Seven local students have earned a position on the state National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, New Mexico from June 24th thru June 30th to compete at the 8th Annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the events they qualified in at the 2012 State Finals in McCook, NE. Featuring more than 1000 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia the National Junior High Finals is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. The event will be held at Red Rock Park, near Gallup, New Mexico where junior high competitors will compete in a variety of classic rodeo events, including junior bull riding, tie-down calf roping, breakaway roping, goat tying, chute dogging, team roping, ribbon roping, barrel racing, pole bending, and goat tying. Athletes will appear in daily rodeo performances (beginning at 9 AM and 7 PM every day) with the top students in each event qualifying for the championship Final Go-Round performance on Saturday, June 30th. In addition to rodeo action, competitors and visitors will also enjoy a western trade show and numerous recreational activities. The competitors will compete for more than $75,000 in prizes and the NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. To claim this title contestants must finish in the top twenty after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing on to Saturday’s final championship performance.
Cowboys and cowgirls in the listening area who have qualified to compete in Gallup, NM are, Cade Svoboda, of Ord, NE qualifying in chute dogging and bull riding; Austin Hurlburt of Norfolk, NE competing in tie down calf roping and boys goat tying; Clay Bauer of Arcadia and JT Bradley of Anselmo, teaming up for team roping and Bradley also made it in boys goat tying and shooting rifle. Cowgirls in the area qualifying are Hailey Reed from Arnold competing in barrels; Brook Jamison of Hyannis competing in girls breakaway and Megan Turek of St. Paul will be competing in ribbon roping.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy volleyball, tug-of-war, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and the chance to shop at the western trade show, as well as visit the historical attractions of New Mexico and nearby Arizona. To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR visit the NHSRA Web site daily for complete results at www.nhsra.org.