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NHSRA cancels the 2020 NJHFR  

 

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2020

The National High School Rodeo Association is canceling the 2020 National Junior High Finals, which were scheduled for June 21-27 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

The NHSRA Executive Committee made this decision on account of the uncertainty of the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Multiple components played a role in the decision process, and the top concern was to protect the health and safety of our members, their families, our sponsors and corporate partners and NHSRA staff. The NHSRA spoke with sponsors and corporate partners to obtain additional input, which was taken into consideration when making this difficult decision. The association also took in to account the local, state and federal government guidelines and mandates and the shelter-in-place orders that have prevented contestants from competing at rodeos before this much anticipated event.

With the cancellation of this event, NHSRA is focused on planning a healthy and safe 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo, slated for July 19-25, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The association is working diligently to compile the best possible plan to host the event, pending local, state and federal mandates.

“It is with heavy hearts we had to cancel this event, the youth are our future, and they deserve the opportunity to showcase their skills in the arena,” said James Higginbotham, NHSRA executive director, “Their health is our top concern and one of the main factors we are discussing when planning a safe event for these competitors at the 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo. If any modifications are made to the event, we will share that information on our website and social media platforms.”


NHSRA Welcomes New Zealand

1/29/2020
National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association is happy to announce the country of New Zealand joining NHSRA. New Zealand and NHSRA Executive Director James Higginbotham, have been in communication over the past few months working out details of joining and growth options.

With the addition of New Zealand NHSRA will have active members in 43 states, 5 Canadian Provinces, as well as, Mexico and Australia.

“We love seeing the growth of the association and look forward to watching New Zealand come into their own,” states James Higginbotham, NHSRA executive director.

New Zealand High School Rodeo Association exclaims, “This is a huge achievement for New Zealand to be associated with an international rodeo Association like the National High School Rodeo Association and a huge opportunity for our New Zealand Junior competitors to rodeo on the world stage!”

New Zealand will begin their first season on September 1, 2020!

For a list of State/Provincial associations, visit https://www.nhsra.com/contact/stateassociation-links/



NHSRA Western Legacy Series

August 29, 2019

National High School Rodeo Association

NHSRA is proud to present the NHSRA Western Legacy Series. The NHSRA Western Legacy Series is a group of multi-state rodeos created with the member in mind. The National High School Rodeo Association is contributing $10,000 to each of these events. Each event can utilize the money towards production fees, membership engagement or added money. The base of creating these events was to give members another chance to compete at a higher-level event outside of the National Junior High or High School Finals Rodeo. Every one of these events is open to any NHSRA member in the Junior High or High School Division.

“The Western Legacy Series is an exciting new addition to the NHSRA,” states Kelly Anderson, western legacy and NHSRA executive board member. He also adds, “Our hope is that it will enhance our membership and give our members an opportunity to compete at a major event similar to our National Junior High and High School Finals Rodeo.”

NHSRA Executive Director, James Higginbotham feels the same way, stating, “The intention of adding this series is to bring more states/provinces together, to engage our members and give them another opportunity to rodeo on a larger scale.”

The first event starting out this series is The Badlands Challenge in Bowman, North Dakota, October 11-13, 2019 followed by the Southeastern Showdown in Perry, Georgia, November 8-10 and the Fall Bash in Guthrie, Oklahoma on November 8-10 as well. The final stop scheduled right now is the Icebreaker Challenge in Ogden, Utah which will be held March 6-8, 2020.

Don’t miss out! Come build your legacy today, visit: www.nhsra.com/nhsra-western-legacy-series/

About the National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association was founded in 1949, the mission of the NHSRA has existed first and foremost to promote and support education and to develop the essential attributes of leadership, dedication, commitment and responsibility in high school students.  While preserving the western heritage, the NHSRA teaches its members to maintain the highest regard for each other and their livestock.  The NHSRA’s mission does not stop on the high school level, as the Association also strives to impart to its members the advantage of higher education and the desire to never stop learning.  The NHSRA supports their dreams by annually awarding more than $550,000.00 in scholarships at the national level, and $1.8 million in scholarship cumulatively on the international level. With over 70 Years of history behind the NHSRA and continued growth and success, the organization is preserving the past and preparing for a successful future.



Optional Jackpot at 2019 High School Finals Reaches more than a Quarter of a Million Dollars

July 3, 2019

National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association is headed to Rock Springs, Wyoming for the 2019 National High School Finals Rodeo, July 14 – 20.  This event is the championship for all high school aged members who have qualified from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico.

Our contestants are coming to compete for more than the title of world champion this year. They also have the option to compete in a $100,000 added money jackpot. New this year, the jackpot is optional for the contestants to enter and is based off their performance in the competition arena.

The $100,000 is added to the entries of the contestants, and we are proud to announce that it has reached more than a quarter of a million dollars. This quarter of a million will be split up and awarded over the three rounds and 13 events, meaning that the contestants who entered the jackpot could have a chance to walk away with a nice paycheck to take them down the road.

“We are excited to have this opportunity for the kids and that we can give them something else to compete for,” said James Higginbotham, NHSRA executive director. “The Association saw a rise in contestants and entries at our Junior High Finals and are seeing the same trend heading into our High School Finals. It will shape up to be a great week of rodeo.”

“It is a great jackpot for these contestants and just on entries alone the purse reached $150,000, so we were fortunate to add our $100,000 to that,” added Austin White, vice president of marketing.

For more information about the 2019 National High School Finals Rode, visit https://www.nhsra.com/2019-nhsfr-information/

About the National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association was founded in 1949, the mission of the NHSRA has existed first and foremost to promote and support education and to develop the essential attributes of leadership, dedication, commitment and responsibility in high school students.  While preserving the western heritage, the NHSRA teaches its members to maintain the highest regard for each other and their livestock.  The NHSRA’s mission does not stop on the high school level, as the Association also strives to impart to its members the advantage of higher education and the desire to never stop learning.  The NHSRA supports their dreams by annually awarding more than $550,000.00 in scholarships at the national level, and $1.8 million in scholarship cumulatively on the international level. With over 70 Years of history behind the NHSRA and continued growth and success, the organization is preserving the past and preparing for a successful future.

 


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