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.
"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.