Rim Country Middle School student Bryndee Hall has qualified to compete at the world’s largest junior high rodeo.
Hall will compete as a member of the Arizona team June 23-29 in the 9th Annual Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) at Red Rock Park in Gallup, N.M.
She’s entered in the pole bending, an event in which she is the 2013 Reserve Arizona State Champion on her quarter horse “Babe.”
In the state ribbon roping competition, she and her partner, Sam Garside of Prescott, finished fifth.
Hall also wrapped up the year in the top 10 in breakaway and barrel racing and was one of the top 7th-graders in the All Around Cowgirl competition.
“This will be Bryndee’s first national finals and is the accomplishment of many goals she has set for herself,” said her mother Lani Hall, the local 4-H coordinator. “She will have the opportunity to win prizes and scholarships, but most importantly make great memories and new friends.”
While Hall excels in rodeo, she is also a straight-A honor roll student at RCMS and plays softball at the school as well as on local Little League teams.
The NJHFR rodeo will draw more than 1,000 competitors from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia to Gallup. All will be vying for more than $75,000 in prizes, $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be known as the best in the country.
Saturday’s championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch Town Tour on RFD-TV.
After qualifying for the finals, Hall thanked her friends and family for their support and the James family for the use of their horse “Grey” and the many hours of roping help.
During the course of the regular season, Hall received support from Chapman Auto Center, Strawberry Mountain Vinyl, Black Mountain Excavating, Dr. and Mrs. Munoz, Mrs. Coppelli and Lynn Waters.
Tax deductible donations to help Bryndee make the trip to finals can be made by contacting the Payson Agricultural Education Foundation at (928) 301-5803.