Davis finishes in second place for pole bending, fourth All Around Cowgirl

by By Josie Fox herald@mediactr.com

Reagan Davis of Alto ended the week long International Finals Youth Rodeo (IFYR) on July 13 placing in the top five for pole bending and All Around Cowgirl.

The week long rodeo was held at the Exposition Center in Shawnee, Okla., and awarded more than $250,000 in prize money, championship saddles and buckles.
The IFYR began the week long event on Monday, July 9 with more than 850 registered contestants and 1,411 event entries.

The finals were held July 13 after two long-go’s and 10 performances earlier in the week where contestants competed for the top 15 spots in each of the 10 events and highest averages.

Davis competed in three events, breakaway roping, pole bending and barrel racing, but it was her stellar performance in pole bending that earned her the most prize money.

She brought home a total of $3,793.65 in earnings; $3,578.40 from pole bending and $215.25 for breakaway roping.

Davis placed second overall for pole bending with an average time of 59.856 falling just behind first place winner Gabby Gunter of Sulpher, La., who ended the week with an average time of 59.060.

Davis’s overall performance and score also earned her a fourth place position for All Around Cowgirl.

“These athletes gave it their all this week, proving they deserve these hard-earned titles,” said Chris Dunlap, Assistant Director of the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and International Finals Youth Rodeo in a recent press release.

“With contestants from 33 states, Australia and New Zealand, the IFYR brings together the world’s top youth rodeo competitors. We would like to congratulate our champions and thank our sponsors, contestants and volunteers who made this event possible.”
The IFYR has been held annually since 1993. The action-packed event includes hundreds of contestants competing in 10 events running simultaneously in three arenas over six days.

In 2017, more than 886 contestants and their families traveled from 34 states as well as Australia and New Zealand to participate in the IFYR.