Harley Wilkins, a 12-year-old sixth grader from Plainview, and her horse, Mitzy, have qualified to compete in the 2016 National Junior High School Rodeo Finals.
Harley qualified by finishing in the top 4 in the pole bending, barrel racing, and rifle shooting events at the Alabama State Finals, which were held in Troy. She will compete in the same events against qualified students from across the United States, Canada and Australia. The Finals will be held in June in Lebanon, TN.
Harley loves competing with Mitzy and she hopes to earn a scholarship through her success in rodeo competitions. “My favorite things to do are hanging out on the farm with my Nennie an PawPaw,” said Harley. “I also love shooting basketball with my Daddy.”
The Junior High School Rodeo Association governs these competitions for the nine months out of each year that they’re in season. Their goal is to prepare kids to be the future of the professional rodeo circuit. They aim to instill good qualities into their contestants such as good sportsmanship, athleticism and promoting an interest in fun competition.