OREGON COUNTY -- The Missouri State High School Rodeo finals were held June 17- 20 in Columbia, and Adam Combs and Brad Orahood were there. These two local cowboys compete in the team roping division of rodeo. The pair went to the state final in sixth place. In their first night of rodeo competition they landed a 8.28 second run, earning them with first place for that performance. The second night they did close to the same with a 8.02 rodeo run, again winning the team roping competition that night.
Their total combined efforts for the year earned them fourth place in the state of Missouri. The top four teams in the state will now advance to the National High School Finals in Gillette, Wyo., July 19-25.
Featuring over 1,500 contestants from 39 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for over $125,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be in competition for more than $225,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named National High School Rodeo National Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of intense competition before advancing on to Sundays final performance. this year, the Sunday championship performance will be televised nationally on the outdoor Life Network as part of AQUA's weekly "America's Horse" telecast series. The NHSFR is scheduled to air Aug. 15 at 6 EST and Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. EST,(check local listings for times).
Combs is the header in this team roping duo. he is the 17 year old son of Jed and Teresa Coms of Myrtle. He has rode, broke and trained horses for several years now. he is a senior at Couch High school. Combs is captain of the Couch Indian basketball team, a member of Youth alive. FFA, FCCLA. National Honor Society and a member of the Delhalf Church of Christ.
Orahood is the 18 year old son of Mike and Gina Biffle. He graduated from Couch High school. while there he was involved in Couch Indian Basketball, FFA and National Honor Society. He was also awarded the National WW Equine Scholarship at State Final. Orahood plans on attending SMSU West Plains and majoring in vet medicine.
Both young men asked for community support as they represent Missouri in the National High School Finals. The roping team is sponsored by Adams Western Store of Thayer.