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The future of rodeo is here, and it’s bright.

The National High School Finals Rodeo is the “World’s Largest Rodeo,” with approximately 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia. Cowboys and cowgirls compete for national titles, assorted prizes, and their share of thousands of dollars in college scholarships.

Girl’s events include Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Cutting, Team Roping, and the NHSRA Queen contest. Boys and girls compete together in Team Roping, but are separate in all other events.

The rodeo action at the event is non-stop! With performances twice each day, the top-twenty contestants in each event then advance to a final round of competition to determine who will walk away with the championship buckles.

COWGIRL highlights the 2020 NHSFR World Champion Cowgirls:

Barrel Racing: Jade Rindlisblacher, UT

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Jade Rindlisbacher of Lakeshore, Utah, 46.176.

Jade on her NHSFR experience:

“National High School Finals Rodeo, it hasn’t even began to sink in that my viper man is the World Champion Barrel Racer! He was so solid all week with winning the first round and the short go by 3 tenths! When I started him I was only 12 years old and I never thought that we would be at this point. I was also awarded with $4,000 worth of scholarship money from the @nhsra and the John Hatley Memorial Committee! Thank you to everyone who has been in my corner since day 1 it 100% takes a village! ” – Jade on Instagram.

@jaderindlisbacher on Instagram.

Goat Tying: Madalyn Richards, TX

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Madalyn Richards, Hereford, Texas, 22.01.

Madalyn on her NHSFR experience:

“So so blessed to have walked away from the Lazy E arena as the 2020 World Champion Goat Tyer! This week was incredible… the Texas team absolutely dominated, my horse worked great, the atmosphere was electric, the competition was incredible, and the entire week was a blast! Thank you to everyone at the @nhsra & the @lazy_e_arena for making this week possible! Also need to give a huge thanks to everyone who has supported and helped me to achieve my goal!!” – Madalyn on Instagram.

@madalyn.richards on Instagram.

Breakaway Roping: Hooter Murphy, LA

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Hooter Murphy, Keachi, La., 7.81.

Josey aka “Hooter” on her NHSFR experience:

“Well I am saying goodbye to my high school rodeo career 12th in the barrels, 3rd in the all-around and a National Champion in the breakaway. This is a goal I have been trying to reach for years now and the good Lord made it happen. Tuff was 11th in the first go of barrels and 6th in the short go. I was 3rd in the first go and 3rd in the short go in the breakaway on PistolPete. Just thankful to even have had nationals with everything going on in the world. I want to thank everyone for the calls/texts/prayers, and supporting me the whole week, and all year. To all my friends and family, I just want to say I am so grateful for everything y’all have done for me, I could never show enough appreciation for it all…This is bittersweet and there is no doubt I will miss it, but I am ready to close this door and open another one. Love, Hoot.” – Hooter on Instagram.

@joseymurphy on Instagram.

Team Roping: Quincy Sullivan (Header), NM

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Quincy Sullivan (Header), Peralta, N.M., Luis Mendiaz (Heeler), Santa Fe, N.M., 20.81.

Quincy is the third female to ever win this title in the 60+ year history of the NHSRA.

Shacey Sullivan via Facebook.

Pole Bending: Rylee Hardin, TX

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Rylee Hardin, Newcastle, Texas, 59.245

Rylee was 20.368 in Go-1, 19.481 in Go-2, and came back and smoked a run in the final round with a 19.396 to have the fastest run of the National High School Rodeo Finals!

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Girls Cutting: Jaycee Lowery, TN

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Jaycee Lowery, Gardendale, Ala., 438.5.

Jaycee on her NHSFR experience:

“I’m still at a loss for words and it’s taken a few days for this to sink in. There are so many people I’d like to thank for making this possible. Big thank you to my parents for their continuous support and for hauling me to rodeos and cuttings all year. Thank you to all of the amazing sponsors of NHSRA and to the Lazy E for allowing us to come compete! I can’t forget Ernie. I’m so blessed to have this guy and I can now say we have not one but two world championships under our belt. He is the greatest horse I have ever and will ever throw my leg over. Thank you to the Good Lord above this wouldn’t be possible without him! I can’t wait for next year. God is so good” – Jaycee on Instagram.

@twisted_j_620 on Instagram.

Queen: Laramie Dearing, TX

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Miss Texas High School Rodeo, Laramie Dearing of Paradise, Texas.

Laramie on her new title as National High School Rodeo Queen:

“It has been four days since I have been crowned the National High School Rodeo Queen and I am still completely speechless. I heard from queens before that I would create long lasting friendships throughout this contest, and boy were they right! I loved laughing with all the girls & bonding with each one of them! It takes a village, and mine was a combination of fellow queens, supportive friends, and my loving family who I can NOT thank enough! I am so grateful and am looking forward to proudly representing the @nhsra! The fabulous McKardy Kelly did a phenomenal job this previous year and I have some very big boots to fill! Here’s to a blessed year ahead of us!” – Laramie on Instagram.

Venita Yancey Dearing via Facebook.

All-Around Rookie Cowgirl: Syerra Silva, NV

Syerra Silva via Facebook.

Syerra Silva, Lamoille, Nev., 160.00

Syerra on her NHSFR experience:

“Red Tari Chick and I had a blast this week with the Nevada High School Team at National Finals #nhsra After a devastating hit first barrel we came back and ran two of the best pole runs we have had in competition to make it to the short go and had a great second round barrel run at a 15.8. I ended up barley hitting a pole in the short go, but managed to finish strong thanks to Red! He made it possible to earn myself Rookie All Around! I cannot say enough about the #lazyearena and their ground, it was phenomenal and would love to come back! I received my first college scholarship thanks so much to #gist … A saddle thanks to #sloansaddles … Buckle from #gist … And a much needed new hat from #americanhatcompany !! Special thank you to Jody Withers for the coaching and support, my parents for hauling, family and friends for the support, volunteers and directors for being the backbone in these events and always God for letting it all happen! To all the sponsors that make this possible, especially when we thought it wasn’t this year! ” – Syerra on Instagram.

@teamsyerrasilva on Instagram.

All-Around Cowgirl: Kylie Conner, LA

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Kylie Conner, Welsh, La., 1,120.00.

Kylie ended her junior year of High School Rodeo 4th in the world in the barrels, 3rd in the world in the breakaway, and National All Around champ.

Watch Kylie’s interview with Cavender’s before the championship round:

Check out this highlight reel of the rides and runs that made these cowboys and cowgirls World Champions:

2020 NHSFR Results:

Bareback Riding:

  1. (OR) Mason Stuller, Veneta, Ore., 239
  2. (MT) Sam Petersen, Helena, Mont., 237
  3. (TX) Kolt Dement, Rusk, Texas, 224
  4. (TX) Kade Berry, Poolville, Texas, 223.5
  5. (CA) Jacek Frost, Browns Valley, Calif., 222.5
  6. (KS) Ty Pope, Garnett, Kan., 222
  7. (NE) Gauge McBride, Kearney, Neb., 221
  8. (CO) Keenan Hayes, Hayden, Colo., 219.5
  9. (UT) Dean Thompson, Altamont, Utah, 217.5
  10. (ID) Kelby Schneiter, Rexburg, Idaho, 216

Barrel Racing:

  1. (UT) Jade Rindlisbacher, Lakeshore, Utah, 46.176
  2. (AR) Taycie Matthews, Wynne, Ark., 46.654
  3. (NV) Wylee Mitchell, Pioche, Nev., 46.707
  4. (LA) Kylie Conner, Welsh, La., 46.71
  5. (MT) Lacey Lawrence, Jordan, Mont., 46.873
  6. (NM) Avery Ledesma, Las Cruces, N.M., 47
  7. (NM) Shacie Marr, Tularosa, N.M., 47.212
  8. (MN) Austyn Tobey, Bemidji, Minn., 47.245
  9. (OK) Paige Jones, Wayne, Okla., 47.264
  10. (TX) Sally Love, Crawford, Texas, 47.281

Boys Cutting:

  1. (TX) Carson Ray, Groveton, Texas, 445
  2. (OK) Kooper Branum, Marlow, Okla., 434
  3. (TX) Mason Rust, Gordon, Texas, 434
  4. (OK) Cooper Mendenhall, Edmond, Okla., 433.5
  5. (CO) Regan Wheatley, Calhan, Colo., 433
  6. (TX) Russell Bushaw, Weatherford, Texas, 432
  7. (MS) Colby Moore, Kosciusko, Miss., 432
  8. (NM) Trey Mitchell, Lamy, N.M., 431
  9. (WA) Tice Hiner, Walla Walla, Wash., 429
  10. (TX) Rance Peebles, Alpine, Texas, 428

Breakaway Roping

  1. (LA) Hooter Murphy, Keachi, La., 7.81
  2. (TX) Josie Conner, Iowa, La., 7.87
  3. (LA) Kylie Conner, Welsh, La., 7.95
  4. (NV) Grace Felton, Fernley, Nev., 8.17
  5. (AR) Kenlie Raby, Mt. Vernon, Ark., 9.12
  6. (NM) Evann Segura, Stanley, N.M., 9.69
  7. (SC) Gracie Griffin, Pickens, S.C., 9.99
  8. (MT) Haven Wolstein, Helena, Mont., 10.13
  9. (CO) Amanda Terrell, LaSalle, Colo., 10.3
  10. (NE) Jace Hurlburt, Arcadia, Neb., 10.73

Bull Riding:

  1. (LA) Kolby Stelly, Sulphur, La., 154
  2. (NM) Clay Garley, Los Lunas, N.M., 144.5
  3. (MO) Koltin Hevalow, Smithville, Mo., 139
  4. (TX) Canyon Bass, Wimberley, Texas, 81
  5. (AL) Casey Roberts, Munford, Ala., 78
  6. (KS) Lane Berkenmeier, Maple Hill, Kan., 77.5
  7. (NE) Conner Halverson, Gordon, Neb., 77
  8. (UT) Stran Nielson, Leamington, Utah, 76
  9. (HI) Ekolu Ribordy, Waianae, Hawaii, 75
  10. (OK) Lukasey Morris, Union City, Okla., 70

Tie-Down Roping:

  1. (TX) Riley Webb, Denton, Texas, 27.3
  2. (TX) Connor Atkinson, Needville, Texas, 27.54
  3. (TX) Kincade Henry, Mt. Pleasant, Texas, 27.57
  4. (OK) Blake Tatham, Pryor, Okla., 32.58
  5. (ID) Waid Dalton, Richfield, Idaho, 34.31
  6. (OK) Ryon Neathery, Klondike, Okla., 34.76
  7. (LA) Jacques Trahan, Hackberry, La., 35.59
  8. (MS) Matt Watt, Emelle, Ala., 36.76
  9. (KS) Trey Adams, Junction City, Kan., 36.88
  10. (MS) Jeb Stewart, Lucedale, Miss., 37.23

Girls Cutting:

  1. (TN) Jaycee Lowery, Gardendale, Ala., 438.5
  2. (HI) Laura Coflin, Pukalani, Hawaii, 434
  3. (OK) Sadie Mendenhall, Edmond, Okla., 433.5
  4. (IA) Emma Ricke, Lawton, Iowa, 433
  5. (TX) Robbin Rice, Sealy, Texas, 431
  6. (KS) Faith Miller, Allen, Kan., 431
  7. (LA) Millie Frey, Eunice, La., 429.5
  8. (UT) Sommer Amos, Loma, Colo., 429
  9. (MS) Makenzie Moore, Kosciusko, Miss., 427
  10. (TX) Ryann Packard, Mineral Wells, Texas, 426

Goat Tying:

  1. (TX) Madalyn Richards, Hereford, Texas, 22.01
  2. (NE) Jessica Stevens, Creighton, Neb., 22.56
  3. (AB) Kyla Kelly, Red Deer County, Alberta, Can., 23.31
  4. (WY) Kadra Clark, Yoder, Wyo., 23.55
  5. (OK) Jessie Ishmael, Miami, Okla., 23.66
  6. (MO) Karsyn Fuchs, Marshall, Mo., 24.05
  7. (OK) Hannah Giger, Wilburton, Okla., 24.2
  8. (OR) Chloe Jo May, Junction City, Ore., 24.26
  9. (FL) Courtney Grace Stalvey, Valdosta, Ga., 24.36
  10. (NM) Shacie Marr, Tularosa, N.M., 24.39

Pole Bending:

  1. (TX) Rylee Hardin, Newcastle, Texas, 59.245
  2. (UT) MaRynn Moody, Delta, Utah, 59.919
  3. (CA) Brianna Sharp, Brentwood, Calif., 60.291
  4. (TX) Chase McBee, Madisonville, Texas, 60.556
  5. (NE) Madison Mills, Eddyville, Neb., 60.632
  6. (OK) Dessa Hext, Canadian, Texas, 60.881
  7. (UT) Jade Rindlisbacher, Lakeshore, Utah, 61.024
  8. (IN) Maci Jo Zimmerman, New Ross, Ind., 61.048
  9. (MT) Harley Meged, Miles City, Mont., 61.173
  10. (LA) Kaylee Kinney, Sulphur, La., 61.5

Saddle Bronc:

  1. (KS) Cable Wareham, Whiting, Kan., 216.5
  2. (NE) Sage Miller, Springview, Neb., 197
  3. (KS) Ty Pope, Garnett, Kan., 196.5
  4. (SD) Malcom Heathershaw, Quinn, S.D., 195.5
  5. (AR) Brett Coffman, Idabel, Okla., 194
  6. (UT) Korby Christiansen, Emery, Utah, 156
  7. (SD) Teigan Clark, Meadow, S.D., 155
  8. (TX) Gus Gaillard, Morse, Texas, 138.5
  9. (LA) Isaac Richard, Eunice, La., 138
  10. (OR) Mason Stuller, Veneta, Ore., 136.5

Steer Wrestling:

  1. (UT) Cash Robb, Altamont, Utah, 13.01
  2. (TX) Landris White, Angleton, Texas, 14.11
  3. (LA) Grant Soileau, Bunkie, La., 14.8
  4. (LA) Matthew Weeks, Keatchie, La., 15.12
  5. (MT) Cole Detton, Great Falls, Mont., 15.53
  6. (OK) Dawson Price, Guthrie, Okla., 15.7
  7. (ND) Justin Inglis, Regan, N.D., 16.05
  8. (FL) Clayton Culligan, Okeechobee, Fla., 16.07
  9. (NM) Clate Harwell, Artesia, N.M., 16.86
  10. (MO) Clay Clayman, Highlandville, Mo., 17.19

Team Roping:

  1. (NM) Luis Mendiaz, Santa Fe, N.M., Quincy Sullivan, Peralta, N.M., 20.81
  2. (CO) Beto Cisneros, Avondale, Colo., Reece Wadhams, Pueblo, Colo., 24.39
  3. (GA) Jackson Green, Roanoke, Ala., Trevor Boatwright, Marble, N.C., 24.94
  4. (NM) Bladen Reno, Las Cruces, N.M., Bodie Hine, Ignacio, Colo., 24.98
  5. (CO) Wyatt Wollert, Wiley, Colo., Brayden Fillmore, Penrose, Colo., 26.86
  6. (AZ) Clay Cherry, Stanfield, Ariz., Logan Cullen, Casa Grande, Ariz., 27.03
  7. (OR) Coy Aldrich, Terrebonne, Ore., Brayden Schmidt, Benton City, Wash., 27.23
  8. (FL) Lacey Nail, Okeechobee, Fla., Cole Clemons, Okeechobee, Fla., 27.96
  9. (LA) Hazen Martin, Sulphur, La., Gatlin Martin, Sulphur, La., 30.8
  10. (MS) Mason Theriot, Poplarville, Miss., Matt Watt, Emelle, Ala., 37.45

Reined Cow Horse:

  1. (TX) Trevor Hale, Perryton, Texas, 879.5
  2. (TX) Trail Townsend, Earth, Texas, 871.5
  3. (KS) Tylor Todd, Rexford, Kan., 869.5
  4. (CO) Lannie-Jo Lisac, Pueblo, Colo., 865
  5. (TX) Colee Charlesworth, Marathon, Texas, 862
  6. (CO) Shelby Temple, Center, Colo., 857
  7. (NV) Ali Norcutt, Fallon, Nev., 854.5
  8. (CA) Pierce Wold, Wilton, Calif., 853.5
  9. (UT) Sydney Davis, Lapoint, Utah, 852
  10. (OR) Natalie Thompson, Yoncalla, Ore., 848.5

All Around Rookie Cowboy:

  1. (NM) Sterlin Mitchell, Lamy, N.M., 175.00
  2. (WI) Justin Gukenberger, Marshfield, Wis., 125.00
  3. (OK) Luke Price, Pryor, Okla., 35.00
  4. (OK) Blake Tatham, Pryor, Okla., 620.00
  5. (TX) Kade Berry, Poolville, Texas, 520.00
  6. (AZ) Logan Cullen, Casa Grande, Ariz., 450.00
  7. (TX) Kash Martin, Lufkin, Texas, 385.00
  8. (NM) Juanito Montoya Jr., Monticello, N.M., 340.00
  9. (LA) Lane Touchet, Iowa, La., 310.00
  10. (TX) Benny Proffitt, Canadian, Texas, 260.00

All Around Cowboy:

  1. (OR) Mason Stuller, Veneta, Ore., 1,155.00
  2. (KS) Ty Pope, Garnett, Kan., 1,115.00
  3. (CO) Regan Wheatley, Calhan, Colo., 985.00
  4. (MS) Matt Watt, Emelle, Ala., 770.00
  5. (UT) Dean Thompson, Altamont, Utah, 650.00
  6. (CO) Keenan Hayes, Hayden, Colo., 640.00
  7. (UT) Chase Webster, Kamas, Utah, 530.00
  8. (FL) Cole Clemons, Okeechobee, Fla., 490.00
  9. (AZ) Garrett Hershberger, Litchfield Park, Ariz., 401.25
  10. (CA) Pierce Wold, Wilton, Calif., 387.25

All Around Rookie Cowgirl:

  1. (NV) Syerra Silva, Lamoille, Nev., 160.00

2-3. (SD) Landry Haugen, Sturgis, S.D., 75.00

2-3. (MI) Carly Cowles, Whittemore, Mich., 75.00

  1. (OK) Grace Gardiner, Ashland, Kan., 65.00
  2. (NV) Rilee Christensen, Logandale, Nev., 35.00
  3. (TN) Jaycee Lowery, Gardendale, Ala., 730.00
  4. (AR) Taycie Matthews, Wynne, Ark., 680.00
  5. (OK) Sadie Mendenhall, Edmond, Okla., 635.00
  6. (CA) Brianna Sharp, Brentwood, Calif., 570.00

10-11. (NM) Evann Segura, Stanley, N.M., 460.00

10-11. (MO) Karsyn Fuchs, Marshall, Mo., 460.00

All Around Cowgirl:

  1. (LA) Kylie Conner, Welsh, La., 1,120.00
  2. (UT) Jade Rindlisbacher, Lakeshore, Utah, 1,020.00
  3. (LA) Hooter Murphy, Keachi, La., 900.00
  4. (KS) Tylor Todd, Rexford, Kan., 859.28
  5. (NM) Shacie Marr, Tularosa, N.M., 810.00
  6. (AB) Kyla Kelly, Red Deer County, Alberta, Can., 675.00
  7. (CO) Shelby Temple, Center, Colo., 655.00
  8. (NM) Quincy Sullivan, Peralta, N.M., 650.00
  9. (IA) Emma Ricke, Lawton, Iowa, 615.00
  10. (SC) Gracie Griffin, Pickens, S.C., 570.00

AQHA Boys Horse of the Year:

  1. (TX) SEVEN S CRAZY HORSE (BATMAN), Trevor Hale, TX, 790.00
  2. (OK) MOSSES MAN, Landon Little, OK, 356.25
  3. (OR) T4 PISTOLS PERK, Coy Aldrich, OR, 345.00
  4. (MO) SS CATTY STARLIGHT (RENO), Jeb Nelsen, MO, 190.00
  5. (ND) HOT SHOTS, Caydon Roshau, ND, 175.00
  6. (AL) LS SAVANA DRIFTER (PRIMETIME), Drew Clukey, AL, 150.00
  7. (NV) BE CADES KAT, Cade Bell, NV, 130.00
  8. (KY) THIS CHIC SHINES, Jake Scheidler, KY, 110.00
  9. (NE) MR HOLI DOC OAK, Wacey Flack, NE, 95.00
  10. (NM) SCR CRACKIN ONE TIME, Sterlin Mitchell, NM, 20.00
  11. (IA) ARISTO TWISTER, Colton Stuva, IA, 6.00

AQHA Girls Horse of the Year:

  1. (NV) SMOKEY GOLD JACK, Wylee Mitchell, NV, 620.00
  2. (NE) MR POCO JACK SPRAT, Madison Mills, NE, 500.00
  3. (NM) LITTLE PISTON BOON, Evann Segura, NM, 460.00
  4. (TX) BJS LAST, Jayci Lee Byler, TX, 290.00
  5. (TN) WATCH NED JACK, Emma Kate Wilder, TN, 250.00
  6. (OR) PEPPYS SWEET LILLY, Kennedy Buckner, OR, 140.00
  7. (WY) VF A FAMOUS LADY (CHILI), Rayne Grant, WY, 120.00
  8. (ND) METALLIC DIAMOND (TROUBLE), Anna Jorgenson, ND, 105.00
  9. (OK) SONITA RIO, Chaley Hext, TX, 30.00

Girls Team Standings:

  1. TEXAS, 6,550.00
  2. UTAH, 3,890.00
  3. LOUISIANA, 3,410.00
  4. OKLAHOMA, 3,140.00
  5. NEW MEXICO, 2,645.00
  6. WYOMING, 2,575.00
  7. NEVADA, 2,528.33
  8. KANSAS, 2,449.28
  9. COLORADO, 2,071.78
  10. IOWA, 1,842.50

Boys Team Standings:

  1. TEXAS, 10,335.00
  2. KANSAS, 3,985.00
  3. OKLAHOMA, 3,929.58
  4. NEW MEXICO, 3,655.00
  5. UTAH, 3,491.25
  6. NEBRASKA, 3,241.00
  7. COLORADO, 3,230.00
  8. LOUISIANA, 3,195.00
  9. IDAHO, 2,966.25
  10. MONTANA, 2,625.00

Team Standings:

  1. TEXAS, 16,885.00
  2. UTAH, 7,381.25
  3. OKLAHOMA, 7,069.58
  4. LOUISIANA, 6,605.00
  5. KANSAS, 6,434.28
  6. NEW MEXICO, 5,710.00
  7. COLORADO, 5,301.78
  8. NEBRASKA, 4,944.57
  9. IDAHO, 4,356.25
  10. MONTANA, 4,179.28

Congratulations to all cowboys and cowgirls!

(Results courtesy of NHSRA.)