Audree Phillips, an eighth-grade student at Madisonville Jr. High School, has earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, South Dakota this week to compete at the 15th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the ribbon running competition.
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Mexico and Australia, 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 vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be names a NJHFR World Champion.
To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on their combined times and scores in the first two rounds to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times and scores. New this year is the $50,000 added money, optional jackpot, available to everyone at the finals who cares to enter.
This year, the Saturday championship performance will televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHHFR performances will air on www.RidePass.com.
Performance times began on June 23 and will take place at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and shopping at the NJHFR trade show, as well as visiting area attractions as Huron hosts the NJHFR this year.
To follow Phillips and others at the NJHFR, visit www.NHSRA.com daily for complete results. For ticket information and reservations, visit www.sdstatefair.com.