The 26th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) came to a close July 13 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The world’s richest youth rodeo awarded more than $250,000 in prize money, championship saddles and buckles on Friday after the finals performance.
The IFYR commenced with more than 850 registered contestants and 1,411 event entries. After two long-go’s and 10 performances, the top 15 contestants with the highest averages from each event competed in the finals on Friday, July 13 for a shot at the championships.
The 2018 International Finals Youth Rodeo Champions are:
Bareback Bronc Riding Champion Hunter Ramsey of El Dorado, Arkansas
Breakaway Roping Champion Alli Masters of Leon, Iowa
Team Roping Champions Leander Williams of Thorndale, Texas, and Whit Kitchens of Mullin, Texas
Pole Bending Champion Gabby Gunter of Sulphur, Louisiana
Steer Wrestling Champion Gavin Soileau of Bunkie, Louisiana
Saddle Bronc Champion Taylor Russell of Lipscomb, Texas
Goat Tying Champion Kaylee Cormier of Lake Charles, Louisiana
Tie Down Roping Champion John Elliott of Alvin, Texas
Barrel Racing Champion Caroline Kelly of Waverly, Alabama
Bull Riding Champion Mason Taylor of Maypearl, Texas
All Around Cowgirl Cashen Turner of Edmond, Oklahoma
All Around Cowboy Quade Hiatt of Canyon, Texas
“These athletes gave it their all this week, proving they deserve these hard-earned titles,” said Chris Dunlap, Assistant Director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and International Finals Youth Rodeo. “With contestants from 33 states, Australia and New Zealand, the IFYR brings together the world’s top youth rodeo competitors. We would like to congratulate our champions and thank our sponsors, contestants and volunteers who made this event possible.”
For more information on the IFYR, please call (405) 275-7020 or visit IFYR.com.