IYFR concludes annual competitions


(SHAWNEE, Okla.) − The 27th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) came to a close July 12 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.

“These athletes gave it their all this week, proving they deserve these hard-earned titles,” said Stephanie Meiler-Gideon, Interim Director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and International Finals Youth Rodeo. “With contestants from 31 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.”

The IFYR commenced with more than 825 registered contestants and 1,304 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 12 for a shot at the championships.

The 2019 International Finals Youth Rodeo Champions are:
Bareback Bronc Riding Champion Hunter Ramsey of El Dorado, Arkansas
Breakaway Roping Champion Tia Wallace of Dodge City, Kansas

Team Roping Champions Stran Morris of Woodward, Oklahoma, and Jessen James of Moyers, Oklahoma
Pole Bending Champion Reagan Davis of Alto, Texas

Steer Wrestling Champion Winsten McGraw of Gill, Colorado

Saddle Bronc Champion Timothy Troyer of Columbia, Kentucky

Goat Tying Champion Heather McLaughlin of Bunnell, Florida

Tie Down Roping Champion Trevor Hale of Perryton, Texas

Barrel Racing Champion Patricia Walden of Wister, Oklahoma

Bull Riding Champion Maverick Potter of Waxahachie, Texas

All Around Cowgirl Faith John of Punta Gorda, Florida
All Around Cowboy Connor Atkinson of Needville, Texas

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