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TJ Allen

Alabama’s TJ Allen took home the 2017 Schol­ar­ship Cham­pion, re­ceiv­ing $10,000 to use to­ward his up­com­ing col­lege ex­penses for his 301 points earned through­out the sea­son. The USTRC awards $100,000 an­nu­ally to 60 rop­ers, 24 years old or younger.

Who did you rope with to earn your 301 points?

I roped with my fam­ily. I won a lot of my money with my youngest brother who heels, and I roped with my high school rodeo part­ner, Cole Har­mon, a lot.

Where do you plan to spend your schol­ar­ship money? I’m a se­nior in high school. I want to col­lege rodeo in Texas. I’m not sure where, though—ei­ther Tar­leton or Weather­ford Col­lege.

Which horses helped you along the way this year?

I rode two of my bet­ter gray horses—Buddy and Jack.

Do you have ca­reer goals?

I want to go to school for busi­ness, to be a sales rep. I want to work in the West­ern in­dus­try. I’d like to go to all the big shows for one of the com­pa­nies in this in­dus­try.

And fu­ture rop­ing goals? I re­ally want to rope pro­fes­sion­ally and make the WNFR.

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