NHSRA Times Editor/Media Coordinator Kyle Partain has worked in the Western industry for 15 years after getting hooked on the sport of rodeo while serving as sports editor of the Stephenville (Texas) Empire-Tribune in 1997. His first stop in the industry was the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, where he was a staff writer for the ProRodeo Sports News from July 1997 to October 1999.
After two years there, Kyle combined his two professional loves, rodeo and youth sports, when he joined the National High School Rodeo Association as NHSRA Times Editor/Media Coordinator in October 1999. For five years, he worked tirelessly to promote the association and the great young men and women who compete within it. In 2004, he jumped at the chance to join the staff of Western Horseman magazine as an associate editor. During the next five-plus years, Kyle covered every Western sport imaginable — from rodeo to mounted shooting to ranch horse versatility to chuckwagon racing — as well as writing features on ranches and trainers all across the United States and Canada.
When Western Horseman closed its Colorado office in 2010, Kyle decided against making the move to Texas and spent a few months looking for his next opportunity. In 2011, he returned to the PRCA as managing editor of the ProRodeo Sports News, where he worked for the next year and a half. History repeated itself in 2012, when Kyle once again left the PRCA to work for National High School Rodeo. The opportunity to return to a position that he considers one of the most rewarding of his professional career was one he couldn’t pass up.
In his free time in 2011, Kyle wrote Western Horseman’s latest book, Rodeo Legends 2, which features 18 cowboys and two cowgirls who have left their marks on the sport. The book became available for purchase in July 2012. He continues to freelance for the magazine from time-to-time.
The National High School Rodeo Association is one of the fastest growing youth organizations in the nation, with an annual membership of approximately 12,000 students from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. The Association sanctions over 1,800 rodeos each year. The NHSRA is governed by a national board of directors, which consists of one member from each state or province. A staff at the national headquarters in Denver, Colo., handles the day-to-day operations. For more information on the NHSRA, visit the association at www.nhsra.org or nhsra.ihigh.com/.