of Craig and Karen Gusler of Dublin, also said that the VHSRA is very family-oriented and gives her the opportunity to involve her family in the events, as well as grow closer to her “rodeo family.”
Burton, the son of Chuck and Jada Burton of Fairlawn, said that he enjoys being involved with the VHSRA because it gives him many opportunities to travel and meet new people.
Last year, he was given the chance to travel to Springfield, Ill., as he qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association finals.
Burton also said through the VHSRA, he now has friends all across the state of Virginia and overall, he just likes being a part of the whole rodeo atmosphere.
The VHSRA state finals will begin this Friday, May 30, at 6 p.m.
Junior events will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by high school level events at 7 p.m.
Sunday’s events will begin at 10 a.m.
Admission to the rodeo is $5 for adults and free for children under 6.
For more information about the VHSRA, contact Jennifer Viers, state secretary, at (540) 980-2719.

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PCHS students have exciting weekend planned

DUBLIN — Though it may seem surprising, there are more girls than guys that participate in the Virginia High School Rodeo Association. Chelsea Gusler, a sophomore at Pulaski County High School, is one of those girls.
Although she has attended the VHSRA’s state finals rodeo in the past, this will be Gusler’s first year as a participant in the rodeo, which will be held this weekend at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin.
“I went to the state finals last year and just thought it would be fun to get involved with,” Gusler said.
With the help of some local rodeo enthusiasts, along with friends who were already involved with the VHSRA, Gusler became an active member of the association this year.
One such friend who helped Gusler to get involved with VHSRA is Ty Burton, who is one among the minority of males in the organization. He will also participate in this weekend’s rodeo.
Burton, who is a junior at PCHS and serves as student treasurer of the VHSRA, said this will be his third year involved with the organization.
“I grew up going to rodeos and being around horses,” Burton said. “Over the years, I just gradually got more involved.”
In this weekend’s rodeo, Burton will participate in the calf roping, team roping and cutting events, while Gusler will put her skills to the test in the barrel racing and pole bending events. In addition, she will be in the running for VHSRA Queen and will compete in that contest on Saturday night, where she will be judged on horsemanship, a speech and modeling, along with several other aspects.
Gusler said that what she enjoys most about being involved with the VHSRA is the fact that the events are different from many sports in the way that they always seem to present new challenges. And to add to that, the events are just “really exciting,” she said.
Gusler, who is the daughter of Craig and Karen Gusler of Dublin, also said that the VHSRA is very family-oriented and gives her the opportunity to involve her family in the events, as well as grow closer to her “rodeo family.”
Burton, the son of Chuck and Jada Burton of Fairlawn, said that he enjoys being involved with the VHSRA because it gives him many opportunities to travel and meet new people.
Last year, he was given the chance to travel to Springfield, Ill., as he qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association finals.
Burton also said through the VHSRA, he now has friends all across the state of Virginia and overall, he just likes being a part of the whole rodeo atmosphere.
The VHSRA state finals will begin this Friday, May 30, at 6 p.m.
Junior events will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by high school level events at 7 p.m.
Sunday’s events will begin at 10 a.m.
Admission to the rodeo is $5 for adults and free for children under 6.
For more information about the VHSRA, contact Jennifer Viers, state secretary, at (540) 980-2719.

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