Ophus makes 3rd trip to National High School Rodeo Finals

Conrad High School graduate Calvin Ophus has earned the position on the Montana High School Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo. from July 15-21 to compete at the 64th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the bareback competition.

Last July, Ophus placed second in bareback competition.

Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia, the NHSF is the world’s largest rodeo.

In addition to competing for over $200,000 in prizes, contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo National Champion.

To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night’s final championship performance.

You can catch all of the NHSFR action live via iHigh.com on their audio web cast.  Ophus is scheduled to be up Tuesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m.  For more information and possible schedule changes check www.nhsra.org.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to make new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to represent their team in a volleyball tournament, enjoy nightly contestant dances, participate in a talent contest, compete in an NRA rifle shooting competition, or test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition.

The rodeo stars will also have the chance to shop the ever-popular NHSFR western tradeshow, and visit the historical attractions of the Cowboy State.

He is the son of Tom and Vickie Ophus of Conrad.