Caitlyn Viets, an eighth grade student at Pleasant Lea Middle School, has earned a position on the Missouri state National Junior High rodeo team.
Viets will be traveling with her teammates June 23-29 to Gallup, NM to compete in the ninth annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, ribbon roping and breakaway roping.
Featuring more than 1,000 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the 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 the final round. National champions will be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
The championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the CinchTown Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NJHFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com, powered by iHigh.com. Performance times are at 7 p.m. June 23 and at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day after.
NJHFR contestants also have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, tug-of-war, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and shopping at the trade show, as well as visiting historical attractions in New Mexico and nearby Arizona.
Visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results. For ticket information and reservations, call 800-590-1302.