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Local youths heading for Junior Rodeo National Finals 

Local youth at junior high rodeo nationals

Kinzie Hansen competing in pole bending. Photo by Lauri Donnelly.

– Local youth of the junior high rodeo team are headed to the 2022 National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in Perry, Georgia, June 19-26.

The NJHFR is a division of the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) and includes youths in grades 6-8. District 7 includes sections of Monterey County, all of San Luis Obispo County and portions of Santa Barbara County.

The team members who are loading up their horses and heading to Georgia are:

  • Kinzie Hansen, Paso Robles, pole bending
  • Colter Tannehill, Paso Robles, ribbon roping
  • Brodie Scoville, San Miguel, girls goat tying
  • Niyah Tidwell, Templeton, girls goat tying
  • Lilly Thompson, Creston, ribbon roping
  • Royce Brown, San Ardo, boys breakaway roping and ribbon roping
  • Betty Branquinho, Buellton, ribbon roping
  • Randon Rivera, Terra Bella, team roping
  • Ross Rivera, Terra Bella, team roping

 

Royce Brown and Lilly Thompson are both California State Champions for ribbon roping. Randon and Ross Rivera are California State Champions for team roping.

“It’s a really big deal for these kids,” said Jamie Brown. “They work hard and it’s very rewarding to see their work pay off for them.”

local youth going to junior high rodeo nationals

Royce Brown competing in breakaway roping. Photo by Lori Donnelly.

Featuring roughly 1,200 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be competing for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion.

To earn the world champion title, contestants must finish in the top 20, based on their combined times and scores in the first two go-rounds to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions are then determined based on their three go-round combined times and scores. An optional $100,000 jackpot is available to everyone at finals who enters the jackpot in their event.

The Saturday, June 25 championship performance will be televised nationally on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air on www.cowboychannelplus.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 19th and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter. Daily results are also available on nhsra.com.

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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.