Youth Rodeo in Ravalli County

The Bitterroot Valley has turned out many very successful rodeo athletes. 


Here we provide information about the different opportunities for young rodeo athletes to find their footing and build a great foundation for their future in the sport.

There is a natural progression from Ravalli County Jr Rodeo to the Bitterroot Valley High School Rodeo Team which is a member of the Montana High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) (also, part of National High School Rodeo (NHSRA).

Founded in 1947 by Claude Mullins, there are currently 12,500 students in the NHSRA competing in over 1,100 sanctioned rodeos every year. MHSRA members compete at the state level for local recognition and the top four contestants in each event then qualify to compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo held in July. At the NHSFR over 1,500 contestants compete for national titles, awards and scholarships. By being a student member of the MHSRA, contestants also have an opportunity to be awarded college scholarships and scholarship assistance for continuing their educational careers. The NHSRA is an independent student athletic association that relies on the financial assistance of sponsors. For more information about the MHSRA click here.

Darby's rodeo arena is home to the Ravalli County Jr Rodeo club (RCJR).

As the host arena to RCJR we provide this page as a courtesy and will try to keep current information available here. 

RCJR is a parent-led youth rodeo club. RCJR's goal is to prepare young athletes and their families for their future in the sport of rodeo.  They include traditional rodeo events such as team roping and barrel racing as well as events like dummy roping and steer riding that are designed to build skills and prepare youngsters for the rigors of the adult version of events. Admission is free. Membership is required to participate as a contestant in the events.

For all official details, standings, and membership information please Click here to contact RCJR through their facebook page.  

2021 RCJR Schedule

To Be Determined

Bitterroot Gymkhana Club (BRGC) is a parent-led organization that provides opportunity to participate in mounted western games. Their events include pole bending, barre racing, keyhole, figure 8, speed barrels and more. BRGC is can be a helpful starting point into the sport of rodeo.


For more information on how to participate contact BRGC through their facebook page. 


Some members of the Darby Rodeo Association and young rodeo athletes who are heading to Lincoln Nebraska to compete for the Rodeo Nationals. These amazing athletes presented the DRA with a plaque in thanks for support of that journey this year.

Paige Palin, Cole Trexler, Cash Trexler and Devin Hundley we’re behind you all the way!