Texico seventh-grader making second appearance in nationals

Staff report
Shad Mayfield of Clovis is getting set for his second run-through in the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo.

He figures to be a lot busier this year.

Courtesy photo Shad Mayfield, a seventh-grader at Texico Middle School, will compete in five events during the National Junior High School finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa. The rodeo is scheduled for June 22-29.

Courtesy photo
Shad Mayfield, a seventh-grader at Texico Middle School, will compete in five events during the National Junior High School finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa. The rodeo is scheduled for June 22-29.

Mayfield, a seventh-grader at Texico Middle School, will compete in five events this year. Mayfield, the son of Sylvester and JoEllen Mayfield, qualified in calf roping, team roping, ribbon tying, chute dogging and boys goat tying.

The national rodeo runs June 22-29 in Des Moines, Iowa, and includes competitors from 47 states and Australia. The national rodeo brings around 1,000 sixth, seventh and eighth-grade competitors who finished in the top four in their respective states.

Mayfield competed May 23-26 at the New Mexico Junior High Finals Rodeo in Lovington, and finished as the rodeo’s winning team roper, reserve champion calf roper and all-around cowboy.

Last year at the finals in Gallup, Mayfield teamed up with older sister Shelby Maifield to claim the best average time in ribbon tying. Shelby has since moved up to the high school circuit, and Shad is competing in the event this year with Haley McNiel of Los Lunas.