McALESTER — More than 1,000 cowboys and cowgirls from 41 U.S. states, parts of Canada and even as far away as Australia will gather at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M., from June 23-29. Five local wranglers will compete in eight different events at the NJHFR Championships, whose press release calls it “the world’s largest junior high rodeo.”
To get the championship, riders first had qualify at their state competitions. The Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association held its finals May 10-11 in Woodward.
Kaycee Hollingback of Wilburton won the girls’ goat typing competition. Steven Richmond of Gowen placed second in chute dogging and third in ribbon roping competitions, qualifying in both events.
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