Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter
Silverland Middle School 8th grader Kaden Florez has qualified for the 15th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo June 23-29 in Huron, S.D.
Florez qualified in breakaway roping, goat tying and ribbon roping.
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 44 states five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, contestants will also by 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.
The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Libe broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air on www.ridepass.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. June 23 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.