Nine students from the Kamloops area qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Wyoming next month.
The "largest youth rodeo in the world," the NHSFR will see over 1,600 competitors from four countries descend on Rock Springs, Wyo. from July 14 to 20 this summer.
In total, 24 students from British Columbia will be making the trip down. They earned their qualifying spots at the B.C. High School Rodeo Provincial Finals in Fort St. John at the start of June by finishing top four in their respective categories.
Locally, Carson Payton, a Grade 11 student from Valleyview, Lincoln Yarama, a Grade 12 from Chase Secondary and Ryan-Spur Reid, a Grade 12 from Savona, led the way, qualifying for three events each. Payton and Yarama will take part in the tie-down roping and team roping, while Payton also goes for cutting and Yarama for steer wrestling. Reid qualified for bull riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc.
Other area qualifiers include Carson Weaver of Valleyview and Kash Sigouin of Barriere, who both reached nationals in tie-down roping and team roping.
Riley Anness of Valleyview made it in pole bending, Justin Mitchell of Norkam is competing in bull riding, Justin Weaver of Valleyview is going for team roping and Taylor Gyger of Norkam Secondary qualified for reined cow horse.
To learn more about the National High School Rodeo World Finals, click HERE.