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Carnduff athlete qualifies for national high school rodeo

Hayden Bigney will be entered in team roping and steer wrestling.

CARNDUFF - The accolades continue to roll in for young Carnduff rodeo star Hayden Bigney.

Bigney, a Grade 12 student at the Carnduff Education Complex, has qualified for the 75th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo., from July 16-22. Bigney will be entered in team roping and steer wrestling.

Bigney competed at the Saskatchewan high school rodeo finals held in Maple Creek in late May. He was voted as Cowboy of the Year by his peers and he won the all-around cowboy championship. Bigney was also the boys’ cutting champion and received the Noel Marshall Memorial Scholarship and the Chad Worral Memorial Scholarship.

Bigney has been in the provincial high school rodeo association for seven years and will graduate from high school this year. He is going to attend Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont., on a rodeo scholarship.

Featuring more than 1,700 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand, the National High School Finals Rodeo is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $150,000 in prizes and over $150,000 in added money, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $375,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion.

To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20, based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds, to advance to the final round.

World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

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