ANDALUSIA, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama high school rodeo finals were held in Andalusia over the weekend. As Mike Gurspan tells us, a number of young people from the wiregrass and Florida Panhandle made a strong accounting of themselves, and several even earned college scholarships.

A few dozen high school boys and girls would compete for prestige and collegiate scholarships at the Covington arena in Andalusia. In addition, rodeo performers from a half-dozen Northwest, Florida high schools also took part.

They would compete in tiedown, pole bending, goat tying, steer wrestling, and several other
events.

Some of these young people have already earned scholarships. In the 2022-23 school year, Auburn University will have a rodeo club. It’s expected to grow in a school sport. One high school senior is one of the first to head to the Plains for the rodeo.

Taylor Vaughn is heading to compete in the university’s inaugural rodeo club.

“It’s my whole life, I dedicate so much time and energy. I love it not only for the people, but my horse and I have such a good bond,” according to Vaughn.

For one New Brockton high school student, rodeo gets in the blood. It’s a sport that she would like to pursue when getting to the college level in a few years.

Meredith Sconyers says “I compete in the barrels I think it’s a bigger adrenaline rush. I feed off of that. And I would like to pursue rodeo in a few years just a matter of where and how big I want to go.”

Mike Gurspan says “many of these high school juniors, seniors say rodeo is something they get in their blood, and as far as competition that really makes it.”

Emma Watts is the 2022 Alabama Rodeo Queen. Emma says competing against other people is a really big thing when you talk about rodeo as well as other sports. Really here it’s competing against yourself and beating yourself because really we are competing against each other.”

In all, several Wiregrass and Northwest Florida students wound up as winners, or in the top three in their respective competitions.