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Local rodeo rider Emma Wilder to compete in national events

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Rodeo Emma Kate Wilder Rider 6-23Tipton-Rosemark Academy Middle School student Emma Kate Wilder recently competed in the Tennessee Junior Rodeo Association in five events. She qualified in four of her five events for the National Finals which will be held June 19-25 in Lebanon.

Wilder will compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat typing and ribbon roping. Featuring about 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also by vying for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds — to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NJHFR performance will also air online at Commiseration Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 19, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

Along with rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestants dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR trade show, as well as visiting area attractions as Lebanon hosts the NJHFR for the first time.

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