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National High School Finals Rodeo includes three Philip cowboys

Clint Nelson earned third place in saddle broncs at the South Dakota High School Rodeo.

The 2009 National High School Finals Rodeo are being held July 19 through July 25 in Farmington, NM.

Three local cowboys will be competing. Clint Nelson will be in the saddle bronc event, and Jade Nelson and Tucker McDaniel will be in team roping.

Along with required safety seminars, the rodeo queen competition and the National High School Finals Rodeo trade show will be going on throughout the week. Other special activities during the week will include a Fellowship of Christian Cowboys church service, the scholarship application deadline, several dances, National Rifle Association light rifle and trap shoots, a NHSFR volleyball tournament, golf tournament, a memorial tribute, a special kids rodeo, a hair donation for cancer patients, a farrier's knowledge bowl and various other social activities.

The NHSRA annual meeting will also be held before the week's end. The NHSRA is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and the character in the youth of this country through the sport of rodeo. Created by Texas educator and rodeo contestant Claude Mullins, the NHSRA held its first finals in Hallettsville, TX, August 25-27, 1949. The NHSRA membership consists of over 10,500 cowboys and cowgirls from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia.