Courtesy photo Members of the White Pine High School rodeo club pictured: Back row — Delaynie Ward, Jamie Wines, Madison Panagopolous, Catherine Odgers, Sadie Leyba, Amy Wines, Shay Zeman, Sierra Hyde. Front row — Ryan McKnight, Ryan Benson, Wyatt Jordan, Mason Bostic, Austin Zeman, Justis Kelly, Chuck Odgers

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Members of the White Pine High School rodeo club pictured: Back row — Delaynie Ward, Jamie Wines, Madison Panagopolous, Catherine Odgers, Sadie Leyba, Amy Wines, Shay Zeman, Sierra Hyde. Front row — Ryan McKnight, Ryan Benson, Wyatt Jordan, Mason Bostic, Austin Zeman, Justis Kelly, Chuck Odgers

The White Pine High School Rodeo Club will host in the Rodeo State Championships held in Ely starting on Friday at 5 p.m. and running through Sunday at the county fairgrounds.

The athletes in the club will join an estimated 150 more from around the state to compete in 13 events, including bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing and more.

The championship rodeo is a culmination of a nearly year-long season that began last September.

“This is the granddaddy of the them,” the club’s Director Shawn Bellander said.

Every county in the state will send their rodeo club to compete in the event, including multiple clubs from Clark County. The top four athletes in each event will get to compete in the National Championship Rodeo held in Warm Springs, Wyoming in July.

The White Pine Rodeo Club, which consists of 10 high school athletes and five in middle school, has already had one national qualifier for the middle school national championship in Des Moines, Iowa with Jessie Leyba making it for shooting sports.

“It’s been a great season for the kids,” Bellander said, adding that the championship rodeo would not have been possible to put on without the help of the many local sponsors for the event. “There’s too many to list, but we are very thankful for all the sponsors.”

The high school state championship will begin their official events Friday at 5 p.m. and continue on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 8 a.m.

The event will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.