The Southeastern Oklahoma Junior Rodeo Association (SOJRA) is a nonprofit youth association that is organized to promote the sport of rodeo to youth 19 years of age and younger. Their mission is to create a fair and encouraging atmosphere of positivity so young cowboys and cowgirls can flourish and build upon their strengths.
The association consists of members in three age groups: 9 & U, 10-14, and 15-19; with the exception of sheep riding, which is 7 & U. There are 15 events held at each rodeo including: sheep riding, mini bareback, ranch bronc, saddle bronc, breakaway roping, calf roping, ribbon roping, team roping, goat tying, chute dogging, barrel racing, pole bending, calf riding, steer riding, and bull riding.
The SOJRA was founded in Southeastern Oklahoma in 2017, first season beginning in 2018, by a group of devoted rodeo enthusiasts with the aspiration to support and encourage sportsmanship, horsemanship, and character in the youth of Southeastern Oklahoma, Northeast Texas, and Southwest Arkansas.
The SOJRA rodeo year is from January – November. Prize money is given to the fastest times and highest scores in each event throughout the year, along with accumulating points for finals. At the SOJRA Finals, the contestants with the highest placing, by accumulated points, will receive a trophy saddle in each event as well as other trophy prizes given to each qualified contestant in each event.
The Finals were Nov. 6-8 in De Queen. The tentative date for starting 2021 will be Jan. 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. in Garvin, Okla.at the Snow’s Arena. SOJRA is on face book and has a website.