The Berrien County Saddle Club hosts the Georgia High School Rodeo Association this weekend.
The Georgia High School Rodeo Association is a statewide association of high school students, grades 9 through 12, who participate in rodeos held throughout the state.
In its 32nd year, the GHSRA is affiliated with the National High School Rodeo Association which is comprised of 41 states, 5 Canadian provinces and Australia.
“While rodeo is not recognized as a regular high school varsity sport, no other athletic activity in history was ever developed which so embodies the traditions and history of an entire way of life,” according to the GHSRA. “The events in rodeo grew out of the actual day-to-day duties of the American cowboy, or were dreamed up to further test the courage, stamina and ability of these Westerners.”
One of the most unique aspects of high school rodeo is that these athletes compete on the same stock that is used by college and professional rodeo contestants.
Many of the young athletes folks will see this weekend are competing in bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, goat tying, tie-down and breakaway calf roping, barrel racing, pole bending, and team roping. They are world-class athletes who compete not only in high school rodeos, but in professional and adult amateur rodeos as well. The cowboy or cowgirl and the animals used in the rodeo compete against themselves and the clock, as much as they compete against each other.
Georgia High School Rodeo is a self-supporting, non-profit organization. The organization requires its members to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, to abide by a strict dress code when competing, and to “play by the rules.”
Participants must also maintain their grades at the same level it takes to play high school sports in their respective schools.
The Berrien County Saddle Club event will also feature a junior high division Sunday.
The Berrien County Saddle Club hosts the Georgia High School Rodeo Association.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9; 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.
Where: Berrien County Saddle Club, 127 Saddle Club Road, Nashville.
Tickets: $10, adult; $8, ages 6-12.
More information: Call David Williams, (229) 563-2267.