At the 30th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) in Shawnee, Oklahoma, heated races for the $250,000 payout have begun to unfold.
Mckinlee Paschal, Nome, Texas, currently leads the International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) All-Around Cowgirl standings with $2,080 in earnings, while Kiley Slavin, Goodwell, Oklahoma, sits a close No. 2 with $1,227 in earnings.
In barrel racing, Mckinlee Paschal, Nome, Texas, set the bar high at an impressive 16.364 seconds, where she edged out Biloxi Shultz’s 16.413-second time.
With a 4.1-second time, Jasper, Texas’ Cole Pugh notched the No. 1 spot in steer wrestling, topping Ryden Martin’s and Reece Jordan’s 4.2-second time.
Bryce Henderson, Del Rio, Texas, beat out the competition by almost a full second in the tie-down roping. Henderson raised his hands at the 8.4-second mark while Cort Gambino, Lindale, Texas, had the second-place time with a 9.0-second run.
A battle for the breakaway roping title began as Summer Williams, Perkinston, Mississippi, surged to the top of the leaderboard with a 2.0-second time, good for the best time of the week. Williams is beating out the competition by a tenth of a second.
Hannah Bass, Brenham, Texas, has earned the top time in the pole bending, posting a lightning fast 20.435-second run, besting Harley Potter of Waxahachie, Texas who posted a 20.488-second time.
Goat Tying became fiercely contested, where Gracie Roseberry, Weatherford, Texas, and Annamarie Pierce, Cloutuerville, Louisiana, found themselves both knotted up with a 7.3 second time, besting Gentry Merkel’s 7.9-second run.
In the team roping, Jim Watkins, Bristow, Oklahoma, and Bode Gatlin, Meeker, Oklahoma, notched a 6.0-second run, outdoing Jace Thorstenson, Morristown, Arizona, and Denton Dunning, Surprise, Arizona, with their 6.2-second run.
Cooper Lane, Keller, Texas, and Wyatt Lavergne, Sulphur, Louisiana, are the only saddle bronc riders to cover. Lane earned the highest marked ride with a 77 while Lavergne scored a 62 in the first go.
After the first-go, John Crimber, Decatur, Texas, holds onto the top spot with an 83, while Tate Pollmeier, Fort Scott, Kansas, and Carter High, Weatherford, Texas, have tied for the No. 2 position with a 71. As one of three bull riders to deliver a qualified ride, Quintonn Lunsford, Mccune, Kansas, found himself in the top position with a 75 score, edging out Clayton Hibler of Wheeler, Texas, with a 74.5.
The IFYR will feature 11 total performances, beginning Sunday, July 10 at 8 p.m. with the final performance and championship round taking place Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. with three arenas running simultaneously during each performance. The event will consist of two long-go’s and a short-go, made up of the top 15 contestants in each event.
Tickets are now on sale and start at $6. They can be purchased at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, or online at IFYR.com.
ABOUT THE IFYR The IFYR has 11 total performances, starting with the kick-off, Sunday, July 10 at 8 p.m. Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 15 there are two performances daily, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The finals performance is Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Events include cowgirls barrel racing, cowgirls pole bending, cowgirl’s breakaway roping, cowgirl’s goat tying, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding. Events run simultaneously in three arenas during each performance. The IFYR consists of two long-go’s and a short-go, made up of the top 15 contestants in each event.