Ghormley chosen as IFYR Youth Director


(SHAWNEE, Okla.) - The International Finals Youth Rodeo selected six contestants to serve as youth directors for the 2019 event including Madisonville local Aly Ghormley.

“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.”

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

Ghormley 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.

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

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