June 04, 2021

Article at Ally on Authory

14-Under National Championships to debut in Kansas City

Ally Gallagher

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 2021) – Jr. Rodeo announced today the inaugural 14-Under Jr. Rodeo National Championships hosted by the American Royal Association will be held August 16-18 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the American Royal Complex. 

Jr. Rodeo is partnering with the American Royal Association to feature the 14-Under Jr. Rodeo National Championships in conjunction with the American Royal Youth Rodeo, which will showcase a growing base of children under 18 years old. Events hosted at the championships include bareback riding, bull riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping, team roping and breakaway roping. These events will have a minimum of $21,000 in added money. The winners will earn a Montana Silversmiths National Championship buckle.

“When we launched Jr. Rodeo, we have always envisioned a 14-Under age division to provide a championship caliber event for these athletes to show off their grit and determination,” said Anthony Bartkowski, Jr. Rodeo Director of Athlete Development & Welfare. “When selecting the host for the 14-Under National Championships, it was a priority to identify a great PRCA Rodeo who is focused on youth development. The American Royal provides a great venue and integration with their ProRodeo.” 

The 14-Under Jr. Rodeo National Championships is open to all Jr. Rodeo members who meet the age requirements. Join today by visiting jrrodeo.org/join-us.

“The American Royal has a long-standing mission of competition and education for young people in agriculture,” said Glen Alan Phillips, American Royal President & CEO. “By continuing our partnership with the PRCA, we are excited to expand opportunities for young rodeo contestants around the nation and provide them an arena to compete in for a national championship.” 

In addition, the 2021 American Royal Youth Rodeo will serve as a major qualifier for the top 10 place winners for the 2022 Jr. NFR. The event will continue to include the traditional American Royal Youth Rodeo events. 

Entries Open on June 17 at https://www.americanroyal.com/rodeo/youth-rodeo/contestant-information/.

About the Jr. Rodeo

Jr. Rodeo, the PRCA’s official youth program, launched in 2019. In 2020, there were more than 70 sanctioned events with more than 1,200 contestants earning a slot at the 2021 Jr. NFR. Jr. Rodeo provides contestants the opportunity to compete in the core rodeo events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping. To join or to host a Jr. Rodeo-sanctioned event, please visit www.jrrodeo.org or call 719-528-4723.

About the American Royal Association

Woven through the history of Kansas City since 1899, the American Royal is where champions are crowned. We provide opportunities for youth and adults from around the country to compete in our Livestock Show, Youth and Pro Rodeo, Horse Shows, and the World Series of Barbecue®. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs. To learn more about the American Royal visit AmericanRoyal.com.