Jaycee Nelson is the 16-year-old daughter of Lori and Matt Nelson of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Jacy, who is a junior at Alden High in Iowa Falls competes in goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping in the Iowa High School Rodeo Association. In 2012, she was the state champion all-around cowgirl, and in 2011 was state champion in both goat tying and breakaway roping. Her breakaway horse, "Diesel," was the American Quarter Horse Association Iowa Horse of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Jacy has qualified five times for the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in the junior high and high school divisions. At the high school finals in 2011, she was the sixth-best rookie cowgirl. When she's not busy rodeoing, Jacy is active in the Iowa Falls-Alden FFA horse-judging team.
Emily Fenton is the 18-year-old daughter of Laurie and Mark Fenton of Cleburne, Texas. After graduating from Bethesda Christian School last May, Emily is not enrolled at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. While in high school, Emily excelled in athletics and other activies. She was captain of the girl's basketball team and secretary of the band, where she played the oboe. Also a member of the National Honor Society, she plans to study pre-veterinary medicine at Tarleton. for the past five years, Emily has qualified for the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championship Show, where she made the finals three times. She served as Texas NBHA District 19 youth representative for three years. Emily also volunteers for Wings of Hope, a therapeutic riding program for challenged kids.
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