Local Student Qualifies for World’s Largest Junior High Rodeo

May 16, 2017, 3:30 PM HST
* Updated May 16, 3:32 PM
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Caithlynn Rae Cabral-Ahsing, an eighth grader from Waiakea Intermediate School, earned a position on the Hawaiʻi National Junior High Rodeo team.

The Rose Andrade-Correia Stadium, Honoka`a Rodeo Arena, will be blessed on Monday, paving the way for Honoka`a Western Week. Courtesy photo.

Cabral-Ahsing will travel with fellow teammates to Tennessee to compete in the 13th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo which will be held from June 18-24, 2017.

She will be competing in the pole bending competition.

NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. Nearly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, including five Canadian provinces and Australia will compete for more than $80,000 in prizes.

Students also have the opportunity to win more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion.


To win the title, contestants must finish in the top 20, based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds to advance to the final round. The World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.


The championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Clinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each performance will also air online.

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