High school rodeo athletes prepare for US competition

Several Stettler and area youths are preparing to do their best now and next month in both the Junior High and High School finals rodeos.

Several Stettler and area youths are preparing to do their best to rope themselves some prize scholarships now and next month in both the Junior High and High School finals rodeos.

The National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) is being held in Des Moines, Iowa, and started on June 21 and will go until June 27.

Mikenna Schauer of Halkirk finished 26 of 29 in Barrel Racing, while Jace Thorsteinson of Botha and Tori Brower of Gadsby finished 12 of 16 in Ribbon Roping. Beau Cooper of Stettler finished 25 in Boys’ Goat Roping, while Thorsteinson finished seventh in tie-down roping. Jace Skocdopole placed ninth in boys’ breakaway. Schauer also finished seventh in ribbon roping.

More results are available at www.nhsra.com.

Stettler’s Brooke Cooper, a Grade 12 graduate at William E. Hay Composite High School, will be heading to the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) next month, July 12-18 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Both rodeos bring in roughly 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia, where they compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and college scholarships.

Competitors compete in events like barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, chute dogging, team roping, ribbon roping, bull riding, bareback steer riding and saddle bronc steer riding.

In addition to the rodeo events themselves, young competitors are able to take part in a selection of activities which include shooting sports, volleyball, dances, church services, family-oriented activities and shopping at the rodeo tradeshow.