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Local Student Qualifies To Compete At World's Largest Rodeo


Trista & her horse, Boogie run barrels at the North Dakota State High School Finals, June 13-17, in Bowman, ND. (Photo by Connie Soderholm)

Trista Hovde, a 9th-grade student at Sidney High School has earned a position on the North Dakota state/provincial National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo., July 15-21 to compete at the 70th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the Barrel Racing competition.

Trista Hovde with her qualifying barrel racing buckle for the HS National Finals Rodeo. (Photo submitted by Tana Hodve)

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NHSFR is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening's final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

Again this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at Performance times are 7 p.m. on July 15, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.

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