Area Junior High Cowboys and Cowgirls punch tickets to Nationals

Kelstyn Linder of Broken Bow, winner of Rookie of the Year. Photo courtesy Sandall Photography

Junior High cowboys and cowgirls from across Nebraska converged on the Custer County Fairgrounds last Thursday and Friday for the Nebraska Junior High State Rodeo Finals. The young rodeo participants competed for a spot in the National Junior High School Finals to be held June 19th through the 25th in Perry, Georgia.

National qualifiers from the KCNI/KBBN listening area include:
Barebacks: Kelstyn Linder of Broken Bow
Saddle Broncs: Sam McDaniel of Sargent
Bull Riding: (alternate) Sam McDaniel of Sargent
Boys Breakaway: Korbin Druery of Anselmo, Tate Johnston of Thedford

Colton Leach of Dunning and Kallan Cox of Purdum will represent Team Nebraska at the national rodeo in Perry, Georgia. Photo courtesy Sandall Photography

Team Roping: Korbin Druery (Anselmo) & Parker Nokes (McCook), Tate Johnston (Thedford) & JT Lantis (Hershey)
Ribbon Roping: Colton Leach of Dunning
Barrels: Gracie Pearson of Broken Bow, Kallan Cox of Purdum
Boys Goats: Colton Leach of Dunning, Korbin Druery of Anselmo

View the full list of 2022 averages and national qualifiers here: Averages and National Qualifiers

View day one and day two results from the Nebraska finals here: Round 1 Results, Round 2 Results

Haylea Miller of Broken Bow with Brad Miller looking on. Photo courtesy Sandall Photography

KCNI/KBBN conducted interviews with a few participants on Thursday and Friday: