High School Rodeo Finals Underway

The Texas High School Rodeo Finals are back in Abilene.

ABILENE, TX - The Texas High School Rodeo Finals are back in Abilene!

Hundreds of participants are in town, hoping to advance to the next round.

The event is expected to bring in $1.5 million.

Zane Kelley is a 15-year-old calf roper.

“It's just kind-of in the blood to be on the horse, roping calves,” Kelley said.

The Expo Center manager said lots of participants are at the competition.

“Nearly 700 kids here, we’ve got 974 horses here. It’s a huge endeavor for all these folks to come into Abilene,” Rochelle Johnson said.

Kelley came from Combine, Texas. He is hoping to do well here so that he can make it to nationals.

“The fastest time in calf roping wins,” Kelley explained.

Roping is a skill he’s been perfecting for most of his life.

His last show will be Saturday, which is also the last day of the rodeo.

He said the competition isn’t always safe -- but it is worth it.

“It’s pretty scary ‘cause there’s always a chance of getting caught up in the rope and it hurting you or falling under your horse. I love the adrenaline rush. It’s the only event where it’s just you and your horse, and you’re just moving at all times,” Kelley said.

This is the 28th year the finals have been hosted at the Taylor County Expo Center.

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