2017–18 District 7 State Finals team chosen
By Loretta Burke
On Sunday, March 3, 23 high school rodeo athletes from grades 6–8 were chosen to be on the CHSRA Magnificent 7 State Finals team.
In order to qualify for State Finals, each contestant must be in the top five of their event(s). They must also be a member in good standing, which includes going to most of the rodeos, selling raffle tickets and finishing your work duties on rodeos.
On May 17–19, these 23 contestants will make the almost six-hour drive (from Paso Robles) to Red Bluff, California, where the annual Junior High State Finals are held. There the District 7 athletes will compete for a coveted spot on the California World Finals team and awards such as all-around cowgirl and cowboy.
The top four contestants from each event will then advance to the Junior High National Finals on June 24–30, in Huron, South Dakota. Here athletes will truly compete with the best of the best from all across America, Australia, and Canada. Approximately 1,000 athletes compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes and the glory of being the best in the world.
As the junior high athletes get prepared for state finals the high school students have one more rodeo on April 7 and 8, this will be the last rodeo of the standard season with State High school finals on June 11–16 in Bishop California and nationals on July 15–21 in Rock Springs, WY.