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Coffee County is Home to High School Rodeo Star

Jesse Hay-Smith riding a bull. [Photo used with permission]

When you think of bull riders, seldom do you envision meeting one in this area.  An even greater stretch of the imagination would be to meet a high school student who rides bulls in Coffee County.  Well, Jesse Hay-Smith is no average high school student.

Not only is the humble and polite young man a senior at Coffee County Central High School, but Jesse is also a member of the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association.  Jesse, who has been doing rodeo since age 8, moved to Coffee County in July from Idaho.   After moving here, the high school senior hooked up with youth rodeo in the state, including competing in Harriman this past week-end.  Hay-Smith has competed in almost every rodeo event but now spends most of his time competing in 4 events.  Jesse competes in chute dogging, in which he has won 2 championship belt buckles; bull riding, in which he has 1 championship belt buckle; bareback and saddle bronc riding.

If you want to learn more about Jesse, he will be a guest on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast each and every Saturday from 10 to 11 AM right here on Thunder Radio.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast LIVE from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln at 2002 Hillsboro Highway in Manchester.