The Morehouse Activity Center will now be the home of the annual event that has over 400 jr. high and high school students competing in the state level organization - the Northeast Louisiana High School [qualifying] Rodeo. This state organization has seventeen students are enrolled at the local level.
“We use to hold these at the Ike Hamilton in West Monroe, but we're going to start having them at the MAC from now on,” said NELHSR President Johnny Poole. “These kids are from all over North Louisiana.”
Poole said they have 17 rodeos throughout the year. Students in grades sixth through eighth compete at the jr. high level and grades ninth through twelfth compete at the high school level.
“These kids aren't competing against each other,” Poole said. “They're competing against the stock. The kids are competing for points to make it to the Nation High School Finals.”
The event will take place at the MAC from Feb. 22– 24. Some of the events they'll be competing in include bare back riding, saddle bronc, pole bending and steer wrestling.
To join the organization or to find out more information, visit their website at www.lhsra.info.
“We're excited about having such a large rodeo affiliated with us,” said the new MAC director Mike Fife. “I know this event is going to help boost businesses and economic growth here in Morehouse Parish.”
Poole said any student wanting to join the organization “is more than welcome.”
“We're like one big family,” he said. “The commodore is wonderful. This rodeo has been declining in members so we're bringing it to Morehouse Parish to breathe life back into it. We cant' wait.”