Camy Gheer, an eighth-grade student at Moravia Community School, has earned a position on the Iowa National Junior High rodeo team and will travel with fellow teammates to Gallup, N.M. June 23-29 to compete at the ninth annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo in the barrel racing and pole bending competitions.
Camy is the daughter of Rusty and Lynn Gheer and the granddaughter of Al Clark.
Gheer qualified for this event after a year-long rodeo season that took her across the state of Iowa. She traveled to 10 junior high school rodeos from Sidney to Ft. Madison and even as far away as Larchwood in northwest Iowa.
Gheer earned a championship title in the pole bending event and a reserve championship in barrel racing. She was also named reserve champion all-around cowgirl for her accomplishments in more than two events.
In addition to poles and barrels, Gheer also rides in the break-away calf roping, goat tying and ribbon roping.
Gheer is having a can drive to raise money for the trip. If you have redeemable cans or bottles to donate, call (641) 895-3835. Cash donations are also acceptable.
The NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo where contestants vie for more than $100,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion.
The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NJHFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 23 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter. To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results.