Tobey to make return to national rodeo

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Austyn Tobey competes at the Minnesota High School Rodeo Finals in Hugo, Minn., in June. Tobey will return to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 14-20. (Photo courtesy Al Braunworth)
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HUGO, Minn. -- Austyn Tobey is no stranger to the national rodeo stage.

The soon-to-be Bemidji High School senior will make her latest trip to Rock Springs, Wyo., July 14-20 for the National High School Finals Rodeo in four different events.

Tobey qualified in Hugo on June 13-16 as the Minnesota High School Rodeo Finals champion in barrel racing and pole bending and the reserve champion in cutting. Additionally, Tobey qualified for nationals in breakaway roping.

Tobey also won reserve champion cowgirl honors while her horse, Merrisocks, won horse of the year.

Tobey will be making her third consecutive appearance at high school nationals, which have come on top of three straight appearances in the junior high event.


The NHSFR features more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, making it the world’s largest rodeo, according to a press release. Participants will compete for over $150,000 in prizes and more than $375,000 in college scholarships.

Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at

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