Cowgirls compete

Among the 100 young cowboys and cowgirls entered in the National Junior High Rodeo Association State Finals were two local contestants, Raylee Fagerhaug (right) and Hannah Heezen, both of Wessington Springs. 

Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, the South Dakota Junior High Rodeo Association chose to go forward with the state's finals event The rodeo was held May 22 and 23 in Rapid City, SD.

Among the 100 young cowboys and cowgirls entered were two local contestants, Raylee Fagerhaug and Hannah Heezen, both of Wessington Springs.  The event features 6th, 7th and 8th graders that competed for a state title at the South Dakota Junior High State Rodeo Finals.

The two girls competed in several different events, but Raylee's performance in the goat tying earned her a hard fought second place title in that category.

The NHSRA Junior High Division was started in 2004 and serves as a step towards competing for the high school ranks.  Contestants compete in a variety of different events including barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, chute dogging, team roping, tie-down roping, junior bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding, breakaway roping and more.

The winners from this year's State Finals in each event took home a saddle and the top four finishers in each event will compete at the South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo June 16-20 in Ft. Pierre.