Weatherford Democrat

March 2, 2010

Scholarships awarded to Parker County youth


WEATHERFORD DEMOCRAT

— SAN ANTONIO — Cade Hansma and Alannah Chalmers of Weatherford, and Jens Rudibaugh of Poolville, were the recipients of scholarships from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at this year’s horse and llama shows.

Cade Hansma, of Weatherford, was the winner of the $10,000 scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at this year’s Horse Show, awarded for her high overall point total of 447 from two rides. Cade was very excited about her win on her horse, Reytheon, and commented it really meant a lot to her because it was her first big win on “Rey.” Cade is 13 years old and in the seventh grade. She said Rey is a great horse and that her favorite thing about him is “his hillbilly tooth that always sticks out.” Cade wanted to say thank you to her family for all of their help and support.

Thanks to her total score of 444.5 points from her two Youth rides, Alannah Chalmers, of Weatherford, was the recipient of the $8,000 scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at this year’s Horse Show. She is 18 years old and attends Weatherford College. Chalmers rode Wood Ya Wanna for the win. She earned her spot in the NCHA Finals at the Summer Spectacular show several times. She wished to say thanks to her family, Paul and Julie Hansma, as well as Micha and RL Chartier. Lastly, Chalmers also wanted to thank Julie Wrigley for allowing her to ride Wood Ya Wanna in this event. 

Jens Rudibaugh, of Poolville, was the recipient of the $10,000 scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at this year’s Llama Show, with his llama, “Arti.” He is 17 years old and is currently a Senior in high school. When he isn’t showing his llamas he enjoys riding horses. Arti and Rudibaugh are no stranger to the winners circle; in fact, they won second at the Alpaca Llama Show Association Nationals, as well as finished third for Grand and Reserve Champion. When asked how he felt about receiving the scholarship, all Rudibaugh could say was “GREAT!” Rudibaugh wanted to send out a very special thank you to his trainer for everything she has done for him. He also wanted to thank the Alpaca and Llama Show Association.