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VIDEO: Not The Norm Sports: Rice races to national finals rodeo

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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.

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:

Name^Hometown^Event

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

Martie Shockley^Alma^Goat-tying

Tyler Smith^Huntsville^Saddle-bronc

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