Zane Lattner and Emma Ivie, both of Polk County, participated in the recent Texas Junior High State Rodeo finals. Zane and Emma are both members of the Region 5 junior high rodeo team. Zane participated in tie down calf roping and the ribbon roping with his partner Steely Rae Franklin. Emma participated in the barrels, poles, goats, breakaway roping and ribbon roping.
There are 10 regions covering the state of Texas and the top 10 members in each event from each region come to the state finals to represent their regions. Out of 100-plus participants in each event at the finals, the top four performers are taken to the National Junior High Rodeo finals to represent the state.
This year, the National Finals will be in Des Moines, Iowa. Emma is the 2021 state reserve pole bending champion and Zane is the 2021 state ribbon roping champion.
Zane is the son of Sammy and Jessica Lattner of Livingston, and Emma is the daughter of Brad and Ashley Ivie of Livingston. Emma will be an eighth grader in the fall at Corrigan-Camden ISD and Zane will be a freshman. They will be in Iowa the week of June 20 to represent Texas versus the other states, as well teams from Mexico and parts of Canada.