Local student to represent Morgan at world's largest rodeo
By Brandon Park
Morgan County High School sophomore Calli Watson has only been competing in competition barrel racing for two years.
And following her first ever appearance in the Georgia High School Rodeo Association state competition held in Perry May 30 through June 1, Watson raced away with a second place finish and an opportunity to compete in the 60th Annual National High School Rodeo Finals (NHSRF) in Farmington, New Mexico.
"I have always liked pony rides and horses," Watson said. "I started riding when I was about 10. I started competing about two years ago, and I love it."
Watson's mother, Renee Watson said competing in the rodeo has been a very family oriented experience. "We just love it. The three of us (Watson, her mother and her father) will be driving to New Mexico, so we get to spend good, quality time with each other."
Watson will join over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provnces and Australia on July 20-26 to compete for over $200,000 in prizes, more than $325,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo Champion.
In order to earn the title of champion, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing to Saturday night's final championship performance.
Great rodeo competition is not the only activity going on during the six days in Farmington. Watson and other contestants will have the opportunity to meet new friends from around the world, represent their team in a volleyball and basketball tournament and enjoy nightly dances including a Cowboy Prom.
Also, contestants can participate in talent contests, compete in a National Rifle Association rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge Bowl competition, shop the ever-popular NHSFR western trade-show and visit the historical attractions of the Land of Enchantment.
To follow Watson and other competitors during competition, visit the NHSRA's web site at www.nhsra.org. For further information, call 505-324-5573.