High school rodeo coming this weekend to fairgrounds

For the second straight year, the best high school cowboy and cowgirls in the state will take center stage at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona High School Rodeo Association will have a rodeo on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.

to 4 p.m.

"We enjoy coming to Kingman," Arizona High School Rodeo Association President Mark Havour said.

"There are a lot of cowboys and cowgirls from Northern Arizona."

The rodeo will include team roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, pole bending and bull riding.

"We start both days with pole bending and finish with bull riding," Havour said.

"We have roughly around 150 cowboy and cowgirls take part in the rodeo.

That is pretty much our average for qualifying rodeos."

Among the local cowboys and cowgirls to watch out for are Polk Yarbrough of Kingman who is sitting second in the state in saddle bronc.

Yarbrough also competes in the bull riding event.

"Polk is doing very well this year," Havour said.

"He is a senior this year and that experience is a plus for him."

The AHSRA has one rodeo a month.

The season starts in September and finishes in May.

The state rodeo is held at the first part of June.

The top four from each event qualify for the National High School Rodeo Finals to be held in Farmington, N.M.

"Last year the National Rodeo Finals were held in Springfield, Ill.," Havour said.

"This year will be the first year that it will be in Farmington.

Last year Arizona finished in fourth place."

Nikki Barkhurst of Kingman competes in pole bending and breakaway roping.

"She will give people a run for their money," Havour said.

Kingman's Kendra Skousen competes in barrel racing and pole bending.

"Her older sister was a national finalist and she even rides her sister's horse," Havour said.

Clayton Overson of Kingman competes in the saddle bronc.

Havour said Overson has been competing in high school rodeos for a year.

Clint Rodenbaugh of Kingman and Winkie Crook of Peach Springs compete in the bull riding event to round out the field of local competitors.

Last year during the rodeo on the first day it rained, but this year Havour is expecting sunshine.

"We are expecting good weather this weekend for the rodeo," Havour said.