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Gist Gives Back Through NHSRA Rookie Program

Gist Gives Back Through NHSRA Rookie Program


Gist Gives Back through NHSRA Rookie Program

Placerville, CA – August 9, 2011 - Gist Silversmiths awarded Championship buckles and $500 scholarships to the All Around Rookie Cowboy and Cowgirl at both the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, New Mexico July 2nd and the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyoming on July 23rd. Congratulations to the 2011 recipients: Blaine Garley of New Mexico and Bridget Merrigan of Missouri who captured the prestigious Junior High titles while the High School honors went to LeighAnn Scribner of New Mexico and, coming all the way from Queensland, Australia, Clay Gordon.

As a proud supporter of the Rookie program for junior high and high school rodeo, Gist sponsors over 186 buckles annually to recognize the top Rookie Cowboy and Cowgirl in each state, Canadian province and Australia. In addition, Gist presents $2000 in scholarships annually to the All Around Rookies at the National Finals. “We feel strongly that these rookie students should be encouraged through prizes and scholarship opportunity to compete in high school rodeo,” says Jennifer Folsom, V.P. of Marketing and Business Development. “Growing the program through the success and passion of the new Rookie students is the foundation for maintaining a strong, competitive environment in youth rodeo.”

As part of their corporate partnership with NHSRA which supports the national award buckle program, Gist also presented an additional $8400 scholarship check to the National High School Rodeo Foundation. In cooperation with the Foundation matching funds program, this money was able to generate an additional sixteen $500 scholarships presented during the 2011 Finals. “Gist is very honored to support the educational and arena goals of the National High School Rodeo Association.” For more information, visit

Contact: Gist Silversmiths

4385 Pleasant Valley Rd

Placerville, CA 95667

Ph: 800-456-4478