(SHAWNEE, Okla.)  The International Finals Youth Rodeo selected six contestants to serve as youth directors for the 2019 event. The chosen individuals were announced during the 2018 IFYR, held July 8-13 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The IFYR is the richest youth rodeo in the world, with more than $250,000 in prize money, championship saddles and buckles for contestants to pursue.

The 2019 youth directors are: Gracie Henderson of Aurora, Texas; Anna Kate Norton from Tallassee, Alabama; Cole Bailey of Marshall, Texas; Kassie Adams of Meriden, Kansas; Aly Ghormley of Madisonville, Texas and Laura Beth Biggers of Niangua, Missouri.

Gracie Henderson of Aurora, Texas, is the 15-year-old daughter of Brandon and Lauri Henderson. She will be a junior in the fall at Decatur High School. She competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing and goat tying.

Anna Kate Norton of Tallassee, Alabama, is the 17-year-old daughter of Phillip and Debra Norton. She will be a senior in the fall at Wetumpka High School. She competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing and pole bending.

Cole Bailey of Marshall, Texas, is the 17-year-old son of Gary and Marti Bailey. He will be a senior in the fall at Elysian Fields High School. He competes in bareback riding.

Kassie Adams of Meriden, Kansas, is the 17-year-old daughter of Brian and Stacie Adams. She will be a senior in the fall at Jefferson West High School. She competes in breakaway roping and pole bending.

Aly Ghormley of Madisonville, Texas, is a returning youth director and is the 16-year-old daughter of Mike and Pam Ghormley. She will be a senior in the fall at Madisonville High School. She competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping.

Laura Beth Biggers of Niangua, Missouri, is the 17-year-old daughter of Steve and Lynette Biggers. She will be a senior in the fall at Niangua High School. She competes in breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing and pole bending.

Youth directors serve as student representatives of the IFYR and its sponsors not only during rodeo week, but for the entire year. During the rodeo, youth directors meet with contestants and

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bring any requests or other information to the IFYR judges and the Expo Center manager.

“We are proud to announce the youth directors selected for next year’s rodeo,” said Chris Dunlap, Assistant Director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and International Finals Youth Rodeo. “These young leaders fill an important role for the IFYR and we are looking forward to working with them.”

For more information on the IFYR, please call (405) 275-7020 or visit IFYR.com.

The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held annually since 1993, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that presents top high school athletes with a professional rodeo. The internationally-recognized IFYR is held annually at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The action-packed event includes hundreds of contestants vying to win more than $250,000 in prize money, competing in 10 events running simultaneously in three arenas over six days. In 2017, more than 886 contestants and their families traveled from 34 states as well as Australia and New Zealand to participate in the IFYR. For more information, visit IFYR.com or call (405) 275-7020.