By Kyle Jillson | November 25 2012 08:50

NRA brings 140 years of competitive shooting experience to partner up with the National High School Rodeo Association

NRA and National High School Rodeo Association partner up for shooting event

The National High School Rodeo Association has been working hand in hand with the National Rifle Association for years now. A good example is the Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors — a program that offers participants a wide array of benefits including travel opportunities and the chance to meet national shooting celebrities.

But the relationship runs deeper than that. Combining their participants love of rodeo and the shooting sports, these two organizations have created the fastest growing youth program at the NRA.

Once a year, a collective group of elite youths gather for the National High School Rodeo Association around the NHSRA (NHSRA) Finals. Having been labeled as one of the fastest growing youth organizations is notorious for providing non-stop action packed events for any cowboy enthusiast.

Since evolving from an idea started over 60 years ago by Claude Mullins, a native Texan educator who was a big fan of the rodeo sport, the NHSRA has drawn the attention of over 10,500 students.

The association wanted to continue its progress and started by taking a closer look at its members, finding over 500 who were actively involved in the shooting sports. The NHSRA recognized the potential immediately and reached out to the NRA for ideas of what it could incorporate at the rodeo. The NRA Family Fun Event was the result.

Taking place in between rodeo matches, the NRA Family Fun Event is a time for contestants and their families to compete for a shot at bragging rights while attempting to earn a Championship Belt Buckle.

Stemming from the Family Fun Event, the NHSRA and the NRA developed a close relationship and eventually began working on an organized shooting competition that could be incorporated into the rodeo’s program. The competition that emerged was offered to both junior and senior high school students, first involving light rifle (.22) and later, trap shooting.

“It was a natural fit for the NRA to work with a youth organization such as NHSRA,” said NRA National Youth Program Coordinator Claudia Olsen. “Rodeo participants enjoy shooting events and the NRA has developed these events to suit their additional interests.”

You can finish reading about the NRA's great partnership with the National Highschool Rodeo Association right here in the most recent issue of Traditions Magazine.

High School Rodeo representative Jessy Hagey at the 2010 SHOT Show

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