NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FINALS RODEO
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“75 YEARS OF ROPING, RIDING, AND MENTORSHIP”
The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) was founded as an idea by Claude Mullins, a Texas educator and rodeo enthusiast. He wanted to create a championship rodeo for high school students, similar to other sports. With the help of Alton Allen and Leon Kahanek, the first Texas State High School Championship Rodeo was held in 1947, attracting participants from across the state. The success of the event led to the establishment of the NHSRA and the first National Finals in 1949. The association grew rapidly, and today it supports over 10,500 students in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The creation of the Junior High Division in 2004 expanded the reach of rodeo to younger students. The NHSRA continues to promote the sport and prepare future leaders through its events and programs.
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