National HS Rodeo

The National High School Rodeo Association is one of the fastest growing youth organizations, with an annual membership of approximately 12,500 students from 42 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia. The Association sanctions over 1,800 rodeos each year. The NHSRA is governed by a national Board of Directors, which consists of one member from each state or province. A staff at the national headquarters in Denver, Colorado handles the day-to-day operations.

Current Information

  • Directors and Board Members National Director – John Ruggieri (609) 731-1858
    Presidents – Vanessa Pascale
    Vice President – Scott Lynch
    Treasurer – Jennifer Sanchez
    Secretary – Pam Stapp 973-689-4760 or tstapp4@live.com
    Rodeo Secretary - Cheryl Messores Board – Robin Miers
    Bonnie Weibel
    Coleen Ruggieri
  • Student Officers
  • Rules & Bylaws NHSRA-Rulebook.pdf
  • Important Rule Changes * All bull riders (high school and junior high) must wear helmets in competition.
    * Western saddles must be used in barrel racing and pole bending.
    * Addition of Reined Cow Horse event in high school, and bareback steer riding and saddle-bronc steer riding in junior high.
  • Member Requirements Students must be in good standing; not ruled undesirable for misconduct at school. Students must be under 20 at the first of the National High School Rodeo year, and are or have been enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade the year just preceding the National Rodeo the contestant is entering as long as they (minimum requirements) have made passing grades in 4 subjects or if carrying less than 4 subjects student must have passing grades in all subjects, even if they have graduated in the middle of the year or have attended school on half-days, they will be eligible to compete in National High School Rodeo through the National High School Finals Rodeo if he/she has not participated for more than four (4) years. Each State/Province Association may adopt their state/province academic policy for grade or credit requirements. Any student attending schools which apply to high school credits is eligible if he/she meets all other requirements. A graduate of High School is not eligible for membership of NHSRA after the completion of the National High School Finals Rodeo immediately following their graduating from High School. Students must include a copy of their current high school grade and age certificate with their application for membership in a State/Provincial organization.

How to Join

Want to know how to join the NHSRA? Simply go to our forms page by clicking under the “Forms” menu along the top of this page. In addition, the NHSRA offers a variety of unique opportunities to members of the Association, including the “Professional’s Choice Student Athlete of the Month” and the “Professional’s Choice Equine of the Month” programs.

If you have any questions about the National High School Rodeo Association,
please contact the NHSRA national office at 1-800-466-4772.