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Mayfield athlete qualifies for 'world's largest rodeo'


Three New Mexico high school rodeo athletes, including one from Mayfield High School, will be traveling to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming, July 14-20.

Weslynn Faith Reno, Amy Weich and Avery Ledesma qualified at the State Finals held in Gallup to compete at the 71th annual National High School Finals Rodeo. The top four contestants in each event from New Mexico, and each state and other participating countries, will compete for national titles. Weslynn Faith Reno, a freshman at Pecos Connections High School, qualified to compete in the Barrel Racing competition. Amy Weich, a junior at St. Mary’s High School, qualified to compete in the Girls Cutting and Reigned Cow Horse competitions. Avery Ledesma, a sophomore at Mayfield High School, qualified to compete in the Girls Cutting, Light Rifle and Trap shooting competitions.

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $150,000 in prizes, NHSFRcontestants will also be competing for more than $375,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion.

To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. LIVE broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at www.RidePass. com. Performance times begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, and competition continues daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. through July 20.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have an 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 your local favorites at the NHSFR, visit NHSRA.com daily for complete results.