Giddings Cowgirl Inducted into Hall of Fame
The third class of the International Finals Youth Rodeo Hall of Fame was inducted in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center on July 13. Barrel racer Jackie Dube Jatzlau of Giddings was honored with being the 2011 class for the Hall of Fame. Jackie, 31, is a three time IFYR All Around champion who won the pole bending championship in 1995, the breakaway roping championship in 1996, and the barrel racing championship in 1998. She won a total of $14,547 in her four years at the IFYR. A member of the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association, she has finished in the top fifteen in the world twice, once in 2003 and again in 2004.
“It’s an honor to be inducted into any hall of fame,” Jatzlau said, “but to inspire kids that have a future in rodeo is a real honor.” Attending her induction were her mother, husband, Lane, and her mother- and father-in law. “This is a huge testament to how I was raised and how much work my parents and I did,” she said in her acceptance speech. “It’s still a family affair for us.”
Inductees go through a selection process, said Mike Jackson, operations manager for the Expo Center. “We have a requirement of at least ten years away from the IFYR, and that they are still in the rodeo world in competition.”
The inductees “have come here and won, and have made good careers out of rodeoing. They’re an inspiration to kids out there now,” he said.