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Louisiana cowboy serves up Cajun, bareback riding at Oklahoma youth rodeo

Shawnee, Okla. (July 11, 2012) – If there’s a crowd gathered around the Broussard family camper at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla., you know there’s some good Cajun cookin’ going on.

The Broussard family: mom and dad Julie and Scott, and their kids, have been coming to the IFYR, the world’s richest youth rodeo, since 2000. Their three grown children, Trent, Trey and Emily, competed first, and now son Taylor, is competing.

The Estherville, La. family brings up a freezer full of food: crawfish, catfish, shrimp, and pork chops, and over a propane burner, cooks up crawfish etouffee and boiled shrimp, and invites anybody passing by, including security personnel, to join in for meals.

The Broussards may be known for their cooking, but their son Taylor is making his own name in the arena.

Taylor, who graduated from Seton Home Study School this year, is in his fourth year of competition at the IFYR, and competes in four events: bareback riding, team roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding.

His competitive nature drives him to excel not only at the IFYR, but in the Louisiana High School Rodeo Association.

Taylor, who won the first go-round in the bareback riding at this year’s IFYR, was reserve champion in the bareback riding in 2010 and 2011. He is also the 2011 and 2012 Louisiana High School Rodeo Association Bareback Riding and All-Around Champions, and won the Bull Riding Championship this year.

He also competes at the professional level, where he has won money at four Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association events.

Of his four events, bareback riding is his favorite. He loves riding bulls, but bareback “is my most consistent, and has become my favorite.”

The 19 year old cowboy isn’t one to sit still. If he’s not rodeoing, he’s helping his dad at his crawfish company, or helping his brothers with their cattle.

This fall he will attend Wharton County Junior College in Richmond, Texas on a full ride rodeo scholarship, and will compete in all four events. He hopes to earn an electrician degree, and after college, will continue at the pro rodeo level.

And at next year’s IFYR, there won’t be any crawfish etouffee served by the Broussards. The next Broussard child, Lizzie, is 13, and won’t be old enough to compete at the IFYR till her freshman year of high school, in 2014.

The IFYR continues with the second go-round of competition. Results from the Wednesday, July 11 evening performance are attached. Rodeo performances will be held on Thursday, July 12 at 9 am and 7:30 pm, and on Friday, July 13 at 9 am. The top fifteen contestants in each event will compete at the short go-round on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit www.IFYR.com or call 405.323.0177.