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Cowboys represent their home state at youth rodeo in Oklahoma

Shawnee, Okla. (July 12, 2012) – It took Charlie Barefoot and Michael Tash about 24 hours to drive to the International Finals Youth Rodeo, but it was worth it.

The cousins, who hail from Dinwiddie, Va., are the only two contestants from Virginia competing at this year’s IFYR.

It’s Charlie’s first year to compete at the IFYR, and he’s been wanting to come for several years. He competes in the steer wrestler, calf roper and team roper, roping with his cousin.

Charlie also competes in the Virginia High School Rodeo Association. He is the 2011-2012 Student President of Virginia’s high school association, and finished the year first in the team roping, second in the steer wrestling, third in the calf roping, and as reserve all-around champion. 

He will be a senior at Dinwiddie High School, where he is a member of the FFA, plays on the golf team, and was recipient of the Academic Achievement Award last year.

Charlie has enjoyed his time at the IFYR. “It’s nice, it pays good, and it’s fun.” He’s made new friends, and renewed friendships with people he hadn’t seen since the National Junior High Finals Rodeo.

For fun, Charlie likes to rope and golf, but Shawnee’s summertime temperatures have discouraged his golf game. “I’m not playing golf in the heat like this. I’m a fair weather golfer. Above 85 (degrees) and I’m not going.”

After high school, he hopes to attend college in Texas so he can rodeo. He’d like to earn an agricultural business and animal science degree. He’d also like to be a pro rodeo champion and own a rodeo stock contracting business. “My all time goal is to be the next Trevor Brazile or Cody Ohl (pro rodeo world champions.)” But he’s realistic about his goals. “Not everybody can do that, so I have to have something to fall back on. With stock contracting, I can still be involved in rodeo.”

He, Michael and Charlie’s dad, Charlie Jr., took turns driving to get to Shawnee earlier this week. They leave on Saturday, July 14 for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., where Charlie will compete again. Charlie’s mom, Liz, is at home doing chores and will meet them when they travel to Nationals next week.
Results from the Thursday, July 12 evening performance, a continuation of the second go-round, are attached. The IFYR wraps up with a morning performance on July 13. The evening performance on July 13 will feature the short go-round, when champions will be crowned in each event and more than $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the 2012 IFYR champions. Bloomer Trailers will award a horse trailer to the boys all-around champion and the girls all-around champion. For more information, visit www.IFYR.com or call 405.323.0177.