Jalee Wilcox, who competes locally in Eastern Indian Rodeo Association events, participated in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in July.
She finished 75th out of 168 riders in barrel racing with a total time of 33.273. She opened with a time of 16.813. In Round 2 Go, she was 83 out of 164 with a time of 16.46.
Wilcox, who is also in the Seminole Indian 4-H program, was second among five Floridians in barrel racing.
Ashley Henderson, of Pensacola, finished 60th (32.947). Kendall Kennedy, of Belle Glade, was 113th (37.547).
Casey Oliver, of Belleview, was 123rd (38.069).
Rylee Butler, of Arcadia, was 147th (42.082).
Jade Rindlisbacher, of Lakeshore, Utah, captured the national championship in barrel racing.
Other top performances from area riders included:
Breakaway Roping: Brighty Bauman, Okeechobee, 46th. Goat tying: Savanah Nelson, Arcadia, 20th. Kaydence Tindall, Felda, 52nd. Tie-Down Roping: Windall Tindall IV, LaBelle, 12th. Pole Bending: Kylie Perra, LaBelle, 46th. Steer Wrestling: Clayton Culligan, Okeechobee, 8th. Team Roping: Lacey Nail, Okeechobee, and Cole Clemons, Okeechobee, 8th
Meanwhile, the 2020-21 Florida High School Rodeo Association season is scheduled to start Sept. 12-13 at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center.
The schedule includes a stop on the Brighton Reservation on March 13-14, 2021, at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena.
The season wraps up April 29-May 2, 2021, with the finals at the Civic Center.
The 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo will be held July 18-24, 2021, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The junior high school finals are slated for June 20-26, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa.
2020-21 Florida High School Rodeo Association Schedule
–Sept. 12-13 at Okeechobee Agri Civic Center
–Oct. 3-4 at Okeechobee Agri Civic Center
–Nov. 14-15 at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (Ocala)
–Jan. 9-10 at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (Ocala)
–Feb. 13-14 at Okeechobee Agri Civic Center
–March 13-14 at Fred Smith Rodeo Arena (Brighton Reservation)
–April 10-11 at Okeechobee Agri Civic Center
–April 29-May 2 Finals at Okeechobee Agri Civic Center