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National High School Finals Rodeo Continues to
Grow Apr 18, 2014

For Immediate Release – April 18, 2014

National High School Finals Rodeo Continues to Grow

Rock Springs, Wyoming –The National High School Finals Rodeo is continuing to grow by adding Maryland to the association and a Reined Cow Horse Competition that will begin in 2015. The Sweetwater Events Complex will be hosting the events for the next two years, July 13-19, 2014 and July 12-18, 2015. The rodeo brings contestants and their families from 44 states, 5 Canadian and Australian providences to Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Beginning in 2015 the National High School Finals Rodeo will add a Reined Cow Horse Competition as an optional event for contestants.   In a cow horse competition there are three main components; reining, herd work & fence work.  Contestants will perform a reining pattern and then must work a single cow in the arena on a one on one basis.  The goal behind the cow work is to get the cow to perform certain maneuvers, such as turns and stops.   The event is judged and is more similar to cutting than the other traditional rodeo events.  The NHSRA says the event fits nicely with the ultimate mission of preserving the Western heritage and providing opportunities for youth members.  Adding this event will just continue to increase the number of contestants and their families that will be traveling to the Sweetwater Events Complex.

Another event that continues to grow is the Shooting Sports Competition. Each year since the shooting sports started the event has continued to grow. The event started in 2007 with 135 contestants and their families and last year 370 contestants and their families competed in the Trap Shooting, Light Rifle, Family Trap Shooting and Family Light Rifle events in Rock Springs and Green River.  The National High School Rodeo Association also added the event to the National High School Finals Rodeo Junior High Division which has helped create the growth at the high school level.

As the event continues to grow the Sweetwater Events Complex will continue to need the support of Sweetwater County and all of the volunteers that help make the event possible. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer for the National High School Finals Rodeo go to www.SweetwaterEvents.com or call our office at (307) 352-6789. Positions are filling up quickly, but during the event volunteers are needed to check-in horses, contestants, and RV’s as well as to sell tickets, collect tickets, and help with information booths. 

Volunteers will be needed beginning July 1 and will need to complete a mandatory training session.  While no specific skills are needed, people who are friendly, helpful, and solution-orientated are especially appreciated.  Those folks who are knowledgeable of Sweetwater County, and can help direct contestants and guests to various locations and attractions around the area are also needed.  Additionally, volunteers with horse and livestock knowledge are always appreciated. 

 A map pin pointing four four states, five Canadian and Australian providences that will be represented at the NHSFR in July.
Pictured is a map pin pointing forty four states, 5 Canadian and Australian providences that will be represented at the National High School Finals Rodeo with more than 1,500 contestant in July.


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Contact: Lena Warren, Marketing & Events Coordinator
Phone:  307-352-6789 ext. 103
Email:  lwarren@sweetwaterevents.com


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