Karissa Rayhill State Goat Tying champion

Karissa Rayhill brought home the state title and also won the average in Goat Tying at the South Dakota Junior High Rodeo Finals held at the Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche May 26 and 27. Karissa is also one of 16 SDJHRA Members chosen to be on the 2013 Cinch Team.

She has earned a position on the South Dakota National Junior High Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, N.M., June 23-29 to compete at the ninth annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo in the Goat Tying competition.

Featuring more than 1000 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 in the first two rounds to advance to Saturday evenings final round. National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times.  

The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Town Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcast of each NJHFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com, powered by iHigh.com. Performances are 7 p.m. on June 23 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter. 

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, tug-of-war, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR tradeshow. 

To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results.

Karissa is the 14 year old daughter of Kory and Angela Rayhill.

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