Spruce Grove teen heading to National Junior High Rodeo

Chance Freemark joins Team Alberta for the June 23-29 rodeo in Huron, South Dakota.

Chance Freemark of Spruce Grove joins Team Alberta as they set their sights on competing in the National Junior High Rodeo.

The 14-year-old heads to Huron, South Dakota to compete in tie down roping, team roping, ribbon roping, and goat tying. His performances in preliminary and provincial competitions will see him join around 1000 other contestants in the world’s largest rodeo for junior high students.

“I place big goals on myself. My biggest goal right now is to try and be top-five in the world. With the horses I have, and the people who have helped me get here, I have a feeling that I could definitely achieve that goal,” said Freemark. 

Despite this goal, he says he’s trying to not put too much pressure on himself.

“The way I think of it is that it’s just another rodeo. You go out there and you rope how you can rope, and you go out and do the best you can. If you don’t do well, then that’s just how the cards fall,” he said.

Freemark says he has been competing since he was about eight or nine years old. One of the horses he uses in competition is more than twice his age, at 30-years-old. 

Freemark will compete against athletes from the United States, Mexico, Australia, and Canada for over $80,000 in prizes, and more than $200,000 in college scholarships.

The rodeo runs from June 23-29. 

Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air online. Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 23 and 9 a.m. & 7 p.m. each day thereafter.



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