A total of six local cowboys and cowgirls have qualified to participate in their respective national rodeos, which take place later in the summer.

The six performers finished in the top four in the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association's final standings in their events.

A pair of cowboys from Ordway's Sharon family qualified for the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo, which will occur next week at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, South Dakota.

Waitley Sharon qualified for nationals in two events. He will compete in saddle bronc steer riding and boys' goat tying.

Waitlley finished fourth in the state in both events. He scored 86 points in goat tying, and 37 points in saddle bronc steer riding.

The other Sharon family member, Traven, will also compete in saddle bronc steer wrestling. He was third in the state in that event with 46 points.

The Sharons also finished ninth in the state in team roping with 23 points.

The unofficial draw for the NJHSFR was announced earlier this month. Traven, a rookie in junior high rodeo, will have his first ride in the Sunday evening performance, and he will have his second ride in the morning performance on June 29.

Waitley will have his first attempt in goat tying in the Monday morning performance, and he will go again on June 28 in the evening performance.

Waitley will have both of his saddle bronc steer rides on Wednesday. He will ride in the morning perfromance and the evening performance that day.

The top cowboys and cowgirls in each event will compete in the championship short-go on the evening of June 29.

The official draw will be announced on Sunday.

National High School Finals Rodeo

The remaining four national qualifiers will compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo, which will take place July 14-20 at the Sweetwater Events Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Kodey Hoss of La Junta qualified for the NHSFR in two events — girls' goat tying and girls' cutting.

Hoss was the Colorado state champion in goat tying with 110 points. She was fourth in girls' cutting with 32 points.

Hoss barely missed qualifying in a third event as she was fifth in breakaway roping with 68 points — two points off of the final qualifier.

Jacobi Larson of Fowler qualified for nationals in pole bending. She was also a state champion in that event with 103 points.

Colt Honey of La Junta qualified for nationals in steer wrestling. He was the state runner-up with 103 points.

The final qualifier is Sugar City's Crowley McCuistion, who will perform in bull riding. McCuistion, a rookie in the high school division, tied for fourth place in the state standings with 19 points.

Performances at the NHSFR will take place from the evening of July 14 to the morning of July 20. Like the NHSJFR, the top performers in each event will return for the championship short-go on the evening of July 20.

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