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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


​​In addition to the events listed above students can compete in Cutting, Reined Cow Horse, and Target Shooting 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.

Pennsylvania High School Rodeo allows one "trial" rodeo weekend a year. Anyone interested in coming out for a weekend with PHSRA to see what we are all about is welcome to do so. You will not get points for the weekend but you are eligible for day money. The only exception to the trial is Farm Show. You must be a member in good standing to enter Farm Show. 


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.


If you have questions or would like additional information on joining PHSRA rodeo see the HOW TO JOIN page or feel free to contact via the CONTACT page.

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