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Young Cowboy Competes in Rodeo Finals

Logan Meuth of Lexington is competing for a national rodeo title this week in Gallup, New Mexico. PHOTO BY BAILEY WREN. Logan Meuth of Lexington is competing for a national rodeo title this week in Gallup, New Mexico. PHOTO BY BAILEY WREN. Logan Meuth of Lexington has earned a position on the Texas Wrangler Junior High Rodeo team. He is currently in Gallup, New Mexico where the competition is being held through July 4. Meuth will compete in the goat roping and tieing events at the 5th Annual Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo.

Featuring more than 1000 contestants from 47 states, including Canadian provinces and Australia the Wrangler Junior High Finals is the world's largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, Meuth and the other WJHFR contestants will also be trying for more than $50,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the Wrangler Junior High Rodeo National Champion.

Logan was also named Wrangler All Star this year. He has been a student at Lexington Middle School and will be moving up to Lexington High School this fall as a freshman. According to his grandfather, he has been rodeoing since he could get on a horse. Meuth's main focus is on calf roping and goat roping and tieing. He competes individually and on a team in an event known as Ribbon Roping. In Ribbon Roping, a girl and boy team work together to perform their feats faster than their counterparts. The boy rides out after a goat and ties a ribbon in the tail of a calf. The girl then rides out and grabs the ribbon off the tail and runs across the finish line for their final time. Meuth's teammate is a young lady from Waller, Texas.

Meuth is the son of Jerald and Sharon Meuth and the grandson of Edwin and Della Lerche of Lexington and the late Ruby Lerche.

When asked what got their son into rodeoing, Meuth's dad said, "He comes from a long line of heritage rodeo performers. Both my wife and I were brought up with rodeo as a family tradition and Logan is carrying that torch for us now. My wife's father, Ed, used to produce rodeos in Lexington and he also had an arena in Elgin where he would put on rodeos. It's what we do."

The young Meuth participated in his event Monday night in Gallup, garnishing an impressive 13 second time, putting him among the top twenty competitors so far. He will compete again Friday night and if he remains in the top twenty, the finals will be held on Saturday, with only the top twenty ropers participating and trying to bring home that National title.

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