General Information

The National High School Rodeo Association was created to give high school students the opportunity to participate and compete in this unique and challenging sport. Although not recognized by high school athletics, the NHSRA offers a rodeo program that sets high school rodeo apart from other varsity sports: Athletes compete on a scale comparable to collegiate and professional rodeo competitors. The NHSRA is an independent student athletic association -- governing itself without supervision of school administrations or assistance from tax dollars. Members are fully insured, supervised and guided by adult experts. Competitors have the opportunity to acquire scholarships and grants for continuing their educational careers.

To receive information on NHSRA membership, please email our membership department at with your name, mailing address and phone number and we will send you the appropriate information.

At the national level, high school contestants have an opportunity to receive college scholarships totaling over $200,000 each year. Students may also be awarded scholarship assistance based on need, desire to attend college and their stated goals and objectives. Supported by individual donations and corporate partners, many NHSRA students are able to improve their rodeo skills while furthering their academic careers. (If you are an alumni of the NHSRA and would like to know how you can support current members, click here.)

NHSRA members compete at state levels for local recognition and the top four contestants in each event qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) held annually in July. Over 1,500 contestants from each of the 47 state/province associations compete for national titles, awards and scholarships.

At the first NHSFR , contestants competed in six events: calf roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, breakaway calf roping, bareback riding, and the one girls' event at that time, cattle cutting. Today, contestants compete in the following events:

Breakaway Calf Roping Barrel Racing
Queen Contest Team Roping
Cattle Cutting Goat Tying
Pole Bending Bareback Riding
Steer Wrestling Saddle Bronc Riding

Calf Roping

Reined Cow Horse

Bull Riding

View the Official Rules and Bylaws of the NHSRA


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