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Junior high rodeos conducted at Osage County Fairgrounds

Laverne’s Austin Christensen, left, and Hayden Phillips of Beaver participate in the team roping Saturday of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association competition held in the Clarence L. Brantley Indoor Arena at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Nearly 100 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from around the state participated in the two-day event, which was sponsored by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce. For a story on the rodeo, see page A6. JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL
Laverne’s Austin Christensen, left, and Hayden Phillips of Beaver participate in the team roping Saturday of the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association competition held in the Clarence L. Brantley Indoor Arena at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Nearly 100 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from around the state participated in the two-day event, which was sponsored by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce. For a story on the rodeo, see page A6. JACK BUZBEE/JOURNAL-CAPITAL

The Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association held its second rodeo events of the spring season Saturday and Sunday at the Osage County Fairgrounds’ Clarence L. Brantley Indoor Arena.

Competitions were open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students meeting qualification requirements set for the National High School Rodeo Association’s Junior High Division. Oklahoma holds a charter state membership in the national organization.

Prizes were awarded in girls’ competitions for barrels, team roping, goat tying, poles and breakaway roping. Boys events included bull riding, breakaway, goat tying, chute dogging and team roping. There also was coed competition in ribbon roping.

Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce served as sponsor for the event.

The rodeo year for OKJHSRA consists of fall and spring seasons. Sanctioned events are held on four weekends each season, with two rodeos conducted per weekend. Lightning C Arena outside McAlester will host the next junior high rodeos April 5-6 and the state finals are scheduled for May 15-18 at Woodward Elks Arena.

Approximately 90 junior high members participated last year and the number of competitors has been increasing each season, officials said.

Contestants also can earn positions on the Oklahoma National Team that will represent the state in the Junior High Division of the National Finals Rodeo.

The 2014 finals are scheduled to be held on June 22-28 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Membership information about the Oklahoma Junior High School Rodeo Association is available at the official website or by calling OKJHSRA Secretary Julie White at 903-737-7750.

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