SHAWNEE — It’s been a rough couple of days for local competitors during the first go at the International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR), which began here Sunday, July 8.
Brenten Hall of Jay had the best showing, posting a time of 6.8 seconds in the team roping Monday, July 9.
He and heeler Andrew Hill of Paris, Texas, were in a four-way tie for 12th with the teams of Josh Briggs, Pilot Point, Texas, and Blake Craig, Wendell, Idaho; Cole Thomas, Meadville, Mississippi, and Jordan Hanna, Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, and Bodie Sauvage, Selden, Kansas, and Connor Peterson, Stilwell, Kansas.
Hall had no time in Sunday evening’s calf roping performance.
Addey Small of Welch was 67th in the barrel racing Monday morning with a time of 17.300 seconds.
She had no time in Monday’s breakaway performance.
Jessie Ishmael of Miami posted a time of 7.9 seconds in the goat tying Monday morning, but was hit with a 10-second barrier penalty, giving her a total time of 17.9 seconds.
She would have been in a tie for 13th, but instead was 96th overall.
Other local contestants entered but posting no time were Rowdy McFall of Afton, in the team roping, where he was header with Logan Lucy of Maud; Shane Koepnick of Fairland in the team roping where he was heeler with Kord Kelly, Comanche, and Grace Small of Welch in the breakaway roping.
The second go begins Tuesday and the top 15 average in the 10 events will advance to the championship short go Friday evening.
More than 800 cowboys and cowgirls are on hand for the IFYR, which is in its 25th year. Competition is being held in three arenas around Shawnee.
More than $250,000 in prize money is up for grabs.