Local Students Qualify to Compete At World’s Largest Jr. High Rodeo
Jarrett Oestmann, a 7th grade student at Johnson-Brock Public School, and Zach Oestmann, a 6th grade student at Auburn Middle School, earned positions on the Iowa National Junior High rodeo team and traveled with fellow teammates to Gallup, New Mexico from June 27th through July 3rd to compete at the 6th Annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR).
Jarrett Oestmann is competing in the team roping, goat tying, breakaway roping, and ribbon roping competitions. Zach is competing in the breakaway, ribbon roping, and team roping competitions.
The NJHFR features more than 1,000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces and Australia. It is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $80,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing on to Saturday’s finals. The July 3 championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the “Cinch Town Tour” telecast series. Check online at http://nhsra.com for the broadcast schedule.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy volleyball, tug-of-war, contestant dances, family oriented activities sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and the chance to shop the NJHFR western tradeshow, as well as visit the historical attractions of New Mexico and nearby Arizona.
To follow your local favorites at NJHFR visit the NHSRA web site daily for complete results at www.nhsra.org.