(Perry, Ga., July 22, 2016) – The National Barrel Horse Association’s Youth World Championships held July 16-23, 2016, showcased 1,791 of the best and brightest rising stars in divisional barrel racing. After two rounds of barrel racing competition the top 151 Youth contestants and top 201 Teen contestants will meet July 23, 2016 for the final round where champions will be crowned.
As the 2006 World Champion Barrel Racer Mary Burger, crossed the timers at the 2016 Calgary Stampede, the crowd attending Showdown Sunday, jumped up from their seats and roared – with deafening-excitement. The 67-year-old, fought through one of the muddiest Showdown Sunday performances on record, and claimed the largest check of her 31-year professional barrel racing career.
(Shawnee, Okla.) – The 24th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo concluded July 15, 2016 after the 923 contestants boiled down to the top 15 in each event, all chasing more than $200,000 in prize money. The competition was fierce and while each contestant put up their best effort, but the ladies leaving Shawnee as the barrel racing and pole bending champions were Kaylee Scales and Brooklyn Gunter.
(Shawnee, Okla.) – The final go-round performance of the International Finals Youth Rodeo came to a close this afternoon, July 15, 2016. Leading the race into the finals round are two cowgirls, who’ve dominated the IFYR thus far in their respective events. Ali Armstrong leads the average in the barrel racing, while Brooklyn Gunter tops the pole bending.
(SHAWNEE, Okla.) − At the conclusion of the Monday evening performance, bull rider Trey Kimzey from Strong City, Oklahoma posted an International Finals Youth Rodeo arena record score of 89.5. Less than 24-hours later, fans at the Tuesday morning performance witnessed Brooklyn Gunter of Sulphur, Louisiana post a time of 19.3 seconds in pole bending, which breaks an arena record set a decade ago.