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    Newcastle High School senior Rylee Hardin beat out 100 other riders in the Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals to earn a spot to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Okla. The NHSFR includes contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico. (Contributed photo by Jennings Rodeo Photography)

Hardin advances to national high school rodeo competition

For Newcastle High School senior Rylee Hardin, rodeo is in her blood.

It’s what her grandmother did, it’s what her mother does and rodeo is how she loves to spend her time. She loves the speed in pole bending. She loves the competition against others. She uses it as fuel that drives her.

After winning pole bending at the Texas High School Rodeo, she will ride into Guthrie, Okla. for the National High School Finals Rodeo, which takes place July 17 through July 23.

She earned the trip after defeating over 100 cowgirls at the Texas High School Rodeo that took place June 5 through June 13 in Abilene.

As a competitor out of Region 3, Hardin performed on June 8. Region 3 consists of participants from 23 counties, including Young, Jack, Stephens, Palo Pinto and Wise counties.

For the rest of the story, see the June 24 edition of The Graham Leader.

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