Area students to compete at world’s largest junior high rodeo

Six area youth earned positions on the Wisconsin National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Lebanon, Tennessee, June 18-24 to compete at the 13th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR).
Cheyenne Check, an eighth-grader at Queen of the Apostles School in Tomah, is a third-time NJHFR qualifier, finishing the year winning All-Around Cowgirl, first in Barrel Racing, first in Ribbon Roping with partner Coy Nelson of Tomah, second in Pole Bending, third in Girls Breakaway Roping and fourth in Girls Goat Tying.
Krista Cook, an eighth-grader from New Lisbon Middle School, also is a third-time NJHFR qualifier, finishing the year first in Girls Goat Tying, first in Light Rifle Shooting, third in Barrel Racing, while her horse, Crabtree Bay Boy, won AQHA Horse of the Year.
Three-time NJHFR qualifier Evan Salzwedel, an eighth-grader from Tomah Middle School, finished the year tied for third in Boys Breakaway Roping and fourth in Team Roping with partner Coy Nelson of Tomah.
Nelson, an eighth-grader from St. Paul's Lutheran School in Tomah, is a first-time NJHFR qualifier, finishing the year first in Ribbon Roping with partner Cheyenne Check of Tomah, tied for third in Boys Breakaway Roping and fourth in Team Roping with partner Evan Salzwedel of Warrens.
Dylan Breitsprecher, a sixth-grader from Tomah Middle School, also is a first-time NJHFR qualifier, finishing the year second in Tiedown Roping, second in Chute Dogging and third in Team Roping with partner Bryce Bunting from Amherst.
First-time NJHFR qualifier Brady Uppena, a sixth-grader from Royall Middle School, finished the year second in Team Roping with partner, Justin Gukenberger from Marshfield and third in Boys Goat Tying.
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world's largest junior high rodeo.
In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants also will be vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo 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 NJHFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com.
Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 18 and 9am and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR 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 NJHFR tradeshow, as well as visiting area attractions as Lebanon hosts the NJHFR for the second year in a row.
To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results.
For ticket information and reservations, visit wilsoncountyexpo.com.

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