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BLOOMER TRAILERS BECOMES THE OFFICIAL TRAILER OF THE NHSRA

DENVER, CO – February 23, 2021 – The National High School Rodeo Association [NHSRA] thrives on its support from national sponsors and we strive to be the best in promoting the sport of rodeo and continuing education. The NHSRA has recently partnered with Bloomer Trailers to be the Official Trailer of the NHSRA.

The NHSRA awards around $250,000 in scholarships from sponsors alone and with the help from Bloomer Trailers that tradition will continue to grow. Sponsors also play a key role in the added money for the optional jackpot at the National Junior High Finals and the National High School Finals Rodeo, now totaling $250,000 in added money.

“We are excited to welcome Bloomer Trailers aboard the NHSRA,” NHSRA V.P of Marketing, Chanel Haworth states, “Bloomer Trailers’ sponsorship will help increase the total payout and scholarships given at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo and National High School Finals Rodeos. With their expertise in the western industry and passion for the sport of rodeo, we look forward to progressive partnership and growth with them.”

“The NHSRA has been on our radar for quite some time. We have supported youth rodeo athletes through other outlets, but we wanted to support it at a National level so that we can give back to the youth of rodeo across the world,” says Bloomer Trailers CEO, Randy Bloomer, “We are excited for the future and to help the sport grow and we believe that starts at the youth level.”

For the past 15 years, Bloomer Trailers has played a large role in the youth of rodeo. They not only are a state sponsor but also with they started the Bloomer Team, a youth rodeo team that teaches skills to advance at the next level, while also competing as a team at IFYR. As a large supporter of the youth in our sport, they are excited to watch the partnership help grow the sport.

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To learn more about Bloomer Trailers visit: https://bloomertrailers.com/

To learn more about NHSRA Sponsors visit: https://nhsra.com/national-sponsors/

NHSRA adds fifth Grade to the Junior High Division

Denver, Colorado | February 12, 2021 - Each year, the National High School Rodeo Association staff, national directors and the executive board meet to discuss and plan the future of the NHSRA during the Association’s annual Mid-Winter Meeting. A lot of discussion arose over the course of the week and after multiple positive conversations the NHSRA is happy to announce the Junior High Division will be allowing fifth graders to join starting with the 2021-2022 competition season.

The fifth graders will be able to compete in any of the already present Junior High Division events. They will be able to compete for all-around titles, state/provincial titles and qualify for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo.

“This topic is one I have personally presented for the past few years, so getting this approved feels great,” states NHSRA Executive Director James Higginbotham. “We try to make all of high school rodeo a welcoming family experience and we are hoping this adds to it. I think it’s safe to say there might be a few happy younger siblings that get to participate on rodeo weekends, rather than watch their older siblings.”

To see a full list of Junior High Division events click here: https://nhsra.com/jr-high-division-events/
To learn more about the Junior High Division click here:  https://nhsra.com/junior-high-division/

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Need more information? Please email info@nhsra.org

NHSRA Adds More Money to the 2021 NJHFR and NHSFR

Denver, Colorado | February 5, 2021 - Each year, the National High School Rodeo Association executive board, national directors and staff meet to discuss and plan the future of the NHSRA during the Association’s annual Mid-Winter Meeting. After careful consideration and discussions during the meeting, the NHSRA is proud to announce it will add more money to each event, which will benefit National Junior High and High School finals competitors.

The optional jackpot has been present at the finals for 30 plus years. Things changed in 2019 when the NHSRA voted to add $150,000 to the optional jackpots allocating $50,000 to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo [NJHFR] and $100,000 to National High School Finals Rodeo [NHSFR] with hopes to reward competitors for their hard work and dedication. The NHSRA’s vote is to add $100,000 and allocate accordingly to each finals rodeo. The NJHFR was at $50,000 and will now increase to $100,000. The National High School Finals Rodeo NHSFR was sitting at $100,000 and will be raised to $150,000. This optional jackpot is a side pot for competitors to enter at the NJHFR and NHSFR. It is currently $75 per event for NJHFR contestants to enter and $150 per event for NHSFR contestants to enter. It pays back a total of 80%, split 20% in the first go, second go, short go and for the average; the remaining 20% covers NHSRA expenses to host the events.

Both prestigious events have seen great payouts back to its competitors from the optional jackpot. In previous years, contestants have earned approximately $4,000 to $7,000 by entering the optional jackpot.

“We are excited to give these kids a bigger purse to compete for,” said NHSRA Executive Director James Higginbotham. “They give so much all year, and this is just another chance for them to be rewarded. This will not affect the main goal of high school rodeo, which is to promote rodeo and education by awarding scholarships. We will still continue to award nearly $2 million in scholarships annually.”

For more information about the Junior High Finals click here: https://nhsra.com/juniorhighfinals/
For more information about the High School Finals click here: https://nhsra.com/nhsfr/

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Need more information? Please email info@nhsra.org

NHSRA Cancels 2020 NJHFR  

May 1, 2020

The National High School Rodeo Association is canceling the 2020 National Junior High Finals, which were scheduled for June 21-27 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

The NHSRA Executive Committee made this decision on account of the uncertainty of the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Multiple components played a role in the decision process, and the top concern was to protect the health and safety of our members, their families, our sponsors and corporate partners and NHSRA staff. The NHSRA spoke with sponsors and corporate partners to obtain additional input, which was taken into consideration when making this difficult decision. The association also took in to account the local, state and federal government guidelines and mandates and the shelter-in-place orders that have prevented contestants from competing at rodeos before this much anticipated event.

With the cancellation of this event, NHSRA is focused on planning a healthy and safe 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo, slated for July 19-25, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The association is working diligently to compile the best possible plan to host the event, pending local, state and federal mandates.

“It is with heavy hearts we had to cancel this event, the youth are our future, and they deserve the opportunity to showcase their skills in the arena,” said James Higginbotham, NHSRA executive director, “Their health is our top concern and one of the main factors we are discussing when planning a safe event for these competitors at the 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo. If any modifications are made to the event, we will share that information on our website and social media platforms.”

New Zealand will begin their first season on September 1, 2020!

For a list of State/Provincial associations, visit https://nhsra.com/contact/stateassociation-links

NHSRA Welcomes New Zealand

January 29, 2020

National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association is happy to announce the country of New Zealand joining NHSRA. New Zealand and NHSRA Executive Director James Higginbotham, have been in communication over the past few months working out details of joining and growth options.

With the addition of New Zealand NHSRA will have active members in 43 states, 5 Canadian Provinces, as well as, Mexico and Australia.

“We love seeing the growth of the association and look forward to watching New Zealand come into their own,” states James Higginbotham, NHSRA executive director.

New Zealand High School Rodeo Association exclaims, “This is a huge achievement for New Zealand to be associated with an international rodeo Association like the National High School Rodeo Association and a huge opportunity for our New Zealand Junior competitors to rodeo on the world stage!”

New Zealand will begin their first season on September 1, 2020!

For a list of State/Provincial associations, visit https://nhsra.com/contact/stateassociation-links

NHSRA Western Legacy Series

August 29, 2019

National High School Rodeo Association

NHSRA is proud to present the NHSRA Western Legacy Series. The NHSRA Western Legacy Series is a group of multi-state rodeos created with the member in mind. The National High School Rodeo Association is contributing $10,000 to each of these events. Each event can utilize the money towards production fees, membership engagement or added money. The base of creating these events was to give members another chance to compete at a higher-level event outside of the National Junior High or High School Finals Rodeo. Every one of these events is open to any NHSRA member in the Junior High or High School Division.

“The Western Legacy Series is an exciting new addition to the NHSRA,” states Kelly Anderson, western legacy and NHSRA executive board member. He also adds, “Our hope is that it will enhance our membership and give our members an opportunity to compete at a major event similar to our National Junior High and High School Finals Rodeo.”

NHSRA Executive Director, James Higginbotham feels the same way, stating, “The intention of adding this series is to bring more states/provinces together, to engage our members and give them another opportunity to rodeo on a larger scale.”

The first event starting out this series is The Badlands Challenge in Bowman, North Dakota, October 11-13, 2019 followed by the Southeastern Showdown in Perry, Georgia, November 8-10 and the Fall Bash in Guthrie, Oklahoma on November 8-10 as well. The final stop scheduled right now is the Icebreaker Challenge in Ogden, Utah which will be held March 6-8, 2020.

Don’t miss out! Come build your legacy today, visit: www.nhsra.com/nhsra-western-legacy-series/

About the National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association was founded in 1949, the mission of the NHSRA has existed first and foremost to promote and support education and to develop the essential attributes of leadership, dedication, commitment and responsibility in high school students.  While preserving the western heritage, the NHSRA teaches its members to maintain the highest regard for each other and their livestock.  The NHSRA’s mission does not stop on the high school level, as the Association also strives to impart to its members the advantage of higher education and the desire to never stop learning.  The NHSRA supports their dreams by annually awarding more than $550,000.00 in scholarships at the national level, and $1.8 million in scholarship cumulatively on the international level. With over 70 Years of history behind the NHSRA and continued growth and success, the organization is preserving the past and preparing for a successful future.

Optional Jackpot at 2019 High School Finals Reaches 250k

July 3, 2019

National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association is headed to Rock Springs, Wyoming for the 2019 National High School Finals Rodeo, July 14 – 20.  This event is the championship for all high school aged members who have qualified from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico.

Our contestants are coming to compete for more than the title of world champion this year. They also have the option to compete in a $100,000 added money jackpot. New this year, the jackpot is optional for the contestants to enter and is based off their performance in the competition arena.

The $100,000 is added to the entries of the contestants, and we are proud to announce that it has reached more than a quarter of a million dollars. This quarter of a million will be split up and awarded over the three rounds and 13 events, meaning that the contestants who entered the jackpot could have a chance to walk away with a nice paycheck to take them down the road.

“We are excited to have this opportunity for the kids and that we can give them something else to compete for,” said James Higginbotham, NHSRA executive director. “The Association saw a rise in contestants and entries at our Junior High Finals and are seeing the same trend heading into our High School Finals. It will shape up to be a great week of rodeo.”

“It is a great jackpot for these contestants and just on entries alone the purse reached $150,000, so we were fortunate to add our $100,000 to that,” added Austin White, vice president of marketing.

For more information about the 2019 National High School Finals Rode, visit https://nhsra.com/2019-nhsfr-information/

About the National High School Rodeo Association

The National High School Rodeo Association was founded in 1949, the mission of the NHSRA has existed first and foremost to promote and support education and to develop the essential attributes of leadership, dedication, commitment and responsibility in high school students.  While preserving the western heritage, the NHSRA teaches its members to maintain the highest regard for each other and their livestock.  The NHSRA’s mission does not stop on the high school level, as the Association also strives to impart to its members the advantage of higher education and the desire to never stop learning.  The NHSRA supports their dreams by annually awarding more than $550,000.00 in scholarships at the national level, and $1.8 million in scholarship cumulatively on the international level. With over 70 Years of history behind the NHSRA and continued growth and success, the organization is preserving the past and preparing for a successful future.