Youth Rodeo

By Krista Lucas

High school rodeo athletes from all over the country stay busy during the summer months. School may be out, but that does not mean rodeo slows down. The rodeo trail heats up for freshman to senior aged kids attending the International Finals Youth Rodeo and National High School Rodeo Association Finals.

These large-scale events are conducted in back-to-back weeks in July. Many students attend both events, and it is something to look forward to every summer. The IFYR ran July 7-12.

The world’s richest youth rodeo is every year in Shawnee, Okla. With a total of 11 performances, rodeo events are run simultaneously in three arenas. Each arena is next to the other for easy to watch rodeo action. There are two performances daily, and it is run like a professional event. The IFYR consists of two rounds and a short go on the final day. Past champions include rodeo greats like Justin McDaniel, Jackie Jatzlau, Jet and Cord McCoy and Mike Outhier.

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