Youth Rodeo is Growing and Showing No Signs of Stopping

Photo by Phillip Kitts

By Phillip Kitts

Rodeo fans and folks who follow the western sports have probably taken notice of the continued growth of youth focused events. As would be expected in a family-oriented sport, a lot of focus has been placed on the future. From small state youth organizations to junior high and high school rodeo associations, rodeo and western sports have many options for the young athlete. Add to this the continued development of upper level competitive groups like Little Britches, Miniature Bull Riders (MBR) and the recently renamed World Rough Stock Championship, the development of youth competition continues to reach bigger potential each passing year.

Unlike little league baseball or Pop-Warner football, the rodeo and western sports have a much bigger investment. In the traditional sports the reward comes with trophies and celebration, where in the western sports the reward adds in the additional benefit of a small payout. If you look closely at the western sports’ winning ‘payout’ it is obvious the financial reward is not comparable to the financial commitment.

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