(SHAWNEE, Okla.) The 24th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo will be held this Sunday through Friday at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The IFYR offers more than $200,000 in prize money, championship saddles and buckles for contestants to pursue.
More than 1,000 contestants from across the United States will compete in 10 events running
simultaneously in three arenas throughout the week. Events include barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding. The IFYR consists of two long go-rounds and a short go. All contestants compete once in each of the long go-rounds. The top 15 averages in each event will compete Friday night in the championship round short go for fame and prizes.
“The International Finals Youth Rodeo is a great opportunity for high school students to showcase their skills in a professional-level rodeo,” said Chris Dunlap, Assistant Director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and IFYR. “This is the perfect chance for contestants to showcase their skills and gain experience while treating rodeo fans to a host of exciting performances.”
Fans can enjoy the kick-off performance today at 8 p.m. and daily performances Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The air conditioned western tradeshow will be open today from noon to 8 p.m. and the for the rest of the rodeo from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.