All About the Event


Whether you’re brand new to rodeo or you grew up riding, watching and competing, you’re in for a treat at the 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR Lincoln)! Cowboy boots are optional, but good times are a given!

This event includes the largest number of contestants of any rodeo in the world. This year, we’ll bring together 1,700 National High School Rodeo Association athletes from 43 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. This is the world championship for these high school rodeo athletes.

Each of these states, provinces and countries send up to top four qualifiers in each event: 13 rodeo specialties and two shooting competitions. Many of these young competitors continue on in their rodeo careers, so don’t miss your chance to see them before many go pro!


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There are 13 performances that run 9 am and 7 pm daily over seven days starting Sunday evening through Saturday evening. 


Doors and food vendors open 90 minutes before the rodeo performance so come early to find your seat, and even stop in at the Rodeo & Horse Expo going on next door from 10am - 7pm. Entry to Expo is FREE and so is the parking conveniently located between Grandstand and Expo.

Seats are general admission so come early and invite your friends & family to join you to see the latest rodeo stars at the world's largest rodeo right here in Lincoln!


First Go (for each of the 1,700 contestants):

Sunday July 18, 7 pm 

Monday July 19, 9 am & 7pm

Tuesday July 20, 9 am & 7 pm

Wednesday July 21, 9 am

Second Go:

Wednesday July 21, 7 pm

Thursday July 22, 9 am & 7 pm

Friday July 23, 9 am & 7 pm

Saturday July 24, 9 am

Short Go: (this is the final world championship round!)

Saturday July 24, 7 pm

Areas of Competition

The High School Rodeo World Champions in each event will be crowned after 13 rodeo performances. These performances will be open to the public over seven days at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds and shooting facilities in this year’s host city, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The 12 rodeo events that occur at each of the 13 rodeo performance include:

  • Bull Riding
  • Bareback Riding
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Tie-down Roping
  • Breakaway Roping
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Goat Tying
  • Pole Bending
  • Barrel Racing
  • Boys Cutting
  • Girls Cutting
  • Reined Cow Horse

There are three off-site competitions that include:

  • Trap Shooting 
  • Light Rifle 
  • Queen Contest