2020 is in full swing for the Arizona High School Rodeo Association! Cowboy Lifestyle Network is excited to see where these high school and junior high kids will go this year in their young rodeo careers. Is this the first time you’ve heard of the Arizona High School Rodeo Association? Well, no worries, we have you covered. Get ready to click on and hang on as we take you through the mission of AHSRA.
The Arizona chapter of High School Rodeo supports the larger, National High School Rodeo Association. With events going on all around the country, the Arizona Association works hard all year long to host events in the great state of Arizona for kids from around the state. Here’s a quick sneak peek at their 2020 schedule.
January 11-12, 2020 – Pima County Fairgrounds-Tucson, AZ
February 1-2, 2020 – Cutting
February 22-23, 2020 – Safford, Arizona
February 29-March 1, 2020 – Cutting
March 6-7, 2020 Cowhorse & Cutting
March 28-29, 2020 – Wilcox, Arizona
April 4-5, 2020 – Cutting
April 18-19, 2020 – Holbrook
May 8-10, 2020 – Jr. High Finals/High School Rodeo in Sonoita, Arizona
June 4-6, 2020 – High School State Finals in Des Moines, Iowa
June 21-27, 2020 – Junior High National Finals in Des Moines, Iowa
July 19-25, 2020 – High School Finals Rodeo in Lincoln, Nebraska
“70 Years of Roping, Riding, and Mentorship”
The NHSRA was started by a gentleman by the name of Claude Mullins, a Texas educator who was a big fan of the sport, and an even bigger fan of the youth. The first high school event took place in Texas on June 20-22, 1947. It featured a total of 121 entries, with athletes competing in just two events – Tie Down Roping and Breakaway Roping. For the next two years, several other states jumped on board and held other events similar to the first one.
In 1949, the very first national high school finals was organized and held in Hallettsville, Texas. In order, to qualify, students had to be the winners in state rodeos or the first four in each event entering from states where a high school rodeo had not been held. Both the National and Arizona High School Rodeo Associations have come so far since then in giving these kids the opportunity to try their hand at a tried and true rodeo career. From all of us here at Cowboy Lifestyle Network, we wish everyone out there competing, good luck and we will see you down the rodeo road!
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