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The National High School Rodeo Association brings thousands of teenagers from around the nation to their competitions each year. These rodeo stars all travel across the country to show off their talents in front of the judges.
Seth Richardson of Madison County was one of those talented teenagers competing for top prizes at this year’s National High School Finals Rodeo.
Richardson, along with his partner, Blaine Courson of Lake City, finished with an overall average of 26.06 in the team roping competition. This qualified them in 21st place, just one spot shy of reaching the next level of competition. The pair competed against over 150 other teenagers. This means that their 21st place finish put them in the top 25 percent overall.
In order to reach the National Finals the boys had to finish in the top four overall in their state. There were 26 rodeos throughout the year that they had to compete and place in to be honored in the top four. Richardson and Courson qualified and were sent to Nationals. This year Finals took place in Gillette, Wyoming.
Richardson has competed in other nationally ranked competitions, but when asked how he felt competing for the NHSRA he said, “It was exciting and very prestigious. It allows you to be recognized and get free stuff. We were even on TV.”
In total Richardson estimates that he has competed in over 200 rodeos. He has traveled to Jacksonville, Memphis, Tenn., Oklahoma City and Shoney, Oklahoma and many other places for rodeos. He traveled to Alabama Aug. 19, for another rodeo and following that will travel to Mississippi. He is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and several of the rodeos he competes in are sponsored and hosted by the PRCA.
When asked what his favorite part of roping is, Richardson said, “I like getting to spend one-on-one time with my dad. I also like winning the money and prizes.” He is the son of Epp and Micky Richardson.
Richardson plans to pursue his Associate Arts degree and continue roping a lot. After receiving his AA he plans to slow down a bit on roping to focus on becoming a radiologist. However, after he gets his degree in radiology Richardson days that he will be back at it full force with rodeo. “My dream would be to compete in the NFR (National Finals Rodeo). But my main goal is to just rope 100 percent,” he said.