HAYS, KS -- Matt Jarvis, Phillipsburg sophomore, recently won the Mid States Rodeo Association Year-End Bull Riding Championship. He also won the title for MSRA Finals Average.
In winning the titles, Jarvis received a trophy saddle, a belt buckle for the bull riding championship and a belt buckle for the average winner at the finals.
During the 2000 calendar year, Jarvis competed in 25 MSRA rodeos. Contestants from Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota compete in MSRA events.
Going into the championship rodeo, Jarvis was ranked second in the bull riding competition behind Travis Nelson of Ewing, NE. Jarvis won the championship by successfully riding two bulls in the finals while Nelson only successfully rode one bull.
Jarvis will continue competing with the Fort Hays State University Rodeo Team at the remaining National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association sanctioned Central Plains Rodeos. He will also continue to ride in MSRA rodeos.
For his outstanding riding, Jarvis has been invited to ride at a bull riding championship event in Nebraska City, NE, in December. Awards at this event can reach more than $7,500.
Jarvis received scholarships from the Phillipsburg Rodeo Association.