Maci Berry, a 7th grade student out of Poolville, has earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and is competing with fellow teammates in Des Moines, Iowa at the 10th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo in the pole bending 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 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 round. National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
This year’s championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts will also air online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times are at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day.
To follow the competitors each day, visit catchdesmoines.com/rodeo.