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World champion considers IFYR as a favorite rodeo

Shawnee, Okla. (July 12, 2012) – The international Finals Youth Rodeo is special to the many rodeo contestants who have ridden through its gates over its twenty year history.

Many world champions have competed at the rodeo, which bills itself as the richest youth rodeo in the world.

One of those champions who competed in Shawnee, Okla. is the 2008 Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champ Justin McDaniel. The Porum, Okla. cowboy won three titles at the IFYR and set several records, including the highest marked ride (83 points in 2003), and the highest aggregrate scores (237 points on three head in 2003).FAMILY TRADITION CONTINUES AT YOUTH RODEO|Cowboy Sports News

McDaniel, the IFYR’s Bareback Riding Champion in 2003 and 2004, and its All-Around Champion in 2004, says the rodeo is very special to him. “The times I won it, it was like winning the world to me.” As one of his favorite rodeos, he was anxious to compete at it. “I looked forward to it since I was a little kid.”

This year, he came back to Shawnee to watch his younger siblings, Tanner Girty and Laramie Girty, compete.

Tanner, who is eight years younger than Justin, is following in his brother’s footsteps as a bareback rider. The 18 year old cowboy was influenced by Justin to ride barebacks. “Yeah, he kind of talked me into doing it, and inspired me. I gave it a shot and got hooked,” Tanner says. Justin also offers advice to him. “If I go out there and make a good ride, he’ll tell me. And if I didn’t make a good ride, he’ll tell me how to make it better.”

Younger sister Laramie, who is 15, competes as a barrel racer at the IFYR. She’s been coming to Shawnee since she was six, to watch her older brothers Justin and Tanner compete.

These days, Justin doesn’t get as many chances to watch his brother and sister compete, as he is traveling to rodeos across the country. But he watches them when he can, and offers advice, and he still considers the IFYR one of his favorites. “It’s pretty prestigious in my books. It’s high up on my list.”

Results from the Thursday, July 12 morning performance are attached, as are the top fifteen contestants in the average. The IFYR continues with an evening performance on July 12, a morning performance on July 13, and the short go-round on the evening of July 13, when the 2012 IFYR champions will be crowned. For more information, visit www.IFYR.com or call 405.323.0177.