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Montana High School Rodeo Association

Membership Info

MHSRA and Jr. High 2015 - 2016 Membership Applications

The 2016-2017 Membership Applications are available to download on the forms page, along with a check list on how to fill them out.  High School memberships need to be mailed to Lisa Lappe, and Jr. High memberships need to be mailed to Laurie Harrell.  Addresses are found at the bottom of website pages, and on membership application information.

Home School - need to send their curriculum to:

Nicki Knerr
PO Box 96
Grass Range MT 59032
406-670-0235 (home school questions only)
nickiknerr@gmail.com

This home school evaluation service is at the cost of the prospective member. Realize that this will take time so allow enough time for processing.

Home school students that have grades which are issued by parents need to send curriculum to Nicki Knerr at the address above at the cost of the applying member.

Remember that if you want to go to State Finals, you have to have at least one point in an event before you enter that event at State, and you have to sell 30 raffle tickets, and have them to Stephanie Johns, by April 30, 2017.  Raffle information, and the list of tickets sold, will be found under "Fundraisers" on the Home Page.

Read the Cowboy's Digest, the MHSRA website, and your NHSRA Rule Book, to keep in touch with the current news and rules that you need to be aware of. Remember it is the member’s responsibility to know the rules and deadlines, with nearly 400 members in MHSRA our Association must stand by the rules and deadlines posted.

Point System:

  • Two Rodeos with Average System – There are three sets of points available at each rodeo location. Rodeo 1 is one set of points, rodeo 2 is a second set of points, and bonus points (formerly referred to as average points) is the third set of points available for each rodeo location. You may enter only one rodeo for that location. By entering only one of the rodeos you will only be eligible for that rodeo’s points. You may also enter both rodeos for that location (Rodeo 1 and Rodeo 2) which means you will be eligible for all three sets of points available as well as jackpot winnings (see Mandatory Jackpot below). The points system is still the 7 best rodeos in each event that can be taken to the State Finals, but the average points will now be included in the “7 best rodeos” points system. Keep in mind that if you enter only one rodeo you will be entered as a “points only” contestant. Jackpot is only available to those contestants that have entered both rodeos.
  • Mandatory Jackpot – There is now a mandatory jackpot of $10 per event that will be paid on the average places. For example, if you enter one rodeo for the weekend, you will entered as a points only contestant and ineligible to receive jackpot winnings. If you enter both rodeos for the weekend, you will automatically be charged jackpot fees for each event you enter and will be eligible for jackpot winnings.
  • All-Around Points – The all-around points will be calculated as the best 7 rodeos in each event plus State Finals points in each event, except for Cutting and Cow Horse.  As per the NHSRA Rule Book, only points earned at State Finals will count towards the All Around. Any member qualifying in and entering more than one event at the State Finals will be included in the all-around.

Verify Eligibility - Check your eligibility status on the MHSRA website under "Eligibility". If your name is not on the eligible members list, you are not eligible to rodeo, cut, or participate in sanctioned events. Note: Members will be made eligible as membership applications, spring semester grades, turn out payments and medical releases are received.

Reining Cow Horse -MHSRA will be sanctioning several of these events, some in conjunction with the cow cutting.

  • Click to view the NHSRA rules and guidelines.
  • Click to view the NHSRA reining cow horse pattern.

Please call your State Directors with questions.

Rules Clarifications:

  • BAREBACK RIDING GLOVE RULE CLARIFICATION - Click here to view the photo and explanation from NHSRA of the bareback glove rule.
  • 2013-2014 ROPING RULE CLARIFICATION – All MHSRA sanctioned rodeos will follow the NHSRA rule regarding the number of loops allowed in the breakaway roping, tie down roping and team roping. The NHSRA rule book states that 2 loops are allowed in breakaway roping and tie down roping, and 3 loops are allowed in the team roping. CONTINUING FROM LAST SEASON, MHSRA GROUND RULE ADDITION: In the event of safety concerns in breakaway roping, tie down roping and team roping may revert to 1 loop in the breakaway and tie down roping, and 2 loops in team roping with consent of arena director and two state directors, or in the event of unavailability of two state directors, district directors that have been proxied.
  • Contestant Attire - NHSRA Rule book, page 27 (6.a.1.), Contestant parent, adults, helpers and assistants must wear western attire: western hat, long sleeved shirt (must be wrist length sleeved shirt, with collar and cuffs. No sweat shirts, T-shirts or pullover sweaters allowed), western boots, and western trousers at all time during a performance while in the following areas: the arenas, chute area, stock working areas. Any contestant in any seating area, whether competing or not.
  • Call Backs - Call backs are on Thursday after entry for a rodeo. Changes can be done at that time for the rodeo, or rodeos, that are being entered that week, or you can draw out of that rodeo. Online entries will receive a confirmation email.  Keep that until after the rodeo.  The pre-drawn rodeos will be on the website the Wednesday after entries for contestants to check to make sure entries are correct. If you do not call back your entry will stay as posted. Entries and call backs are recorded.
  • Turn Out Charge - A turn out charge of $10 per rodeo will be charged in addition to fees to that rodeo. Turn out charges must be paid before rodeoing again.
  • Bad Checks - There will be a $25 charge for issuing a NSF check at a rodeo and after one time the member will be on a cash only basis, with their name on list to all rodeo secretaries.
  • Medical Insurance - If you are hurt at a rodeo, get a claim form from the local rodeo secretary (make sure she signs the bottom section). Show your membership card as proof of insurance to medical people and collect all bills yourself and submit them to the address on the top of the form. Remember the high school insurance is a secondary insurance. Claims against your own personal insurance will be 1st - unless the high school rodeo insurance is the only insurance that is being carried - then it will be primary.
  • Medical Release / Veterinary Release - If a contestant meds or vets out of a rodeo/cutting, the release must be signed by a doctor or veterinarian and be turned into the State Secretary to arrive within 72 hours of that rodeo/cutting. If a contestant pays their fees and then vets out of an event, no fees will be refunded to the contestant. This was passed at the MHSRA Board of Directors meeting in Great Falls, MT, January 16, 2010.
  • Medical Release from Rodeos - NHSRA Rule book, page 28 (6.c.2.c.) , A contestant with a visible injury or illness may turn out of any event at a rodeo without a doctor’s written excuse provided notification of such turn out is authorized by a judge or National Director at the given rodeo. If a contestant has drawn out with a visible injury he/she must have a doctor’s release to resume competition. A contestant that has been injured and has received medical care at a hospital or urgent care facility must have a doctor’s release before the contestant is allowed to resume competition. If a contestant has presented a doctor’s release to draw out, he/she must present another doctor’s release to resume competition.