And so it begins…

Miss NMHSR was the first contestant to check in on July 9 for NHSFR 2015.

Miss NMHSR was the first contestant to check in on July 9 for NHSFR 2015.

National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) check-in has begun and Taylor Harty-Moffatt, the New Mexico High School Rodeo Queen, was first in line. Don’t be fooled; it is quite a feat to check in first at NHSFR, a title that Miss Texas High School Rodeo has held for the last four years.

Since July 2, 2015 Taylor has camped through hail, rain, and flash flooding. Like any good rodeo queen, her journey from Las Cruces was eventful, including a “sleep-over” with a bull snake in northern New Mexico and seeing the sites around Rock Springs, Wyoming.

“I’m just happy to be here,” said Taylor. “I’ve met amazing people and even the local people here in Rock Springs have been welcoming us with open arms. I’ve been amazed with the hospitality.”

Taylor brought a truck load of her biggest fans, including her mother, Dawn Hartly-Moffatt, and her Queen Coordinator, Devin Sisk. She is honored with the support of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Committee and contestants.

Devin with Taylor and Dawn Harty-Moffatt

Devin with Taylor and Dawn Harty-Moffatt

“I’ve made so many friends. We all stick together and the New Mexico team is going to try and win a National Championship this year,” said Taylor.

The National High School Rodeo Queen contest kicks off Friday, July 10 with 45 talented young women competing. The Horsemanship Competition begins at 1:30pm in the indoor arena and is open to the public. Come support the young women who help to promote and keep the sport of rodeo alive and well.

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