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We would like to thank everyone for all their support since Danielle’s accident.  All the words of encouragement, thoughts, prayers, cards and gifts were very overwhelming! We are truly blessed to be part of such a great organization that creates such long lasting friendships.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the banquet!

Mark, Denise, Danielle and Makayla Wray

To All Nebraska High School Rodeo Members and their Families,

It is with a sad, disappointed heart that I share these comments.  PLEASE READ the following…

I received a text message from the Nelson Rodeo Committee sharing that some of their 4-H archery equipment had been vandalized.  The equipment was housed in the building where the student dance was held the Saturday night of the rodeo weekend.  The equipment was intact and moved on Thursday evening prior to the rodeo to a spot in the building that was blocked off to the public.  The equipment was taken out the week after the rodeo in preparation for a practice session and that is when the vandalism was discovered. 

They also reported to me that several of the students attending the Saturday night dance and playing on the activities set up especially for the high school rodeo students were rude and disrespectful. 

The Nelson Rodeo Committee consists of ALL volunteers.  They work hard before, during and after the rodeo to produce a two day event for the Nebraska High School Rodeo Members/Competitors and their families.  The Nelson Rodeo has a beautiful fairgrounds and welcome us, the Nebraska High School Rodeo Families, with open arms. 

I also received a call from the people offering the concession stand at the North Platte High School Rodeo and they stated to me that they had the concession stand during the college rodeo and the high school rodeo and they have never experienced such a RUDE bunch of people as the High School Rodeo people on Sunday at the 2015 North Platte High School Rodeo.

As the Nebraska High School Rodeo Board of Directors we rely on our Rodeo Committees to produce the practice rodeos for all our Nebraska High School Rodeo members.   We also rely on numerous Sponsors and Donors to help produce the practice rodeos, as well as providing awards for State Finals!!!   Reports like this could make committees think twice about wanting to host rodeos and we could lose Donors and Sponsors!!  And this is negative publicity for the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association – NOT GOOD!

At the very least – WE ALL, Nebraska High School Rodeo members, as well as family members, need to be respectful to our rodeo committees and those entities helping with and around the rodeo! 

Jana Jensen

Nebraska High School Rodeo Vice President

Ground Rule for 2014 Nebraska High School Rodeo State Finals and National High School Finals Rodeo
Cutting Horse, page 95, I, General Rules:
Cutting Horse Event will use NCHA rules when not in conflict with NHSRA rules.  (Delete remainder and add)  Contestant may change horses in the cutting event. 

Reined Cow Horse link

Students check out the link to the National Reined Cow Horse Association's introductory video of the NHSRA's newest event.  Tentative plans are for an introductory level clinic this fall and competitions next spring.  Anyone interested in learning more about this event can contact JB or Sonya Atkins.


Parents & Contestants:

In the event that you are sending your contestant to the rodeo alone or with a friend, you need to be aware of the following consequences if your contestant is hurt. According to Nebraska Laws, if the ambulance is called upon to render aide to an injured contestant, the contestant CAN NOT refuse transport. They will, however, be treated under Implied Consent, then transported. Only a parent or LEGAL guardian can refuse transport, unless the contestant is an emancipated minor. The people that you send your son/daughter with, also, can not refuse care/transport once it has been initiated. So the bottom line is, if your contestant son/daughter is injured, and the ambulance is called, they will go to the hospital, unless YOU are there to sign a refusal.


Contestant Turn-Out Information


  • You may only DRAW OUT of a rodeo before positions are drawn. The date of position draws is included in the rodeo information. Any draw outs after this date is considered a TURN OUT. You must contact Tina Kessler, Central Entry Secretary, to DRAW OUT, TURN OUT, MEDICAL OR VET RELEASE out of EACH rodeo. If you draw out before positions are drawn, entry fees will be refunded.
  • If you are TURNING OUT of a rodeo after positions are drawn, a $17.00 turn out fine/per event will be assessed, except in the team roping. See Team Roping rules.
  • If you are TURNING OUT because of a medical or vet release, the Central Entry/Points Secretary and Rodeo Secretary must be notified 24 hours in advance of the start time of the rodeo. If notification is done 24 hours in advance, entry fees will be refunded and the $17.00 turnout fine will not be imposed. If the notification is after the 24 hour deadline and before 5 days after the turnout, the contestant does not get their fees back. After 5 days have passed and a medical or vet release has not been obtained by the Central Entry/Points Secretary, a $17.00 fine will be assessed
  • A contestant may turn out due to a visible injury or illness that occurred the day of the rodeo, provided the judge has ruled this to be the situation. A judge’s visual release is only good for that day’s rodeo. The turn out fine of $17.00 will be waived in this situation, however, the entry fees will not be returned.
  • All medical or vet releases must be faxed (308)836-2259, emailed (tkessler4rodeos@yahoo.com), or mailed (Tina Kessler, P. O. Box 159, Callaway NE 68825), within 5 days of the turnout. Anything received after that date, will be considered a turn out and a $15.00 fine will be imposed. All medical or vet releases must be on a doctor/veterinarian letterhead and signed. Once a contestant competes in the event they released, the release is void.
  • Notification of fines will be sent to the following week’s Rodeo Secretaries, so the fines will have to be paid before competing at the next rodeo. Fines may mailed to Tina Kessler, P. O. Box 159, Callaway NE 68825, or paid to  the Rodeo Secretary. Please be sure you obtain a receipt if paying at the rodeo. This is your responsibility, not the Rodeo Secretary.
  • Once a contestant releases on a medical or visual release, in order to compete again, a doctor must give a release to compete again. This is in the National Rulebook. If you can not compete at the rodeos following the first one you released from, contact the Central Entry/Points Secretary and Rodeo Secretaries ASAP so they do not order stock for you.