A Levelland resident is competing Sunday-Friday, July 5-10 at the International Finals Youth Rodeo at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, OK.
Bristan Kennedy is participating in the world’s richest youth rodeo, hoping to win her share of more than $200,000 in prize money and championship saddles and buckles. She joins more than 1000 of the top high school rodeo athletes from across the United States. She is vying for prizes in barrel racing and breakaway roping.
The rodeo consists of two long go-rounds and a short go-round. All contestants compete once in each of the long go-rounds. The top 15 averages in each event will compete in the Championship round on Friday. Michael Jackson, Operations Manager for the event said “Our main purpose from the beginning of the International Finals Youth Rodeo has been to provide high school athletes with a professional rodeo.” He went on to say, “It is a great opportunity for these young athletes to get an idea of what to expect if they continue to rodeo in college and beyond.
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