Peyton McKinley, a junior at Mayfield High School, has earned a spot in the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association’s (NMHSRA) national rodeo team and will now go on to compete in the National High School Rodeo Association’s (NHSRA) 69th Annual High School Finals Rodeo, July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyo.

Mayfield High School Junior Peyton McKinley

Mayfield High School Junior Peyton McKinley

The annual competition is the world’s largest rodeo, featuring more than 1,750 high school competitors from the United States, Canada and Australia, who all compete for the chance to win more than $200,000 in prizes, over $350,000 in scholarships and the NHSRA national championship title, according to the NHSRA website.

McKinley is set to compete in the barrel racing, goat tying, cutting and pole bending categories. McKinley qualified for the New Mexico national team after placing second overall in the individual category and third overall in the team category at the NMHSRA State Finals, May 24-29 in Gallup, NM.

Since travel expenses are not covered by the association, if anyone would like to donate to help offset McKinley’s travel expenses, please contact Kim O’Byrne at: kobyrne@lcps.net.

The NHSRA is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and character in the youth of our country through the sport of rodeo. Created by Texas educator and rodeo contestant Claude Mullins, the NHSRA held its first finals in Hallettsville, Texas, Aug. 25-27, 1949. The NHSRA membership consists of over 10,500 members from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.