Scarlett Taylor, a recent graduate of Collegedale Academy and Bradley County resident, has earned a position on the Georgia State High School Rodeo Team, and is competing with fellow teammates in Rock Springs, Wy., this week at the 64th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the girlscutting competition. Cutting involves “cutting” a cow out of a small herd and using verbal and foot commands to the horse to keep the cow out of the herd in a defined area and for a defined time.
Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces, and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for over $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top twenty after two “Go Rounds” of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night’s final championship performance.
The NHSFR is scheduled to air Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m., (check local listings for times). Please check www.nhsra.org for possible schedule changes and other times when the 2012 NHSFR telecast will air on RFD-TV. In addition, you can catch all of the NHSFR action live via iHigh.com on their audio web cast.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends form around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to represent their team in a volleyball tournament, enjoy nightly contestant dances, participate in a talent contest, compete in an NRA rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition, have the chance to shop the ever-popular NHSFR western tradeshow, and visit the historical attractions of the Cowboy State.