IFYR kicks off in Shawnee

by Josie Fox Josie@thecherokeean.com

The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held annually since 1993, kicked off on Sunday, July 7. The IFYR presents top high school athletes with a professional rodeo and is held at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Okla. The event includes hundreds of contestants from all over the United States and Australia, each vying to win more than $250,000 in prize money. With 10 events running simultaneously in three arenas over six days, it is easy to say this is an action packed event.

Among those competing in the event are Kaden Profili and Jayse Tettenhorst of Jacksonville and Reagan Davis of Alto. Profili and Tettenhorst are competing in the team roping events. Profili is partnered with Peyton Walters of Justin and Tettenhorst is partnered with Cash Palmore of De Kalb. Davis is competing in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping.

Davis came out of the gate ready to win on Sunday and placed in the top 10 for barrel racing with a time of 16.922. For breakaway roping, Davis tied for second place with Ashlynne Blanton of Myakka City, Fla. with a time of 2.6.

On July 8, Davis placed second in pole bending with a time of 20.253.

The team of Profili and Walters placed in the top 10 on Sunday with a time of 16.2.

The team of Tettenhorst and Palmore are scheduled for to run on Tuesday night.

Be sure to check back next week for final results and standings.