Local cowboy wins big at junior state, prepares for nationals

Koltin Hevalow of Smithville, Mo. was recently crowned the 2017 Missouri Junior High School Rodeo Boys all-around Cowboy. He is the son on Kevin and Jenn Hevalow.  

Koltin Hevalow

Koltin Hevalow

This past season, Hevalow competed in boys breakaway roping, boys goat tying, team roping (heeler), ribbon roping and junior bulls. For the year end title, Hevalow was the champion in breakaway roping, team roping (heeler) and junior bulls. He was reserve champion in boys goat tying and ribbon roping in addition to being crowned the all-around champion cowboy. 

Hevalow was also named to the Cinch Team as a representative for Missouri.  

Hevalow, an eighth grade student at Platte City Middle School, has earned the a position on the Missouri National Junior High School rodeo team and will travel with his fellow teammates to Lebanon, Tenn. with the 13th annual National Junior High School Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) slated to run from June 18-24. He will compete in junior bulls, boys breakaway, team roping (with partner Cole), ribbon roping (with partner Campbell) and boys goat tying.  

Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high school rodeo. 

In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will vie for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/score in the first two rounds — to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World Champions will then be determined based on their three-round times/scores.  

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NJHFR performance will also air online at NHSRATV.com. 

Performance times are 7 p.m. Sunday, June 18 and at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.  
NJHFR contestants also have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented actives, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and shopping at the NJHFR tradeshow, as well as visiting area attractions.