- Samantha P

Before I went to Mrs. Ashley's I was timid, I lacked confidence, and I second guessed myself. My lifelong dream has been to make it to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR). I knew if I wanted to make it there and do well I was going to have to change the way I was thinking. 
Mrs. Ashley is not just for sports, she is for people from all walks of life. She has helped me see that I was good and helped me be confident in myself. Going into State Finals I was confident, ready, and positive about how things would turn out. Texas is one of the hardest states to compete in and qualify for the NJHFR. I ended up qualifying for the short-go, they bring the top 15 out of 100 back. I was starting to doubt myself before I roped, then I remembered the tools Mrs. Ashley had taught me and was completely confident before I rode in the box. I ended up finishing third in the state. Texas brings their top four to Nationals. I had some bad luck in the first round and broke the barrier. Thanks to Mrs. Ashley I didn't start doubting myself, instead I told myself that I had to go back and show them what I was made of. In the second round I was a 2.7 which put me fourth in the round out of 168 contestants. The Texas team ended up winning the National Championship. The boys and girls teams each won their National Title. We also won every performance. 
Without Mrs. Ashley I could never have met my dreams. She helped me be aggressive and confident. She is also energetic and listens amazingly. She was so excited for me about qualifying for the NJHFR and doing good there. I enjoyed learning from her. It was a great experience. 
-Samantha P. 
Member of the 2018 J.H. National Championship Team