angle-left National Junior High Finals Rodeo: June 23-29 in South Dakota

National Junior High Finals Rodeo: June 23-29 in South Dakota

Junior high rodeo competitors and their American Quarter Horses gear up for the 2019 finals.

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By Tara Matsler, Performance Horse Journal editor

Huron, South Dakota, will play host to the 2019 National Junior High Finals Rodeo June 23-29.

The NJHFR falls under the umbrella of the National High School Rodeo Association; the junior high division was created in 2004. The finals for high school students, the National High School Finals Rodeo, is July 14-20 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Events included at the 2019 NJHFR:

  • Boys breakaway roping
  • Girls breakaway roping
  • Tie-down roping
  • Ribbon roping
  • Chute dogging
  • Team roping
  • Pole bending
  • Bareback steer riding
  • Barrel racing
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • Girls goat tying
  • Boys goat tying
  • Bull riding

Junior high members nominated their American Quarter Horses by March 1 to be eligible for the boys’ and girls’ AQHA Horse of the Year titles. Winners are presented trophy saddles at the NJHFR. Both the horse owner and rider of nominated horses must be current AQHA or AQHYA members. Questions? Contact the NHSRA or NHSRA JH National office at 800-466-4772.

To learn more about NHSRA, visit