The PHSRA was established in 1990 with these goals:
Keep the Western Heritage alive in Pennsylvania
Promote the highest standards of conduct and sportsmanship
Be a family oriented association
Contestants must maintain good academic grades to compete
Promote further education of contestants after high school
The following events make up Pennsylvania High School Rodeo.
Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in High School events
Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to participate in Jr Division events
High school students in grades 9-12 are eligible to join. The PHSRA season runs from August through May and includes a January rodeo at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
The top four competitors in each event will qualify to advance to the National High School Finals Rodeo to compete with over 1500 contestants.
In 2004, Pennsylvania established the Jr High division, which is for youth in grades 5, 6, 7 & 8. The Jr High Division contestants compete at all of the PHSRA rodeos. They can qualify to compete at the National Jr Finals Rodeo held for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Most of the rodeos are held at arenas all across PA. The PHSRA provides an excellent opportunity for young people to advance in their sport while making lifelong friends with other contestants throughout the North East United States.