(Franklin) — Hadley Sanders, a 7th grade student at Heard County Middle School has earned a position on the Georgia state/provincial National Junior rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Des Moines, Iowa, June 22-28 to compete at the 10th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Chute Dogging and Team Roping competition.
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo.
In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion.
To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first rounds – to advance to Saturday evening’s final round.
National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
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 7:00 p.m. on June 23, and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 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, tug-of-war, contestant dancing, 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 Des Moines hosts the NJHFR for the first time.