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Rockford senior heading to National High School Rodeo finals

Riann Graff and Cool Cash Seven

Riann Graff and Cool Cash Seven

Riann Graff, a 17-year-old senior year at Rockford High School, has qualified for the second year in a row to represent Michigan at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming July 17–23.

The NHSFR is the “World’s Largest Rodeo,” featuring approximately 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia. The national finals can be seen live on CINCHtv.com

Riann qualified for barrel racing at the 2015 finals but due to no fault of her own was unable to attend. This year she stepped it up and qualified in both barrel racing and pole bending. She also will be representing Michigan as a member of the highly sought after Cinch All Star Team.

When asked after she found out she had qualified Riann said, “I worked really hard to make it again this year. My horse was injured at the beginning of the season and I couldn’t run her at two of the rodeos. I wasn’t sure if I could actually make up those missed points. Every rodeo and every point is so important because there are great riders with some really good horses in the Michigan High School Rodeo Association! “

Riann also graduated from Rockford this year with Magna Cum Laude honors, is a member of the Kent County 4H, and was part of the Rockford Jr/Sr High School Equestrian Teams for 6 years. She would like to thank the many people who helped her make it to the finals this year; her sponsor Razerhorse, her past coaches and trainers, the MHSRA family, Julee Pavelka, and her veterinarian, Jeffrey Bunn, at Equine Medical who took such great care of her horse when she was injured.

Riann is accepting donations and/or sponsorships to help fund her trip to Wyoming. Anyone interested please send correspondence to nangoblue@aol.com

For more information on joining the MHSRA, please visit their website at www.mihsra.com

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