Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals return to Columbia

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 9:35 p.m. CDT; updated 12:36 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 14, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Missouri High School RodeoState Finals return this week to Columbia, bringing with it six days of barrel racing, bull riding and several other events. 

The event, which takes place at the indoor arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds, starts Wednesday with the queen competition and a barrel jackpot.

Rodeo Schedule

Beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday, each day of the rodeo will hold competition in bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, pole bending steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding and goat tying.


  • Queen contest will begin at 2:30 p.m.
  • Barrel jackpot will begin at 6 p.m.


  • Performances begin at 7 p.m.


  • Slack performances begin at 9 a.m.
  • Trap and skeet shooting contest will begin at noon
  • Performances begin at 7 p.m.
  •  Cinch All-Star Team is announced at 7 p.m.


  • Slack performances begin at 9 a.m.
  • The 2012 senior class recognition at 7 p.m.
  • 2012-2013 queen announcement at 7 p.m.


  • Cowboy church takes place at 8 a.m.
  • Awards ceremony starts at 9 a.m.

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The queen competition is similar to other pageants except with rodeo-centered events, including horsemanship.

The barrel jackpot is a barrel racing event that is open to the public and serves as a fundraiser for the rodeo. There is a $25 entry fee for each contestant, with the winner receiving a portion of the money raised and the rest going to MHSR.

Rodeo secretary Barb Laughlin said the high school event is a great chance for Columbia residents who aren't familiar with the rodeo to get a feel for the competition.

Other events taking place this week include bareback riding, breakaway roping, pole bending and goat tying. 

There are numerous entrants, but the top 12 in each event compete at set times. Those not ranked among the top 12 compete in slack performances set for 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The top 12 compete Thursday and Friday night. 

If a competitor turns in a good performance they have a chance to be chosen for the Cinch All-Star Team. Cinch, a clothing maker that is a national sponsor of rodeos, chooses one of the top four athletes as a team captain.

Each event costs $6 per person to attend, but you can get $1 off by donating a canned food item.

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