Being a cowboy or cowgirl is extra hard work. The sport of rodeo adds a whole new meaning to “extracurricular” activities. A typical day for students on the Grantsville rodeo team consists of early morning chores, a full day of school, exercising horses after school, practice, nightly chores and homework. The weekends rarely include rest.
Usually, Grantsville rodeo team members load up all their hard work, dreams and positive attitudes, along with their horses and families, to head out for the next rodeo. You could say the rodeo way of life is not for the faint of heart and has limited time for beauty sleep.
Along with making great memories and trying to win shiny belt buckles, these kids are gaining something much more valuable. They are furthering their education and expanding their rodeo opportunities. The Utah High School Rodeo Association (UHSRA) was established in 1961 to promote the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and character of the state’s youth. In recent years, the association has focused highly on helping members of the UHSRA to further their education by awarding scholarships each year at the Utah High School Rodeo State Finals. These scholarships vary from academic, artwork, their rodeo story and personal interviews. Throughout the past 56 years the UHSRA has helped develop world champions, national champions, and college graduates all while preserving the Western legacy.
The Grantsville High School rodeo team is proudly hosting a Utah High School Rodeo on April 21, 2017, at the Tooele County Complex. The rodeo starts at 3 p.m. Students from all over the state of Utah will be competing as they move closer to the state finals. Tooele County students from Grantsville High, Stansbury High and Tooele High are in the midst of the bunch. Please come support these students as they make Tooele County proud by pursuing their goals and enriching Tooele County residents with a taste of American heritage.
Long live cowboys and cowgirls.