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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest junior high rodeo

Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest junior high rodeo

Justin John Plaisance, a 7th grade student at Virtual Academy of Lafourche, has earned a position on the Louisiana National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, South Dakota, June 24th through June 30th to compete at the 14th Annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Breakaway Competition.

This is Justin's second year qualifying for the National Finals. In 2016/17 he qualified for Nationals and won rookie of the year for Breakaway. In his career, he has won 42 buckles, 3 saddles and 4 All Around Titles.

Justin is the son of John and Julie Plaisance and the grandson of Julia Mayet and the late Nathan Mayet and Margie and Richard Davenport and the late Harold “T” Brown Plaisance.

NJHFR features roughly 1000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20- based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air on Performance times are 7:00 p.m. on June 24th and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR tradeshow, as well as visiting area attractions as Huron hosts the NJHFR this year.

To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit daily for complete results. For ticket information and reservations, visit