Teams and individuals advance to the National Finals College Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., the second week of June based on points earned during the season. The top two teams advance along with the top three individuals in each event.
The college rodeos have the same events as professional rodeos but also goat tying, she said.
A HORSE WITH NO SHOES
Skiatook barrel racer Sally Williams' horse, Colt, doesn't wear shoes, which is very unusual.
“There is not very many of them as far as barrel racing goes,” Williams said. “He just never had any on.”
Colt, who is 15, was a roping horse that Williams, 55, trained to be a barrel racer. Her husband also rides Colt in team roping events.
“When he started doing really well I just hated to shod him,” she said. “A lot of horses don't handle (running barefoot) really well if they have tender feet. My horse seems to have good feet. He is a pretty strong horse that doesn't have many injuries.”
OLDEST, YOUNGEST AND LONGEST RUNNING
The 43rd International Finals Rodeo is the 26th IFR that Terry Crow, team roper from Miami, has qualified. The youngest participant in the rodeo is 15-year-old Shayde Kreder of Sperry, who will be heading for his father, Shawn, in team roping. The oldest participant is 50-year-old bull rider Michael Schleicher of North Carolina.
COWGIRLS DOUBLE UP
Only two cowgirls have qualified to IFR 43 in two events.
Kasi Prather of Ochelata and Taylor Smith of Benton, Ky., both qualified in breakaway roping and barrel racing. Smith, a rookie, heads into IFR 43 first in barrel racing and second in breakaway roping