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To All Contestants and Parents

Great weekend of rodeos in Nelson and Grand Island. Both committees put on great rodeos and need to be commended for their efforts. Please remember to take the time at each rodeo to thank a committee member or helper. A simple "Thank You" goes a long ways!!


Some things I want to address in regards to turn-outs:


We had some turn-outs last weekend for different reasons and I want to clarify what the rule book says about turn-outs/vet releases.


Please keep in mind if the NHSRA rule book does not cover a rule, we refer back to PRCA/WPRA rule book.


If you are a notified turn out at a rodeo, the rule book states:

"No multi-event contestant may turn out in one event and compete in another in any given paid perf (rodeo). However, if he/she is a NON-NOTIFIED TURN-OUT IN ONE EVENT, he/she may compete in another event. (PRCA RULE R7.1.4.1 pg 195)


Which means if you are on the grounds; and able to compete, and you turn-out or get turned-out for whatever reason, you are to be turned out rest of day and pay the fines.


An example of a non-notified turn-out part of the rule: You have vehicle trouble on the way to the rodeo, and your calf gets turned out, you may still compete in your other events because it is a NON-NOTIFIED TURN-OUT. You will still pay the fine for the one event but, can compete in your other events.


Vet releases are for cutting, poles and barrels due to fact the rule book states no two girls’ (boys in cutting) may compete on same horse in these events. With that said, you cannot use a vet release in any other timed event to get out of turn-out fines. Only in the poles, barrels, and cutting. Make arrangements to ride a different horse or the pay fine.


Hope this helps clarify the turn out rules. Feel free to catch me at the rodeos if you need me to explain further.


Enjoy your weekend off and I'll see you in Callaway!


Jess Harwager



Directors Meeting – Lexington – August 16, 2014

Discussed this past State Finals and felt the event went well.  The Hastings Committee did an excellent job of arena maintance.

The 2015 NHSRA Calendar will be available for the students to pick up at the North Platte rodeo.  The program will remain the same as last year.  There are several event winners who have not returned a photo, therefore, photos will be selected for them if something doesn’t arrive soon.

We will continue to award the year-end all-around cowboy and cowgirl saddle and buckle as we have in past years. 

Banquet tickets were handed out to the directors.  Get your lucky tickets for the November 8 Fall Scholarship Banquet and Auction!

It was decided to require the goat contractors to have the goats prepared before they arrive at the rodeos.  The goats will not be tied down at the rodeos.  This will hopefully end the confusion on when or if the goats are being tied prior to a rodeo and it will allow the secretaries to have the goat draw posted in a timely manner.  This information will be added to the stock contract.

Banner assignments were determined.   Anyone is welcome to assist in hanging or taking down the banners!! J


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, and the rodeo secretary any time you 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 $15.00 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 $15.00 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 $15.00 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 $15.00 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.