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Eisinger to compete at rodeo nationals

Meyer Middle School eighth grader Skylar Eisinger will participate in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo June 23-29 in South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Minnesota High School Rodeo Association

Meyer Middle School eighth grader Skylar Eisinger has qualified for the 14th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping and goat tying at the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association Junior High Finals in St. Peter, Minn. June 1-3.

Eisinger's state finals were off to a rocky start the opening night when she missed her calf in breakaway and tipped two barrels in the barrel race.

"I never get nervous, especially in barrels," she said. "My horse Goose always gives me 110 percent, but for some reason I was really anxious about my run and rode really poorly."

Eisinger rallied from behind the next two rounds, having the fastest breakaway roping time of the rodeo, clocking 3.4 seconds and winning the last go of the barrel race by over one-half second.

The NJHFR brings the top four athletes from 44 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico in all 14 NJHFR events and competing for a World Championship Title. There is an expected 1,100 NJHFR qualifiers and about 1,500 finalists at the NHSFR.

Eisinger will also compete for the coveted Cinch Academic Scholarship. Five scholarships are given to eighth grade national qualifiers who exhibit exemplary grades, typically, straight A's/perfect marks, as well as, well-rounded in school and community activities.

Eisinger recently was presented with the Citizenship and Presidential Academic award from Meyer Middle School. At the end of June Eisinger will load up her three horses, Goose, Teeny, and Ears and head to the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D. to participate in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, one of the largest youth rodeos in the world, June 23-29.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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