With two performances in the books on Monday, the 22nd annual International Finals Youth Rodeo began to gain its shape.
The top-15 in each event will move on to Friday night’s final. Each competitor will get two go-rounds this week to try and qualify for the final.
Monday evening’s action was highlighted by a trio of successful rides in the bull riding competition.
Jake Gowdy of Bristow set the bar with a score of 85, followed shortly by Jessiah Jackson of Loma, Calif. who turned in a score of 82. Quentin Vaught of Crane, Mo. was the third successful rider on Monday, with a score of 77.
That trio joins Wyatt Rogers of Rose, Okla. and Clayton Brum of Lockeford, Calif. as the only bullriders with scores.
Two out of the four competitors in Monday night’s bareback bronc competition held on for the eight seconds needed to get a score.
Hunter Green of Lake Charles, La. led the way with a 66.5 while Trevor Reese of Boone, Colo. was right behind with a score of 64 points.
Shane O’Connell of Rapid City, S.D. led all competitors with a score of 69 set in the morning session.
Ethan Andrepont of Deridder, La. and JD Anderson of Hill City, S.D. tied with scores of 56 in the morning session Monday.
In the pole bending competition it was Raelee Self of Powederly, Tex. who took command in the morning session and wasn’t caught by the evening round’s competition.
Self set the standard with a time of 20.220, followed closely by Kellie Collier of Happy, Tex. with a 20.307.
In all, 14 girls have broken 21 seconds so far in the competition.
In breakaway roping it was Katie Keith of Tolar, Tex. who stunned the competition with a time of 2.0 seconds. Two competitors from the evening session and three from the morning go-round hit a time of 2.3 seconds to create a five-way tie for second.
In calf roping Tanner Green of Cotulla, Tex. led the way with a time of 8.8 seconds on Monday morning, followed by Cooper Martin of Alma, Kan., who clocked a time of 9.1 seconds in the evening session.
Shawnee’s own B. Hunter Washburn led the steer wrestling competition with a time of 5.4 seconds on Monday night. Keegan Dement of Weatherford, Tex. was close behind Washburn with a time of 6.5 seconds and Brittan Driggers of Pearcy, Ark. was third with a time of 6.7 seconds.
In the team roping competition Monday night the duo of Tyler Milligan and Brady Norman clocked a time of 5.6 seconds to put themselves in the lead. Monte Jack Starns and Ty Arnold of Midway, Tex. set a time of 6.3 seconds in the morning session to move into second place.
In the barrel racing competition Ali Armstrong of Lexington, Okla. set the standard with a time of 16.253 in the morning session, with Kambria McDougal of Weatherford, Tex. was second with a time of 16.406.
In goat tying Jacie Sullivan of Mt. Vernon, Ark. set one of the fastest times of the year with a 7.5 in evening session. Allison Danley of Graham, Tex. clocked a time of 7.9 seconds.
Competition at the 22nd annual IFYR continues with two rounds of competition on Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.