South Dakota High School Rodeo Association
Rules and Regulations

Activity Approval Form...
SDHSRA Rodeo Safety Policy...
Regional Rodeo Secretary Job Description...
Regional Rodeo Host Site Criteria...
State Finals Host Site Criteria...

SDHSRA Constitution & Bylaws...
Articles of Incorporation...
SDHSRA Ground Rules...
SDHSRA Refund Policy...
Out of State Membership Policy...
Jerk Down Rule for tie-down roping...
Turn Out Rule and Eligibility Requirements...
Regional Map - Updated 9/27/08

Scoring (Regional and State Points)...


The South Dakota High School Rodeo Association is incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the incorporate laws of the State of South Dakota.  The purpose for which is to promote High School Rodeo at the highest level on a state and national scale:  Adult membership is open to anyone not competing in SDHSRA over 18 years of age for a membership fee of $10.00 per year.  The Association Board of Directors are: Lance Lesmeister, Eagle Butte (Pres.);  Perry Moody; Letcher (Vice Pres.); Treg Cowan, Harrold; Shannon Olson, White River; Todd Bach, Florence; Perry Moody; Letcher; Barry Knippling, Chamberlain; Justin Pihl, Buffalo; Nate Grueb, Dupree; Dan Curr, Scenic; Justin Robertson, Caputa; Dale Christensen, Kadoka (Natl. Director.); Marty Philips, Winner (Public Relations Director); Ann Sundermann, Baltic (Executive Secretary).


Students must be in good standing; not ruled undesirable for misconduct at school.  Students must be under 20 at the first of the High School Rodeo year August 1, 2020, and are or have been enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade the year preceding the high school rodeos the contestant is entering. The student must be passing 70% of classes taking to be eligible to compete (minimum requirements) even if they have graduated in the middle of the year or have attended school half days.  Out of state transfers in to the state must follow the transfer policy – request from State Secretary. Each contestant must obtain a NHSRA card from the state secretary before a regional entry blank can be submitted. In the team roping; you must enter with a partner or you will not rope.  There will be no pairing of teams in the team roping.  The State Secretary is Ann Sundermann   PO Box 303   Baltic, SD  57003.

A contestant will qualify to compete in an event at the SD Championship High School Rodeo Finals held in Ft. Pierre, SD on June 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2021 by earning a minimum of three points in that event at a regional rodeo.  Contestant must qualify in each individual event in order to compete in that event at the State Finals-Events cannot be picked up or traded.    Points will be earned on a basis of ten points for 1st to one point for 1st in a go-round.  A contestant will bring points from their three best Regional Rodeo go-rounds to the State Finals.  Points earned at the Regional Rodeos plus points earned at the State Championship High School Finals will determine national qualifiers.  There will be one Queen contest with the date and location to be determined, a portion of the contest and crowing will take place at the State Finals Rodeo.  Contestants who enter a Regional Rodeo are expected to participate in the event or events they entered at that rodeo.         Awards given at the SD Championship High School Rodeo Finals will be given based on high point totals.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place year-end point earners at the completion of the SDHS Rodeo season will be eligible to enter the NHSR Finals in Lincoln, Nebraska July 18 - 24, 2021. Only the winning Queen will go to the Nationals.  Should any of the first four points winners choose not to compete at the National Finals for any reason, 5th - 8th place point winners will be allowed to roll up for national competition, beginning with the 5th place point earner in that event.

Any contestant that has been injured and has received medical care at a hospital or urgent care facility must have a doctor’s release before the contestant is allowed to resume competition.  If a contestant has presented a doctor’s release to draw out, he/she must present another doctor’s release to resume competition.  (NHSRA rule). There are to be no trade outs or refunds once a contestant has entered a Regional Rodeo.  In order to give more equal distribution of contestants at the regional rodeos it is necessary for the Board of Directors to designate rodeos contestants will enter.  The Secretary, as directed by the Directors, must approve any division from these boundaries.  In the event there still is unequal distribution of contestants, the Board of Directors will review the entries and make further distribution.  Region Transfer Approval must be obtained every year and must be for a team roping issue.  Member must contact a Director in each Region involved for approval.

Regional Map - Updated 9/27/08


All contestants attending High School  in Belle Fourche, Newell, Spearfish, Buffalo, Lemmon, Bison, Dupree, Faith, Isabel, Takini, McIntosh, Eagle Butte will enter either or both the Buffalo Rodeo June 4, 5, 6, 2021 and the Dupree Rodeo June 11, 12, 13, 2021.  NW Region Directors are: Justin Pihl, 11768 Bullock Rd, Buffalo, SD 57720 (605-641-0148)   Lance Lesmeister PO Box 643 Eagle Butte, SD 57625 (605-964-7676)



All contestants attending High School at Sturgis, Red Cloud, Rapid City, Douglas, Custer, Hot Springs, Oelrichs, Edgemont, Pine Ridge, Lead, Hill City, Wall, Little Wound, Crazy Horse, New Underwood, Bennett County, will enter either or both the Wall Rodeo June 4, 5, 6, 2021 and the Sturgis Rodeo June 11, 12, 13, 2021.  SW Region Directors are: Dan Curr, PO Box 36, Scenic SD 57780 (605-433-5483) – Justin Robertson 15980 E Hwy 44 Caputa, SD 57744 (605-484-0305)



All contestants attending High School at Kadoka, Midland, Philip, White River, Jones Co., Lyman Co., Winner, Gregory/Burke, Mission, St. Francis, Chamberlain, Colome, Lower Brule, Highmore, Stanley County, Pierre, Sully Buttes, Gettysburg, Tiospaye Topa, Timber Lake, Mobridge, Trail City, Faulkton will enter either or both the Highmore Rodeo June 4, 5, 6, 2021 and the Winner Rodeo June 11, 12, 13, 2021.  River Region Directors are: Treg Cowan 20875 324th Ave Harrold, SD 57356 (605-295-0140) – Shannon Olson Box 440 White River, SD  57579 (605-441-2807).


All contestants attending High School at Frederick, Leola, Britton/Hecla, Langford, Sisseton, Groton, Webster, Miller, Wessington Springs, Kimball, White Lake, Platte/Geddes, Bonesteel/Fairfax, or any school East of Hwy 281 will enter either or both the Huron Rodeo June 4, 5, 6, 2021 and the Watertown Rodeo June 11, 12, 13, 2021.  East Region Directors are: Todd Bach, 44379 165th St. Florence, SD 57235 (605-881-0356) – Perry Moody 23970 398th Ave Letcher, SD 57359      (605-770-0853)


The East Director at Large, representing the East and River Region is Barry Knippling 34297 223rd Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325 (605-730-0506).  The West Director at Large, representing the NW and SW Region is Nate Grueb, PO Box 570, Dupree, SD  57623 (605-200-0208)

NATIONAL DIRECTOR is Dale Christensen PO Box 497, Kadoka, SD 57543 (605-488-0410)


An approved high school sanctioned practice rodeo is not a qualifying or eliminating rodeo.  A contestant may enter as many as he or she wishes in addition to the regional qualifying rodeos.  All contestants must have a 2020-2021 NHSRA card.  A separate entry is required for each practice rodeo.


The contestant accident insurance is on a national scale.  All high school contestants who rodeo under the NHSRA must be covered by NHSRA insurance.  Of the $155.00 membership fee; $74.00 is for contestant accident insurance premium, $31.00 for NHSRA membership, $15.00 for the NHSRA Times subscription, $2.00 for the Western Horseman subscription, $33.00 will go to the SDHSRA to be used for operating expenses. Nhsra credit card processing fees may apply.

Fine or bookkeeping fee for a missed membership deadline.

Membership postmarked November 2nd to January 1 - $125.00 in addition to the $155.00, plus NHSRA CC fees

Membership postmarked January 2nd to February 15th - $250.00 in addition to the $155.00 plus NHSRA CC fees


Only 9th, 10th, and 11th grade contestants are eligible to compete in the qualifying queen contest.  If reigning queen is competing, she will not make appearances the other queen contestants are not asked to do.


Any Member, State, Competing Region, Parent, Sponsor, or other wishing to use the SDHSRA logos must receive written permission from the SDHSRA Executive Secretary before use is allowed.  This covers the service marks, trademarks, or logos which the SDHSRA is the exclusive owner and has exclusive rights to the use of, either by open and notorious usage or by the registration with the proper offices.



* Home schooled students must have completed the year’s grade course work and present year-end report card.



All contestants are required to sell SIX calendars by March 1, 2021.  You must have the money and the stubs sent to Donna Curr March 1, 2021(postmarked).  All members who have not sold the 6 calendars by March 1st  and have not returned any unsold calendars by March 1st will  be placed on an inactive list and will not be allowed to participate in any Practice, Regional, or State Finals Rodeo in South Dakota for the current year.

Any SURVEY OR QUESTIONNAIRE for the SDHSRA student or adult members or Board of Directors shall first be brought before the Board of Directors for approval.

If you have any questions concerning the rules, please contact Ann Sundermann PO Box 303  Baltic,  SD  57003

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If you have any questions regarding the Calendar Project, contact Donna Curr,  PO Box 36, Scenic, SD  57780                 (605 433-5483) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..