ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Rock Springs will host the National High School Finals Rodeo through 2015.

The rodeo already was scheduled to be held this year and next year at the Sweetwater County Events Complex, but the National High School Rodeo Association decided recently to extend it by another year.

Sweetwater County fended off competition from locations in Texas and New Mexico to continue conducting the rodeo through 2015.

Gov. Matt Mead was among those attending the announcement of the extension.

Mead says that hosting the national finals represented the independent spirit of the people of Wyoming.