John Crimber and Clay Guiton

LAS VEGAS – Bull riders John Crimber and Clay Guiton keep pushing each other to new heights. At the Junior World Finals on Saturday, Crimber set the pace with an 89.5-point ride – the highest-marked roughstock ride of the week – to seize the lead in the 16-18 division. “First round I didn’t draw very […]

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The First Friday

Brody Dent came to this year’s Junior National Finals Rodeo in search of confidence. The Bend, Oregon, cowboy found some Friday after his 80.5-point ride inside the Wrangler Rodeo Arena to win the first round of the senior bareback bronc riding competition. “To be honest, coming in here I didn’t have a lot of confidence,” […]

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Sophia Deluca

Somebody had to be first. Unfortunately for Sophia Deluca, she drew the short straw at the Junior World Finals on Thursday morning at the Wrangler Rodeo Arena. Competing in her first Junior World Finals, the Sykesville, Maryland, cowgirl was the first competitor in the first event – the 10-11 division of bull riding. Deluca covered […]

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The Competiton

After months of qualifying events across the country, the top youth cowboys and cowgirls are ready to descend on Las Vegas for the 2022 YETI Junior World Finals. Contestants from 39 states, as well as Canada, Mexico and Australia, will compete for $1 million in prizes, cash and scholarships Dec. 1-10 at the Wrangler Rodeo […]

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Team Roping Changes For The Better

Get ready for some changes in this year’s Junior World Finals team roping competition. Whitney Mitchell has replaced Bret Beach as the producer of the event, but this isn’t her first (Junior World Finals) rodeo. Mitchell first got involved two years ago when she created a website ( to help the contestants and their families […]

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Chasing The Gold Buckle

When the Junior World Finals began in 2015 the hope was to bring rodeo contestants from across the country together to compete in a 10-day event that would give them a taste of what cowboys and cowgirls get to experience at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Seven years later that dream has become a reality. […]

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Behind the Scenes

Once again, Las Vegas is the place to be for fans of the Western lifestyle in early December. Not only is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in town at the Thomas & Mack Center, but the YETI Junior World Finals returns to the Wrangler Rodeo Arena inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Las Vegas […]

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The Growth of Social Media

The Junior World Finals continues to grow, both in and out of the Wrangler Rodeo Arena. Now in its fifth year running concurrently with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the Junior World Finals features some of the top young cowboys and cowgirls ranging in age from 8-19 competing in nine events: bareback bronc riding, saddle […]

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