Big Island Riders Compete in National High School Finals Rodeo
Marsh Performance Horses (R♦), based out of Huson, Montana, is proud to sponsor several Big Island competitors in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Rock Springs, Wyoming, from July 15 to 21, 2018. These young competitors fly into Missoula, Montana this week to get acquainted with their sponsored horses before heading out to Wyoming to compete in Team Roping, Break Away and Barrel Racing.
The National High School Rodeo Association is one of the fastest growing youth organizations, with an annual membership of approximately 12,500 students from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. The Association sanctions over 1,800 rodeos each year. Events at the NHSFR include Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Cutting. Girl’s events include Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Cutting, Team Roping and the NHSRA Queen contest.
Last month, R♦ supported three Junior High School students who competed in the National Junior High School Rodeo in Huron, South Dakota from June 24 to 28.
The Junior High Division was established to bring the excitement of the sport to 6th, 7th and 8th graders and to serve as a feeder system into the high school ranks of the Association. All 48 states and provinces that belong to the NHSRA also produce a Junior High Division as well, with over 2,500 members in total now competing. R♦ sponsored riders, Eli Higa, from Honoka‘a and Montana Miranda from Kamuela, placed 27th in Team Roping out of 150 teams.
R♦ owners, Ron and Robynn Marsh have a special connection to the Big Island and the tropical rodeo world. They have sold and shipped several of their Montana home bred Quarter Horses to Hawai‘i and enjoy following the horses and new-found friends rodeo careers.