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Rodeo state finals to be held in Kalispell 2014, 2015

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Rodeo state finals to be held in Kalispell


KALISPELL — The Montana High School Rodeo Association has chosen the Majestic Valley Arena to host its 2014 and 2015 State Finals, with an option to extend the agreement to 2016 and beyond.

The event, which takes place each year in June, draws the top qualifying high school rodeo riders from across Montana for six days of competition in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.

Contestants in the Montana High School Rodeo State Finals, which will take place June 3- 8, 2014, will compete for prizes including college scholarships and scholarship assistance to continue their educational careers. The top four competitors in each event will qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo, which take place July 13-19, 2014, in Rock Springs, Wyo. That event is considered the largest rodeo in the world, with 1,500 competitors from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia.

The nearly 400 members of the Montana High School Rodeo Association begin their competition season in the autumn, with events in communities across the state. The State Finals consist of two go-rounds of competition culminating with a championship round, along with a cutting competition and the Montana High School Rodeo State Queen competition. The Montana High School Rodeo State Finals have been hosted in Bozeman for the past five years.

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