South Dakota Junior High Rodeo Finals underway in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Around 100 young cowboys and cowgirls are in Rapid City this weekend to compete for a state title at the South Dakota Junior High State Rodeo Finals.

The action continued on Saturday with the second round at the Central States Fairgrounds.

The NHSRA Junior High Division was started in 2004 and serves as a feeder program for the high school ranks.

The rodeo features 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

The contestants compete in a variety of different events including barrel racing, pole bending, junior bull riding and breakaway roping.

The top 15 will compete in the short-go on Sunday starting at 9 a.m.

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The winners in each event will take home a saddle and the top four finishers in each event will have the chance to compete at the South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo June 16-20 in Ft. Pierre.

Back on May 1, the National High School Rodeo Association canceled the 2020 National Junior High Rodeo Finals.

But officials decided to go ahead with the state junior high finals.

“With everything that is going on and despite Nationals not being there for us, we felt like now is probably more important than ever to get these kids out competing,” said National Director Tyler Haugen. “Doing what they’ve been out practicing for all spring and that type of thing.”

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