Reno Cash McGill Tennessee-bound |

Reno Cash McGill Tennessee-bound

Young Reno Cash McGill is brimming with confidence heading to the Junior High National Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, Tenn.

The Carson Valley Middle School student is not looking to settle for anything less than the best of his abilities for the ribbon roping event that will be held during the week-long national event being held June 19-25. The National High School Rodeo Association's Junior High Division for sixth- through eighth-graders is expected to draw about 1,000 competitors from across the U.S.

"I want to do the best I can … but I want to win," said Reno, who recently completed his sixth grade year at CVMS.

Reno, along with ribbon roping partner Ally Mardesich from Gridley, Calif., qualified for the national finals with a fourth-place out of the California Junior High School Rodeo on May 13-15 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Calif.

Ribbon roping involves a team consisting of a cowboy and cowgirl, a roper and runner (Reno is this team's roper). After the calf is roped, the roper gets off to help the runner get the ribbon that is tied to the calf's tail. The runner takes the ribbon and runs across the finish line.

Reno, who entered the Douglas County Junior Rodeo at age 4, finished his 2015-16 season as California's Junior High School District 3 Rookie of the Year. The 80-pound cowboy also finished as the District 3 points leader in bull riding and finished fourth in the all-around standings (among sixth, seventh and eighth graders).

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Reno qualified for the California state rodeo in all of his regular events coming out of District 3 — ribbon roping, bull riding, bareback steer riding, team roping, goat tying, breakaway roping and light rifle.

"Our district is the biggest in the state," Reno said when asked about his achievements for the season.

Reno is a multi-generation rodeo cowboy since his father, Waco McGill, and grandfather, Dwight, have both competed professionally. Dwight and Louise McGill have owned the Zephyr Cove Stables for 30 years and lived in Carson Valley since the 1980s.

Reno plans to compete through the summer, including the Douglas Junior Rodeo on Aug. 13-14.