MYRTLE -- Rodeo is the way of life for Adam Combs from Myrtle. Combs has competed for the past four years in the Missouri High School Rodeo Association.
He has been an active participant in team roping, calf roping and steer wrestling. In mid-June the Missouri High School Finals were held in Columbia.
Combs finished his senior season sixth in the state in calf roping; ninth in team roping and third in steer wrestling.
The third place honor in steer wrestling earns him the right to move on to competition at the National High School Rodeo Finals being held in Gillette, WY, July 18-25.
Adams joins 40 other high school rodeo students from all over the state as a team to represent Missouri.
This is the second year Combs has earned the honor of national competition. Last year, he and his partner, Brad Orahood, competed and earned 17th place in the nation in team roping. This accomplishment earned Combs a place on the National Wrangler All Star Rodeo Team.
While in Columbia, Combs was awarded the Bob Griffen Sportsman Award. This is given in memory of a proud rodeo supporter, the late Bob Griffen. The recipient is chosen from among all participating Missouri High School Rodeo students for their attitude, support and encouragement to others, and high regard for integrity.
Combs is no stranger to the horse community. His mother Teresa said "In Myrtle, if you say, "Rodeo," everybody automatically says "Adam Combs." He has been on the back of a horse since age 3. He, along with his dad, has spent many hours breaking and training horses. Their reputation is unmatched in the community for horsemanship.
Combs is 18 years old and the son of Jed Combs of Myrtle and Teresa Combs of Thayer. He has been accepted with honors to SMSU in Springfield for the fall. He will continue to rodeo.
Life may change, but the cowboy's life will always contain a rodeo.
Combs said Bud and Phyllis Adams of Adams Western Store in Thayer have not only been his rodeo sponsors for the past four years, but a great source of motivation, support and friendship.