Starting next week, the California High School Rodeo Finals will kick off the fourth year that the event has been held in Bishop. As in years past, expect to see a large number of young men and women in cowboy hats on the streets of Bishop between performances along with plenty of solid competition at the Tri- County Fairgrounds.
We recently caught up with some of the young competitors in the arena at the Fairgrounds. With many riders headed for the pros, the high school students who we spoke to all said that the high school rodeo finals would be a good show.
Carollann Scott, the District 8 Rodeo Queen from Agua Dulce, says that “these are the toughest competitors in high school.” With future champions in the competitions, she says the High School Rodeo Finals are the “real deal.”
Competitors from around the state will come to Bishop for this fourth year of the High School Rodeo finals, but about 10 riders are locals. Ashley Craft from Bishop says that she came out to watch the high school rodeo when it first came to Bishop. After watching the goat tying competitions she decided to give a try. Now she’s a competitor.
Winners from the State Finals head to Farmington, New Mexico, for the National High School Rodeo Finals. The State competition starts Monday night.
Events kick off on Monday, June 16th, at the Fairgrounds. The night performances start at 7:00 and run about two and a half hours. Kids get in for free. Adult tickets are $5. For more information, check out the California High School Rodeo Association website at chsra.org.