Sherman High School graduate Kyle Humphrey has capped a year of academic achievement with athletic triumph, qualifying for the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) Finals as a member of the Oklahoma High School Rodeo (OHSRA) delegation; one of the toughest in the nation.
Humphrey also signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma State University, which offered the 18-year-old a scholarship in recognition of his talents as a bareback bronc rider.
“We are very excited to add a competitor like Kyle to our program,” Oklahoma State Rodeo coach Cody Hollingworth said. “His hard work and dedication to the sport and academics is exactly the kind of person we look for at Oklahoma State. I look forward to working with him over the next four years.”
Recognized as one of the most physically demanding of all rodeo events, bareback bronc riding is judged according to the performances of both the rider and the bucking horse. It is a single-handhold, eight-second ride which starts with the cowboy’s feet held in a position over the break of the horse’s shoulders until the horse’s front feet touch the ground first jump out of the chute.
The rider earns points maintaining upper body control while moving his feet in a toes-turned-out rhythmic motion in time with the horse’s bucking action.
Humphrey completed his high school rodeo career as the OHSRA Reserve Bareback Riding Champion and was the year-end bareback riding champion for the Oklahoma Junior Rodeo Association. Following the NHSRA Finals in Rocksprings, Wyoming, Humphrey will major in biosystems engineering at Oklahoma State while competing in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association as a member of the OSU team.