Local students qualifies to compete at world's largest rodeo

Thursday, July 1, 2004
Mandy Emery of Caraway will compete in the National High Schools Finals Rodeo in the pole bending event. (Photo provided)

Mandy Emery, a recent graduate of Riverside High School, has earned a position on the Arkansas state high school rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyom., July 19-25 to compete at the 56th annual National High School finals rodeo (NHSFR) in the pole bending competition.

Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 39 states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for over $125,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be vying for more than $225,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High school Rodeo National Champion. To earn the title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing on to Sunday's final championship performance. This year, the Sunday championship performance will be televised nationally on the Outdoor Life Network, as a part of the AQHA's weekly "America's Horse" telecast series. The NHSFR is scheduled to air at 6 p.m. EST Aug. 15 and at 8 p.m. EST Aug. 22, (check local listings for times). Check www.rodeohigh.com for possible schedule changes and other times when the 2004 NHSFR telecast will air on Horse TV, RFD-TV and on the internet.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to represent their team in volleyball and basketball tournaments, attend a PBR event, enjoy nightly contestant dances including a Cowboy Prom, participate in a talent contest, compete in the NRA rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition, the chance to shop the ever-popular NHSFR western tradeshow, and visit the historical attractions of Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota.

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