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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008

DENVER (June, 2008)- Lydia Bierschwale, a 6 th grade student at Mason Jr. High School has earned a position on the Texas State Wrangler Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, New Mexico from June 30th thru July 5th to compete at the 4th Annual Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo (WJHFR) in the Pole Bending competition(s).

Featuring more than 1000 contestants from 47 states, Canadian provinces and Australia the Wrangler Junior High Finals is the world's largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $75,000 in prizes, WJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $50,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top fifteen after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing on to Saturday's final championship performance. Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the "20X Rodeo High" telecast series. The WJHFR is scheduled to air later this year, (check local listings for times). Please check online at for the broadcast schedule.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, WJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy nightly contestant dances, family-oriented activities sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and the chance to shop the WJHFR western tradeshow, as well as visit the historical attractions of New Mexico and nearby Arizona.

To follow your local favorites at the WJHFR visit the Wrangler Division's Web site daily for complete results at For ticket information and reservations call toll free at 1-800-590-1302.

The saddle Lydia won will be on display at Ranchland Western Wear.

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