SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Keeley Buhrmester earned another trip to the National High School Finals
Rodeo recently by qualifying at the Illinois High School Rodeo at Altamont.
To earn another trip to the National High School Finals Rodeo, Buhrmester
placed 2nd in pole bending and 4th in barrels at the IHSR, June 14-16. The
64th NHSFR will take place July 15-21 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Two other
Shelby Area youth, Douglas Rich of Cowden and Jarrett Summers of Beecher
City also qualified for the IHSR.
Buhrmester will be a senior next fall at Shelbyville High School.
, is the daughter of Chuck and Vickie Buhrmester.
She has competed in the Illinois High School Rodeo for two years and had
made the nationals both years. The Illinois High School Rodeo runs
concurrently with the school year. Buhrmester competed all year and
accumulated points. The Top 15 in points go to the ISHR at Altamont. The
Top 4 in each event advance to the NHSFR in Wyoming.
In addition to the IHSR, Buhrmester sows at barrel racing shows and team
penning with her family. She also rides horses for other people.
“Keeley has put many hours into her horses and a lot of hard work
maintaining her barn and getting good grades. She is hoping to attend a
rodeo college out west,” said Vickie Buhrmester, Keeley’s mother. “She is
very honored to have this opportunity to represent her state, her town,
and her school at this level of competition. She was plagued last year by
horse injuries at the national rodeo finals. She is hoping for a better
show this year.”
Buhrmester provides most of her costs to maintain her horse, travel
expense. She is accepting donations for hr trip. She will have fuel,
stalls, lodging, and meal costs. Anyone wanting to support her for the
trip to the National Rodeo may send donations to Keeley Buhrmester, RR 1,
Box 101B, Shelbyville, IL.
The NHSFR features over 1500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian
Provinces, and Australia. It is the world’s largest rodeo. They will
compete for over $200,000 in prizes and $350,000 in college scholarship.
After two go-arounds at the rodeo, the Top 20 in each event will advance
to the finals for the championship. For more information about the
National Rodeo go to www.nhsra.org