National High School Rodeo Association
The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA), based in Denver, Colorado, was incorporated in 1961 to promote interest in rodeo sports among high school students, to provide training, and to establish venues for their performances. The overall objective was to keep students from dropping out of school.
It began in 1947 as a single organization in Texas (National Championship High School Rodeo Association), and has grown to include local organizations in many states and in Canada and Australia. It has over 12,000 members and sanctions over 1,100 rodeos every year.
The NHSRA holds a finals rodeo every year, changing locations every two years, and awards championships in both girls and boys events.
- Girls events: all-around cowgirl, barrel racing, breakaway roping, pole bending, goat tying, team roping and girls cutting horse.
- Boys events: all-around cowboy, tie down (calf) roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, and boys cutting horse.
- Coed events: team roping
In addition to high school students, the NHSRA's Wrangler Division provides similar services for junior high school age students, but with some events unique to this division: boy's chute dogging, breakaway roping and goat tying. The Wrangler division showcases the only event which must have one girl and one boy: ribbon roping.
National, State, and Provincial organizations
Canada has five provincial NHSRA organizations. Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - Ontario - Saskatchewan
The United States has forty-one state NHSRA organizations. Alabama - Alaska - Arizona - Arkansas - California - Colorado - Florida - Georgia - Hawaii - Idaho - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana - Michigan - Minnesota - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - New Mexico - New York- North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon - Pennsylvania - South Carolina - South Dakota - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Virginia - Washington - West Virginia - Wisconsin - Wyoming