The Western Junior Rodeo Association (WJRA) begins their rodeo season April 14 with a membership drive rodeo to be held at the T/G Arena in Rare Metals. Rare Metals is five miles east of Tuba City on Hwy 160. Sponsors include WJRA, National Horse Racing, T&J Sanders Rodeo and D&L Manygoats Rodeo. Events will include wooly riding, steer, junior and senior bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding, team roping, breakaway, calf roping, goat tagging, ribbon roping, barrel racing, pole bending and flag racing.
A second membership rodeo will be held April 21 at the Shiprock Fairgrounds in Shiprock, N.M. Grand Entry will be at 8:45 a.m. (Daylight Savings Time). Membership is open to youth aged four to 18. Divisions will include: Midget Coed Division 4 through 7 years old; Pee-Wee Coed Division 8 through 11 years old; Junior Coed Division 12 through 14 years old; and Senior Girls and Senior Boys Divisions 15 through 18 years old. Memberships are available for $35 ($40 after April 21). Please bring birth certificate! Call in entries will be accepted on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to10 p.m. by calling Kim Jim at (505) 612-8811. For more information on these rodeos or for membership information contact WJRA secretary Lita Manygoats at 928-225-9110.
WJRA is a non profit organization dedicated to the sport of rodeo and the enhancement of our youth through the provision of alcohol and drug free activities. Anyone wishing to donate awards or sponsor year-end awards such as saddles should contact Debi Farrell, WJRA treasurer at 928-283-4832. Anyone wishing to sponsor a WJRA rodeo should contact Jeffery Jim at 505-612-8811 or WJRA Vice President Grey Farrell at 928-606-0502. Interested parties should also visit WJRA's website at www.wjraonline.com.