Landrum boy rides his way to nationals 

Published 11:44 am Saturday, August 10, 2019

Stokes travels to Wyoming mid July 

LANDRUM—A local cowboy will be making the journey from Landrum to Rock Springs, Wyoming for the High School Rodeo Nationals. Kade Stokes will be the only bull rider representing South Carolina at the national competition.  

Stokes competes in events throughout the state and across the country on a regular basis. Stokes is also a part of the South Carolina High School Rodeo Association. The NHSFR is the “World’s Largest Rodeo” and will feature roughly 1,500 athletes from the United States, Canada, and Australia. During the national competition, which will start July 14 and conclude on the 20, athletes will have the opportunity to win an assortment of prizes. Prizes range from one of a kind belt buckles to college scholarships, with bragging rights on the line as athletes compete for National Titles. Athletes will have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars worth of college scholarships through the NHSFR rodeo, which has been an emphasis of the program as it aims at helping high school students pursue higher education 

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The boys events at the NHSFR include Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Cutting. Girl’s events include Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Cutting, Team Roping, and the NHSRA Queen contest. Boys and girls do compete together in the Team Roping event.  

The top twenty contestants in each event advance to a final round where they have the opportunity to win one of the Championship Belt Buckles and the title as a National Champion. Stokes will be competing in the boys bull riding competition.  

By Samuel Robinson