Lyndie Dunn of Midway will compete in the 26th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) from July 8-13 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The event is the world’s richest youth rodeo and Dunn will look to win her share of more than $250,000 in prize money as well as championship saddles and buckles.
“The IFYR attracts the best youth rodeo athletes in the world,” said Chris Dunlap, assistant director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and IFYR. “The IFYR was developed to provide a professional level competition to high school athletes and now, more than two decades later, this event is where any hopeful rodeo champion wants to be and be seen.”
Dunn will join over 850 of the top high school rodeo athletes from around the world for the 2018 IFYR. She is vying for prizes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and breakaway roping.
Contestants will compete in 10 events that run simultaneously in three arenas throughout the week. All events include barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bareback riding. The IFYR consists of two long go-rounds and a short go. All contestants compete once in each of the long go-rounds. The top 15 averages in each event will compete in the short go finals on Friday.