Kian Pepper Brown, a seventh grade student at Marvin Sisk Middle School in Douglass earned a position on the Kansas state/provincial National Junior High rodeo team.
He will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, N.M., June 23 through 29 to compete at the ninth annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the breakaway calf roping, goat tying and team roping competitions.
He is the son of Rob and Keely Brown of Douglass. He is sponsored by Hunn Leather of Augusta.
Featuring more than 1,000 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world's largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National Junior High Finals Rodeo National 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 found. National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
Again this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch Town Tour telecast series of RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NJHFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com, powered by iHigh.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 23 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, tug-of-war, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR tradeshow, as well as visiting historical attractions of New Mexico and nearby Arizona.
For daily results, visit NHSRA.org.