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Ontario Junior High School Rodeo Association (OJHSRA)

Frequently Asked Questions

What ages is the Ontario High School Rodeo Association for?

The Ontario High School Rodeo Association is an Association for students in grades 6 to 8 ( Junior High) and grades 9 to 12 ( High School) to compete in rodeo events.

How does the Ontario High School Rodeo Season's Schedule work?

It's Rodeo Year generally follows the school year - meaning we generally start our Rodeo season around the end of August and complete the year with our Provincial Finals in May. There is the odd time when our year will start earlier or end later depending on the Rodeos that are available to us to compete at.

What financial requirements are the members responsible for?

Every member of the association is responsible for their own membership forms & fees ($120 annually), required sponsorships ($250 annually), maintaining passing grades in school, entry fees for each rodeo ($60 per rodeo) and event entered ($20 per event) and any equipment or animals required for the events they choose to enter into.

How is stock for a Roughstock Rider or Roper chosen?

Any stock required for an event is provided by our Stock Contractor and the stock is drawn for the member prior to the rodeo based on entries.

Required Equipment?

A Roughstock Rider is required to provide their own helmet, flak jacket, ropes etc - a Barrel Racer/ Pole Bender is required to provide her own horse to ride,   Ropers provide their ropes and horses and preferably the person they wish to compete with if required. There are some considerations regarding the sharing of horses, please refer to the NHSRA Event Rule Book for those conditions.  It is up to the members to know the rules of their own events and to contact the necessary people if they wish to share a horse.

How many rodeos each season?

We aim to have between 8 and 10 rodeos each season for our membership.  Depending on how many rodeos are approved the year before at our AGM will determine how many rodeos you can pull points from to go into Provincial Finals with.

Where are these rodeos located?

The rodeos that we provide as "in province rodeos" are located in the province of Ontario. We no longer do co sanctioned rodeos with other states and treat them as in province rodeos.  Most of our rodeos in the past have been run between Lindsay, Ontario and Leamington, Ontario with most central around Clinton and Hillsburgh, Ontario.

When and how do we find out about these rodeos?

As soon as the association secretaries find out about the rodeos they will post them up onto this website with the entry forms as well as a notification will come up on the Ontario High School Rodeo Association Facebook page.  You have to keep checking the website for updates and become a member of Facebook to make it easier for you. Sometimes an email will be sent out to all the members but this generally only happens once we get the season up and going and new members have been added to our rodeo family and we have all the email addresses.

How much school will I miss to run these rodeos?

Generally speaking we try very hard to not have rodeos where it will interfere with your school hours. However in some circumstances a rodeo start time will be a Friday night at 7pm in Lindsay for example. If it will takes you 2 hours to get there plus you have to be there and checked in with the Rodeo Secretary a minimum of 1 hour prior to the event. That would mean leaving your house around 4pm.  In that case you may need to leave school early to make that departure time.  Should you also choose to compete in out of province rodeos such as in Michigan or New York you may have to take time off of school to make their start times depending on when they happen.

How many rodeos do I have to attend?

The choice is yours to go to a rodeo.The number of rodeos you attend is not mandatory - however, the more rodeos you attend the better chances you have of accumulating points and the more points you will have to choose from for bringing rodeos into finals for points. See points and ground rules below for more details.

Are there Team Rodeo Practices?

No there are no team rodeo practices.

Mandatory Form Requirements?

Some of our forms require a notary republic to sign them. ALL of them require both parents signatures as do all event entry forms (along with the school principal). If for some reason you are a sole custody parent you must provide that information on the forms and have it notarized for NHSRA to accept the application. If you are joint custody and one parent refuses to sign then it is up to you to contact a lawyer and see what paperwork can be done to allow your child to compete. We cannot accept any documentation for membership or event entry forms with only one parents signature. This is a decision made by NHSRA that we must abide by that decision.


Please remember to look under member information on this website. There are specific documents that will answer many of your questions;
membership requirements and points & ground rules as of May 2014 are linked here by clicking the above link for your convenience.
If you are still in need of more detailed information please contact either Vicki Pilkington @ pilkingtonfamily@execulink.com or Shelby McEachern @ shelbymceachern3@gmail.com and they will be happy to provide you with either the information or get someone to call you back with the information you need.