Grady County Fairgrounds will be hosting the OKJHSRA (Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association) and OHSRA (Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association) Joint Rodeo. Both organizations are dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and character in the youth of our state through the sport of rodeo.
On October 23-25 youth from across the state will be competing in a variety of events including roping, riding and racing events in all classes in both individual and team events. The full schedule of events has been posted on the websites: http://www.okjhsra.com/ and http://www.ohsra.com/
The members from the state of Oklahoma compete each year in 16 qualifying rodeos leading up to the state finals. Rodeos are held throughout Oklahoma in towns such as Shawnee, Woodward, Elk City, Thomas, McAlester, Guthrie and Pawhuska.
Both Associations are charter members of the National High School Rodeo Association. The NHSRA based in Denver, Colorado, was incorporated in 1961 to promote interest in rodeo sports among high school students, to provide training, and to establish venues for their performances.
It began in 1947 as a single organization in Texas (National Championship High School Rodeo Association), and has grown to include local organizations in most U.S. states and in Canada, Mexico and Australia. It has over 12,000 members and sanctions over 1,800 rodeos every year.
The Junior High Division was established in 2004 by the NHSRA for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student athletes. 42 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia hold sanctioned Junior High Division Rodeos. The “best of the best” from each state/province qualify for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, the second largest rodeo in the world. Approximately 900 junior high cowboys and cowgirls compete at Nationals each year for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes.
Year after Year the Associations continues to build upon its legacy of promoting the sport and helping to support and prepare the future leaders of our society.
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