White Pine Rodeo Club member Sadie Leyba carries the flag around the arena at the start of the last year’s Nevada State Finals Rodeo in Ely. (Photo courtesy of Western Images)

White Pine Rodeo Club member Sadie Leyba carries the flag around the arena at the start of the last year’s Nevada State Finals Rodeo in Ely.
(Photo courtesy of Western Images)

Students and parents filled the White Pine High School library late into Tuesday evening discussing scheduling, fundraising and compromises. At a quick glance, it could have been taken as a study hall or student council meeting, but in reality, it was the High School Rodeo Club preparing for the Nevada State Finals Rodeo, an event the club will host on the weekend on June 12.

“The state finals are often a make or break chance to make it to nationals in Denver, which is like the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas but for these kids’ level. So it’s a really, really big deal,” Jesse Jordan, one of the club’s two directors, said.

According to Jordan, meetings like the one held in the library are just as important to the club as learning how to ride or rope. The club is responsible for putting on all aspects of the state finals, from scheduling all the events to coming up with enough volunteers to run them.Doing that takes planning.

“This is one of the finest group of kids I’ve ever been around. It’s a real tight group where everyone helps each other,” Jordan said.

The director estimated that the club will meet once every other week for the next several months, and then ramp up to one or two meetings a week as the date for the rodeo approaches. In Tuesday’s meeting, club members realized first hand that with so many different entities involved in the various events of the rodeo, it’s impossible to please everyone.