McBee to compete in NHSFR

Posted 7/14/20

Madisonville High School Senior Chase McBee was selected to the National High School rodeo team and will travel to Oklahoma this week to compete in the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), the world’s largest rodeo.

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McBee to compete in NHSFR

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Madisonville High School Senior Chase McBee was selected to the National High School rodeo team and will travel to Oklahoma this week to compete in the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), the world’s largest rodeo.

McBee’s journey to Guthrie, Okla. began in October with the THSRA Region IX Rodeos in Bryan. She complied top finishes and earned the top spot in the Region for pole bending to qualify for state.

McBee earned a top-four finish at the state competition at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene in June, but was unsure of her fate until the announcement was officially made.

“Some people do well enough in the first three rounds and they know they have it,” said McBee. “After the first two (rounds), I knew all I had to do was have a clean run, similar to the first two. But my short go run was a little bit slower, since I was being safe and trying not to hit any poles.”

Since there were two individuals tied for fourth and fifth place in pole bending, McBee would not find out whether or not she qualified for the world’s largest rodeo until she was in the stables with Midget, her horse.

“I was holding my saddle in hand and I just dropped it and started jumping around,” said McBee.

The NHSFR features over 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Mexico and Australia. They will compete for over $150,000 worth in prizes as well as over $375,000 in college scholarships and a chance to be named NHSFR World Champion.

To earn the title of World Champion, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on their combined scores in the first two rounds before advancing to then final round. World Champions will be determined based on their combined scores in all three rounds.

“My main goals are to make the short go and have three clean runs,” said McBee. “Wherever that puts me in terms of placing, l will be fine with. Another goal is to make the most of my time there by meeting new people and getting to experience as much as I can from this opportunity I have been given.”

McBee would like to thank the Ghormley family for allowing her to use their horse and have the opportunity.

“They are like a second family to me,” said McBee. “They have really made this possible, I am thankful for them.”

Thursday’s championship performance will be national televised as part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts will also air online at www.RidePass.com.

Performances begin July 17 at 7 p.m. and continue daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. through July 23.

Complete daily results can be accessed at NHSRA.com.

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