Over 130 contestants, 16 locals, to compete in finals

 

White Pine Rodeo Club’s Paul Sonerholm took fourth place in Saddle Bronc Riding at last year’s state rodeo finals to move on to nationals.  (Jason Romans photo)

White Pine Rodeo Club’s Paul Sonerholm took fourth place in Saddle Bronc Riding at last year’s state rodeo finals to move on to nationals.
(Jason Romans photo)

A year’s worth of planning, practicing and hard work is about to finally pay off for the boys and girls of the White Pine Rodeo Club as they will play host to this years Nevada State Rodeo Finals from Friday to Monday.

Among the 134 contestants that will compete in this years state final will be 16 local participants, each vying to land in the top four spots of their event to earn a birth into the National Finals Rodeo on July 12-18 in Rock Srpings, Wyo.

Official events will begin on Friday including judge orientations, queen horsemanship contests and a meet and greet for contestants and judges. The Mr. Nevada High School Rodeo King Contest will open things to the public Friday at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the Nevada High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) Queen’s Dance, which will be open to all high school students.

The first day of rodeo competition (outside of Queen events) will begin on Saturday with .22 rifle and trap shoot events beginning at 8 a.m. The finals First Go will take place at the White pine County Fairgrounds and get started at 1 p.m. The rodeo itself is expected to last between four to five hours according to White Pine Rodeo Club Advisor Chuck Odgers. A “Cowboy Prom” is set to take place inside the Postal Palace at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

An awards presentation will is scheduled to be  conducted inside the Bristlecone Convention Center at 9 a.m. on Sunday to award the performances from Saturdays Finals First Go. The Finals Second Go will get started at 11 a.m. back out at the fairgrounds Sunday morning, which will be followed by a bar-be-cue and senior auction.

The Second Go awards as well as the Queen Coronation will take place in the convention center at 9 a.m. on Monday and the last Finals Short Go Top 15 event will start at 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds.

Contestant who do no qualify for nationals but still finish within the top 15 in their event will earn a berth in the Silver State International Rodeo, which will be held in Winnemucca from June 30-July 5.