Rayne Starkey is the 13 year old son of Robyn and Ralph Starkey. He lives on a farm where he has an assortment of cattle, horses, chickens, pigs, goats, and dogs. Rayne is a seventh grader at Rosalie Junior High School. While attending Rosalie, Rayne has become a member of the Junior Beta Club and the Junior Civitans Club and also attends Students for Christ meetings. He is an active member of the Cross Over Cowboy Church and Pisgah Baptist Church.
Outside of school and church, Rayne enjoys rodeoing, cattle showing, hunting, fishing, and taking care of his new baby nephew, Colter. Rayne has traveled to several different states attending and competing in rodeos and cattle shows. This past summer, he competed at the Junior National Chi/Maine Cattle Show in Lima, Ohio. While there, he placed third in the nation in the Chi Division of cattle judging and second in the Maine Division. He is currently leading in All- Around Cowboy in the North Alabama Youth Rodeo Association where he is eagerly waiting to compete in the finals in October. If he wins, he will be the proud new owner of a saddle. Rayne recently won a belt buckle at the Alabama Cowboy Church gathering for calf roping. Throughout his young career, he has won many cash prizes, ribbons, belt buckles, and show cattle supplies.
Being a cowboy is hard work. Rayne must practice daily and always be on the top of his game. It not only teaches him hard work and determination but, but it has also molded him in to the outstanding young man that he has become today. “Courage is being scared to death- and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne