Eight seconds is all it will take for 60 young rodeo stars to turn a one-time opportunity into a $1,000 scholarship from Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo & Stock Show.
The first annual Ak-Sar-Ben's Heartland Invitational Scholarship High School Rodeo Champions Challenge will take place on Sept. 28, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Eleven scholarships will be awarded.
Featuring National High School Rodeo Association Champions from South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska, the rodeo will include all 10 NHSRA sanctioned events: pole bending, bareback riding, break-away roping, tie-down calf roping, saddle bronc-riding, goat tying, bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing.
Contestants are selected by their respective state NHSRA leadership and have just one run for the money.
"For 68 years the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation has been hosting a Rodeo sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association," says Ak-Sar-Ben Rodeo Chairman Beth Greiner, "To ensure the sport of rodeo continues to grow in contestants and attendees Ak-Sar-Ben, is increasing its mission and impact by giving scholarships to future rodeo leaders."
As is true for all ARCR events, the Scholarship Rodeo will be produced by local rodeo volunteers. All 11 scholarship winners will receive their award during the Saturday, Sept. 28, Justin Boots Championships Rodeo performance.
Ak-Sar-Ben's River City Rodeo & Stock Show is an annual celebration of the region's heritage that benefits and educates families and youth. With an economic impact of more than $21.3 million, it includes three core events: the Justin Boots Championships Rodeo, the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show and the Douglas County Fair. Visit the website at rivercityrodeo.com for a complete list of activities, opportunities for volunteerism or ticket information.
ARCR is managed by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation which was established in 1895 with a mission of leveraging collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.
The National High School Rodeo Association is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and the character in the youth of our country through the sport of rodeo. The NHSRA membership consists of over 10,500 members from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia.