A Texas cowgirl is the early leader at the IFYR in barrel racing.

A Texas cowgirl grabbed the early lead in the barrel racing in the opening performance of this year’s International Finals Youth Rodeo.

Action was continuing late Monday morning in the 21st annual IFYR which includes 11 performances through Friday night. The top 15 contestants at the conclusion of Friday morning’s action will compete in the finals that night.

Mike Jackson, IFYR coordinator and operations manager at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, said 897 contestants are competing this year.

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