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SHAWNEE, Okla. – As the action got underway at the 30th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, heated races for the $250,000 payout began to unfold.

ckinlee Paschal (Nome, Texas) currently leads the Cowgirl All-Around standing with $2,080 in earnings, while Kiley Slavin (Goodwell, Oklahoma) sits a near 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 the competition, out running Biloxi Shultz’s (Abilene, Texas) 16.413-second time. With a 4.1-second time, Jasper, Texas’ Cole Pugh notched the number one spot in steer wrestling, topping Ryden Martin’s (Sulphur, TX) and Reece Jordan’s (Tupelo, Oklahoma) 4.2-second time.

Bryce Henderson (Del Rio, TX) 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 remaining of 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’s (Waxahachie, Texas) 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 (Yorkville, Illinois) 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’s (Surprise, Arizona) 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 mark ride with a 77.0 performance while Lavergne had a 62.0 score in the first go.

After the first-go, John Crimber (Decatur, Texas) holds onto the best score with an 83.0, while Tate Pollmeier (Fort Scott, Kansas) and Carter High (Weatherford, Texas) have tied for the number two position with a 71.0 score.

As one of three bull riders to deliver a qualified ride, Quintonn Lunsford (Mccune, Kansas) found himself in the top position with a 75.0 score, edging out Clayton Hibler’s (Wheeler, Texas) 74.5 score.

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.


Barrel Racing: McKinlee Paschal, Nome TX 16.364 $1,854.13; Biloxi Shultz, Abilene TX 16.413 $1,612.29; Kacey Bass, Brenham TX 16.429 $1,370.44; Kiley Slavin, Goodwell OK 16.486 $1,128.60; Kenley Beck, Broken Bow OK 16.532 $886.76; Kagan Davis, Purcell OK 16.550 $644.91; Alissa Flores, Laredo TX 16.553 $403.07; Shaeley Jenkins, Palatka FL 16.580 $161.23

Pole Bending: Hannah Bass, Brenham TX 20.435 $1,310.39; Harley Potter, Waxahachie TX 20.488 $1,084.46; Kenna McLemore, Gracemont OK 20.541 $858.53; Kaden Burger, Pauls Valley OK 20.707 $632.60; Chainey Weitz, London TX 20.731 $406.67; McKinlee Paschal, Nome TX 20.768 $225.93

Breakaway Roping: Summer Williamd, Perkinston MS 2.0 $2,169.89; Maci Harvey, Mead OK, Kaydence Tindall, Felda FL, Bleu Hall, Okmulgee OK, Avery Landry, Arnaudville LA split 2.1 $1,462.31 ea; Zaili Saculla, Bryan TX, McKinley Croffut, Boynton OK, Macy Hancock, San Angelo TX split 2.2 $471.71 ea

Goat Tying: Gracie Roseberry, Weatherford TX, Annamarie Pierce, Cloutierville LA split 7.3 $1,044.86 ea; Gentry Merkel, Yorkville IL 7.9 $749.14; Kayleah Hurst, Slick OK, Sealey Bottom, Cheyenne OK split 8.1 $453.43 ea; Morgan Young, Vero Beach FL, Kiley Slavin, Goodwell OK split 8.2 $98.57 ea

Calf Roping: Bryce Henderson, Del Rio TX 8.4 $1,467.07; Cort Gambino, Lindale TX 9.0 $1,275.71; Raesh Casebolt, Ryan OK 9.1 $1,084.36; Wyatt Kent, Brewton AL 9.6 $893.00; Coy Evans, Fort Supply OK 9.9 $701.64; Blake Carter, Seminole OK 10.1 $510.29; Garrett Leatherman, Bloomingdale IN, Cooper Fowler, Damascus AR split 10.2 $223.25 ea

Steer Wrestling: Cole Pugh, Jasper TX 4.1 $989.31; Ryden Martin, Sulphur LA, Reece Jordan, Tupelo OK split 4.2 $733.46 ea; Kreece Dearing, Chico TX 4.3 $477.60; Clay Tom Hurt, Dilley TX 4.4 $307.03; Jake Shelton, Krum TX, Wyatt Newman, Wilsonville AL split 4.7 $85.29 ea

Saddle Bronc: Cooper Lane, Keller TX 77.0 $1,010.57 ea; Wyatt Lavergne, Sulphur LA 62.0 $673.72 ea

Bareback Bronc: Quintonn Lunsford, McCune KS 75.0 $877.72; Clayton Hibler, Wheeler TX 74.5 $585.14

Bull Riding: John Crimber, Decatur TX 83.0 $691.43; Tate Pollmeier, Fort Scott KS, Carter High, Weatherford TX split 71.0 $432.14 ea; Blake Blanchard, Pearland TX 67.0 $172.86

Team Roping: Jim Watkins, Bristow OK – Bode Gatlin, Meeker OK 6.0 $1,507.81; Jace Thorstenson, Morristown AZ – Denton Dunning, Surprise AZ 6.2 $1,311.14; Mason Stueve, New Ton KS – Trey Adams, Junction City KS, Jake Murray, Como TX – Brayden Morris, Poetry TX split 6.8 $1,016.14 ea; Bray Aymond, Pine Prairie LA – Hudson Gros, Sulphur LA 7.0 $721.13; Kase Busby, Leesville LA – Will Thibodeaux, Elmer LA, Cole Smith, Amazonia MO – Catcher Gasperson, Decatur TX split 7.2 $426.12 ea; Case Phillips, Wewoka OK – Jagger Baxstrom, Drumright OK, Braxton Hughes, Canyon TX – John Hisel, Clovis NM, Nick Achille, Alvin TX – Colin Fox, Manvel TX split 7.3 $43.70 ea


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.



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