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Carnduff athlete qualifies for world’s largest rodeo

Hayden Bigney will compete in tie-down roping.
Bigney Carnduff Rodeo pic
Hayden Bigney has qualified for the upcoming National High School Finals Rodeo.

CARNDUFF - A Carnduff athlete is getting ready to compete at the 74th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Gillette, Wyo.

Hayden Bigney, a student at the Carnduff Education Complex, has earned a spot on the Saskatchewan entry. He will be competing in tie-down roping at the rodeo, which runs from July 17-23.

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from five provinces, 44 states, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, the rodeo is the largest in the world for entries. In addition to competing for more than $150,000 in prizes and over $150,000 in added money, rodeo contestants will also be competing for more than $375,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be an NHSFR World Champion.

To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20, based on their combined times or scores in the first two rounds, to advance to the final round on July 23. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

The Saturday championship performance will be televised as part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at

Along with rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy volleyball, dances, family-oriented activities, church services courtesy of Golden Spur Ministries and shopping at the NHSFR tradeshow.

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