Photographs by Jason Ivester
Shelbi Rice, who will be a senior in the fall at Cedarville High School, is the state barrel racing and pole bending champion this year and was the Arkansas High School Rodeo Queen in 2016. She recently competed in the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyo.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
NATURAL DAM -- Shelbi Rice has grown up with the rough and tumble world of rodeo.
BUCKING THE TREND
Arkansas High School Rodeo Association — Cowboys and cowgirls compete in 12 regional rodeos (six in the fall and six in the spring) plus the state finals to accumulate points based on their performance. The top four in each event qualify for the National High School Rodeo Finals. Here are the competitors from Northwest Arkansas who qualified for the national finals:
Kenzie Castor^Springdale^Breakaway roping
Taylor Biggs^Belllefonte^Team roping
Michael Holt^Harrison^Light rifle shooting
Booker McCuthen^Bergman^Team roping
Shelbi Rice^Natural Dam^Barrel racing, Pole bending
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