Even under present conditions our 2020/2021 high school rodeo season is off to a good start. Thankfully, a lot of states/provinces are beginning their qualifying year.
To close out what can be referred to in many ways a different year, we were able to have a very successful National High School Finals Rodeo. Dan Wall and his staff at The Lazy E in Guthrie, Oklahoma, were very instrumental and
supportive with what we refer to as our “special edition” National Finals.
Contestants and families seemed to be very excited to have the opportunity to compete. The stock was great, and the contestants put on quite a show, good competition in all four of the arenas. Our valued sponsors filled in and assisted in many ways, as always without them this is not a possibility. The National Directors, State/Provincial Secretaries and Staff were determined to make it a success.
We always talk about making memories, certainly this year we made our share and most of them are positive and ones we will carry for a long time.
I cannot begin to tell you how heartbroken we were to not be able to host the Junior High Finals. The time of the year, the fact that the COVID-19 lockdown had basically just started with a lot of restrictions everywhere was the deciding factor.
For our seniors from the 2019/2020 season, we will miss you and thank you for being a part of our family. Re- gardless of your plans, college, trade school or embarking on careers that will bring you many successes, we wish you the very best.
Now it is time to move on from the present and put our efforts into making the 2020/2021 the best year yet. We at the national office and your local state/provincial directors and secretaries have already started the planning for just that.
Our plans at present time are to be in Des Moines, Iowa, for our 2021 Junior High Finals and Lincoln, Nebraska, for the High School Finals.
Contestants, we talk a lot about the finals, but we want you to have a good year all year long. You will put in much practice, log a lot of miles, and make many new friends. It does not matter whether you are traveling, going to school, or rodeoing, there are basic rules that must be followed. Don’t let a bad decision ruin your experience.
Good luck in whatever you do and God’s blessing to each of you and your families.
NHSRA Executive Director
”Great things never come from comfort zones.” – Lydia Sweatt
by James Higginbotham
Photograph by Chip Garofalo