Summer is officially here, which means State Finals are going on across the country. But what are these kids working so hard for? Well, the short answer is a chance to compete at the National Jr. High Finals Rodeo in Huron, South Dakota. The National Jr High Finals Rodeo falls under the umbrella of the National High School Rodeo Association. With the creation of the Junior High Division, it brought excitement, mentorship, and the thrill of rodeo to up and coming junior high students.
With each passing year, the Association continues to build upon its legacy of promoting the sport, while also supporting and preparing the future leaders of our society. The National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) brings the top four members in each event from a state or province to the finals. More than 1,100 Junior High Contestants compete for the title of National Champion.
The Junior High Division is a little bit different in their events, for instance, you will see a boys’ breakaway division which you wouldn’t normally see in your regular rodeo events. They also take every measure possible to make sure the kids are safe. The first two days after check-in is spent checking equipment to give the athletes, both human and animal their best shot during the performance.
The week of finals is also packed with activities for the kids to do besides just the performances. They have the choice to participate in anything from volleyball tournaments to PRCA Mini-Camps or Training Days with some of the best athletes. It’s great because this experience turns into much more than just winning the championship, these kids are also getting experience as well.
The finals are right around the corner and we are excited to see the top 4 athletes from 43 states, 5 Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico compete for a World Championship Title. All of the festivities are taking place between June 23rd and June 29th at the South Dakota Fair Center in Huron. You can buy tickets online or in-person. Good luck to all the contestants!
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