Outgoing 2019 THSRA Queen Taylor Mobbs relishes the experiences of the past year

Center & High Roller Arena playing host to statewide competition

Taylor Mobbs says her reign as the 2019 Texas High School Rodeo Association Queen has provided her with unique memories, new friendships, loads of travel opportunities and experiences which should stay with her the rest of her life.

She will relinquish her title on Saturday afternoon at High Roller Arena south of Center on U.S. 96. From Shiner, Mobbs said the experience has provided her a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I've been traveling the state of Texas and outside the state of Texas,” she said. One of her first trips after being crowned in Abilene as the organization's 2019 Queen, was to Rock Springs, Wyoming.

“I went to nationals, that was my first stop after our state finals in Abilene,” she said. “I went and competed for the National High School Rodeo Queen title against 42 other amazing girls from all over the country.”

Since then she has criss-crossed Texas representing THSRA at events like rodeos in Fort Worth, Houston and other cities.

“I've also had the privilege to attend the Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductions this year — just so many wonderful things,” Mobbs said.

While in Shelby County to crown the next THSRA queen, she is keeping busy.

“I'm just here to help out and just to be a voice for all the girls this weekend,” Mobbs said. Years from now, she will have loads of memories.

“Looking back I would remember all the friendships that I've made, all the people I've been able to meet and all the connections that will hopefully push me forward in life and give me great opportunities in the future,” Mobbs said.

While she will be giving up the title on Saturday, Mobbs said she knows whoever walks away with the title will have a whirlwind year like she did. When asked what advice for the next

“Some advice that I've lived by over this past year was don't listen to what others say about, instead, walk in faith in boldness that God give you,” she said.

As the 2019 THSRA Queen, Mobbs is an incoming senior at Grace Christian Academy in Gonzales. She plans to continue her education at Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in Ag Communications with journalism and graphic design.

She competes in barrel racing and break away roping in THSRA sanctioned events and open rodeos. Mobbs said she enjoys training her own horses.

THSRA officials said she has done an outstanding job representing the Texas High School Rodeo Association this year.

Seeking the title for 2020 are:

This year's queen candidates and where they are from:

Rylie Cravens is from Iraan, Texas, who represents Region 2

• Laramie Dearing is from Paradise, Texas, who represents Region 3

• Jayden Moore is from Goliad, Texas, who represents Region 7

• Sydni Cain is from Jasper, Texas, who represents Region 5

• Kristina Ribbeck is from Richmond, Texas, representing THSRA Region 7.

Ann Blackwell, Shelby County Treasurer who volunteered to coordinate the 2020 competition here in Center, said the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions put a damper on the 2019-2020 rodeo season for approximately 1,200 THSRA members this year. It also scaled down the scope of the queen competition.

But being Texas Strong, the 2020 Finals Rodeo and Queen Contest will go on, organizers said.

The 2020 candidates arrived in Center on Thursday with the first rounds of judging taking place on Friday morning.

Each contestant went through orientation, took a written test, went through horsemanship drills and answered questions from a panel of judges on Friday morning. Friday evening they were scheduled to go through impromptu competition, speeches and modeling.

Friday evening also included a barbecue dinner provided to contestants and organizers provided by competition coordinator and Shelby County Treasurer Ann Blackwell and Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell.

The organization's annual Finals Rodeo will be held in Abilene from June 5-13.

In accordance with Texas ordinance related to Governor Abbott’s executive orders and plans to re-open Texas business, THSRA proposed a responsible plan of action to the City of Abilene for the production of a safe, quality THSRA Finals event,” the organization said in a statement.

Complying with statewide restrictions is not only mandatory, but also essential to the safety of THSRA contestants, families, rodeo personnel, and the community surrounding Abilene, Texas and Taylor County,” organizers said.

THSRA has been granted approval to host a modified version of the THSRA State Finals Rodeo. This year’s THSRA finals will be run and managed differently than previous finals events. Strict guidelines and format changes will be in place to protect the safety of our contestants, parents, Taylor County Expo staff, and all rodeo personnel.

For more details on the finals rodeo, please visit: https://www.thsra.org/

For a video interview with Taylor Mobbs, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LightandChampion/videos/968961356892550/

 

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