SHAWNEE, Okla. — The 27th edition of the International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) got under way on Sunday in Shawnee, Okla.
Several local and area youth were in action — a total of 828 contestants, representing 31 states and Australia, have qualified to compete this year.
Among the locals that saddled up on Sunday, Bullard's Kristin Reeves produced the top results.
Reeves came in second place in the first go of the goat tying competition. Reeves was times in 7.3 seconds, which put her a tenth of a second behind the leader, Jessie Ishmael of Miami, Okla.
Alto's Reagan Davis saw action in two events on opening day.
She is currently tied for second place in breakaway roping, where she stopped the timer on 2.6. Davis is in 10th place in barrel racing where she posted a time of 16.922 for her first run around the cans.
In team roping, Jacksonville's Kaden Profili and partner Peyton Walters are holding down 10th place, with a first round time of 16.2.
The IFYR features competition in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping and goat tying for cowgirls.
The young men are contesting championships in team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and bull riding.
More than $250,000 in prize money, along with championship saddles, belt buckles, horse trailers and more will be awarded to the top contestants in each discipline.
The finals will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday inside the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, with the top 15 contestants in each event slated to compete.