Riverside's Katey Campbell advances to National High School Rodeo Finals
Riverside junior Katey Campbell qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals to be held in Farmington, N.M., with a top four finish in the barrel racing competition at last month's Arkansas State Rodeo Finals held in Benton.
The National Finals, to be held July 20-26, is the 60th annual event and will feature over 1500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia. The National High School Finals is the world's largest rodeo. Contestants will compete for over $200,000 in prizes and will also be vying for more than $325,000 in college scholarships as well as the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night's championship performance, which will be shown on live television.
"I had the opportunity to go to the Junior High Finals, but this is the first time I have advanced to this particular championship," said Campbell. "It's a pretty big thing and I am extremely excited to be going. There will be lots of things to do. I will get a chance to play in both a basketball and a volleyball tournament, as well as participate in other activities. I am also looking forward to meeting some big time rodeo people. Just being there and meeting all the different people and performing in front of such a big crowd will really be exciting."
"My goal is to place in the top four, but realistically a top 15 finish would be great," added Campbell. "The competition is the best in the country, and I am looking forward to the challenge."
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, contestants will have the opportunity to represent their team in a volleyball and basketball tournament, enjoy nightly contestant dances, which include a Cowboy Prom, participate in a talent contest, compete in a National Rifle Association 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 the Land of Enchantment.
To follow Campbell at the NHSFR, visit the NHSRA's web site daily for complete results at www.nhsra.org.