Conway Spring youth headed to national rodeo finals


CONWAY SPRINGS – Brayden Kunz, an 11th-grade student at Conway Spring High School, has earned a position on the Kansas National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyo., from July 17 to July 23 to compete at the 74th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the calf roping competition.
Kunz was crowned the Kansas State High School Calf Roping Champion on May 28 at the Kansas State Finals at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane. Kunz was Reserve Champion in the calf roping at the state finals last year and competed at the National Finals event in Lincoln, Neb.
Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $150,000 in prizes and more than $150,000 in added money, NHSFR contestants will be competing for more than $375,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World 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. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.
The Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at
Performance times begin at 7 p.m. on July 17, and competition continues daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. through July 23.
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