The Kansas High School Rodeo Finals will be in Topeka again this year.
After being at Hutchinson for several years, the year-end championship competition, featuring the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in all events at high school rodeos throughout the state last fall and this spring, returns to Topeka this year. It is scheduled June 10–15, at the R.R. Domer Livestock Arena in Topeka’s Kansas Expocentre.
“The finals are Thursday through Saturday, with related activities the other days,” according to Suzan Adams, secretary of the Kansas High School Rodeo Association from Junction City.
Contestants are to start gathering for check-in Wednesday afternoon. Other activities on Wednesday for contestants and their families will be a rules and logistics meeting, equipment check, welcome speeches, announcement of new officials, and a state finals picnic.
Designated as Tough Enough to Wear Pink all day long in cancer prevention and cure awareness, Thursday, June 12, kicks off with scholarship interviews in the morning, a small bore and skeet shooting competition and a meeting of old and new board members. There will be an academic team presentation in the evening.
Grand entry of the first performance of the first go-round, open to the public, is at 12:30, Thursday, and the second performance of the first go-round begins at 7 p.m. Awards ceremony for the first go-round follows the evening performance.
Friday, June 13, has been designated Red Shirt Day to Show Support of Troops. First and second go-rounds of the cutting competitions, open to public spectators, begin at 8 o’clock in the main arena.
Grand entry of the first performance of the second go-round, with the public welcome, is at 12:30, Friday. There will be a special needs event in the arena at 3 o’clock.
Second performance of the second go-round is at 7 o’clock, Friday, with awards ceremony for the second go-round following the evening rodeo.
Cutting finals kickoff at 9 o’clock, Saturday morning, June 14, and senior recognition, scholarship presentations and a senior slide show will be at 1 o’clock.
Coronation of the new Kansas Rodeo Queen by 2013-2014 KHSRA Queen Kaitlyn Dinges of Ness City is at 6:30, Saturday evening. Grand entry for the final performance is at 7 p.m., featuring the top 15 yearend contestants competing.
Cowboy church is Sunday, June 15, at 9 o’clock, in the main arena, with awards presentations immediately following in Heritage Hall.
“Top four contestants in yearend standings of each event qualify to compete at the National High School Rodeo Finals July 13-19, in Rock Springs, Wyoming,” Adams clarified.
Additional information about the Kansas High School Rodeo Association Finals is available at www.khsra.net.