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2009-07-09 / Sports

Texas Tornadoes of Lee County Bring Home National Championship

Proudly showing off their first place ribbons are Autumn Hall, Kayla Turner, Katie Turner and Jana Torn. Proudly showing off their first place ribbons are Autumn Hall, Kayla Turner, Katie Turner and Jana Torn. The Texas Tornadoes returned home Saturday night, July 4, with smiles on their faces. Autumn Hall, Jana Torn, Katie Turner, and Kayla Turner bring home a National Championship title in Equestrian Color Guard. The teams were competing against 13 out-of-state teams and over 16 teams from Texas. The teams also brought home a 2nd, two 5th places, two 7th places, an 8th and a 9th place.

Most divisions had ten to twelve competing teams. Also performing were Mandy Berger, Savannah Griffith, Whitney Pillack, Brooke Tuel, Cheryl Medders, Gary Torn, Ashli Horak, Jordyn Wilhite, Garry Turner, Kristen Gonzales, Angie Turner, Malachi Gonzales, Garlyn Radford, Ryan Ruthven, Amber Turnipseed, and Steve Horak.

This event was held at The Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas and featured riders from across the country performing intricate and difficult maneuvers on horseback. The crowd was entertained by the brilliant costumes and dance routines highlighting horsemanship skills.

Dressed in one of thier beautiful costumes are members of the Texas Tornadoes that took 5th place in the Rodeo Drill. Dressed in one of thier beautiful costumes are members of the Texas Tornadoes that took 5th place in the Rodeo Drill. Garry and Angie Turner stated the competition this year exceeded expectations. Garry wants to thank families, friends and sponsors for their support, with special appreciation going to all the riders who gave up their time to train with their teams for hours each week throughout the year. "It was incredible watching the kids ride through green pastures, enjoying themselves, developing friendships to last a lifetime."

Even after three flats, engines overheating and a few missed turns, Garry and Angie were quoted as saying, "This is the most relaxing time we have had in a long time. It was like having family around you and supporting you. We appreciate the surrounding businesses, friends and grandparents who made this possible."

Looking forward to their future as members of the Texas Tornadoes regular team are these members of the Tornadoes Youth team from Lee County. Looking forward to their future as members of the Texas Tornadoes regular team are these members of the Tornadoes Youth team from Lee County.

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