WILLCOX — High School and middle school cowboys and cowgirls will put on their spurs, saddle up and compete for the second consecutive year in Willcox.
The Willcox Quail Park Arena will host the Arizona High School and Junior High School Rodeo Association rodeo, April 20-21.
“We go all over the state with about 10 rodeos a year,” said Lesti Webster, Willcox committee member and arena announcer. “We will be running two arenas all day long on both day. There will be a little over 100 contestants from around the state competing.”
The AHSRA and AZJHRSA rodeo events begin at 8 a.m. both days.
The events include: barrel racing, breakaway, goat tying, chute dogging, cutting, bull ridding, pole bending, ribbon roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping.
Contestants will be qualifying for state and nationals. For the Junior High School Rodeo Association the state finals are in Prescott May 17-19. For the Arizona High School Rodeo Association, the state finals are in Payson June 12-15. The high school nationals are in July in Rock Springs, WY and Junior high school in June in Gallop, NM.
“The top four placers in state will qualify for nationals,” Webster said. “The Willcox event is the last one of the year and is a big event with everyone from around the state looking at their last opportunities to qualify.”
Friday night before the event there will be a 4-D barrel race. The 4-D barrel race starts at 7 p.m. on Friday night April 19.
“The race is to benefit the rodeo,” said Penny Bell, event organizer. “Anybody can enter the 4-D race.”