ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — For some of the most decorated and experienced Intermountain High School Rodeo Team members, only one week of events stands between them and the end of their amateur rodeo statuses. For graduated seniors like Michael Pederson, Koty Kamm and Callahan Crossley, only the 2012 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., remains.
The national finals begin Sunday at the Sweetwater Events Complex and feature one of the largest entry fields of any rodeo in the country. The top four finishers from a year’s worth of rodeo events from each state — along with several Canadian provinces and some international countries — earned a trip to Wyoming and a chance to win a national title.
The competitors will run through two performances each day from Sunday through the following Saturday. The short-go final round will take place on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m.