The most difficult rodeo competition in Texas for high school-aged students is taking place at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena from October 7-8.

The Texas High School Region II Rodeo is the qualifying competition for Region II, covering 32 West Texas counties and a few New Mexico areas.

The Junior High and Youth Rodeo begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 7, followed by the High School Rodeo beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 8. A church service will be held at 8 a.m., and the rodeo will begin at 9 a.m. Events are free and open to the public and include barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, goat tying and more.

“This is a rodeo with the toughest high school kids from Texas and New Mexico competing for a Top 10 spot to the state finals for all the family to watch,” said Texas High School Rodeo Association Region II president Kenny Stewart.

This event is projected to bring in $61,171.35 in estimated direct visitor spending to the Midland economy. For information on where to eat, play, shop, and stay in Midland, visit

Midland is located 117 miles south of Lubbock.