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Darlington's Tuescher to compete again at National High School Finals Rodeo
Emma Tuescher, a senior-to-be at Darlington High School, has qualified for the 2020 National High School Final Rodeo, to be held in Guthrie, Okla., on July 17-23. Tuescher, who will compete in the girls’ cutting and .22 light rifle shooting competitions, is shown here with her American Quarter Horse, Colonels Lil Rey Jay.

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Emma Tuescher, Darlington, rodeo

DARLINGTON — With a pair of top-three performances at the recent Wisconsin High School Rodeo State Finals, Darlington’s Emma Tuescher earned two spots on the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Team headed for the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Guthrie, Okla., from July 17-23.

Tuescher, a senior-to-be at Darlington High School, will finish off her junior rodeo season participating in the world’s largest rodeo for the first time in girls’ cutting and for the third time in the .22 light rifle shooting competition.

This is the third year in a row that Tuescher has advanced to the NHSFR. She competed in the light rifle and breakaway roping competitions at the NHSFR competition in Rock Springs, Wyo., last summer.

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico, the 70th annual NHSFR will be the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to prize money and scholarships, the NHSFR contestants will also be competing for the chance to be named a World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20– based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds– to advance to Thursday evening’s final round. World Champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores. Again, this year, the Thursday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV

Along with the rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants have the opportunity to participate in shooting sports, volleyball games, contestant dances and family-orientated activities, attend church services and shop at the NHSFR trade show in their down time.

Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will air online at Performance times start at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, and continue from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

To follow local participants at the NHSFR, visit daily for complete results.