wATcH National Final Rodeo 2016 Live stream
After qualifying in their respective state finals, Cooper McClain, David Jones and Cody Lansing are heading to the 12th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, Tennessee, from June 19-25.
With well-worn saddles, scuffed boots and faded jeans, some of the cow punchers in the rodeo looked like they’d just finished working at the loading pens. But give them a rope and a smart horse, and remarkable things can happen.
The red hot sounds of jazz will cut through the autumnal air this weekend at the Southern tip of New Jersey. The Exit Zero International Jazz Fest will take place Friday to Sunday in Cape May at the following locations: Cape May Convention Hall, Carney’s Other Room, Aleathea’s, Iron Pier Craft House, Schmidtchen Theater, Cabana’s, and Carney’s Main Room. All of these venues are within walking distance of each other, making it easier for festival-goers to bounce from show to show. The festival will be headlined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring the legendary Wynton Marsalis (Saturday),
Now in its 21st year, the WRCA championship also serves as a fundraiser for a related foundation that helps cowboys in crisis and gives scholarships to ranch kids. Over the last two decades, it has distributed more than $2 million.
The venue – Ingliss Selling Complex, 285 Oaklands Road, Oaklands Junction, Victoria – is located just five minutes drive from Melbourne Airport for interstate travelers.
To prepare for the national finals, McClain is working with Bo Pitman of Mancos on Jersey steers, as well as practicing at home on his Mighty Bucky, a mechanical bull-riding simulator.
Fellow Ute Mountain Rodeo teammate, Jones, will join McClain on the national stage.
After competing for just half the year last season, Jones, 13 of Dolores, is in his first full rodeo season. He advances to nationals after finishing fourth place in tie-down roping at the Colorado Junior High Rodeo Association State Finals and is working with Kyle Polish to prepare for his first run in Tennessee on Tuesday.
The NHSFR is the “World’s Largest Rodeo,” featuring approximately 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia. The national finals can be seen live on CINCHtv.com
Riann qualified for barrel racing at the 2015 finals but due to no fault of her own was unable to attend. This year she stepped it up and qualified in both barrel racing and pole bending. She also will be representing Michigan as a member of the highly sought after Cinch All Star Team.
When asked after she found out she had qualified Riann said, “I worked really hard to make it again this year. My horse was injured at the beginning of the season and I couldn’t run her at two of the rodeos. I wasn’t sure if I could actually make up those missed points. Every rodeo and every point is so important because there are great riders with some really good horses in the Michigan High School Rodeo Association! “