LOCRPA awarded four scholarships at the Friday night rodeo performance to two outstanding High School Rodeo, young men who have excelled in the sport of Rodeo from Live Oak County. Alejandro Flores, Kyle Otto, Miss Rodeo Live Oak County Queen Elly Williamson, and first Runner-up Jacy Johnson.
Kyle Otto is the son of Richard Otto and Sherri and Bubba Nelson of Three Rivers. His grandparents are Tom and Betty Jennings of George West and Bill and Betty Otto of Three Rivers.
Kyle is a senior at Three Rivers High School, and will be attending Ranger College in the fall.
Kyle is a member of TYRA & Texas High School Rodeo Region 8.
He has qualified for state in Tie Down, Ribbon Roping and Breakaway for three years. He won his first saddle his second year after he started roping calves in 8th grade. His freshman year, he won three saddles and several buckles, his total today is nine saddles and 45 buckles.
Much of Kyle’s accomplishments are credited to his parents and grandparents, his first horse Bob and Russ Farrel - where he learned to work and develop his horsemanship skills, but his true accomplishment comes from himself because he had a passion to learn to rope.
Alejandro Flores or Hondo as he is also known is quite a young man, showing skills every cowboy would like to have. Riding a horse since he could barely walk to winning many saddles and buckles. His parents are Robert and Ida Flores and grandparents are Adan and Lupe Martinez, all from George West, and grandmother, Mable Flores, is from Beeville.
In TYRA winning Champion Steer riding for two years, and also winning saddles and buckles for bull riding and qualifying for State TYRA finals with his brother in team roping.
He has qualified in bull riding for State Finals and on to National Finals in Texas Wrangler Jr. Division.
Also qualifying for State finals for four years in Texas High School Rodeo in Bull riding and won Bull riding Champion for two years and qualified with his brother in State Finals in Team Roping, also winning All Around Cowboy in 2012.
He has won the bull riding competition in Texas FFA Rodeo last year which earned him the FFA Scholarship.
He is also a member of NPRBR and CPRA and participates with his brothers in the County Team Roping.