Jace Rutledge, a freshman at Harrisonville High School, has earned a position on the Missouri National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo., July 13-19 to compete at the 66th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the Steer Wrestling and Trap Shooting competitions.
Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants also will be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 - based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds - to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance also will air online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world., NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.
To follow your local favorites at NHSFR, visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results. For ticket information, call 307-352-6789.