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Covid-19 Update 3.26.2020

March 26. 2020


We hope you are finding comfort in these rough times. To follow with government compliance for the State of Colorado the NHSRA office staff is currently working from our homes. The state of Colorado entered a “Lock-down” Thursday morning 3/26 that will last until 4/11. However, the county the office resides in will be on “Lock-down,” until April 17th.

We are still in the process of prepping for the state/provincial and both national finals. Please feel free to continue reaching out with any questions, concerns, or just to say, “Hi.” All staff will be checking emails and voicemails consistently while at home.

To ensure you have the correct contact information please see below:

 The office number is 303-452-0820

James Higginbotham, ext. 216,,

Chanel Schvaneveldt, ext. 213,

Melissa Wolf, ext. 215,

Lyn Ankeny, ext. 217,

Bobbie Dechant, ext. 220,

Erin De Tar, ext. 214,

Gary Hawkes, ext. 219,

Cindy Hamilton-Stoelting, ext. 211,


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out, the entire staff is here for you.




COVID-19 Update 3.24.2020

March 24, 2020

NHSRA family,

First and foremost, we hope you are safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

We are navigating daily through the cause and effects of the pandemic and will keep you informed of any updates.

State/ Provincial qualifying rodeos are currently under authority of the applicable State/ Provincial Association, in accordance of local mandates and/or recommendations put in place by their government officials and host rodeo facilities.

The 2020 National Junior High Finals Rodeo [NJHFR] is planned for June 21st -27th at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA.   The 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo [NHSFR] is planned for July 19th – 25th at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, NE.  We are working closely with both facilities and following recommendations from the CDC and government officials as we continue planning.

An FAQ sheet with common questions, concerns, plans, etc. will be released later this week.  Please send questions to: or call us at: 303-452-0820 and we will address them.

Updates around COVID-19 related to NHSRA will be posted to our website, here:

Please continue to help stop the spread and carry out best practices to keep others healthy and safe. For more information around COVID-19, visit:

We are confident we are becoming stronger through this and will be united stronger together in the end.  In the meantime, keep your passion and love for the sport of rodeo by training at home.   Be safe and healthy.

God bless,

The National High School Rodeo Association


COVID-19 Update 3.18.20

March 18, 2020

Dear Members,

The National High School Rodeo Association would like to inform you of our plans for the rest of the 2019-2020 season. Considering the recent events, the Executive Committee has been in contact with each National Director and Secretary suggesting they follow government health protocol for your upcoming rodeos. Currently, it is the state or province’s decision, along with the facility, to have the rodeo or not. Regarding the 2020 NJHFR & NHSFR, those events are to remain as scheduled. The office will continue to work daily with the preparation and execution required. Please note this is a rapidly changing situation and we will be providing you with information regarding upcoming events. We are wishing you all safety and wellness in these uncertain times.


James Higginbotham, NHSRA Executive Director
Executive Committee & Staff

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