Local student qualifies to compete at world's largest rodeo
● By Steven Hoffman
Brittany Coldiron, a junior who lives in Oxford, has earned a spot on the Maryland National High School rodeo team that is heading to Gillette, Wyoming to compete at the 69th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR).
The event, which is the world's largest rodeo, takes places from July 16 to 22. More than 1,750 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia will be participating in the rodeo events.
Brittany, 16, the daughter of John and Holly Coldiron, qualified for the national finals by winning first place in high school barrel racing, pole bending, and reined cow horse events. She also placed first in light rifle and second in trap shooting for the Maryland team.
Holly Coldiron said that her daughter will be competing in the reined cow horse and trap shooting events at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Brittany has been riding horses since she was about five years old, and has been competing in rodeo events for the last three years.
At the national finals, participants will be competing for more than $200,000 in prizes and more than $350,000 in college scholarships, in addition to vying to become an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on their combined times and scores in the first two rounds to advance to the final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined scores and times.
The championship event on Saturday, July 22 will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com. Performance times are at 7 p.m. on July 16 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day after that. Complete results will be posted each day on NHSRA.com.
According to Holly Coldiron, Brittany is always looking for new sponsors, either financial sponsors or product sponsors. Brittany can wear patches or put them on her tack to promote any business. She can also put advertisements, logos, or stickers on her horse trailer when she competing—mostly in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey. The sponsorships help with the costs associated with the sport. Each working performance horse can cost up to $500 a month in feed, supplements, hay, vet bills, farrier bills, and other expenses.