By Marla Sparks
Morgan Sparks is a homeschool high school senior thru Catfish Bend Academy in Coushatta, LA. She is the 18 year old daughter of Corey and Marla Sparks of Marthaville. Morgan was chosen out of many applicants to be one of three girls to be on the 2019 Bloomer trailer breakaway rodeo team. She was also chosen to be on the Smarty young pro team and the Espana Silk. She qualified and competed in May at the Louisiana High School rodeo finals in all four of her events, barrels, poles, breakaway and team roping. She earned her position on the Louisiana State National High School rodeo team and will be travelling with her fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyoming July 14-20 to compete in the 71st annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the Breakaway competition. This will be Morgan’s second time to qualify to compete at the National High School Rodeo Finals.
Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, 5 Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $150.00.00 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, she must finish in the top 20 based on combined times in the first two rounds to advance to the Saturday final short round. World champions will then be determined based on the three rounds combined times.
Again, this year Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch Highschool Rodeo tour telecast series on RFD-TV. LIVE broadcast of each NHSFR performance will air online at http://www.RidePass.com. Performance times begin at 7pm on July 14thand daily competition continues at 9am and 7pm through July 20th.
This is truly an amazing experience for her. Along with great rodeo competition and a chance to meet new friends from around the world, NHSFR contestants enjoy many other activities while they are there, family oriented activities, contestant dances, church services sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, lots of shopping at the tradeshow and the auction held to help the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. You can follow online at NHSRA.com for daily results of competition.
Morgan will have a busy summer traveling and competing. Morgan just finished competing at Gallup, New Mexico at the Best of the Best Rodeo in which she roped to be in the top 12 girls. She won the short go round with a time of 1.9 and was awarded Reserved Champion of the Best of the Best. Morgan was awarded a buckle and over $4000.00 in winnings. She then will be travelling to Graham Texas to compete in the Ultimate calf roping and then on to the International Youth Rodeo in Shawnee Oklahoma before she heads to Rock Springs Wyoming for the National High School Rodeo.
Morgan will be attending Northwestern State University this fall where she will earn a bachelor degree Biological Science. She plans to continue her career in rodeo while attending school and hopefully go pro.