TTUISD Student Learns the Ropes of a Family Tradition

by JENNA PEREZ

February 12, 2009

Dillon comes from a family of ropers, and at five-years-old, this TTUISD Kindergartener is well on his way to carrying on that tradition. He and his new horse Shinee live on a 1,000 acre working cattle ranch with plenty of room to practice.

"We wanted our sons to be able to have the freedom to rodeo and have the flexibility to do their school work on the road," Gennifer, Dillon's mom, said. "I had wanted a school that was an accredited program so that Dillon would be able to rodeo in high school."

Dillon has been practicing for his Little Britches Rodeo debut next year. Gennifer said that Dillon uses a practice dummy to perfect his roping skills, but will not be able to participate in breakaway until he is eight.

"The best part about roping is being able to ride my horse really fast," Dillon said. "Not everyone can rope, you have to practice. I hope to rodeo all through college and one day make it to the National Finals Rodeo."

Gennifer said that they chose TTUISD because of the outstanding reputation it has. "Knowing a lot of people that rodeo, this was the program of choice," she said. "We feel that the curriculum is so advanced and well prepared, our son will make the bridge to Texas Tech University with ease."

Due to the flexibility of TTUISD, Dillon said that he gets to do a lot of fun things in his free time such as fishing, hunting and just being a "country boy." He said that when he grows up, he wants to be a veterinarian, a scientist and a cowboy. Dillon also said he considered being an astronaut but that would leave him "too far from home."

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