Clovis to host High Plains Junior Rodeo finals

CMI staff

CLOVIS — The annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals begin a four-day run today at Curry County Event Center, the 39th consecutive year the event has taken place in Clovis.

Rodeo performers between the ages of 6 and 19 will compete. The finals brings an end to the HPJRA season.

Putting on the event on is “a huge undertaking,” said Wayne Smith, executive secretary of the HPJRA.

“They’re competing for roughly $67,000 in payoff money,” Smith said of the young athletes, “and roughly $100,000 in awards.”

Around 155 individual contestants are expected, Smith said, from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. They have competed in a series of HPJRA events.

“Slack” competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today. It includes the first go-round of pole bending and the first and second go-rounds of steer breakaway roping, team roping and chute dogging.

Performances on Thursday and Friday begin at 8 a.m. The Thursday event includes the second go in pole bending and the first go in all events which didn’t start on Wednesday, while Friday will take in the remaining second go-round events.

The short go is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday.

All sessions are open to the public. Admission is $5 each day.

Also scheduled during the event are a church service at 7 p.m. today at the Event Center, open to the public; a “contestant fun night” on Friday, and a family night and gala” on Saturday.

On Sunday, year-end awards will be presented at a continental breakfast, scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., which also includes a church service. Admission for the general public to that activity is $10.

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