ABOUT US: The Alabama Junior High School Rodeo Association (AJHSRA) is a state-wide organization of students, grades 6 through 8 who are under the age of 16, who participate in rodeos held throughout the state.
The National High School Rodeo Associations’ Junior High Division, created in 2004, and is comprised of 48 States, 5 Canadian Provinces and Australia.
The Junior High division of NHSRA was created with the intent to prepare Junior High School students for competition in the high school ranks. As a result, more high school underclassmen are qualifying for (and winning) events at the National Level than ever before!
The AJHSRA holds qualifying rodeos during the season from September to June and finishes up with a State Finals rodeo. The top 4 cowboys/cowgirls in each event at the state level are qualified to compete (but not required) at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo held annually, mid-summer at location under bid for 2 years, (2018-2019 to be held in Huron, SD).
Cowboys events include Tie-Down Calf Roping or Breakaways Roping, Goat Tying, Chute Dogging, Team Roping, Ribbon Roping, Steer Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Bareback Riding and Bull Riding. Cowgirls Girls events include Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Team Roping and Ribbon Roping. The NHSRA JH Division also offers 22 long rife competition, you do not have to be a rodeo participate to compete. National High School Rodeo Association Rules (NHSRA) and by-laws apply. All event rules are covered in NHSRA rule book. The cowboy or cowgirl, and the animals used in rodeo, compete against themselves and the clock as much as they compete against each other.
AJHSRA is a self-supporting, non-profit organization. We require our members to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, to abide by a strict dress code when competing, and to “play by the rules”. We also require them to maintain their grades at the same level it takes to play school sports in their respective schools. Education is of paramount importance to this organization and is a requirement to compete and participate.
In summary, the AJHSRA provides a unique opportunity for Alabama Youth to participate in one of the most rewarding sporting experiences available anywhere – and, you don’t have to be born in the saddle to get involved.