Traci Nelson from Wildwood, Florida, is a force to be reckoned with in the pole bending. She is sitting ninth overall after the first round at the International Finals Youth Rodeo. She competes in breakaway roping, pole bending and barrel racing.
Florida cowgirl Britta Strain overcame injury to better her rodeo aspirations and competes this year in the World’s Richest Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Throwback: Willy Nick Bar and Dena Kirkpatrick run away with the World Barrel Racing Futurity Championship
Dena Kirkpatrick and Willy Nick Bar never had to settle for second.
The International Finals Youth Rodeo commenced its 26th year Sunday, July 8, 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.
Billy and Shelly Martin's leading sire Firewater Ta Fame was humanely euthanized due to colic July 1, 2018. The 2003 stallion by Dash Ta Fame and out of Fashion Star Flit by Fire Water Flit boasted Equi-Stat offspring earnings in excess of $855,000.