MORAVIA — Camy Gheer, freshman at Moravia High School, has qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Gheer earned the right to compete at the world’s largest rodeo by winning the state championship title in the pole bending event. She also placed seventh in the barrel racing and 13th in the breakaway calf roping. With points in all three event, Gheer was named 2014 Rodeo Cowgirl of the Year.
Gheer, along with her parents, Rusty and Lynn Gheer, will travel to Rock Springs, Wyoming July 13-19 for the 66th annual National High School Finals Rodeo.
The top four cowboys and cowgirls in each event will join Gheer on Team Iowa at the national event.
Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more then $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR National Champion.
To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds — to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. National champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD–TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at NHSFRATV.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on July 13 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants will have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.
To follow your local favorites at the NHSFR, visit NHSRA.org daily for complete results.
For ticket information, call (307) 352-6789.
Gheer is having a fundraising can drive now through July 10 to help offset expenses. Anyone that wants to donate redeemable bottles or cans may call (641) 895-3835.
Gheer is the granddaughter of Al Clark of Centerville.