Conway cowgirl earns spot on National High School Finals Rodeo competition team

A local cowgirl is shining up her boots and polishing her saddle to travel more than 2,000 miles to the national high school rodeo competition.

Erin Smith, whose family hosted the first ever high school rodeo in Horry County earlier this year, will compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.

Smith earned a spot on the South Carolina National High School rodeo team and will compete in the reined cow horse, girls’ cutting and breakaway roping competitions. Smith is a homeschooled senior from Conway.

Smith earned top marks at the S.C. State Finals Championship Rodeo to qualify for the national competition. The state rodeo was held last month.

Her family owns RES-LES Farms in Conway and hosted the first S.C. High School Rodeo Association competition in Horry County in March.

Smith will travel to Rock Springs, Wyo., from July 12-18 to compete in the 67th annual National High School Finals Rodeo. The rodeo features more than 1,500 students from 42 states, Canada and Australia, all competing for more than $200,000 in prizes. Students will also compete for more than $350,000 in scholarships and the title of NHSFR National Champion.

To follow Smith during the competition and find out how to watch live, visit www.nhsra.com.