Steiger qualifies for world’s largest rodeo

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Sammy Steiger is the Wisconsin State Champion in pole bending.


Sammy Steiger, a ninth-grade student at River Ridge High School, has earned a position on the Wisconsin State National High School Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo. on July 14-20 to compete in the 65th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in pole bending. 

Sammy won in pole bending for the year and is the Wisconsin State Champion. She also won the Reserve Rookie Cowgirl of the Year Award.

Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based upon their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. National champions will then be determined based upon their three-round combined times/scores. 

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Town Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at, powered by Performance times are 7 p.m. on July 14, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter. 

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow. 


To follow Sammy at the NHSFR, interested persons may visit daily for complete results. For ticket information, call (307) 352-6789.

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