June 14, 2011
The Arizona High School Rodeo Association state finals took place at the Payson Event Center last week. There was a queen contest June 8, followed by competition in a variety of events and a “Cowboy Prom” Friday night at the Oxbow Inn with 115 in attendance.
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Although the Gracie Lee Haught Foundation has canceled its Father’s Day roping due to the EHV-1 virus, the Arizona High School Rodeo Association state finals went on as scheduled. Held June 8 to June 11 at the Payson Event Center, local officials took precautions to prevent a virus outbreak by canceling the barrel series on May 25 and June 1 and closing the center to horses until June 6. During the closure, Dr. Drew Justice directed a sanitization of the grounds and arena.